An Acquaintance Will Soon Become a Lifelong Friend
Fortune cookies provide a wide range of ‘fortunes’ from good advice to silly sayings. If you opened up your fortune cookie today and read ‘An Acquaintance Will Soon Become a Lifelong Friend’ would you know just exactly who the fortune was referring to?
Maybe a colleague at work, someone you just talk to at the gym? Even though they are simply acquaintances, everyone we interact with on a daily basis is important in our lives. They enrich our lives in so many ways.
Consider trying to turn an acquaintance into a friend. It may take time and effort; but if you want to make a lifelong friend, you need to do the work.
As we get older, it really is harder to make those connections. Make sure that you are approachable; if you have to, fake it! Practice will make you warmer and more approachable, don’t worry!
Be generous; offer to do favors for others. Look for ways to help others at work, grab coffee for them, pitch in, share information.
And never keep score. Don’t keep track of who contacted who last. It’s difficult on both sides to initiate new friendships. Even if you called, texted or emailed last, if you want to reach out, do it! It’s always nice to be asked to do something, and that goes both ways. And if you do ask someone to do something, be reliable. If you say you can do something, do it.
Be interested in your friend’s conversation. Pay attention. Smile, make eye contact, nod. Let people know that you are someone who can listen; don’t talk about yourself until you have the floor.
Show them you care. If someone’s been out sick, ask how they are. Call them. Email them, facebook them. Stay in touch!
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And… Yes we realize Leadership skills and abilities don’t come from Fortune Cookies; sometimes they spark a thought! Leslie Mizerak is an experienced Executive Coach & Leadership Facilitator. Leslie began her career 20+ years ago teaching Fortune 1000 managers how to become leaders in their organizations. Leslie works in-person and virtually with clients from across the globe Contact Leslie to discuss Leadership Coaching & Training for your organization.