Who knew juggling would be so good for building relationships?
Actually, I did.
The Backstory: I usually juggle at the gym after my workout. With my schedule, that takes me to about 5:35 – 5:40, which is a few minutes before the Zumba class starts. Sometimes it’s afterward. If you ever want to see a bunch of unhappy women, walk into the room when they are sweating to the pounding music and start juggling off in the corner.
This time I got there around 15 minutes earlier. The group leader was just setting up. I figured I had a few minutes to do my thing before being politely asked to leave.
She saw me with the usual three yellow balls. A smile came across her face and she told me she always admired the juggling. She even asked if I was engineer…she equated juggling with the kind of mind it would take for that profession.
So I guess I misread it a bit.
I guess she doesn’t hate the juggling after all!
What happened next was something I’ve done for years to build teams, create allies and make lots of money…
I asked her to participate.
Not by juggling. But what she was ready to do…
Yeah, that’s the Zumba leader holding the phone.
When you involve people…
When you give them a job…
When you give them a sense of ownership…
They’ll stay with you.
They’ll feel good around you.
They’ll be willing to take risks with and for you.
People want to be part of the team, or at least an involved fan.
Give them what they want.
And you’ll get more of what you want.