Self-Improvement . . . Meeting New People

Dear Monday Motivators,

 

Well, I’m happy to say our big annual conference for administrative excellence was successful. If you missed it, we’ll soon have a way you can still view the event. Details will be coming soon! We had a full 5 days of being with fantastic people from all over the country. I always find it interesting to meet new people. It’s great to hear how they “do” life, their perspectives, challenges, and interests. While I am exhausted, I am also invigorated and have expanded my learning through our attendees and our fantastic speakers.

 

One great way to self-improve is to meet new people at work. You will have to do your part, though. You will have to initiate communication and ask someone to go to break or lunch. You will have to keep an open mind and avoid stereotyping others. I often find stereotyping true when I tell people I live in Las Vegas. People who don’t really know the area comment about all the weird people here. However, if you are on The Strip properties—those weird people are from out of state or out of the country! Last night, someone at Lifetime Athletic told me she was moving back to Orlando because “The people here are mean.”  I said, “I don’t have any problems with anyone. They aren’t mean to me.” Of course, our perspectives our subjective—they are our view of how we see the world, people, places and even work.

 

This week, remember the following:

 

  • Diversity is good, whether related to cultural, gender, religious beliefs, age, or profession. We just get stuck in our own little world and think everyone should be like us. But they are thinking the same thing of you and me.
  • Stretch out and meet new people by attending a business function. This can be related to your profession or industry or you can attend a meeting on behalf of your leader.
  • Purposely introduce yourself to others as you walk through a department, down the hall, or on the way to the cafeteria.
  • Extend yourself when attending a training event or conference. Let people get to know you as well.
  • Be an initiator of conversations.
  • Ask your coworkers or business colleagues to introduce you to people in their network.

 

Hope you have fun exploring new relationships!

 

Joan

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