interested in people

Take a Break and Be Interested in People

You don't have to talk about work all the time. You don't have to be intense every single moment. Sometimes, take the time to ask people about their weekend, their hobbies, and their families.

interested in people

It has taken time for me to learn this important point. But the bottom line is that we like to be around people we like. And people liking each other is all about having a relationship. And we need relationships to work together.

John Maxwell says,

“All things being equal, people will work with people they like. All things not being equal, people will still work with people they like.”

Now, I'm not saying everyone will like you or me or that we should all worry terribly about being popular. However, being likable is important because if you're unlikeable it is hard to accomplish what you're put here to do.

We tend to find interested people interesting.

Want to have someone think you're a fantastic conversationalist? Just ask them about their interests. Get them talking. At the end of the “conversation” – they'll think you're awesome.

But here's the thing. I love to hear people's stories. People are fascinating and incredibly, I am always meeting the most remarkable people. When you're genuinely interested in others, you'll find that many people are fascinating. You may even learn some things about people you've known a long time that surprises you.

So, your challenge for your next day at work? Sit down at lunch or break and ask questions. Be interested in other people and their lives. See what happens. You might just be pleasantly surprised.

This post is day 27 of 80 days of excellence. I've created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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