When was the last time you used your coffee break at work to connect with someone you haven’t talked to in a while, or to simply say “thanks” to a friend or colleague?
We all know all about “silos” – those divisions or groups that keep to themselves and rarely share information.
- 1) Give away your knowledge. Share something you know that would be of value to someone else. That’s how you build trust and rapport.
- 2) Build relationships. Connect to improve your relationships. It will help create a positive environment where open communication is the norm, not the exception.
- 3) Share your time. Informal meetings are a great way to connect and build relationships. Take the time to ask someone to go to coffee with you, or make a fresh pot and take a minute to sit down together and just take a break.
By being an approachable and open communicator, you’ll not only improve your relationships, but you’ll see other benefits as well — you’ll foster a fresh exchange of ideas, encourage open communication, and enrich your work experience.
Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home. And, it’s now available on Kindle! Check it out.