On Friday evening, February 29th, I attended the sponsor dinner for the Christening of the USS New York in New Orleans, LA. One of the most interesting takeaways from the evening was an introduction to the former sector president of NG Shipbuilding – Phil Teel. My father is retiring soon, and our host wanted to have him meet the former Ships President, because of his work long ago on ships navigations systems.
During the brief discussion, you could tell that he was "fully present", that this conversation was the most important thing at this moment. He was engaged, not searching for his next conversation, but really in the moment and he made feel important. Ironically, his daughter was with him that evening and she was equally engaged.
At an event like this, you meet so many people, and you wonder if they ever remember you — well, the next day we saw them on the bus and sure enough they remembered us.
When you are talking with someone, do you really care what they are saying, or are you working on your response?
We are all busy, and sometimes I have a lot on my plate, but maybe I just need to stop for a minute, give the person my time and attention, and then go back to what I was doing.
Make someone feel important today – listen to them!
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