Sunday, October 10, 2004

So...are you a new member?

There’s only one feeling worse that forgetting someone: devaluing someone. In your organization, club, business or association – there are bound to be dozens, possibly even hundreds of members you’ve never met. That’s okay. You can’t keep a tab on everybody. People come in and out of organizations all the time, and not everyone comes to every meeting.

Beware of questions like, "Are you a new member?"

Don’t assume that someone is The New Guy simply because you don’t know them. Even if you think “Oh, I know everybody,” there are always people on the fringes. Perhaps they joined the organization five years ago. Maybe they’ve been out of town for a few months or their schedule conflicts with certain meetings or events.

SUCCESS SENTENCE: “I don’t believe we’ve met before – my name’s Scott.”


How do you approach people you don't know in your organization?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag