One time for my day job I attended a webinar and for the most part, it was really good and I was thoroughly engaged. There were two guest speakers invited. One was very lively, not too overly over the top excited, but really seemed to be happy to be on the webinar. She shared her company story in a way that made me want to sit down and talk with her. The other guest speaker, however, gave me a completely different reaction.
He sounded so bland and typically didn’t talk like he wanted to be there. His answers to viewers’ questions was short and he didn’t have good answers at all. His tone of voice is what really turned me off. Maybe he was having a bad day, I don’t know, but I do know this…if I see his name as a guest speaker for a future webinar, I probably won’t attend. And, then I remembered a similar story…one that involved me…
I was in a board meeting by teleconference, not for my day job, a year before this and I don’t remember exactly what was going on in my life at the time, all I remember is I was in a really bad mood. I didn’t want to go this meeting and it showed.
And because I was attending by phone, all anyone could know of me was the negative, funky tone of my voice and my one-word answers. I thought about that today after the webinar and I wondered how many people came to that meeting who never met me. What first impression did I give them? And you can’t always undo a bad first impression. I never got the chance to correct myself. All I could do was repent to The Lord and take care going forward.
We don’t always realize how we come across to other people. And I’m not suggesting we need to walk on egg shells throughout life, all I’m saying is it’s important to give the right impression, in business in our personal connections especially to strangers. Believe it or not, people watch how we act.
You are our letter [of recommendation], written in our hearts, recognized and read by everyone. – 2 Corinthians 3:2 (AMP)
You never know whose path you will cross in the future, even years later. That person may have forgotten your name, but they probably won’t forget the encounter they had with you especially if it wasn’t good.
I want to make a positive impression even when I’m going through hard times. It’s not easy, it’s hard work (everyday in fact) and I realize that, but it’s worth doing. What if that is the first and last time you meet that person? I tell you, I’m thinking more and more about how I want to be seen by others especially as I grow older.
I also want God to see me as He sees me. That’s even more important to me.