Tips to Succeed: Workplace relationships

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Here is Tip No. 89 from Larry Litwin’s The ABCs of Strategic CommunicationLike The Public Relations Practitioner’s Playbook for (all) Strategic CommunicatorsThe ABCs is used at two-dozen colleges and universities and has found itself on the desks of hundreds of professionals. It contains 7,000 definitions and nearly 300 proven successful strategic communication tips and techniques.

A leader, whether in or outside of the office, must be able to

understand the different types of personalities on his or her team.

Here are some tips to help strengthen professional and personal


• Don’t criticize, condemn or complain. Avoid being negative and

offer only honest and sincere appreciation when warranted.

• Always show you’re happy to see someone. A pleasant or warm

greeting, especially after some length of time, is a particularly

effective approach.

• Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk more about themselves,

reaffirming your sincere interest.When you do speak,

always try to talk in terms of the other person’s interests.This is

an excellent way to redirect a conversation should you want to

move on to a different subject.

• Never forget that people are always impressed when you remember

their name.Nothing can strengthen a relationship like showing

you are interested enough in a person to recollect his or her

name. It adds an effective personal dimension to any relationship.

And saying the person’s name when you meet them is

exactly what they want to hear.

• Make the other person feel important.Use a sincere and honest

manner to establish a sense of worth and importance. Remember

that everyone has some quality or skill that makes him or her

important. When you recognize this in others, point it out in a

proactive manner – like catching them doing something good.

(From: Dale Carnegie Training of Central and Southern New Jersey)

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