How would your customers and suppliers describe your conversations — and your business relationship?
Is your business relationship tired and nondescript, with “duty meetings” as the norm? Are your business contacts so bored with the same routine discussion that they can hardly wait to finish and escape the meeting?
In your personal life, are your friends and family seemingly distant and showing little interest in conversations with you?
One of the best techniques to trigger new meaning and engagement in your life is to ask yourself the question,
“How old are my stories?”
Think about your answer, and consider the improvements you could make in your business and personal life with new stories:
a) Grab your audience’s attention
Compare your last conversation with good old granny, who repeats the same stories over and over each time you see her (yawning already, right?), to conversation with a friend who travels to new international vacation places each year and adds at least one hobby or personal activity annually to their routine. Which is more engaging and enjoyable?
Think back to a great speaking event you attended. What were the elements that the speaker used to grab your attention? I’ll bet good stories and examples was a key part of the presentation.
Now consider your own recent conversations. Did you really get folks’ attention and stimulate their thinking?
b) Gain credibility with fresh information, data, impressions
Some of the best business functions I have attended included updates on fascinating trends in my industry or my profession. When someone presents a topic of interest in a new way or from a unique viewpoint, they add value to my own thinking and gain credibility for adding that new viewpoint.
How can you refresh your data, information and approach to business topics in your own personal conversations?Is there an opportunity to catch the eye of a new customer and increase your own credibility by contributing innovative stories or trends in a conversation?
c) Refocus and revitalize your personal goals
How to break out of the boring stale old patterns? Make a bucket list that will guarantee you bring some new ideas and stories to the table at your next meeting or event. You can actually make TWO bucket lists:
– one for personal objectives (to help revitalize your thinking and your personal life)
– one for business objectives (to create a new focus on more innovative business goals)
Think outside the normal routine, and search for ways to build new stories – it will surely revitalize your personal and business life!