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In the world of professional networking, relationships matter. While it's crucial to establish connections for career growth and opportunities, fostering genuine friendships within your professional circle can be equally valuable. Here are some strategies to help you navigate the art of making friends and building business relationships:

1. Reach Out and Nurture Existing Connections: 
Take the initiative to reconnect with old acquaintances or colleagues, even if you don't have an immediate need. A simple "hi" can spark a conversation and rekindle the relationship. Remember, nurturing relationships when you don't need anything cultivates genuine connections.

2. Seek Common Ground:
When reaching out to new connections or acquaintances, look for mutual interests or shared experiences. Offer support, connect them with relevant resources, or invite them to participate in activities aligned with their interests. Finding common ground lays the foundation for meaningful connections.

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3. Practice Active Listening:
Be present and engaged when interacting with others. Listen attentively to their needs, challenges, and aspirations. Show empathy and demonstrate your willingness to support them in any way you can, whether it's through lending an ear or offering assistance.

4. Ask for Input:
Psychologist and expert on human connection, Marisa G. Franco says, "people like being asked for their opinions. Sharing them activates the brain's reward centers." Utilize open-ended questions such as "What do you think?" or "How do you like...?" to encourage others to share their thoughts. Engaging in meaningful conversations fosters rapport and mutual respect.

5. Plan Ahead for Follow-Up: 
During initial meetings or interactions, proactively schedule future touchpoints or follow-up sessions. Express your interest in maintaining the connection and suggest a time for a subsequent meeting or call. Exchange contact information or connect on professional platforms like LinkedIn to stay in touch.

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6. Expand Your Network Strategically:
Embrace the concept of "1+1=3" by leveraging existing connections to broaden your network. Seek recommendations for new contacts or ask others to introduce you to individuals they think you should meet. Networking is not just about who you know but also about who your connections know.

Remember, building professional relationships takes time and effort. Approach each interaction with authenticity, sincerity, and a genuine interest in getting to know others. By nurturing friendships within your professional circle, you'll not only expand your network but also create a supportive community that fosters growth and success. So, reach out, listen actively, and be present—your next professional friend may be just a conversation away.

Computer Coach offers internationally recognized IT, Project Management, and Business certification training that leads to job security, higher incomes, and promotion opportunities. Classes meet in instructor-led or live online training formats. Both full-time and part-time programs are available. If you are looking for computer training classes reach out to Computer Coach and let one of our Certified Career Coaches discuss which training programs or certifications can help you.


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