In our technology-obsessed society, where we have more Facebook friends than actual friends, and where we’re busy hiding behind the comfort of our screens, swiping, scrolling, and texting, it can sometimes be challenging making a meaningful connection.
Everything’s so informal. We’ve lost touch with making good old-fashioned phone calls and putting ourselves out there to make real, face-to-face contact.
That’s why in this fast-paced, high-tech world, sometimes we just need a reminder to slow down, unplug, get out there, and have an actual in-person encounter (or at least pick up the phone).
Author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek has a wonderful book about this, called Together is Better (and you should totally read it). But for now, here are five ways to have meaningful connections in this crazy modern world of ours.
This is the best place to start. Smiling indicates that you’re friendly, inviting, confident, and approachable, which will make someone more likely to want to have a conversation with you and feel relaxed while doing so.
2. Don’t Discount Small Talk
There’s no harm in making small talk. You have to start somewhere, right? So be easy on yourself — go ahead, comment on the weather, or compliment someone on their shoes. It’s a good way to determine if you have any common ground with someone, and it’ll eventually lead to deeper conversation.
3. Make ’em Laugh
Everyone loves a good laugh and the funny person is always the life of the party, so it’s helpful to always have a joke on hand to break the ice.
4. Give Them a Call
Instead of texting or emailing all the time, challenge yourself to make more phone calls. It may seem like a rarity these days, but there’s a lot to be said for hearing someone’s voice. It’s the next best thing to in-person contact, and it’s much easier to have a substantial conversation. Not to mention it’s easy to misconstrue someone’s words or intentions when there’s no tone of voice to hear.
5. Put Your Phone Away
Never have your phone out while you’re talking to someone. Even just having it on the table while you’re having lunch is disruptive and rude, because it says that your companion doesn’t have your full, undivided attention and that your time is more important than your conversation. So put your phone away. Instagram isn’t going anywhere.
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