The Turns #400

“There are two types of people in this world: those who walk into a room and say ‘There you are!’ and those who say ‘Here I am!’”

– Various attributions

A cornerstone to personal excellence and personal effectiveness is the ability to develop and sustain effective relationships.

In previous posts we have reviewed a wide variety of tools and techniques to do just that. Fundamental to those tools is taking a sincere interest in others, by showing our interest in their favorite subject – themselves.

On the other hand, when we focus on being interesting, we often come across as egotistical and self-centered, which repels others.


Ask for some feedback or coaching from those close to you and determine how much of a “there you are” versus “here I am” person you are.

If the feedback you receive does not match up with what you desire, place a reminder card in your home and workplace with the words “be interested versus interesting” on it.