Another Facebook musing I’m sharing later. Still worth it, I think.
Today, I popped into the LC to get a bottle of wine and stopped to get a sample. The woman serving the sample poured it for me, then looked at me more closely and said, “Now, where do I know you from?”
She’d briefly met me, ONCE, at another LC where she was providing samples. Now, jokes about me buying too much wine aside (I share it, honest!), think about that for a second. She works in a job where she sees lots of people for a short period of time, and yet she still recognized me, weeks (okay, a week) later. Impressive.
Also today, I went to the grand reopening of a locally-owned food store I like. The owner, who I haven’t seen in probably over a year and who I’ve talked to probably 5-10 times total, looked at me and commented on how my hair is longer and curly now.
As Dale Carnegie says in “How to Win Friends and Influence People, “the average person is more interested in his or her own name than in all the other names on earth put together.”
Remember people’s names. Stop telling yourself you’re bad at names and practice. Take note of the details people tell you. Compliment people. Think of how you can help them. Care. It’s so much more enjoyable, and it’s remarkable what a difference it makes.
It will brighten your day, but not only that – we never really know what others are dealing with, or what’s hiding behind someone’s smile. Taking the time to care can matter to them far more than you think. Or maybe it’ll just brighten their day for a minute. Either way, everyone wins!