Do you know one of the most rewarding parts of public speaking? Getting to meet and interact with new people, as I did last week when I spoke at a company in Bakersfield. Our topic: "Making a Meaningful Difference at Work."
One of our themes was hope. Other words for hope: kindness and respect. In that spirit, here are 21 ways to bring more hope into the world—including and especially your world. What else would you add to this list?
- Make eye contact.
- Have a sincere handshake—neither dainty nor a death grip.
- Hold doors, including elevator doors.
- Speak the words that others long to hear: "Take your time," for example, or "Meeting adjourned." ;-)
- See the person in front of you as the most important person in the world.
- See every person you meet as having something valuable to teach you.
- Respect others' time, as well as your own.
- Pay meaningful compliments.
- When someone's telling a story, let them have the limelight.
- Be quick to praise and slow to criticize. Most of us are doing the best we can.
- Don't internalize other people's bad behavior. Address it if you have to, but let them own it.
- When someone you know is going through a tough time, just be there.
- Whenever necessary, offer a sincere apology. Your credibility will increase.
- Celebrate others' successes.
- When you find a meaningful book, article, quote, or song. share it. Shout-out to Rob from Bakersfield, who shared with me this
this MerleHaggard gem.
- Let someone else cut it front of you on the freeway, in the grocery line, etc.
- Keep your sense of humor.
- Pick up the check.
- Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.
Agent of Hope Tip #7: See every person you meet as having something valuable to teach you.
— Gina DeLapa