Updated: Aug 9, 2019
Yesterday before my lessons, I realized that I was doing the young hitters I work with a disservice. There is a more efficient way of tracking our conversations in the batting cages than me asking some form of, "what did we talk about last time?" So I threw a notebook in my backpack, and yesterday, I got better at helping the players that I work with get better.
I don't know why I'm just starting to do this now. I've thought about it before, I just haven't done it. I really think it's a practice that will help me better connect with each guy, and communicate with each individual hitter in his own language.
I'm excited to see if it accelerates the learning process as much as I think it will...for them and me alike.
This also got me thinking that it could be valuable to keep a notebook, or a file in your phone, or a word document on any number of people in your life. We discovered that Grandpa had notes on all of us when we cleaned out his office after we died...they weren't particularly organized (at least not to us...I'm sure they were meticulously organized in his own way, because it would have been unacceptable to him for them not to be...) post-it notes were stuck all over the place with names, addresses, birthdays, random notes.
Unless you are a walking encyclopedia, this could be a great way to better remember details (both important and trivial) in order to better connect, better serve, and better develop relationships.
If you are a leader, I think it's a no-brainer. Start with the person first. Connect with the human element. Find out what makes them get out of bed in the morning...figuratively, and maybe literally. Then determine likes and dislikes, and strengths and weaknesses so that you can serve them in a way that provides them opportunities to excel, all while helping them grow and develop on a mission to prepare them for success in more difficult undertakings in the future.
Connect with people. Take notes. No, I don't mean go on Facebook and stalk them and think that you know something about them.
Talk, develop relationships, then write it down so you can refer back and serve better.