Just put away your phone, use some positive body language starting with looking them in the eye, and respond to them with an enthusiastic tone by asking a question about what they’ve just said. They’ll know you’re paying attention. Isn’t that easy? And isn’t it a lot better for building relationships and paying attention to your phone or staring off into the horizon?
One really simple way of showing respect in your workplace is to be the person who makes a pot of coffee when it’s all gone. And while you’re at it, take a sponge or a paper towel and wipe down the counters. It only takes a second and it’s something that everyone will appreciate.
Be the person who respects everyone. You don’t have to agree with them, but by respecting them there’s a better chance that they’ll actually agree with you. Again, none of this is difficult and none of it requires a credit card.
Start off 2017 by being the person who really makes a difference in the lives of those around you. Be grateful – and be respectful – of everyone who crosses your path. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes not just in your life but in theirs too.
You’ll have a great 2017, you’re laying the groundwork for that right now, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to enjoy 2017 with you.
See you tomorrow!