Julia Morgan's original drawings for our Clubhouse, Courtesy of Cal Poly Archives

AUGUST 2015 - Getting To Know Each Other Better

August 26, 2015 1:29 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

I hope this will be “our year” to learn more about our fellow Club members.  We are spending an increasing amount of time working together on our common goal; preserving our beloved, historic Club building.  So, it is important that we try to get to know each other better.

Cooperation is key in any type of endeavor.  If we don’t work together, things simply won’t get done.  Most of us know that we should and could communicate better.  Not surprisingly, we usually stop to think about this following some sort of conflict that we dissect only to realize that if our communication had been better the conflict could have been averted.  A disagreement is the last thing any of us want or need!

So, we should work on what we say and how we say it.  This is a great first step, but there’s more involved which is equally important.  The other half of better communication is listening. 

There is a lot of information about becoming a better listener.  When we listen for our own purposes, we forfeit the opportunity to understand the other person.  When someone else is speaking, let them speak.  Inquire, ask, seek and listen.  By truly listening, we can build better, stronger, long-lasting relationships because we have a better understanding of those around us.

What else can we do?  

  • Learn the art of small talk.  Start with a simple hello and ask about their weekend (or the weather…Ha!)
  • Take time to learn about the other member’s life and interests: family, hobbies, favorite vacation spot?  You may be surprised to find you share many things in common.
  • Avoid gossip and negativity.  It’s easy to get caught up.  Try your best to dissociate yourself from what can easily turn into a toxic situation.
  • Above all, try to maintain an atmosphere of politeness, respect, and geniality.  Play your part towards creating a great environment, with a strong team ethos.  Engage in conversation and listen to the suggestions and thoughts of others.

I look forward to our 2015 – 2016 Club Year and getting to know each one of you better!


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