It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…
What’s your goal?
Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?
Working to advance your career?
Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?
Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.
Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…
…HOST LUNCH & LISTEN!
When someone invites you to lunch, do you consider what motivated the invitation?
Kids don’t. Lunch? They’re ready to go!
Adults are more likely to answer, “Yes, even if it’s for something fun like celebrating a birthday. I have to think for a moment before I answer because I have so many responsibilities; my time is limited; and I need to know what lunch will involve.”
Imagine your lunch partner’s surprise when you say simply, “I’d like to meet for lunch and spend some time just listening to you.” Imagine that!
Someone wants to really HEAR YOU…how you’re doing; what concerns may be “bugging you; ” ideas you have about how to improve your work to positively impact the outcome you seek.
The act of listening – without interrupting – is a first step in helping anyone. A whole lunch of listening…wow…golden!
In School? You know which kids would benefit from extra one-on-one time. Depending on the grade level and dynamics of your whole class, plan a private Lunch & Listen time in your room or corner of the cafeteria, or a group get-together. The key is your willingness to listen. With children, that may require your encouraging them to speak freely.
In an Office? Email an invitation to Lunch & Listen to an employee that you think could use some extra motivation or needs help or…whatever, depending on your workplace. Offer to have lunch in or out; it’s best if you also offer to pick up the tab!
Speaking of tabs, don’t forget to schedule a Lunch & Listen date for yourself. We can all use a good ear!
Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!
Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet