by Ian D Scofield
We have all had those situations where we had to bite our tongue in order to not say something or laugh. I remember one day I was on a contact with my partner and local police when the subject started farting every time one of the officer talked. Holding the laughter in was near impossible and it made me want to learn some tips to remain professional. Here are some that I found.
The traditional suggestion that you probably hear when you ask how to remain professional, is to think of something else. In the back of your mind think of something that is serious. Talking with your boss, the subject acting normal, or anything similar. The point is to trick the back of your mind into believing you are doing something serious, you are after all.
Another common suggestion is to bite your lip (or Cheek) to distract yourself from being unprofessional. It can also help you to physically stop from laughing. There are three reasons I don’t like the biting the lip tactic. First, I tend to get cuts in my mouth easily, so biting my lip is out. Two, it is somewhat easy to tell you are doing it. Lastly, biting your lip prevents you from talking clearly.
I included biting your lip because many people still believe it is one of the most effective ways to keep from being unprofessional in the workplace.
Another tactic is to distract yourself from what is happening by thinking of what is coming next. Watch the person and try to predict their next actions. While you are doing that, start to formulate your next sentence. Come up with options.
Just make sure that while you are thinking that you aren’t distracting yourself from the present. Safety first.
Another option is to gross yourself out, if you are too busy thinking about something that you don’t like, then you can’t think about laughing. I have used this one in the past, it has also been recommended to me. Things to imagine vary all the way from kissing your grandma to your greatest fear. Personally, the video of the baby spiders crawling out from the mother spider works well.
Again, don’t distract yourself too much.
You know the old saying that practice makes perfect? That really works. If you are prone to laughing or being unprofessional, you should sit yourself down and practice your work face. One way to do this is to watch funny YouTube videos and do your best to laugh no matter what.
Another method is to have your friends try their best to make you laugh while you endeavor to maintain a straight face.
Something as simple as laughing can disrupt a case or an operation and as such it is necessary to develop a professional baring as a rookie officer. One piece of inspiration for writing this article was an article I read about a detective ending and interview after a subject became flatulent. While the article didn’t state if he had maintained his professional demeanor or not, I felt that it was an important topic to cover. Stay safe out there.
About The Author:
Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice. He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer. At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content. Feel free to visit his freelancing site or his creative writing site.
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