9 Ways To Learn How To Have More Meaningful Relationships

We all want to be better. A better woman, a better wife or girlfriend, a better mother, a better entrepreneur. The truth is that, when it comes to being better and being successful, the relationships we build play a crucial role.

In this post, I share nine steps you can follow to build better, meaningful, long-lasting personal and professional relationships.

1. Be Honest


Regardless of the type of relationship you want to build, you owe it to yourself and to others to be honest. When you’re true to yourself and know what you want, cultivating incredible relationships, which are going to benefit you and others, is going to be easier.


2. Put Others Before Yourself

The “secret sauce” for building any type of long-lasting connection is no fancy words or mind tricks here…just one word: listening. You may have an agenda, but you have to make sure that you’re a listener first.

Always.



3. How to Always Make a Great First Impression

Let’s be honest: I’m sure you have been on your way to an event, a party or a conference, and have been thinking of how you could make a great first impression.

When it comes to this aspect, many people focus on what they’re going to say first. Truth bomb is that first impressions have nothing to do with what you say.

First impressions are non-verbal, they happen when someone notice's you and makes a first assessment of you.

Here’s what you can do: keep your head up, shoulders back, chest up and have a nice smile on your face. If you look open, confident and friendly, people are going to treat you that way.

4.

Make Everybody You Meet Feel Welcome


You may be wondering, “How am I going to do that?”

Well, the answer is easier than you think. And ties into what I have discussed in point #2.

If you want to make every single person you meet feel welcome, you need to pay attention to them and show interest.

Don’t be afraid to ask them about themselves - people love when others show interest in them. Are they saying something interesting? Great! Make sure to repeat some of that, as you’re commenting what they have just told you.

In most cases, showing interest is going to result in the other person’s genuine interest in you and your personal story.

5. Focus on the Positive

We all have interactions throughout our day - with our spouse or partner, with our children, with our colleagues and business partners, with the bus driver, etc. But what can you do to improve their nature?

The answer is simple: focus on having more positive interactions.

A single negative interaction has an impact that is more powerful than that of five positive interactions.

So, what can you do about that?

For starters, pay attention and put emphasis on people’s strengths and wins. When talking to someone try and focus on their positive traits.

You shouldn’t ignore the negative sides of your interactions, but ideally you would want to follow an 80-20 rule. Where 80% of your interactions look at positive aspects, and only the 20% deals with negative ones.