I love my “writing workshop” days with students. I typically bring some kind of treat. I take seriously Proverbs 18:16 (NLT): “Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!”
When I want to open the door of someone’s heart or mind, I bring a gift. I think of a little treat as a gift that opens doors and grants access. It’s become a hallmark of my teaching philosophy to bring unexpected treats. It’s part of my professional life, too. I’ll give the lecturers in my seminar on teaching a new pen or a treat when they least expect it. I’ll also have treats or little gifts in my office for anyone stopping by. You’ll find chocolates, flavored waters, packages of almonds, and all sorts of little treats.
A gift opens the door.
Try giving a gift when you want the door to open for you.