Long, but solid day today.
Up at 5AM to go to Atlanta for a business opportunity, and it’s been nonstop connecting since. I’m grateful, but tied to get quiet and boring when I’m tired. (At least that’s the way I feel I come across)
I don’t consider myself an excellent conversationalists... yet, but I compensate by following rule number uno in connecting with others: be a great listener.
Everyone can talk circles around you, but if you practice being a great listener, you’ll be the most connected and sought after person in the room. (Besides being a storyteller. Great Storytelling might beat great listening)
People gravitate towards authenticity. By intentionally listening and giving your full attention and thought process to what someone’s saying, you’re valuable I. The other persons eyes because you are validating and respect them and who they are.
That’s why I love practicing the art of listening.
Great listeners make others feel good about themselves. Which, depending on your mission, is one step closer to being able to helping and enabling others to be the best version of themselves they can be.
Stay Bold, Keep Pursing,
And wherever you are, keep smiling :)
— Josh Waggoner