We’re all keen for better business relationships. It’s good for you, its good for business. Forbes and Inc magazine are full of guides in how to nurture better more human relationships. But in practice, how can this be done. Can we learn such skills? Here we glean some advice from love coach and comedian Cate Mackenzie on how to develop such skills. She likes to call it flirting, and sees nothing wrong with bringing a bit of it into every day life!
Business is business, but when there’s no heart in it, it can be no fun.
We can all do our best to imitate robots, engaging in soulless interactions in order to get the job done, but we’re probably missing the point. So how do we make the whole experience more fun, you ask?
Love coach and comedienne, Cate says, the first step is to make sure you are feeling confident about yourself. Once you feel comfortable in your own skin, you attract other people towards you like moths to a lamp. You’ll be awash in positivity, people will notice and you’ll never look back….she says.
It’s important to lighten up, to have fun and connect with people using eyes, voice and compliments. If you consciously behave in a positive manner towards someone else, by interacting in a positive, complimentary and engaging way, the soulless activity becomes fun. And people begin to like you and trust you and hopefully start to build a solid relationship with you, leading to….results!
Networking events for example, are a great opportunity for business, but they can often come with awkwardness, shyness and limited success. Using the power of some light-hearted social skills, connecting with strangers (because you are exuding positivity) you can work the room like a god/goddess.
Sending out positivity brings positivity back. Like breeds like. It’s not what you do, it’s the way you do it that gets you the results. People choose to do business with you, not because they have to. We can all do with adjusting our perspective once in a while. Learning to connect with new people effectively and in a more human way can bring many new opportunities and experiences in.
So a few top tips for improving your communications:
- Feel good about yourself first
- Dress every day as if you are going on a first date – you’ll feel good and people will sense that
- Try to compliment people as much as possible
- Always maintain eye contact when speaking with people
- Relax, speak slowly and take time to connect
- Spend time with different groups of friends and say yes to new experiences
If your your team could do with learning some new business skills for improved sales, or you think it would be a great kick-off workshop for a business event and are interested in workshops of this kind, we can organise workshops with Cate.
And why not have a relaxed and welcoming environment to hold it in? Our venues provide a great spaces for workshops, away days, retreats or events. The events team can create bespoke activities to suit exactly what you are looking for. For further information please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org