Have you noticed that some people are the human equivalent of catnip? They draw us in and almost magnetically compel us to help them.
I call them catnip masters.
Last week I had the unusual pleasure of meeting with 3 catnip masters in a single week. They ran the professional gamut—consultant, coach and attorney—but each had some compelling characteristics that drew me in:
A genuinely upbeat disposition. They are jazzed talking about their work and clients (and on any topic close to their heart). Bright, open and engaging, they spice up conversations with good humor and a positive outlook.
Sincere interest. Listening and speaking in roughly equal doses, they listen intently and leave you feeling heard, inspired, appreciated. They are givers, looking for opportunities to be of service.
Authenticity. Their stories, tone of voice, body language and appearance all align with who they are at their core. Artifice in any form seems alien to them.
Real lives beyond work. How they showed me this ranged from sharing a few photos to lively anecdotes to sheer pleasure in the antics of their kids. Each came across as deeper and richer than just an impressive resume.
It didn’t stop after the initial meeting. Follow-ups included a hand-written note, a phone call with promised information and links to helpful websites. I was inspired to make an immediate referral in one case and to actively search for introductions for the other two. Catnip in action.
What’s your catnip?