I think that I’m proficient at striking up a conversation. Situational comedy where no one knows what to say never made sense to me, because there’s always something to talk about. As decent as I may be, I was greatly overshadowed by someone else.
Backstory: as part of our work in downtown of planting a church, we’ve developed a great relationship with our YMCA. Our Y is pioneering a group called Togetherhood, providing a means for the members to engage in the heart of the Y outside of the walls with volunteer opportunities. We’ve enjoyed investing in OTR with some great individuals.
In order to help connect people to the volunteer opportunities, some of us have been out in the lobby, talking with people coming in or leaving. A Kind bar and Gatorade adds a little motivation for them to talk, though a few have mixed us up with Kind bar reps. All the same, we’ve had a great response.
My second time out, helping prepare for the OTR 5k and our block party, my wife joined me instead of one of the other board members. She was late, but I had a decent start with two signed up. Stepping away to check on the kids, I left her in charge moments after she arrived. I felt bad coming back, for I didn’t even give her an idea of what to say. No matter… she had three sign up in nearly half the time it took me to have two.
On the previous occassion, we had around a dozen signed up through the hour or two we were there. This round, we had nearly three dozen. We being mostly my wife.
She certainly connected well. Very well. And I was embarrassingly less able. So praises to my wife for doing so well!!
Celebrate someone when they shine in their strengths, even if it means they outshine you.