Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Respect People’s Time

Holding a meeting for something that could have been said in an email. Showing a powerpoint presentation and repeating what it says on the slides. Starting all over again when someone shows up late.

Every day we’re burning time, attention and trust.

And it’s not just at work. 

We do it with our writing when we repeat our argument. We do it at home when we answer our spouses question without fully understanding their problem. And we do it to our audience when we talk about ourselves instead of diving right into the recipe.

The result?

You change what other people think about you. And not for the better. 

Which isn’t that big of a deal for the people that already decided they like you. But it doesn’t bode well for the rest.

After all, early assumptions are sticky and tough to change. 

Never forget: your reputation is just as important as what you actually do. Perhaps even more so.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach