There are two types of people: those who light up the room when they walk into it, and those who light up the room when they leave. It’s an old saying, but it’s worth stopping for a moment today to consider which one of those people are you.
When you walk into the room, are people happy to see you? Are they glad that you are part of this meeting? Do they look forward to finding a solution to a problem together because they know that it will be an adventure, and you will end up moving forward?
Do you know that you are the person who lights up the room when you walk in? If you aren’t sure, you need to check to make sure you aren’t the other person.
Two things to note:
- Lighting up the room has nothing to do with extraversion. Some of the quietest people can light up the room because of their solid dependability. I can think of several people who are definitely not extraverts who I love being on teams with.
- You might not light up the room for everyone, or maybe not even all the time. But you should always be trying to find ways to connect with the people with whom you aren’t on the same wavelength. Turn these people from people who are happy to see you leave to people who are happy to be on the same team as you.
You are going to light up the room. You have a choice of when you want to light it up. I suggest that you work on lighting up the room when you enter it.