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Host, don’t participate.


This is one of the most common questions asked as we get older:

“Did my presence in those circumstances make a difference?’

Last year I had the pleasure of working with Roz, an executive coach. What stuck with me since was the idea of bringing a ‘host’ mentality into almost every area of our lives. A small change in mindset with a big potential impact to the world around us.

Most of us have been to some type of training.

Or a conference.

A ‘big game’ party.

Or a fundraising dinner.

Usually we come to these events expecting to get something.

To be better educated.

Or better connected.

To have fun.

Or raise more funding.

When we come expecting to take or get, we come as a participant. After all, it’s the trainer that will be hosting a seminar, right? The conference organizers receiving and connecting with attendees. The party host making sure everyone is comfortable and included. The fundraisers job to educate and impart their vision.

Or is it?

What if you came to these situations as if it were your responsibility to act as a ‘host’? A host mentality.

Not a subservient position, where you view yourself as less than the others, but a position of confidence, looking beyond yourself to see how you can positively impact the experience of those around you.

Looking for the value add. Considering others comfort and ease. Looking after others, being there for their benefit, not yours.

Introducing and connecting trainees.

Talking to, connecting with and making sure everyone is comfortable at that conference. Especially those that look a little intimidated.

Checking that everyone has a drink as you go to get your next one.

Making sure those in your environment have a positive experience because of your presence, your actions.

What if this idea applied to your clients, co-workers, managers, family, friends? That small, fundamental change in how we see the world, could change the way the world goes round.

We are a people of great works and even greater possibilities.


Stephen M Dick

Technical Support leader, team builder, process designer.

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This is a re-post from my WordPress blog here.

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