Route 66 - The Journey Toward Success
Cool Like A Cucumber
Interacting with other people is a great thing that can and will lead you toward greater success. Opportunities come to those whom are networked, so putting yourself into your business community and cultivating friendships is important for everyone.
Unfortunately, the world is populated with some jerks. Luckily, they are the exception, not the rule. However, if you are actively networking and meeting new people you will encounter some bad eggs.
While you do not have to include everyone in your circle of influence, you still need to be polite to everyone. Thus on those occasions when you encounter someone whom you do not like, who does not have a good character, who is weird, or whom is just mean spirited....you need to keep your cool and behave professionally.
We all meet people that drive us crazy. When this happens the best course of action is to keep your composure, and act neutral toward the person. Do not "fake" it, meaning do not pretend to be their friend (that would be phony). Instead, just behave like the seasoned business professional that you are.
You get nowhere by confronting a jerk, or making a scene. Best just to politely excuse yourself from the conversation and move onto find new people with whom to talk. You will not be able to change the other person, so trying to point out to them the error of their ways just leaves you looking bad.
Additionally, if you have a temper, never let is show itself in a professional setting. Do not let others push your buttons and set you off. Best to just remain cool as a cucumber.
Have A Great Day.