How are Nurses like Realtors?
It's not obvious.
I was having lunch with her today and she was explaining that she is most effective with her patients when she can slow herself down....and. be. with. them. When the patient knows she is with them, cares for them, and is listening to them, ultimately working towards their best results, then the patients relax and are much more able to partner with her and allow her to deliver her care.
As she was speaking, I realized, the same with us. Sure, we're going at the speed of light, juggling many balls at once. However, many times I find myself most effective when I connect with the clients, and listen. Sometimes they don't even want my suggestions, they just want to be heard. And then we work through to the next step.
I trust this is true for many of you too.