At the end of life, relationships are still the most valuable things we have. It’s important to be intentional about them.
Today, I share with you five powerful ways to build new relationships in business and life, and cultivate them:
1) Be intentional and build relationships with people who inspire you.
Friends are different from family because you get to choose who you want in your life. Is there someone you’ve been wanting to connect with or an acquaintance? Have you been wondering how to initiate the connection? Don’t overthink it. It can be as simple as a Facebook message or a comment on one of their post to get started.
“Hi, John! I love your post and love to hear more about your thoughts on the subject. Want to jump on Zoom sometime over the next few days?”
2) Be brave and express to someone how much they mean to you.
It’s so easy to take relationships for granted or forget to tell people who mean the world to you that they do. Those few words can light up a friend’s day, can save an unpleasant situation, or might just be the encouragement they need to keep forging ahead. It doesn’t even have to be so mushy, it just has to come from your heart.
“Rachel, I hope you’re staying safe, just wanted to let you know that I appreciate all you do for me as a friend”
3) Offer help to people with the most important goals.
Everyone, regardless of whether they are strangers, acquaintances, or friends, appreciates an offer of help. Truth is, at every point in time, we are all going through STUFF. Yes, you are not a mind reader and may not know what their goals are, but there are simple things that we all need and you can help.
Share and promote their products/ services
Share articles related to their career
Introduce them to someone you know might help with their goals
Or just send them a message:
“Hi Matilda, just checking in to see what you’re up to these days and if there’s something I can help you with?”
4) Connect with and support people on a personal level.
Getting to know people at a deeper level beyond business and career can open doors to opportunities that may not be obvious at the beginning. When you shift the conversion to more personal topics and dig deeper with keen interest, you may find that you both love to travel and become travel buddies. Or you may find that your kids are the same age and now you have new playmates.
5) Surprise them with a thoughtful gift.
I have a friend who shows up every single time with a gift. Books, food, flowers, artwork, you name it, he’s given it to me. It doesn’t matter how much the gift costs, it’s the thoughtfulness. When you buy a gift, make it special. Think about what is meaningful to the person so they know it was bought specially for them. For many people, physical gifts bring them delight and joy, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It could be an act of service, like doing their grocery shopping or walking their dog. The goal is to make them feel appreciated and special.
What’s your favorite gift to send to someone?
What’s the best gift you’ve received?
Which of these five tips resonates the most with you?
Be intentional and build relationships with people who inspire you.
Be brave and express to someone how much they mean to you.
Offer help to people with their most important goals.
Connect with and support people on a personal level.
Surprise them with a thoughtful gift.