Success In The Workplace Is Often Achieved Through Solid Professional Relationships.
Happiness and success in your business or career depends, for the most part, on the quality of your professional relationships.
Your career is a field that takes up much of your daily time and unquestionably of your energy as well. It is important therefore to derive at least a significant degree of satisfaction and contentment to ensure your well-being.
Fostering successful professional relationships plays a critical role not only in making your work feel like a better place but in advancing also your career and progress in the otherwise competitive workforce market.
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Foster Successful Professional Relationships
In this post, you will discover 5 easy steps you can take to cultivate and sustain supportive and beneficial professional relationships. So, stick around and be sure to make them a precious asset of your toolbox.
1. Be pleasant
No one wants to be around miserly and complaining people and the same goes for the workplace too. Whatever, you may be experiencing in your home and your personal life don’t let it affect your mood while you are in the office.
This means that you don’t show up without uttering “Good Morning”, you ask politely for want you want, you face challenges with humor and you may crack a joke now and then to lighten up the atmosphere. You get the point, don’t you?
So, exercise self-control and although it may be difficult sometimes if you have got up on the wrong foot, try to be pleasant and easy-going with everyone. Even with the most difficult colleagues of yours.
This way you won’t only save yourself from unnecessary comments from others about your behavior but you will gain more influence over your team. Which sets you up for more successful professional relationships.
2. Don’t gossip
As tempting as it may be to comment on that short skirt your boss’s secretary wore the other day or talk about the mistake your co-worker did during the meeting, you better abstain from any kind of gossiping with your colleagues that relates to other colleagues.
It may be an easy way to make someone engage in a conversation but it will surely backfire on you at some point in the future. Don’t join gossip groups that your other colleagues form and if someone asks your opinion about a member of the company’s staff refrain from saying something bad about them.
Just express a neutral opinion or highlight a strong point they have. We bet you wouldn’t want others talking behind your back so choose to treat everyone with respect even when they aren’t around.
In addition, you won’t offer anyone the opportunity to “transfer” your comments about someone else to them (altered or not) and find yourself inside an intrigue that will impact your fame in the office and undermine your chance of building successful professional relationships.
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3. Avoid talking about yourself
Remember what your parents used to tell you when you were a little kid? It is not polite to start a sentence with the “I” word when you talk with someone.
Well, they were right, and it is an essential element to cultivating successful professional relationships. Starting with the “I” word and talking a lot about yourself in general, shows to the other party that you probably have a “me” problem.
The “Ego” doesn’t sell well, especially in the workplace. Whether you are sharing some personal experiences or you talk about your career achievements, keep it low. Otherwise, you put yourself in danger of being considered boastful and arrogant which will only alienate others; colleagues, or clients.
Instead, focus on the person in front of you and make them a priority. Try to connect with them by finding a common ground and being empathic.
If, for example, you are meeting with a client for the first time, do some research about them before your encounter. They will feel more valued.
And also keep some notes to ask follow-up questions at your next meeting about the things they shared with you.
Simple as that. Remember how the saying goes: “people may forget what you told them, but they won’t forget how you made them feel”. So, listen actively and don’t just jump into the conversation with your opinions or suggestions.
4. Beware of your body language
You can’t begin to imagine the signals one sends – the non-verbal ones – through body language.
And these signals most of the time are louder than your words. It’s not what you say but the way you say it, it’s a very common phrase all the gurus in the business arena don’t miss to underline for successful professional relationships, and they are right.
From the tone of your voice to the way you do your handshake.
Do you keep direct eye contact with the person you’re interacting? Do you bend your shoulders or touch your nose often when you make a presentation in front of your manager?
Do you play with your hair when your client asks you questions? Do you doodle in your notepad when your colleague shares his opinion in the meeting?
Whatever the case, to foster successful professional relationships you must become aware of the non-verbal messages you send to others.
So, start being conscious of how you present yourself and do some changes like retaining a straight posture, speaking firmly, looking others in the eyes, shaking hands with eagerness and warmth, and showing respect when listening to others talking.
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5. Be authentic
The last tip, but probably the most important one, is to be authentic. No one values fake. In whatever environment you find yourself in. But, the workplace especially will uncover inauthenticity and hypocrisy sooner or later because there one is being constantly tested and evaluated.
Furthermore, remember that being authentic will propel you up the leadership ladder faster than anything else. That is, of course, in addition to knowledge and expertise.
So, learn to walk your talk, take responsibility for your actions and your mistakes, and acknowledge everyone’s share in a project.
It is only with this kind of behavior that you will be seen as trustworthy and respectable not only by your colleagues but by your company’s hierarchy and your clientele also, and that will set you up for having successful professional relationships, essential for a successful career.
Bottom line on building solid professional relationships
Being pleasant, authentic, and humble combined with being conscious about the way you present yourself and abstaining from gossiping and the rumor mill makes up a pretty good recipe for building and maintaining successful professional relationships.
As you can see, the tips shared in this post are basic behavioral adjustments that you can cultivate to build a better brand for yourself in the workplace but that can be an asset for all kinds of connections you want to create and keep in your life.
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