November 17th, 2008
Sniper attacks are those public displays disguided as “I was just joking” attacks that hurt. Typically they happen in very public places (like office meetings) where the goal is to embarrass you in front of your peers.
“Ooohhhh, Rhonda is all dressed up today. Are you leaving us Rhonda, do you have a job interview?”
On the outside, these attacks are meant to be funny, but you know that they are designed to embarrass you. How do you react?
It is tempting (and very easy) to snipe back. Don’t. It is tempting to laugh it off. Don’t. It is tempting to try to be funny back and embarrass them. Don’t.
Calmly make eye contact, address the sniper and the comment.
“Actually, this is a new suit. Glad you like it.”
Keep the sarcasm out of your voice.
Don’t fight difficult behaviour with difficult behaviour. You look more childish, and less professional when you fight back in these public situations.