We went to our local ice cream shop. Silas was less interested in the ice cream and more interested in the people. He must have walked (more like a waddle to be honest) up to 15 different people in about 30 minutes. He would sorta sneak up on them while they were seated and enjoying their ice cream. He would get really close. And then he would just say… “Hi!” Sometimes he would wave. Sometimes he would just look at them with a subtle smirk on his face. It almost seemed like he was just letting them know he thought they were interesting and worth some of his time. Every person Silas met smiled! It didn’t matter if it was another kid or an adult, they all had a similar response.
If we want to gain influence with people we need to be more like Silas…
- Be happy – let every person you interact with know that they bring you joy
- Be interested – pay genuine attention to every person you encounter
- Be in the moment – slow down, spend time with people, even when it’s awkward =