Say Hello First
Me or you?
Maybe we’re too shy. It’s easier to be approached than it is to do the approaching. Or maybe we’ve imposed a price tag on who makes the move to say hello first.
Who loses in this situation? Everyone.
Years ago when my son was one year old and just learning to talk, he would say “hi” to everyone. As I pulled into the line at the grocery store, he would shout “hi” in a happy voice to the clerk. It always put a smile on their face and many would engage in a conversation.
Saying hello first creates a sense of being approachable. That reduces the anxiety the other person may be feeling. Your smile creates a feeling of warmth and joy. It is welcoming. And all of us – even the curmudgeons – gravitate toward the things that bring us joy and make us feel welcome.
If you are shy, you can overcome shyness by putting on a smile and taking the initiative to say hello first to someone in the room that you think is also shy. You will be surprised at the warm response you will get back. This will give you confidence to do it again. Don’t risk losing the opportunity to connect with someone and build a relationship, whether it’s business or personal.
Spread the love. Say hello first. Every time.