By: Velma Knowles

To improve our relationships, we need to connect more with others. Every Leader, regardless of where they are on the path to growth, can do these 5 simple steps and connect more with others.

No 1. Find Common Ground – if we look closely, we will uncover things that we share in common with others. People like people to like them. It’s a need to belong. We want to be around people who like us. The best way to connect with others is to be likeable and find what’s similar, what you have in common.

No 2. Share a Compliment – flattery is worth its weight in gold. Everyone wants everyone to say nice things about them. We can all find the nuggets of positive things to say, even if it’s only one thing. Just as we enjoy receiving compliments, we should learn to give them. Say something nice, it’s a nice thing to do.

No 3. Admit when you are Wrong – people like you for your accomplishments, but they love you for your mistakes. We have all heard the saying that confession is good for the soul. It’s true and it’s also the right thing to do. Admitting your wrong say’s, you are human. Don’t be afraid to say you are not perfect. Be honest.

No 4. Smile more often – a smile in any language means that I like you. Smiling is good for your emotions as well. It helps you feel better about yourself and life. We want to be with happy people. They make us feel happy, so return the favor. Be a happy person to be around and smile often.

No 5. Listen with an ear to Understand – hearing and listening are not the same. Listening means you are interested in what others are saying. We want people to listen to what we are saying. To connect more with people, listen without interruption, always seek first to understand others and then for others to understand you

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