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  •  This is true (20+ / 0-)
    It's a strange feeling, you almost disassociate.
    I am short, so one would not think of me as being intimidating - I didn't think.  I always got high praise for my PR skills and perpetual smile.  It was my "trademark" since I was a child.

    I've only had to use "that voice" a couple of times in my life, but it's very effective.

    A man I once knew who looked like a modern-day version of a stereotypical Viking and stood a foot taller than me told me I scared him because I'm very intimidating.

    My jaw dropped.  "Me?" I squeaked.  "I'm the least intimidating person I know."

    Be that as it may, he insisted I scared full-grown men half to death.  [Might be because I was - at that time - a police officer, wore a uniform, and that means I had a .38 on one hip.  I also never lacked for confidence, so I was always poised.  He was also a police officer, so his saying I was intimidating was the pot calling the kettle black.]

    Sometimes when one is completely certain of their own authority and 'right makes might' one just gets a tone of voice that, even if whispered, indicates one must be obeyed instantly or the sky will most assuredly fall.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:14:41 AM PST

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    •  I'm 5'4" (9+ / 0-)

      Not the least bit athletic and I've been told on multiple occasions that I scare the everloving shit out of people. I guess it's just how you carry yourself, and since I have some mental issues I'm not always aware of how I'm carrying myself.

      It does come in very handy from time to time though...

      "I chose to change facts, reality, and the meaning of words, in order to make a much larger point." - Paul Ryan John Oliver

      by SC Lib on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:31:58 AM PST

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    •  I seem to have the same effect on people (5+ / 0-)
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      NonnyO, TexDem, Maudlin, grog, diggerspop

      It came in handy when teaching.  Witnessing an unpleasant encounter I had with one student, another later said, "That bastard collapsed just like a souffle."


      "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

      by DrLori on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:59:44 AM PST

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      •  My grandma (1+ / 0-)
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        who was not a large woman, taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Vermont. Her charges included unruly teenage boys who were larger than she was. Her policy was to spend the first day of class scaring the everloving crap out of them. By and large, they behaved for the rest of the year.

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