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The little things can make a big difference

Do you focus on the little things?

The little things in life can make a big difference.  Yet, they are so frequently overlooked.  Holding the door for someone, sending a hand-written birthday card, or sending a random text can go a long way.  In the #CJJblog this week I give you tips for focusing on the little things in three main situations: 1) Greeting people, 2) Recognizing people, and 3) Thanking people.  Enjoy.

  • Greeting people.
    • Be the first one to initiate eye contact, a smile, and a handshake.  Don’t wait for someone else to start the conversation.  Ask “how they you doing?” to get things started.
    • How can I support you?
    • Do research on someone and be in the know with what’s going on in their life.
    • Offer up your network (ex: “Can I introduce you to anyone to help with XXX?”)
    • Offer to pay for meals or give someone an unexpected book.
  • Recognizing people.
    • Catch people doing the right thing and praise them publicly and specifically.
    • Compliment specifics of other people and make it sincere.
    • Find ways to add value to others (ex: send an article or offer advice).
    • Stay connected and in touch.
  • Thanking people.
    • Thank in a timely manner, within 24 hours is typically a good timeframe.  Either verbally, or via text/email.
    • Send a thank you package to show your level of knowledge on their interests.  Make it as personal as possible to set yourself apart.
    • Donate to a charity that supports an interest of theirs.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson will deliver his Leadership Presentation to the Keuka Housing Council in Penn Yan, NY on June 15th.

Life Tip #6:  Greet people with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile.

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