“What Do People Think When They Hear You Coming”
~Joni Eareckson Tada
What do you think when you ponder that question? Are you a value-add in that people are glad to see you and your presence is welcome, or is your presence seen as something that is an unwelcomed interruption?
If your answer to that question left you feeling slightly uncomfortable, and you’d like to improve the likelihood that you arrival will be seen as a welcomed event, try practicing the following suggestions during your interactions with others:
- Take an interest in others and what they’re interested in, instead of focusing on your own interests.
- Be kind to people and show them grace, because we may not know what they’re going through.
- Look for the best in others instead of the worst, because we tend to find what we’re looking for.
- Offer sincere praise or appreciation; most people probably don’t get enough of either.
- Give them you undistracted attention; by doing so you’ll communicate that they’re important to you.
We all want to be viewed as a value-add, and someone whose presence is appreciated and valued. The best way to cause this is to value others and communicate that by showing them kindness, appreciation, attention, and respect.
Look for opportunities to put these suggestions into practice starting today. When you do, people we will look forward to your arrival.