“Using positive language is invariably pleasant to those around the table, as well as being beneficial to ourselves.” #bgdtcoaching.
During the course of any day we may find ourselves around the table, be it at home, work, in a coffee bar or restaurant. It could be in the company of just one or two people or indeed a whole host of folk.
Putting aside the ideas of political correctness and being positive for its own sake, when sitting around the table our words impact immensely on the moment. However, besides our words, our attitude and behaviour likewise influence greatly the atmosphere around the table.
Being responsible individually for what we proverbially bring to the table is something we can all appreciate. It is never fair to expect others to supply something we could provide ourselves and sitting around the table focuses attention on our contribution.
The moment may be one created as a pause to other more important activities occurring during the day. It might, on the other hand, be the key event of the day for all concerned. Whatever its weight in our thinking, being around the table can be embraced like any other moment as it is.
Perhaps you are reading this whilst sitting around the table right now. If you are, what are you offering to the mood of the moment? To what extent are you curious, mindful, open to the surroundings? Who or what else is present around the table with you?
Thanks for reading this ‘Around the table‘ post today.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).