Take time to learn about your co-worker’s life and interests. What are their hobbies? What sports teams do they support? Where is their favorite place to vacation? You may be surprised and find that you share some common interests! Network within your organization. While it’s important to get to know your colleagues in the immediate vicinity, I have found it is also important to mix with employees that work in other departments. Relationships in other areas of the building can help you to further your knowledge about the organization you are working for.
- Re-introduce themselves to each other by sharing their childhood builds trust because it quickly establishes at least one thing that everyone in the room has in common — they were all kids once.
- Transformational listening is listening with no other agenda than to connect with and learn more about the other person.
- In the absence of real knowledge or information, we tend to fill the space by making stuff up. That rarely leads to positive outcomes.
“What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled? If you were immortal, what age would you choose to stop aging at and why? What was the worst job you ever had? If you could choose any two famous people to have dinner with who would they be?”