Be Interested, Not Interesting. The Power of Listening in the Workplace.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Joe Kiedinger
I was listening to a speaker share an idea. He mentioned that when he would go to social events, he thought to be interesting, he had to do most of the talking. What he discovered was quite the opposite. Listening to others shows you care. Take an active interest in others first and you will appear interesting.
Think about it, most people will talk about what they are doing and the busyness of life. When you are the receiver of that information it can come across as interesting, I suppose, but it more can often come across as: nagging, complaining or braggadocios and opinionated.
Instead, ask questions when meeting people. When they share information about themselves, dig deeper and show them you care. This bit of wisdom makes any gathering so much more enjoyable. And if you are the type of person who really is not comfortable with “small talk”, now you have a way to have them do most of the talking because you are asking the questions.
ACTION PLAN: What questions will you be prepared to ask