As you may have noticed here at EyeByte, things have been pretty busy and we have been steadily growing as a result. In the past month we’ve hired two new team members, a Traffic Coordinator (hi) and a Graphic Designer, Emily Brooks. Starting fresh in a new job has got me thinking about the power of “presence.”
Being present is more than just showing up. It’s focusing, being engaged, really listening, voicing your ideas passionately, and tracking the conversation even when you’re not actively contributing. When you are fully present, others take notice. They enjoy your company more, and remember the experience.
In our ever-accelerating world, we tend to divide attention between several things at once, thinking about the future, ruminating over the past, planning grocery lists while “participating” in a conference call, all in the name of multitasking. Our focus becomes diminished, our thoughts cloudy, we don’t record details properly in our memories, and our time feels wasted. The disconnection shows too, and this leads others to feel their time has also been wasted.
So, the next time you have attend or facilitate a meeting, need to give a speech, or even when you are just having lunch with a friend, here is a suggestion: try to be present. Don’t let any nitty-gritty outside details permeate your presence in the here and now. Keep focused on the task at hand, really listen and mean what you say. Don’t project and worry about what you want people to think or feel, your presence and passion will do that naturally. It will take extra effort, but the end result will be worth it. If you are more present and engaged in what you are doing, it will draw people in and keep them coming back for more, in both your personal and work life.
So let go of those negative thoughts, the multi-tasking, and the worrying, and really think about your power of presence and what benefits it can bestow upon you!