Do you know the name of the guy in the picture?
I’m not the best informed when it comes to pop stars but I was utterly bowled over when I watched an episode of The Voice UK when a contestant was taken to meet the international superstar Justin Timberlake – that’s him, in the picture.
As the unknown approached the star, he (the superstar) proffered his hand and said “Hi I’m Justin”.
Now a guy like that could be forgiven for assuming that most people in the music industry know who he is. He could even be forgiven for assuming that a lot of the general public know who he is but there he was, INTRODUCING HIMSELF.
I immediately took notice. Someone with that level of awareness of putting other people at ease, of not making assumptions, is worth taking notice of.
I’ve been to networking events where the idea is to meet people, get to know, like and trust them and maybe do business with them, where that level of self awareness would work wonders.
A place where everybody knows your name?
People, there is no such place. You may think you are a big fish in small pond and that folks know (or should know) who you are.
You may simply be so unused to such gatherings that you’re not aware that someone would like to introduce you but has forgotten or never knew your name.
Either way, please, ease the social interaction by simply copying the superstar and saying your name every time, as many times as necessary, always and forever, so that no-body feels awkward or worse, walks away without ever learning your name.
That simple gesture turned me into a fan of Mr. Timberlake that has nothing to do with his prowess as a musician, singer, producer and entertainer. I’m a fan of his awareness and humility and his desire to put someone at ease.
It’s such a simple thing to do but it speaks volumes.
In any interaction, its never about you, its always about the person you’re meeting. If you focus on them and not on you, you’ll be the superstar.