Posts Tagged ‘goal-setting’

Attentionology Power Play – Host Lunch & Listen!

March 15, 2013
Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…HOST LUNCH & LISTEN!

When someone invites you to lunch, do you consider what motivated the invitation?

Kids don’t. Lunch? They’re ready to go!

Adults are more likely to answer, “Yes, even if it’s for something fun like celebrating a birthday. I have to think  for a moment before I answer because I have so many responsibilities; my time is limited; and I need to know what lunch will involve.” 

Imagine your lunch partner’s surprise when you say simply, “I’d like to meet for lunch and spend some time just listening to you.” Imagine that!

Someone wants to really HEAR YOU…how you’re doing; what concerns may be “bugging you; ” ideas you have about how to improve your work to positively impact the outcome you seek.

The act of listening – without interrupting – is a first step in helping anyone. A whole lunch of listening…wow…golden!

In School? You know which kids would benefit from extra one-on-one time. Depending on the grade level and dynamics of your whole class, plan a private Lunch & Listen time in your room or corner of the cafeteria, or a group get-together. The key is your willingness to listen. With children, that may require your encouraging them to speak freely.

In an Office? Email an invitation to Lunch & Listen to an employee that you think could use some extra motivation or needs help or…whatever, depending on your workplace. Offer to have lunch in or out; it’s best if you also offer to pick up the tab!

Speaking of tabs, don’t forget to schedule a Lunch & Listen date for yourself. We can all use a good ear!

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet

Attentionology Power Play – Personalize Communications

February 26, 2013
Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…PERSONALIZE COMMUNICATIONS 

What’s better? Personalized “care” from service providers or impersonal responses to your needs?

The answer’s a “no-brainer!” Just think of totally automated phone systems.  Yuk!

On the phone, online Skyping, talking in person – whatever the method used – the most productive, enduring, motivating and rewarding communications between people are personalized.

Personalized communications foster permanent, positive connections with customers – a key factor in setting goals and getting what you want.

In School? Your students are your primary “customers,” even though we usually don’t use that term in educational communities.

When working with a student one-on-one or with the whole class, offer this personal expression of interest…Say “I thought of you ___________ (fill in when – yesterday, early this morning, etc.) because I ________________________________________” (fill in the action that occurred, causing your thought(s) about the person(s). For example, you  could say, “I saw a new book about Space Travel and I know you love “stuff” about Space” or you could say, “I found a cool new book about Space that I think we’ll enjoy including in our upcoming Science Unit. I like new discoveries!”

In an Office? Surprise co-workers at the start of a meeting by saying, “I thought of you yesterday at the market when I saw the new chocolate candy we were chatting about at lunch. Yes, I ‘caved;’ I bought a bag; it’s here. Let’s pass it around right now before we pick up the agenda.” 

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet