Scott Adams says, “People are idiots.”
Scott Ginsberg says, “People are fascinating.” (Although some of them are idiots too.)
But today I observed an intriguing example of human behavior at Starbucks. I sat in a corner chair with my Grande Carmel Apple Cider – the perfect drink on a bitterly cold day in St. Louis – and while I journaled and listened to some tunes on my Ipod, I noticed a table of three sitting directly in front of me.
The man was 40ish, handsome, and dressed in one helluva suit. His tie was perfectly creased. His shoes glistened in the track lighting. And his watch looked like it was worth more than my car.
The two women were in their mid to late 30’s, casual dressed in jeans and looked much more blue-collar than their corporate counterpart. They looked tired. Frustrated. And not particularly enthusiastic to be there.
Three Grande drinks sat on the table. No books, no papers. Just the man’s Blackberry.
And here’s the interesting part: because I was rockin’ out to my favorite journaling album at full blast, I couldn’t hear what they were saying. My observations were 100% nonverbal. And I found myself trying to analyze, figure out and imagine who these people were based on their actions.
What can I say? I’m a people watcher. This is the kind of stuff we do!
Anyway, here’s what I saw. Try to imagine the scene and draw your own conclusions:
Unfortunately at that time, I had to go. My drink was empty. And I almost wanted to stay and listen, but I didn’t want to keep my friend waiting. Still, I wondered who these people were…
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What’s your hypothesis? What do such nonverbal cues tell us about people?
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