Do Not Applaud Yourself

Do not applaud yourself when being introduced, acknowledged, or honored.

As I watched the Academy Awards last night, I was shocked at the number of Oscar nominees who applauded while their name was announced.

If your name is mentioned while people are applauding, smile, or at the very least have a pleasant expression on your face, and acknowledge the person making the introduction and those applauding for you with a nod of the head.  But never, ever applaud for yourself.  Doing so would be the equivalent of standing up and conceitedly saying you’re wonderful or regressing to the actions of a baby applauding its latest accomplishment.

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One Response to Do Not Applaud Yourself

  1. William says:

    A corollary: Always receive applause politely and gratefully regardless of your feelings about your performance or the audience. Yes it’s hard sometimes!

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