In our last Coaching with Excellence conference we were talking about creating a trusting relationship before you can “coach” someone. Participant Jerry Ford shared this thought:
If you are interesting, people will like you,
If you are interested, people will love you.
That seems to capture an important and far-reaching principle. When someone spends 30 minutes telling you how they traveled to Africa and spent three weeks digging a fresh water well you may put them on your list of interesting friends. But if another person follows up on your mention that you are looking for a job, asks you what your strongest talents are then and offers to introduce you to the hiring manager at their company, the feeling goes much deeper than just a friend.
When you have extra tickets to a U2 concert, do you want to give those to someone you find interesting or interested?
Would the five people who know you best describe you as interesting – or interested?
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