No one wants to go to another meeting, and no one wants that meeting to go any longer than it has to. Many of our required school meetings are virtual these days. Most of the time there is an around the horn part of the meeting, or the question is asked does anyone else have anything to share?
I challenge you from here on out, to always have something to share. Don’t waste people’s time by talking nonsense, but find something positive to say about your organization, compliment someone else’s work, or second an idea that was talked about earlier in the meeting. You can always find something positive to add for the betterment of the team. Again, you’re not wasting people’s time or brown-nosing, but I think it’s important that we in our organizations, whether schools or businesses, support and back one another up. There’s always something happening, and you can always find something positive to share.
Positivity and celebration of a colleague’s work is contagious. What is the culture of your organization or school like? If you’re not happy with the culture, how do you change it? By finding one positive thing to celebrate, even if it’s not a huge event. Noticing the small wins are sometimes the best.
One of our best teachers who’s been retired now for a number of years, Kevin Birmingham, gave me some advice once about when I speak. He said, “When you speak, Be like a comet: beautiful, brilliant, and brief.” Well, I’m not always the most successful at the last one, but I do try to hit all three when I speak.
So at your next meeting when it’s your turn, even if you don’t have much to say, make sure you find something positive to say about someone or something in your organization. Be like a comet. Remember it’s contagious!
Quote: “If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles.”
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