When Alex was 2 I started having a tough time getting him to brush his teeth. He didn’t want to do it, or if he did, then he would barely get the tooth brush in his mouth before declaring that he was done. So I pulled out my mommy skills to figure out a way around it. Turns out he had and a crush on the 16 year old girl next door so I told him that girls don’t kiss boys with stinky breath. It was amazing, you could actually see the light bulb turn on in his head when he realized what this meant. Needless to say, we have not had an issue since with teeth brushing and if you ask Alex today why he brushes his teeth he will reply ‘because girls don’t kiss boys with stinky breath’ without missing a beat.
So the next time a client or someone in your life isn’t responding the way you want them to, take a step back and make sure that you are relating to them in a way that means something for them.