Back in December, I created a post about the art of building authentic relationships and moving away from just “networking.” As any blog post, the topic evolves and from a conversation with my good friend/kindred sister, “The Art of Building Relationships 2.0: The Human Touch” was born.
We understand that building relationships based on shared interests and values are far more important than networking (seeking the benefits). However, in our “always on” and connected world many of us believe relationships can be built over social media, texts, Skype chats and more. Technology is a great way to connect and communicate, but relationships should be enhanced through face to face interaction.
Lunch meetings are a great way to have face to face interaction, talk business and connect based on similarities. Schedule lunch meetings during your lunchtime (if you can) or even on the weekends. I have built many relationships, in and out of my industry, over good lunch or even coffee. Remember, lunch meetings create a shared experience and you are not tied to a lofty meeting agenda like you would be if you met in the office.
Here are some of my favorite spots for lunch meetings and catch-ups:
Attend Other Industry Events
If you’re in tech and digital, you don’t always have to attend tech and digital events. Again, relationships are fostered out of shared interests and values. If you love film, head out to different film festivals and conferences. If you are a digital professional who is health conscious, go to a health meet-up in your city. Whatever event, conference or seminar you attend, you are bound to build a relationship with someone with similar passions.
Get off the Internet. Go on an Adventure.
Yes, twitter chats, online meetups and interactive webinars are a great way to meet new people. But how can a real relationship be built if both parties are hidden behind their computer, laptop or tablet? Get off the Internet and go on an adventure. Take that online meet-up offline and meet for a day hike, trust building activities or even a scavenger hunt.
What are some other ways to build authentic relationships from human to human interaction?