According to a Harvard University study, 85% of professional success comes from highly developed interpersonal skills like relationship building.

The reason? Human beings crave positive social interactions. When we can achieve this at work, we feel much happier, more content, and become more productive.

However, with the Internet now making it possible for people to work at home, many no longer have the opportunity to practice and develop their relationship building skills. It’s for this reason why many now struggle to build a business or personal relationships with others.

However, just like muscles that haven’t been worked out for some time, you can whip your relationship building skills back in shape by practicing these 7 relationship building habits.

1) Let go of your gadgets

Your mobile phone may be a useful communication tool, but it has its limitations.

When you’re having a face-to-face conversation with anyone, resist the urge to whip out your mobile phone and putting it on the table. It sends a signal to the person you’re talking to that they are not as important as the person who’d be sending you a text message or call you up.

2) Talk less, listen more

We all want to be heard. That includes the person you’re having a conversation with. Taking time to listen to what the other person has to say sends a clear message that they are important and valued.

One way to do this is by following the 3 Second Rule in communication. This rule says that you silently wait up to three seconds before speaking. That way, you don’t run the risk of interrupting a person while he or she is talking.

3) Pay attention to the signs

93% of communication is nonverbal. That includes their body posture, facial expression, and even their tone of voice.

Paying close attention to these subtle signals will let you know if they disagree with what you said or need further clarification. That way, you’ll know whether you can take the conversation a bit deeper or end it altogether.

4) Ask the right questions

Asking questions give you the opportunity to verify what you just heard.

Start this off by saying, “what I hear you say is” followed by repeating what the person just said to you.

Doing this achieves two things. It tells the person you are really listening and not just staring blankly at them as they talk. Second, you’re clarifying the message to make sure that you understand them correctly. That way, the person could correct the message for you, allowing you to respond appropriately.

5) Keep your emotions in check

If you’re going through an emotional time, you can be more sensitive than usual. In cases like this, it would be best to be honest to the person you’re talking with about what you’re going through. They’ll appreciate not just your honesty, but they may even lend you a listening ear to help you process what you’re going through.

6) Accept and celebrate differences

Each of us has our unique set of principles, beliefs, and points-of-view. While this can make building relationships challenging, it can also open doors for us to widen our perspective and gain more insights.

7) Practice the Law of Attraction the right way

The Law of Attraction states that you attract whatever you focus on. That means that if you want to build relationships with confident men and women, you’ll need to present yourself as someone confident as well.

One way to do this is by focusing on positive thoughts and goals. Another way is by taking part in our free Discovery session. Here, coach Margaret will help you craft the right mindset to attract the people you want to build relationships with. If you want to learn more, schedule a call with Coach Margaret today.

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