Often in the context of business, we talk about the power of connections and networking.
We talk about how those two things can bring us new opportunities, provide us with pathways into various industries and careers, and connect us to people we would have never thought to connect with. It’s that same line of thought that pushes me to always have a smile on my face and be ready to interact no matter the space. But why?
I had previously attended a State Conference with FCCLA and was commended on the fact I always carry myself with a smile. It didn’t make sense at the time why it necessarily mattered, but what I had been showing to people was a friendly face they could talk to and connect with. And then again at the International DECA conference, I met so many people, and each commented on this smile.
The “smile” was a simple motif, and it meant more of a sense of carrying oneself with pride, joy, and confidence. It is the idea that as an individual you
challenge yourself to create an image for others that shows you are friendly, ready to talk, and eager to meet them. Through the smile, you are cautious about what you say and what you do and take steps to ensure you aren’t too alienating to those you may not know. Through that smile, you become your best self no matter where you are.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what your title is, what matters is that you show yourself as a person who can carry themselves and
wants to interact with others and one that understands that you never know who is watching. Far too many times, I hear of leaders like you and me losing opportunities because they act like they are better than others or because they simply managed to give the “wrong vibe” to people who could have connected them to others. Why risk losing connections over something you can control?
I leave you with this challenge: what will you do to “smile” and create your best self? What can you do to help others put on their own smile?
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