You know “funk” – as in funk music. :0)
I find that there’s just something about funk music that just draws me right in.
And that’s what we want when we’re connecting with people, right?
To draw them in.
Whether you are promoting your business – or speaking with a potential employer – or asking for a raise or promotion – we need to help the other person feel connected to us.
Well, I went to see MiloZ (a funk band) at The Stanhope House (they’ll be there again on June 18th!) and, as I funked it up with them, I saw parallels between what they do and what we need to do to connect with others:
1) Vision – Just visiting their website homepage shows you their unique vision for what they are all about. It’s a completely niche offering and they make no excuses for what they stand for.
Don’t try to be something you’re not.
2) Pave the way – Before MiloZ himself got on stage, the band started playing and getting the crowd excited for what was to come.
It’s our ‘getting ready’ that sets the stage for others to receive us.
3) Orchestrate – Man oh man, the band! Between the sax players, the electric guitars, and everything else, they were a fine-tuned machine.
Collaborating with others helps things move with ease.
4) Confidence – Seriously? You HAVE to be confident when you hit the stage wearing a white jacket that goes down to your knees. They owned their look AND their sound.
Showing your certainty gives you credibility.
5) Interact – At one point, both sax players came down into the audience to stroll around as they played. Everyone ate it up! They even invited a birthday girl up on stage with them.
The more accessible you are, the more others will approach you.
6) Participate – When the band started moving in unison to their music, it brought a whole new level to the experience. They weren’t just playing the music – they WERE the music!
When you’re willing to be in it, you will win it: getting noticed.
7) Engage – “Give me a HO!” “HO!” “Give me a HO HO!” “HO HO!” How could you not respond to that? They made their audience a part of their show!
You’ll better connect with others when you invite them in.
8) Repeat – Throughout the entire set, the band exhibited all of the prior 7 characteristics consistently. They brought high energy the whole night – I felt exhilarated AND energized.
When you consistently show up, others will trust you.
Where are you strong?
Where are you not as strong?
How can you take some of these characteristics and employ them for yourself?
Connecting with others is a true art – and proven (brain) science.
Don’t funk it up.
Or, I should say, funk it up like MiloZ!
Enjoy your funky week!