Have you ever driven to work and not remember anything about the drive, or ordered at a restaurant and have no idea what your waiter looks like?
Most people don’t pay attention to the world around us, so many of us, just don’t pay attention as we move through our day. Observing people and situations is an incredibly valuable skill.
By noticing the subtle cues during a conversation you can then adjust and react more meaningfully to the situation and improve the impact of your interaction. If you notice that someone is less engaged as we cover a particular topic you can lessen the amount of time you spend covering that are or if they lean forward when you shift the focus of the conversation, you can then engage them directly in articulating why they might benefit from what your are discussing.
Observation is a skill that can be learned and developed through training. Observation is a muscle that once exercised will become stronger and more enhanced. Here are a few ideas on how to enhance your power of observation.
Notice something new each day. Make it a point to notice the people you ride the elevator with or the people standing in line with you at the coffee shop. Take a good look and notice the little details, like how they are standing, how they part their hair, their jewelry or watch. By exercising your power of observation each day, you will enhance your observation skills in other areas of your day.
By improving your power of observation you will begin to notice, businesses that you had not seen before – but have always been there. People right in front of you of your eyes that have the potential to be good connections for you. By enhancing your observation you will improve your performance, your relationships and your business.
YOUR CHALLENGE: Slow down and observe the world around you, notice the little things this week and start working on your power of observation.