“A boo is a lot louder than a cheer. If you have 10 people cheering and one person booing, all you hear is the booing.” Lance Armstrong
Booing is quite easy for the audience and discouraging for the one on stage (or in charge for that matter). When a leader boos, it seems everyone notices.
I found myself booing, not with the word “boo” but with a negative word, when I could have easily been positive. It was wrong of me, and I brought others down as well. I still feel bad for the poor guy in charge, and I’ve vowed to do better next time.
In this quest, I’ve thought about people who have cheered me on. Here is how they did it:
1. Notice the passions of those around you and comment when you see them raising the bar.
2. Listen to advice given by others with true appreciation.
3. Try an idea suggested by another and let them know of positive results.
4. When someone has worked hard, find a way to show appreciation.
5. Tell a third-party about the great thing your friend has done. These words will ring back and encourage the one who did the act.
6. Tell the person how much they have meant to you.
7. Write a note of sincere thanks to someone who has blessed you.
Remember it takes a lot of cheers to counteract the boos. When in doubt, cheer instead! You’ll be happy you did later on.
What makes you cheer loudly?