Staying connected and developing professional relationships takes time, work, and strategy. If you’re trying to improve your professional connections, here are a few tips for doing so both in your current work environment as well as online.
Improve Your Communication Skills
It will be nearly impossible to build better professional relationships if your communication skills are not effective or even non-existent. Communicating isn’t just about talking to someone or hearing them when they speak. You both have to understand what the other person is saying. Poor communication is the core of many workplace issues, including low morale, increased stress, and failure to meet deadlines.
One thing most people can’t tolerate, it’s feeling disrespected, whether at home, or work. When building better relationships, always remember to follow the golden rule and treat others as you would want to be treated. This means being considerate, using non-offensive language, and respecting people’s time.
Respond to Feedback Positively
Receiving feedback from others is an opportunity for you to address specific issues that may be hindering your professional development. Feedback is eventually about perspective and will help you learn how to see things from different perspectives.
Instead of feeling superior because you did something better or knew something someone didn’t use the experience as a teaching opportunity and a chance to support someone else.
It can be easy to feel envious of someone else’s achievements, especially if you’ve been working hard on something of your own. But instead of feeling annoyed or jealous, congratulate the person.
We network with people to take advantage of their experience, skills, or knowledge at some point in time, even if it’s just reading articles they post. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a real need for their opinion or advice. Be sure to inquire about them, too, and always be considerate.