I, Ike Madu, have mastered building strong relationships and it has helped me a long way in stepping up the corporate ladder from being a consultant to a manager to a director. Connections have made a major impact on my career and even in establishing Maigrit PLC.
Here are 6 effective ways in building lasting relationships with people that I, Ike Madu, have learned throughout my career.
One way to catch people's attention is to appreciate them. Give compliments but make sure that it is genuine. People hate insincerity and never underestimate their capability to find out whether you are genuine or not. And once they found out you that you are fake, they will never trust you again.
Be an active listener. Listen not only to what people are saying but also to what they're not. Learn to read between the lines.
Everyone needs help. Even the richest man in the world needs help. When you give your attention to people, you would what they need. Offer to help them with it.
When you judge people, you have just destroyed a bridge and built a solid wall in between. So stop judging.
If you are just like everybody else, chances are, you will be forgotten. Make sure to leave a lasting good impression to people. That way, you will stand out.
Your first contact with people shouldn't be the last. Initiate another meeting. It could be for a sport that you are both interested in or a business proposal. Anything interesting will do as long as you'll stay connected with them.
Practice these 6 steps, master them, and I, Ike Madu, assure you that you will be amazed at the outcome.