I went to a talk a few weeks ago where the speaker, Robert Killen, was telling us how to craft High Impact Presentations. He gave us a number of interesting tips such as telling “power stories” and genuinely seeking to understand what your audience wants before you speak so that you are sure to be of service to them. My favorite takeaway, though, was his reminder of this quote:
There are those who walk into a room and say, “Here I am!” and there are those who walk into a room and say, “Ahh, there you are!”
It is such a fabulous feeling when someone walks into a room with the energy of the latter. It reminds me of my sister Tina who, every time I call, sounds as though she is absolutely thrilled that it is me on the other end of the line. I'm pretty sure everyone else feels this way when they call her… but who cares. I feel fabulous and loved each time she answers the phone.
I have a renewed commitment to nonverbally say, “Ahhh, there you are!” upon every arrival here on out.