This is where a character is shown to have a very scary, thuggish face — mostly for comedic purposes.
The expression will often include a Kubrick Stare, where the face tilts down but the eyes look up.
A better approach to that last example might be, “We looked at all these data points and wondered what they meant altogether–where were the broken connections?
” By shifting your focus up toward the bigger picture, you go from seeming disjointed, and even on the attack, to patiently unpacking a difficult issue.
You may think those pauses add some gravity and drama to what you’re saying, but they’re wondering what’s wrong. Listeners may even find that intimidating, especially if you’re in a position of power. Think of it like driving a car: Keep your foot on the accelerator with steady, deliberate pressure–don’t keep pumping the brakes.
So wearing a blank expression is just a habit of yours.Years ago, in fact, a client approached me for help making better connections with his audience.I thought he looked attractive, but as I watched him speak I realized his face wasn’t registering emotion.You pause to search for just the right word, the perfect way to position your point.And while you’re going through your mental edit, your audience is wondering what you’re thinking about.