Day 936. My new dance instructor figured out what’s important to me….

October 17, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 936.  Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I was sitting quietly in the corner at the dance studio in Dallas.  This was my first private lesson with an instructor at this location.

The music started playing and the warm-up dance began.  This studio usually has line dances I am unfamiliar with—and I’m too shy to get up and try.

Today was no different.  The instructors waved at me to join them but no—I was too shy.  This isn’t my usual dance studio.

I watched with mild interest… then my interest grew to intrigue… wait a minute!  Is that a Lindy Hop step?  I sat watching with a smile.

My thought process:  “That line dance is a bit of out of my comfort level but it does involve Lindy Hop.  I think I’ll considering learning that dance.

The line dance finished and my new private dance instructor, Urban approached me with a smile.

Urban:  “You should have joined us!  It was Lindy Hop!”

Smiling Daffodil:  “I did participate.  I watched intently!”

Urban:  “I choreographed that new line dance just for you!  I know you love Lindy!”

I looked at him with shock.

Surely he wasn’t serious?

Either way, my first dance lesson with him was superb.  I learned so much—and it was completely, wonderfully, fun.  While it wasn’t a Lindy Hop lesson, he did let me have a few moments of Lindy and he gave some interesting new tips for improving my dancing.

When the lesson ended he mentioned the line dance again.

Urban:  “The next time you come to class I want you to dance the line dance.  That’s your line dance.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Absolutely.  It’s my line dance and I am the Lindy Hopper.  I will learn that dance!”

Urban:  “That’s what I like to hear!  We choreographed the line dance today – we even recorded it so that the other studio where you go can learn the steps.  We realized that we didn’t have a Lindy Hop line dance in our collection—now we do!”

Before leaving I hugged Urban.

Smiling Daffodil:  “Thank you so much!”

Urban:  “You made my day!”

Smiling Daffodil:  “You made mine!”

I walked out of that Dallas studio with an enormous grin on my face.

The Dale Carnegie principle Urban used is from How to Win Friends and Influence People:
Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

The lesson in this story:  Grab the attention of your customers, friends and acquaintances by acknowledging what is important to them.  I was genuinely blown away that my new dance instructor took the time and energy to choreograph a line dance with me in mind.  He took the time to teach the other instructors and they introduced it to the students today.  Imagine how important I feel and just picture the elation when I get to dance my Lindy Hop line dance at all the events and parties.  (As you might have guessed, I’ve already named my line dance and can’t wait to teach others as soon as I learn it.)  You can also count on me continuing my dance lessons with Urban and putting 100 percent attention and effort into learning.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil

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