I Hate Garage Sales…but I Love People!
By Sue Brage, Editor of Church Volunteer Daily.com
Not everyone loves a garage sale. In fact, I was dreading mine last week. But, as it turns out, I loved every minute. During the sale, I joked with my kids, "I don't have customers, I make friends." Overall it was a blast. People were chatting with each other, humming to the music, and finding just the right treasure they were searching for.
It made me realize that there are some basic things about working with people that apply in any situation; even a neighborhood yard sale! There are things that put people in a relaxed and positive mood; and ways to connect with them that will enhance every relationship on your team.
Here are the five things you need to know about working with people (you probably already know them, so consider this a reminder...)
1. A positive attitude always makes a difference.
2. People respond better to grace than criticism.
3. Everyone has something to offer and a story to share.
4. A positive atmosphere brings out the best in people.
5. People want to have fun.
How could these statements affect your current approach to volunteering? Have you seen them proven in your own life?
Sue Brage worked in nonprofit marketing and communications for more than nine years before joining Group Publishing as Online Publisher and Editor for Church Volunteer Daily.com. Her experience as a writer, editor, and volunteer coordinator (not to mention wife and mother) gives her a unique perspective and ability to encourage and help leaders. She has a big heart for people and great passion for helping others serve their churches and communities better. Follow Sue on Twitter at @SueB rage and @CVCDaily
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