How to Act Like Michael Scott
Michael Gary Scott is the main character through the first seven seasons of the hit NBC show, "The Office." Though not all of us have camera crews following us at work, Michael's antics still have universal appeal. Though quirky, Michael Scott is a kind, funny, and caring man. Start with step one to learn how to channel your inner Michael. "That's what she said!"
Getting the Right Attitude
Use his words.Michael Scott is humorous in both the things he says as well as the ways he says them. Some of Michael's go-to phrases include: "that's what she said," "TMI," and "shut it." Affirmations he spices up by saying "abso-fruitly," "yesh," and "yeppers."
Get inside his head.Michael sees his calling as being a friend first, and an entertainer second. Even when he is in charge of others, his desire to be liked takes priority over his desire to be a good manager.
Be a romantic.Michael does tend to leap deeply into relationships in an unrealistic way. He often sees more than is really there, and this causes him to make grand romantic gestures. Though you don't have to propose to your girlfriend of a few months at a Diwali celebration, we can still learn from Michael's ability to leap without looking (when necessary).
Getting the Michael Scott Look
Groom yourself.Michael is a generally clean, well-groomed man. Barring a single-episode goatee in season five, Michael is clean-shaven. He also keeps his hair neat and combed (aside from when he tries to look like Jim).
Get the clothing.Michael wears affordable, one-size-too-big suits in the office. However, he loves to wear jeans outside of work (or on casual Fridays). Don't get too upset if you accidentally wear a blouse, as Michael has accidentally cross dressed before, too.
Emulating the Personality
Have fun.Michael's shameless demeanor has its downsides, but no one can say that he doesn't have fun. Michael never takes himself too seriously, and always bounces back from disappointing situations. This emotional resiliency is not something to take lightly, as it can benefit all of us at times.
Take time to feel down, too.Michael is incredibly sensitive, and isn't afraid to mourn the death of his previous boss, and even a random bird. Though you don't have to weep for every dead animal on the side of the road, it is healthy to acknowledge the frustrations and sadness in your life.
Laugh at yourself.One of Michael's most redeeming qualities is his ability to laugh things off. He doesn't stay in the dumps for long, and understands that keeping things light reduces stress and keeps his peers happy. This is a great lesson to learn when trying to maintain a positive presence in your workplace.
- Watch the series to better emulate Michael's behavior and antics!
- Don't be afraid to say "that's what she said!"
- Try to smile a lot, and be kind to others!
- Don't take yourself too seriously!
- Michael is politically incorrect, which is unacceptable in today's professional world.
- There are certain situations where tact is necessary, and Michael's antics won't be appropriate.
Video: The Office - The Importance of Michael Scott
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