The Thing About Drama Is...
You could be minding your business taking a shower thinking about getting the wee ones off to school so you can meet your 9 AM only to discover your client and shorties have to wait because life, as usual, has a funny way of making other plans for you.
The thing about drama is you have no way of controlling what other people toss your way. You can only control your response to what you need to respond to. Even not responding means you have made a decision not to engage, so don't think for one minute you are not making idle decisions about your life every single minute of every single day. Your profession is what you do, not who you are.
I was watching someone work the crowd and wondered (a) is it crass and insensitive to hand out your business cards to people who are wondering where they are going to live if the place goes up in smoke or (b) is it a missed opportunity to connect with people who suddenly find themselves thinking about the possibility of moving?
The thing about drama is if you are careful and listen to the fears, needs, wants and desires of folk who find themselves unnerved, frustrated and lost you can help them if you place them first. Don't give them your card, go say hello and let them know you're around if they eventually need something because most people who are afraid of being homeless just want to talk about their circumstances.
I took the business card of the sales person when the person got to me and the shorties and stated I am a Realtor. It's very nice to meet you. That one statement resulted in someone asking me why I didn't hand out my cards as well. My response was it's an emergency and I just want to see if my neighbors are okay. I am waiting to take my kids to school and I live just over there. That simple statement got me three new customers. I didn't give them a card, I handed them my cell phone and told them to call their phones and save me in their address book. I would save them.
The thing about drama is if you are careful not to create new drama during an ongoing crisis, people will respond in a positive, proactive way if you give them control and make them feel less vulnerable. I have to thank Margaret Rome for that bit of wisdom. She taught me not to always give out your business card while we were hanging out in Maryland together. She was right. People will come to you if they want you. They will come to you on their terms if you just let them know you are available to help if they ever need it.
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