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I've been told that any project I work on I seem miserable and uninterested. I deliver all my work on time and have great feedback from clients. I'm not sure what the problem is... Smile 24/7?

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If you don’t feel miserable and uninterested, why don’t you ask that question of someone on the team. “I have been hearing this feedback.... I know that is not true (meaning I am not miserable and am interested in the work). ...so I am hoping you can help me understand what actions I am taking that are leading you or others to think this, so that I can work on changing perceptions because I don’t want people to think this when it’s not true.” Say it with an open mind..and listen. It may be about perception not reality.

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Are you going to the team events? Bonding with the team? Making jokes.... perception is key

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What is your communication style? Had that same issue with someone on one of my teams- they spoke in a near monotone with little vocal inflection (sounded perpetually bored to death and uninterested). Their work was good but the client questioned this person’s interest in the work they were doing

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OP Only asking because there are different unconscious bias /expectations for men/women. What is your gender?

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Also - did one person tell you this or has this been consistent feedback? When I was a lot younger I took all feedback to heart. Now I consider the source - what is their motivation for telling me this? If it’s your mentor I’d take it more seriously than the local office Mean Girl contingent

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there is a Senior I work with that I've given this feedback to. couple tips: - be vigilant about your body language. it could be that you have a bit of a tick with how you respond to questions that makes you appear that you could not be bothered with the request. - similarly, your tone of voice might be coming across unintentionally as disinterested, I've seen that happen when people talk more slowly then they do with a client. would also say that it is important to appear enthusiastic and interested to your team, not just feel that way internally. as you get promoted, it's important to bring that energy to your team so they feel energized no matter what the project.

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There was a book I read several years ago that has a sort of 360 feedback survey at the end ... as another poster suggested, maybe ask some colleagues to fill it out for you? It would be such a gift to get some honest impressions. Or maybe making a video might be useful to see yourself interacting? https://www.amazon.com/What-Your-Boss-Doesnt-Until/dp/0684811464

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