Talk About Yourself… A Lot

November 17, 2010

Chapter 6 – Staying Close When You’re Far Away

A short phone conversation and a few emails don’t add up to a real person. You need to take the time to let the rest of your team know about you. The big stuff is important –kids, where you live, major hobbies– but talk about little stuff too. What did you do over the weekend? Have you seen a good movie recently? Did something funny happen to you in the last few days?

Make talking about yourself an ongoing habit. Don’t talk about yourself for a hour each week; make it five to ten minutes every day. The early part of meetings is a good time for this. People are normally chatting, just make a point of joining in and tell them something about yourself. Letting the rest of your team know about your life helps to humanize you.

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