While riding a cab to the airport, the driver and I established a great rapport. We talked about our kids, our business and life in general; we laughed, agreed and disagreed but at the end we had a great interaction.
Before reaching the terminal he turned around and said to me: “ This is the best conversation that I ever had with a passenger. The way you express yourself, there is no chance of misinterpretation.” A few minutes later, while dropping me at the gate, he gave me a strong handshake and repeated: “I meant it, this is the best conversation that I ever had with a passenger, have a safe trip.”
Great complement, even though I know that I’m not the most approachable person in the room. Thank you, thank you!
So here is my thought:
Approachable people listen and pay attention. They interact, ask questions and do their best to understand by showing genuine concern and kindness. They smile and talk about positive things; they make people feel good. They are real.
People are drawn to approachable people because they feel that they matter to that person; with that person they have their spirits lifted not looked down on.
Always keep in mind: It takes no effort to be nice, to give a sincere compliment, to be kind to a person. Most of the time we are so wrapped up in ourselves that we miss out on the beauty of meeting and interacting with a stranger.
A kind word can make a big difference on a person’s moment, day or life! - MFR
Who I am today as a person is largely due to my failures!