It’s a busy bustling world out there; an instantaneous world in which we communicate in seconds through email, text, Skype, Snapchat, social media platforms, instant messenger, and much more. With everything at our fingertips and so immediate, sometimes we take our relationships with others for granted. It’s so important to step back and appreciate the everyday moments in your life, lessons learned, and most importantly, the people you interact with.
If you take the time to practice these 3 things, you’ll become a more genuine person who offers value, reliability, and integrity. In turn, you’ll receive credibility and respect. People will want to be around you and they’ll want to do business with you.
1. Nurture Relationships - You’ve established a relationship with someone, perhaps a neighbor, friend, someone in your networking group or a customer, but it doesn’t stop there-you have to continually maintain that relationship if you want to build trust, have it to be meaningful, and grow. Just like a little plant, your relationship will die if you don’t nurture it. People feel taken for granted when your experience with them is that of a drive-thru fast food restaurant.
You want your ability to nurture relationships and engage with people to be part of your attributes. You want someone to be better off because you’re in their life. Offer support and listen. Be a mentor. Listen to their accomplishments, business ventures, and interests and also share your endeavors and passions with them. Amazing friendships, partnerships, and collaborations come out of the most nurtured relationships.
2. Say Thank You - Two tiny words, yet so very powerful. Acknowledging someone’s efforts or kindness really goes a long way. Taking a minute to write a handwritten thank you, deliver a small token of appreciation, or make a phone call. People will remember this, they will value you more and it will strengthen your relationship with them. Your customers will remember this the next time they are in need of your services or know someone who is.
3. Follow-up and Follow Through - How many times do you hear people say, “We have to get together,” or “I’ll get back to you soon,” or “I’d love to learn more,” but then they never follow-up. Following up shows you’re genuinely interested. It shows you respect someone else’s time and work. Even if you have to tell someone “no” or that you’re not interested, it’s so important to follow-up. Don’t commit to something if you can’t take it on.
If you’re a job seeker, don’t be afraid to follow-up, politely and relentlessly remind the hiring team that you’re still there and you’re still awesome. Following up is one of the most difficult and uncomfortable tasks for people to do because they fear rejection and fear they will be seen as overbearing. This is not the case, in actuality, a follow-up shows that you don’t give up!
A little extra goes a long way. Be curious, be a resource, be the person people learn from because not only will this serve others well, but it will serve you well. Taking these small steps will help cultivate and preserve relationships and also speaks volumes to your character.
Guest Blogger Bio:
Nicole Pica is a Personal Development Coach who works with individuals seeking to enhance their marketability and obtain new opportunities. She offers customized coaching to people who are in career transition and incorporates education around goal setting, positive thinking, leadership, and motivational strategies. Nicole has previous experience in the Staffing & Recruiting industry, is a Certified Personal Trainer, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Please visit www.reinventucoaching.com to learn more!