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By Sandi Bhutella

Francine had a rough time when that video was posted to the internet. There's no denying that. But if you think about it, I've been publicly humiliated so many times I'm practically an expert on the subject.

You might be wondering how I've survived and still managed to show my face around school? Well, it hasn't been easy, but I've learned a few survival tips along the way. For example, show some self-confidence. You may feel like sliding under a rock after a particularly embarrassing moment, but how you handle the situation makes all the difference. Here are a few things I've learned about how to turn a potentially humiliating experience into a somewhat bearable one.

Boosting Self-Confidence

  • Deep breathing is important. Take in a deep breath and try to calm your beating heart.
  • Before approaching a problem situation, splash cold water on your face or put a cool, damp cloth on the back of your neck, just like your mom or dad would if you were sick.
  • Force yourself to face the person or situation you're dreading.
  • Smile and be a good listener.
  • Use a person's name when talking to them.
  • Talk confidently, and ask polite questions.
  • Don't actively disagree with the other person. Better to walk away before conversation becomes difficult.
  • Smile some more.
  • Slip your hand into your pocket before shaking hands with someone to make sure you're presenting a sweat-free palm.
  • Smile.
  • Did I mention that you should smile? For sure... smile.

These suggestions won't magically take a disaster and turn it into a triumph, but it will over time help you get past difficult situations. Remember, breath deeply, smile lots.

Good luck,

Sandi

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