Whether you are interviewing for a job or hoping to get a date, first impressions are a really big deal. They are important because they are lasting. First impressions are sometimes incredibly difficulty to overcome.
This stickiness is good and bad news. If you make a good impression, it can put you in a favorable light for some time. But if you make a bad impression, significant work must be done to overcome the tainted image that has been created.
As I write this, I am standing up.
About six months ago, I abandoned the traditional office desk for a standup desk. And I have yet to look back.
Standing desks continue to increase in popularity as we learn more about the health risks associated with sitting down for long periods of time each day. I don’t stand all day long (since that has shown to be unhealthy as well), but I do stand for a significant portion of my day now.
If you are a new leader, you have ideas. You have changes that you want to make. And , inevitably, you desire to communicate the ideas and changes quickly. But while your initial desire is to speak, don’t forget to do something equally, if not more, important—listen. Because it is through listening that you become a better communicator and leader.
This is a guest post by my friend, Charles W. Smith Jr.
He serves as the Vice President of Institutional Relations at Midwestern Seminary and College. He is the husband to his high school sweetheart, Ashley, and dad to his three girls. Follow him on Twitter at @Charleswsmithjr
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