Many of us believe we’re well-connected because we’re active in several social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  While our activity on these sites may serve us well it doesn’t necessarily mean we have a real connection with other people.  And with our current global pandemic, we’ve been relegated to virtual contact.  Of course, that virtual contact is a form of connection but far from ideal.  Would you agree?

So what is connection and why does it matter?  Connection may be easier than you think.  For instance you can initiate any of the following activities with another person: establish sincere eye-contact, smile, introduce yourself, ask someone’s name, call another person, ask an open-ended question, simply be the first to initiate contact.  This is how we connect and reach out to others.  The more we do this the more receptive others feel toward us.  Once an individual is receptive toward us the more receptive they tend to be about our message.  That tells you connection matters.

Now more that ever as we observe social distancing, it’s natural to feel a discomfort around others which dramatically reduces our ability to connect.  This is a good time to reverse that by connecting.  Once that connection is created, communication is far less challenging. By showing interest in others and extending ourselves, we’re already communicating in a positive manner.  That’s a huge first step and extremely important because as I stated in the title of my blog post…connection precedes communication.

If you’re unsure of how to connect, you’re welcome to contact me and I’ll be happy to help you.