What do you do to show love in business?
I was chatting with a friend this morning who was discouraged about how hard it is to reach people by phone when prospecting in these pandemic times when you often can’t find people in an office. He was faced with a day of emailing and clearly felt it was a burden.
We shifted the attitude and mood with this challenge: What can you do to make every email you send one that will light up the person receiving it? Email stands for Electronic mail but can just as easily be thought of as “Energy Mail.” We are sending little bits of our energy to other people and I believe some of us can feel the mood of the person sending it and the “tone” of the communication.
Sometimes, I’ll put “A tickle from Siobhan” when I’m following up with someone I haven’t heard from in a while. I don’t have an attitude of “Why haven’t they gotten back to me?!” As Don Miguel Ruiz mentions in his wonderful book The Four Agreements, “Don’t take anything personally.” So, when people don’t get back to me, I know it’s not about me, but about their priorities, their busy days, etc. Just the word “Tickle” makes me feel lighter about the email I send. When I try to make someone’s day, I might wish them well, share a resource, use humor, or say an affirmation as I hit “send.” My favorite affirmation is “I send this forth with all the love and light of my being to bless and prosper you!” It makes sending emails a much lighter experience : ).
Coach’s question: What attitude can you adopt to make your “energy mail” more enjoyable for you to send and for your recipient to receive?
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