In the movie “Beaches,” Bette Midler has the greatest line, “Enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do YOU think of ME?” Rule of thumb, end dialog about “you” with an authentic question about the other person. Not probing or confrontational, but a genuine question of interest that shows the other person you really do care. “How did your presentation go today?” “How are you feeling about your upcoming trip?” “How is your sister doing?” “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Like all love languages, quality time takes effort. It builds a solid foundation for a comfortable, valuable and even safe place to fill the relationship to the brim with care and concern. Use the time wisely to make your relationships genuine.
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