I was watching the news the other day and saw that the Pope took two young boys on a spontaneous joyride through St. Peter’s Square in his Pope-Mobile. After the story was over, the news commentators all said: I LOVE this Pope! And while I am not Catholic, I have to agree.
So what is it about him that inspires such reaction?
Why does everyone feel such a connection to this man? And how is he igniting enthusiasm around the world and reenergizing Catholics?
The key is that he connects. He’s not focused on how he can be the best Pope that ever was – he is focused instead on them. Whoever they may be – the elderly or disabled, the homeless, even two young boys on a school trip – he is always thinking about how to help and connect with them. Everything that he does and everything that he is comes down to what he can do for others. He isn’t just speaking from his glorified pulpit about caring for the poor and being a good Christian – he thinks, “What can I do that will be meaningful to this man, this child, this crowd.”
This is what makes people want to see him, listen to him and be around him. This is what makes people want to engage.
When you are trying to communicate with someone — whether it’s an infuriating coworker or a potential investor – you will always be more successful if you focus on them and look for ways to connect. Communication at its best begins with generosity. Think of this the next time you are about to lead a staff meeting or speak to your Board of Directors. Remember, it’s all about them.
Do you want to inspire and enthuse people at your next meeting? Try walking into the room focused on them, and see what happens. Let me know how it goes in the comments!