Thoughtful Thursday: Target Demographic
September 19, 2013
We have a houseguest right now. He and my husband have been friends and colleagues for many years and speak on an almost daily basis, but he has only met Burrito and Tamale once before, last year. Even so, when he arrived today, both Burrito and Tamale were clamoring to show him around the house. Burrito, who normally takes hours to get comfortable with a new person, within a few minutes was literally leading our guest around the house by the hand.
After the children went to bed, I commented to our guest, “Wow, Burrito likes you so much. He is never so comfortable with someone so quickly.”
Our guest responded, “Children and dogs are crazy about me. Adults, not so much.”
I replied, “I’m exactly the same way! Except for the dogs.”
In fact, neither of our statements is quite true. Everybody likes our houseguest; I’ve never met a person who had a bad word to say about him. Children and dogs just like him even more. A mutual friend had a dog who barked viciously at everyone except her immediate family; the teenaged daughter of the family had a boyfriend who was only accepted by the dog after 2 years. The first and every subsequent time that the dog met my houseguest, she was snuggling him and licking his face.
As for me, I’m also a pied piper with children. Not all children, but most. Recently at a birthday party, a 2 year old who is hesitant around almost all adults was literally pushing my children out of the way so that she could sit next to me.
I’m also pretty popular with older people. I’m calm, listen attentively, show excellent manners. People my age? Hit or miss.
The same principle applies professionally. I’m a great mentor/supervisor. Bosses love me. Peers? Iffy.
Which types of people (or animals) are particularly drawn to you? What types of people are tougher for you to charm?