Have you ever tried to conduct yourself like a favorite TV or movie character would in a work or social situation? And how did that work out for you? Here’s why I’m asking: Over the weekend, I heard a story about a woman who got reprimanded by her boss after a business meeting because she appeared unfriendly toward an associate they were collaborating with for the first time. Her explanation: She loves The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and was purposely trying to carry herself the way she does — calm and quietly confident. Not a bad idea. The problem: It just translated to silent. (Margulies didn’t receive an Emmy nomination this year for nothin’, people.)
Presumably, “I was sort of impersonating this TV character” is not an excuse one feels comfortable giving one’s boss. So if you’ve ever done this — to better or worse result, personally or professionally — share it here. We’ll laugh with you.