Rogue One was another instalment of the greatest story ever told, with a finale that had me trembling in excitement. I geeked out entirely.

Among all the new characters (and another female protagonist – well done Disney), a robot was introduced: K-2SO. I think he’s wonderful for being:

  • Sarcastic
  • Insecure
  • Quick-witted
  • Honest
  • Funny
  • Fearless

Hang on, I know why I like him so much: he’s me! Except for the fearless bit (and possibly the funny and the quick-witted, and come to think of it I’m not especially honest) but you get the idea. I love this character and I believe his popularity is thoroughly deserved. Here’s how you can apply these traits in your communication:

Sarcasm

OK, sarcasm in itself isn’t particularly clever, but I’ve found recently that being sarcastic (for my new YouTube videos, coming soon) when everyone else is being straightforward can be effective IF your goal is a positive one*. Try to think like your audience, be critical (and by all means pull something apart for being rubbish), but only if you then present a good solution to fix it.

Insecurity

It’s a human trait which is why it’s funny for a robot to display it. “Why didn’t I get a gun?” is a great line because he’s a machine (C-3PO’s selfishness works in the same way “Don’ get technical with me.”) We all have insecurities and weaknesses. Reveal them and you can make a great connection to the audience by being relatable.

Quick wits

Catching and using an enemy’s grenade while talking to someone is his best moment. If you can be quick with a response then you may achieve something special, but even if it’s brilliant, for goodness’ sake don’t try to repeat it! Bide your time and then add to the conversation when you have the opportunity to offer something neat and useful.

Honesty

Diplomacy versus honesty – it’s a difficult line to tread, but honesty will always win IF your objective is generous. People appreciate a heartfelt sentiment, and you’ll probably annoy yourself if you keep your mouth shut when you have something important to say. On the other hand, if you have to work with these people you might want to mention it in private.

Humour

That funny thing you did might be the best bit, but be careful – make yourself the victim (don’t demean yourself, though) and use the humour sparingly. One joke to diffuse tension at the start or at a potentially boring bit can lighten things and make you look in control even if you’re feeling nervous. Speaking of which…

Fearlessness

This is usually apparent instead of real. Step out in front of the audience as if you believe you should be there and you will command respect, even if you feel nervous. Your audience is looking to you for leadership and guidance – give it to them. Anyone who knows how nervous you are will admire your courage.

* Don’t just be another pessimist; criticise the stuff that deserves it. Generosity really makes sarcasm work, and humour even more so. Combine all three for a grenade of positivity.

Conclusion

Look at all your traits. Celebrate them and use them – they make your communication more interesting and authentic while also taking the pressure off you to be perfect.

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