Recently I have had the opportunity to be corrected on how I respond to people when they ask how I am. My go to up till recently has been to say "oh, very busy, but good." Apparently this isn't the best way to convey what it is that you indulge your time with. The article I read described how a shift from the standard "I'm busy" response to the more articulate "I've been very productive" can really open up a conversation and provide more substance to you as a person. So I took the challenge and the results are in!
1. My conversations have greater yield to them.
By this I mean that when I meet someone for coffee or see someone in passing, I am better able to communicate with them by not just stating how "busy" I am. We all are busy. But I intentionally only commit to things I am passionate about. This way I am best able to volunteer my talents and measure productivity for the person or organization. Now most people don't know this. When I was saying that I was "busy", people assumed that I just was over committed. But people were more willing to continue the conversation when I talked about productivity.
2. It has challenged me to listen to my tone of voice more.
When I would say, "Oh, so busy" subconsciously I would make my voice sound tired and worn. Since obviously this was not true, I would grow irritated with myself afterwards. When I started the challenge of saying "I've been very productive", I gave myself the opportunity to let the excitement and passion in my voice stand out! This also helped the following conversation to be much more engaging and uplifting as I wasn't (unintentionally) seeking sympathy by my tone.
3. Credibility was added to the projects I was a part of.
When I met with people, rather than just stating that I was "busy" and layering it in a tired or worn tone, I now was excited about the completion or duration of the work I was a part of. This has added credibility to me as a spokesperson of these organizations. No one wants to hear a 4 word, prepared elevator speech that begs sympathy from its listener. Friends, families and investors want to hear the excitement in your voice. They want to see the pictures that you will paint with your wordplay. They want to see you have firsthand experience and know how to articulate it convincingly. Ultimately your goal is to get them excited enough in what you are doing that they wish to be a part of it as well. As a person you have upped your substance and the credibility of those you work with.
So how do you manage the "Art of being crazy productive"? Simple. STOP above all else using the word BUSY. Next, listen to your tone of voice during greetings or conversation and change anything that isn't totally honest in it. Lastly, by doing the above two steps you will find that you are more credible. With less time spent being tired and brief, you can now create vibrant conversations about the organizations you work with.
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind"