“If you wish to be more influential, spend more time being interested than you do trying to be interesting.” — Josh Hinds
The advice above holds true in both personal and professional settings.
Consider how it made you feel the last time you interacted with someone who really wanted to get to know you. It’s likely that you left feeling as though, “that person was really cool”, or “I really felt like they were listening to what I said.”
In a world where we are often more focused on getting our particular message or agenda out, those who really connect in the way described in the quote above connect on a deeper level.
Friend, there will always be an opportunity for you to get whatever you want to across. The difference is, if you’re willing to let the other person go first, and truly hear what they say, you’ll undoubtedly find that they’re a lot more receptive to hearing you when your time comes around.
Get out of your comfort zone a little and focus on being interested in the next person you meet. Ask a question or two that will allow those you meet to share about themselves. Ask follow up questions. It really is that easy.
In keeping with the theme above — I’d love to hear about you. Take a moment to tell me a little about yourself. And if you’re looking for any particular help in a given area of personal or professional development, let me know. There’s a chance I can point you to a resource that might be helpful.
It’s your life, LIVE BIG!