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Building Relationships | What they don’t tell you

Human beings are naturally social creatures, right? We crave friendship and positive interactions, jsimiolar like we do with food and water. So it makes sense that the better our relationships are, the happier and more productive we’re going to be. However, there is much more to building relationships than a cold message to pitch your business.

In fact, that may not even qualify as the beginning of building one. Sure, you might have opened some dialogue with another person. But, please don’t confuse this with having a relationship with them.

You see, there is so much more to the process and for whatever reason true human interactions are lost and overshadowed too often, with selling. In today’s post I want to leave you with several tips and ideas for building relationships both on social media and in, real life.

Tips for Building Relationships to Grow your Business

Good relationships give us freedom.

Instead of spending time and energy overcoming the problems that arise with negative relationships, we can (and should) instead, focus on opportunities.

Develop your People Skills

Building relationships starts with having good people skills. For example, how well you collaborate, communicate and deal with others? Being aware of the soft skills you already possess, and ones you need to work on is key. Think about how you engage with others. There are many people who rely heavily on personality or color tests but my suggestion is evaluate your current relationships and what they feel like.

How do others respond to you? Are they inclined to continue the conversation or do you carry it most of the time. Auditing your current relationships including, ones you are developing will help you identify where you excel and where you need to focus.

Show Appreciation and Gratitude 

Show your appreciation whenever someone helps you. Everyone wants to feel that they’re is appreciated. So, genuinely compliment the people around you when they do something well. This will open the door to great relationships. This can also be beneficial when building relationships in a cold audience.

If someone shares something that resonated with you, made you laugh or caused you to truly feel something inside — message them — tell them how amazing their tip was or how you align with their beliefs on a topic. Love on those around you and if they’re the right people for you, they will love back on you.

Be an Active and Attentive Listener

Listening is a critical skill in boosting another person’s self-esteem. You might call it the silent form of flattery that makes people feel supported and valued. Listening and understanding what others communicate to us is the most important part of successful interaction.

Active  listening is the single most useful and important listening skill. In active listening, we also are genuinely interested in understanding what the other person is;

  1. thinking,
  2. feeling,
  3. wanting or,
  4. what the message means.

And, we are active in checking out our understanding before we respond.

Refine your Communication Skills 

Communication occurs when someone understands you, not just when you speak (or type). One of the dangers with communication is that we can work on the assumption that the other person has understood the message we are trying to get across.

This is especially prevalent when chatting on messenger without using audio clips or video.

Poor communication can lead to lack of trust, understanding, belief, etc.  It also can have a positive effect on morale when it works well and motivates individuals to want to continue building a relationship with you.

Overall, building relationships is so much more than many experts paint it out to be. When you become effective in the above mentioned skills (and I’m happy to share more — just ask) at the very least you’ve made a new friend — and you never know they could be your newest customer or distributor.

What works best for you when building relationships? Would love your thoughts!

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