This post is from Cindy, who has the extrovert strength the Gallup organization calls WOO
(Winning Others Over):
The genius of people with ‘WOO’ talent is the impact we can have on other people, and the ease with which we can win them over. We have an incredible ability to meet new people. We almost magically know what to say in order to draw others out. We’re very curious about others. We may even overwhelm new people we meet by asking a lot of questions. We find human beings FASCINATING!
Most people love the attention we give them, and the way that we affirm them so quickly. We LOVE the process and challenge of meeting new people. People usually respond well, especially once they learn our only ‘agenda’ is to get to know them! The genius of this talent is that we not only quickly connect with people, but we can be the catalyst in helping other people connect with each other.
When we enter a crowd, the crowd will be more energetic because we are there. In fact, we WOO people have the capacity to transform a crowd of disconnected people into a cohesive group – this is no small accomplishment. All we have to do is accept that we have a valuable talent, and be willing to take on this role.
Top Considerations for WOO people
One thing we need to beware of is not to expect everyone else (or our spouse) to be equally comfortable mingling in a crowd of strangers.
One especially valuable thing we can do is to keep track of people we meet, their skills and their backgrounds, and actively seek ways we can connect/introduce people to each other who might be able to partner or help each other.
One thing we need is DAILY opportunities to meet others. Keeping us hidden away in an office working on a computer will inevitably lower our energy and increase our frustration in our job. Give us the opportunity to be your company’s advocate, PR person, or salesperson, and you will be glad you did!
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