People remember how you make them feel.
They don’t remember everything you do and say.
When I think back to high school (I graduated over 13 years ago), I don’t remember the history lessons, the science facts, the math formulas, etc.
I remember stories and emotional moments…and when I think back to any teacher or classmate, I can tell you how they made me feel.
Mr. Schroll, my biology teacher, wore a fish tie from time to time. He always burst into the room, first thing in the morning, with high energy and a loud booming voice to start class.
He loved science and was passionate about teaching us, so he made us all feel good.
One time in Mr. Schroll’s class, we were dissecting tapeworms in the lab. The tapeworms were a couple inches long and soaked in formaldehyde. Nasty.
My friend Matt was dared by another classmate to eat one for a dollar. Yeah…
As an immature freshman, Matt thought that seemed like a good idea…and ATE one.
It made us all cringe and laugh. It was the talk of the school for a day. It was also they only time I ever remember seeing Mr. Schroll upset.
I’m sure if you think about any teacher or classmate (like Matt and Mr. Schroll), you could tell a story about them and the impressions they made on you.
You could categorize them all as:
– Good teacher or bad teacher
– Fun or mean
– Helpful or backstabber
When you’re building relationships, think about this.
Everyone will remember you for how you made them feel.
They won’t remember the day to day conversations.
They’ll remember the energy you had. The emotions that they felt from you. The fun stories.
Make people feel good. Lift them up, make them laugh, be
more relaxed around them. They will remember that in the long run.
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