I had a surprise this evening.
Now, statistically, I can say "I hate surprises more than you" and be right almost all of the time. I *really* hate surprises.
This surprise came in the form of a phone call from an employee at a local hardware store. The Lady in Charge™ wants the living room carpet replaced most ricky-tick, and the gentleman calling us was available to measure our living room floor.
Totally understandable; I've worked in retail before, and I wouldn't trust anyone to measure their own floor and report it to me either. I'd get "Well the internet says my phone is X length, and it took about 40 of them by 42 and a bit, so let's just say ..." Shudder.
I just prefer an appointment for this kind of thing over "Hey I finished this other job early and can make it to your house and back to the store before my shift ends, want me to come now or next week?" Since he called her instead of me, that was an acceptable answer.
So what did I do? You're probably assuming it has something to do with self-defense, since it's in the "blog" portion of a gun-related website. The answer: I put on two faces.
I usually open carry at home, but I don't like presenting valuables to people I don't know, so I took off my holster and put a trigger guard holster on my gun. Then I held it under my left arm, where it's mostly hidden. I did this while on the phone with the local hardware store, getting the man's name.
When he arrived, I was on the front porch waiting for him to ask his name. He thought I meant the name of the customer, but I eventually got his name out of him. And *then* I let him inside with a "Come on in out of the rain."
He never saw my left side. I shook his hand and thanked him when he left, not even 3 minutes later.
So let's talk about those faces.
If he's a man on a job for a local hardware store, he saw the face of a cautious but friendly man.
If he's a man who takes note of valuables in people's houses for a side enterprise, he saw a friendly but cautious man.
Think about the faces you present to people, in person as well as online. How someone perceives you is more dependent upon them than it is you, but there are still steps you can take to influence that perception.
I gave a couple here, and I believe the readership of this blog is smart enough to chime in with a few in the comments. So, share some of that knowledge in the comments, share this blog post if it's interesting to you, and stay safe out there.
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