Contributed by Bob “Oxygen Man” Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc. ~
Do you use it? Have you heard of it before?
Hopefully in a few minutes it will make sense to you and something that will benefit you in your life, journey, or just about anything you do.
So, back when I was working in the sales and marketing industry for many years I use to try and prepare for meetings and presentations with obvious thoughts around objectives, outcomes and results. Man doesn’t that sound almost too business-like, full of baloney, or even boring? 😊 Well, of course, it does.
But once I started thinking about the W.O.W. factor it was more fun. What is the W.O.W. factor you ask? Great question! W.O.W. stands for Win Over Whomever.
What does that mean? Whomever, the decision-maker, the leader of the meeting, or your strong counterparts — once you figure it out it becomes even more fun. Think about it, it works in just about everything you do.
In a community meeting, use the W.O.W. factor to share your ideas. What is exciting to you and how it fits into what is going on.
Respect, prepared thoughts and ideas, with defined outcomes.
Have you ever had someone either on your team at work or a friend that just doesn’t particularly like presentations? Me too.
But I use to always say to the team, now is your time to shine, show whomever what you know, feel good about yourself and how you complement the team that is presenting. Prepare, prepare, prepare, no doubt. A little research about your audience and what they are about. And present in a way that will wow them!
Use cool props, new technology, or just your enthusiasm! 😊
I guess you know by now or maybe not quite yet where I’m trying to go.
Being on this journey, the W.O.W. factor still helps me in many ways but a little differently. Today, I use W.O.W. in my approach to life and its challenges.
Also, I’ve learned that whomever can sometimes be, ME!
Sometimes you need to win over yourself. Are you doing the best for you? If you are trying to win every day, you are awesome. It’s about the little victories, the new things you can do that you weren’t doing before while on this journey and possibly needing oxygen therapy 24/7.
How about your doctor visits? At my appointments I try to incorporate W.O.W. every time I meet with her. A little research on my own wellness situation. I prepare some questions and thoughts, and generally help with my own next steps on the journey.
What can I expect?
Now, I understand the doctor should probably be the one doing the wowing, right?
I get it, but if you are a person that wants to be a part of the process and not just the benefactor, why not? I want every opportunity for my journey to be as successful as possible for me, yes. But, for my family as well. Loved ones want us around if the good Lord allows, but also by doing our own part as well.
People want to help and be around those that want to be helped and want to participate in the efforts that are needed for everyone to be successful.
Have you ever heard a good leader say, I don’t need any of your inputs, I am going to do what and how I want to do it, thanks for playing? If you have, I hope you got out of the meeting and went to the nearest exit and fled. LOL Well, you get the point.
Maybe winning over whomever is your spouse, a good friend, or your family? Great, it’s not all about business all the time. For me, business, not so much anymore, but I do want to try and W.O.W. when I can.
I think about how I can volunteer better, engage in community projects and share personal knowledge — whatever for whomever!
It helps the “tude” as well — a positive one can affect your desire to try and live harder and with purpose.
What else can be more important, and it costs nothing but a little time, compassion and follow through!
Some one asked me the other day about oxygen devices, insurance and ideas.
So, I sat down and spent some time wowing them with my experiences, offering ideas, showing them my portable oxygen concentrators and how I use them. Helping someone else while feeling good about my own journey — the realization of how long I’ve come and my freedom on oxygen therapy and trying to feel as normal as possible while doing it.
My friends, use the W.O.W. factor on yourselves and others along the way. Make the most of your audiences and your life!
Love you all.
Till next time.
Bob Rawlins, 61, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 14-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, band dad and chaperone, and marketing guru. He uses a FreeStyle Comfort portable oxygen concentrator and an eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator for overnight travel.
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