How to Build Authentic Relationships Without Technology

With the rapid pace of technology of today, it has never been more important to “connect” with one another. Human connection is such a powerful thing, yet many of us lack the personal connection that was once part of everyday life.

Through social media, blogs, emails, video conferencing and the like, we all can get in contact with one another, however the personalization and sheer interaction that is needed on a personal level is few and far between. We are all so busy to get things done, that we forget that the person on the other end of the line is human too.

Dare to step away from your computer screen! I’ve always been old school and thought that many past forms of communication are a lost art. Now I’m not saying to shun technology, just don’t lose the age-old art of face-to-face communication. The busyness of life can often get in the way of the little things that help spark a real connection. I guarantee you that a simple human interaction can bring you more happiness than responding to 300 emails a day.

At the end of the day we all know that who you know matters, but have you ever thought of how well you actually know your network?

Here are some quick tips to get you started.

1. Ask someone in your office out to lunch or for coffee. You never know what you could discover or uncover what you have in common.

2. Call 5 people a week that you could have emailed or texted. That’s just one a day, folks.

3. Reach out to one person a week via your social networks. Someone that you’re already connected to and ask them a question to spark a conversation. It could be about business, or simply that you’ve noticed they are fellow alumni and your team just won a big game. Make it personal.

4. Attend a networking event. I know this sounds obvious, but it’s astonishing how many people don’t take advantage of local gatherings to meet new people.

5. Go to a group fitness class. What better way then having something to talk about right off the bat?

6. Send a “snail mail” thank you card. Don’t just send an email, buy some stamps and go to town.

7. Bring some treats into the office for everyone. It will allow you to gather with coworkers from other departments and get to know them on a more personal level.

The more you work on building more authentic relationships, it will become like second nature, and you’ll find yourself more connected than ever.

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