While it may not seem intuitive taking time out to selflessly help others will help you more than them. This week I haven’t had much time to blog largely because this week many opportunities arose to help others and I took them. Some at work, some outside of work. Helping others will endear them to you. Not only will you ultimately benefit more than what you’ve invested in helping others, but you will also make a real difference in the lives of those whom you work with.
Here are for keys to helping others and making them feel like a priority while doing so.
1. Be empathetic. Stop thinking of yourself and put yourself in the shoes of those around you.
2. Take time out. Believe it or not, you have the time. Help others and you will find more time to finish the things you need. Importantly make whoever you are helping feel like they are the priority.
3. Be genuinely interested. Don’t only make the people you serve feel like you are interested in them, be interested in them.
4. Listen. Nothing can make a person feel lower than to think you don’t care about them, the easiest way to do this is to not listen to them. If you value them (which you should), then show them you care by listening to them.
Remember as the old adage says, it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice