You might not be connecting with people because of how you enter the room.
There are two ways to enter a room. Which one are you?
It is hard to connect with others, even people you know. People are busy and distracted. As a leader, it’s especially important that I connect with others in a real and relational way. So, I try to pay attention to how I enter the room:
Way #1 Here I am
The first way is to enter with the mindset, “Here I am.”
We are looking for people to notice us. We are looking for attention, applause, and support. We walk into the room like we are the most important one present. That might work in some situations, but in most cases it’s hard to connect this way.
Way #2 There you are
The second way to enter a room is with the mindset, “There you are.”
We are noticing people. We are giving them attention, applause, and support.
We walk into the room like they are the most important ones present. It makes a difference. I don’t always have this mindset, but I try to with every encounter.
It’s really not just a matter of walking into a room, it’s a mindset on how you treat people of all ages and stages.
Do you walk into a room and think, “Here I am” or “There you are?”
Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”