I just got back from a week in Santa Barbara with Team Forleo.
The fireplace kept us cozy and the shining sun was fuel for my soul. While California is gorgeous this time of year, the best part was just spending quality time with people I love.
Each woman brought so much heart, bravery, vulnerability, strength and focus to each day — it was truly awe inspiring.
Now during these retreats we make big decisions. And we don’t always start out (or end) on the same page.
But getting to the best and wisest path to move ahead often requires respectful but spirited debates.
We do our best to make sure that everyone has a chance to speak up and be heard — which is no easy task with a loudmouth like me around :).
Since you’re likely spending more time than usual with family and friends during the holidays (where there might be some loudmouths like me!!)…
I wanted to give you a simple yet genius technique that will help you be more powerful, charismatic and persuasive — in just 3 seconds flat. Bam!
Don’t let the simplicity of this strategy fool you. It can change your life and, more importantly, the lives of those around you.
In every conversation and every confrontation you may come across, know that someone will always be asking:
Are you listening to me? Did you hear what I have to say? Do I even matter to you?
Today’s video is just one small step to help demonstrate that the answer to those questions is a resounding, and honest, yes!
Remember, the most important thing you can do for another human being is to validate their existence. So be brave, be awkward.
Now, I’d love to hear from you. And this week, we’ve got a two-parter.
1. When it comes to listening, what’s your worst listening habit? Is it interrupting, planning out what you’re going to say, fake listening — like checking email or your phone, or something else?
2. Where’s the single most impactful place you can start using the Intentional Awkward Pause? Is it at work, with your friends or with your family?
Leave a comment below and let us know.
Remember, thousands of beautiful souls visit each week to find inspiration and share their passion. Be specific in your comment because what you have to say is worthy and important and could be the “aha” that someone else really needs.
Thank you as always for reading, sharing and joining in!
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