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How To Be More Optimistic Without Embarrassing Yourself

Mute yourself unless youre talking

Mute yourself during video calls unless you're talking.Todd Haselton | CNBC

This is probably rule No. 1 for video calls. If you're on a call with multiple people, make sure you mute yourself when you're not talking. That way you don't interrupt everyone if the mailman rings the doorbell, your dog barks, or your kid has a quick meltdown. Everyone understands these things happen, but you can avoid it causing a disturbance during the call.

Most apps have a small icon that shows you when your microphone is muted, so make sure you're familiar with how to use it before you call begins. Zoom, for example, has a helpful setting that lets you mute your microphone by default (just open settings).

Make some noise!

No, we’re not asking you to go ‘woohoo!’ or anything strange. Instead, you can switch on some music, or turn the television sound higher. Something to distract the people eating from focusing on every sound that you make coming out of the toilet.

And by the way, do you know that cats’ poo might contact a parasite that makes you love them? Watch this video to the end to know more:



Text conversation starters

What should I text a girl to start a conversation? And what can I say instead of hey?

If you want to know more about this girl and prompt her to speak, here are some good conversation starters that can be asked over text.

Instead of simply texting "hey", you can use these great conversation starters, which usually lead to fascinating and hilarious exchanges.

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  • Did you see that viral YouTube video about [insert topic]? What did you think?
  • Working on anything exciting at the moment?
  • What's the most interesting thing you've read recently?
  • What do you bring with you everywhere and anywhere you go?
  • What's your favorite season, and why?
  • What's the high-point and low-point of your day so far?
  • Do you have any hidden talents?
  • What's your favorite podcast?
  • What show are you currently binge-watching?
  • What's an emoji that sums up your day so far?
  • What one word sums up your life right now?
  • Send me a funny meme that you shared recently.
  • Do you have any favorite apps?
  • What are some favorites on your playlist right now?
  • Tell me about the worst person that you met on Tinder.
  • Do you have any quotes that are special to you?
  • What would be some great road trips that you would like to take?
  • What was the worst pick up line that you have ever heard?
  • Do you have any strange quirks?
  • What is your idea of being adventurous?
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Lots of people would like to know how to start a conversation with a girl over text and in person. This article has you covered.

READ ALSO: 50+ this or that questions that can serve as great icebreakers

Social interaction is not always easy, and people tend to feel awkward when they have nothing to talk about. In every new conversation, an icebreaker is often needed to feel more comfortable.

Legit.ng recently published 50+ this or that questions that could break the ice between you and someone you are talking to. What should you ask them to have a productive exchange?

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Okay, this is a bit trickier, but depending on your age, I’m sure you can do it.

What is required for this tip is to really know your own body really well. Depending on the kind of ache or feel you have before the shit comes out, you can actually predict the resultant sounds.

For example, you can feel it leaving your rectum, but you feel a bit of wind as well, this means other than the shit, you’re going to fart…loudly.

So just cough loudly, but make it seem natural because unnatural coughing can actually bring you more embarrassment.

People will then know that you tried to cover up but failed.


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An Embarrassing Moment

I mentioned earlier how things haven’t always gone well for me when meeting someone famous. Here’s a good example.

Kids have a way of leveling you at the most inopportune moments. Back in 1993, I was invited to a private lunch with a musician named Brent Bourgeois. He fronted a group called Bourgeois-Tagg which had a couple of hits, most notably “I Don’t Mind at All.” Not Bono by any means, but he had at least one more Top 40 hit than I did. Dedee and our daughter Taylor joined us for lunch. Taylor was 3.

We were sitting at a table in a trendy Nashville restaurant. Brent was to my left, Taylor was at my right, and Dedee was sitting at the end of the table next to Taylor. A couple of record company executives were across from Brent and me.

I was young and nervous but decided to bluff my way through the meal. I started talking “studio” this and “record producer” that. Utter claptrap. Brent was kind. The executives were busy fiddling with their Tandy Zoomers, a brick-sized precursor to the Palm Pilot. I was playing the part pretty well, I thought, laughing it up with Brent. Then Taylor spoke up.


“Seriously, Brent, it’s a great hook. I’m sure it’s going to be a hit.”


“Hold on a sec, Brent.” I turned to Taylor. “Yes, honey. What is it?”


“Yes, babe, I’m listening.”

All at once, it was as if the restaurant itself inhaled and drew every sound from the room. Perfect silence.

“Daddy…you got a hair hanging out your nose.”

With that, Taylor turned back to her chicken nuggets. Dedee lost it. I mean, she was gone. She jammed her napkin to her mouth in a vain attempt to stifle her uncontrollable laughter.

The executives lifted their heads in unison. At last, something more interesting than their PDAs had captured their attention. Brent smiled and politely turned to his pasta.

“If you’ll excuse me.” I stood and walked to the men’s room.

It took but a glance in the mirror to prove that Taylor was right. A rather long hair stared back at me from my right nostril.

I tried several times to pluck it out, to no avail. It was long enough to be seen but too short to grab onto. If only I had Dedee’s manicure scissors, I thought. But I wasn’t about to walk back to the table and ask Dedee to dig through her purse to find them, with all the restaurant patrons looking on.

I stared at the mirror.

I jammed my hands into my pockets searching for something — anything — that could help. I smiled. I withdrew my hand. It clutched salvation.

My pocketknife.

First, I tried grabbing the hair so I could cut it off at the nostril. No dice. Still too short. So, I stuck the knife into my nostril, pinched the hair between my thumb and the blade, and yanked.

You ever wrap Christmas presents? You know how to make a straight ribbon curly, right? It’s simple. You pinch the long, straight ribbon between your thumb and the scissors, and you zip it along the length of ribbon. Voila! You have a beautiful curly mess of ribbon.

Hair does the same thing.

I looked back in the mirror. I now had a long, curly hair hanging from my nose. The good news was that the curl made it easier to tuck it back up inside the nostril. One last check in the mirror and I was good to go.

Dedee was still laughing when I came out. The execs were back to their Zoomers and Brent had called for the check. Taylor was sticking her fingers into the ketchup on her plate. The meeting adjourned and we went our separate ways.

Thankfully, things have gone better for me in similar situations since. At the very least, I’ve learned to keep little kids away from such affairs.

But now with the perspective of many years, I can honestly say that in spite of the embarrassment…the meeting really was memorable.

(Note: The photo of President Nixon is published in my hometown newspaper, The Pekin Daily Times, on June 15, 1973. That’s me in the baseball uniform about to shake hands with President Nixon, the first famous person I ever met.)

Questions: How have you learned to engage with a celebrity or VIP? What about any embarrassing stories or lessons learned the hard way? Tell your story in the comments below.

Dont yell

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Most modern computers and webcams havedecent (not great) microphones. They're usually pretty good at picking up your voice, which means you don't have to shout at your camera for other people to hear you. Just speak normally, and as long as there isn't too much background noise, people will hear you. Some modern computers, like Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro, have studio-quality microphones built in, so you'll sound much clearer than you might think.

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