I have a shockingly bad memory. I forgot that I had read the quote below several times. Each time I rediscovered it, it resonated. And for the last year or so it has actually stuck. What is it?
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
It's really hit home because I spend a lot of my time talking to prospective and actual members and clients for Interimity (a community for independent HR & Change professionals).
In spite of my shockingly bad memory, one thing that has really struck me is how often a name will come up and I will have an emotional response - could be good or could be bad, but I definitely have a sense of something. And because of my shockingly bad memory, I tend to keep copious notes, including others' opinions. Every single time my written record has chimed with my gut feeling.
So, if you need to network, if you're a leader, if you may just need some help from others in the future, or if you just want a large turnout at your funeral….bear this in mind.
We remember how you make us feel.
And to everyone who I haven't made feel great? Sorry.
(Unless you deserved it. I'm not a saint.)
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