Because of our personal preferences and interests, we’re never able to look at life through someone else’s shoes, right? We want to look at how we can benefit ourselves first versus anyone else. That’s why the term “selfish” gets thrown around so much in relationships and friendships.
How can you begin to suggest things to someone, but first show them the rewards of it?
1. Be sincere. Do not promise anything that you cannot deliver. Forget about the benefits to yourself and concentrate on the benefits to the other person.
- I stopped making promises a long time ago because I would have a fulfilment of about 50%. Not only do you lose face, but also respect. The distrust begins to increase and then people just think you’re full of s***.
2. Know exactly what it is you want the other person to do.
3. Be empathetic. Ask yourself what it is the other person really wants.
- Always look at it from their standpoint and how they can benefit from it – your standpoint can wait.
4. Consider the benefits that person will receive from doing what you suggest.
- This part can be fun. As I talked about in my podcast about a father seeking out the benefits of his child, this can relate to a lot of parents out there.
5. Match those benefits to the other person’s wants.
6. When you make your request, put it in a form that will convey to the other person the idea that he personally will benefit. We could give a curt order like this: “John, we have customers coming in tomorrow and I need the stockroom cleaned out. So sweep it out, put the stock in neat piles on the shelves and polish the counter.” Or we could express the same idea by showing John the benefits he will get from doing the task: “John, we have a job that should be completed right away. If it is done now, we won’t be faced with it later. I am bringing some customers in tomorrow to show our facilities. I would like to show them the stockroom, but it is in poor shape. If you could sweep it out, put the stock in neat piles on the shelves, and polish the counter, it would make us look efficient and you will have done your part to provide a good company image.