“ Relationships! We all have & # 39; em. We all want them. What do we do with & # 39; em? & # 39;
It's a line from "Fruitcakes", a song by my favorite musician, Jimmy Buffett (yes, I'm a Parrothead)! He's right … we all have them. Family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, the postman, your hairdresser … you get the picture. But what do we do with them? It is important to promote relationships, especially in today's social distance climate.
Here are three ways we can improve our relationships in the new virtual, socially distant world.
- Use Technology . Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Google Hang Out – there are several virtual meeting platforms at our disposal. Professionally, I have used Skype and Zoom for virtual meetings, sales presentations and even happy hours! Personally, I have captured family and friends quite a bit through the same platforms. This is a great way to keep in touch face to face or screen-to-screen as it may be. Multiple users can log in anywhere in the world and you can talk as if you are all in the same room. One caveat, it has been my experience that there is definitely a law on reducing returns in the game. Too many people on a call can quickly become confusing and disorganized!
- Fira . Everyone likes a party. So many birthdays, degrees, milestones and achievements are unknown these days. It's unfortunate because you never get those chances back. Again, technology can come in to play here. How about a virtual birthday party? We did a virtual party for a friend where we lost a gift at her front door with instructions to log in to Zoom. We then rang the doorbell and went back to the car for the surprise. I've also seen testimonials about cars with banners and beeped through a neighborhood to celebrate a retirement. But you choose to do it, sparks joy in everyone and will definitely strengthen relationships and create incredible memories, especially now when we need it most!
- Make connections . Sounds simple, but look around the next time you are out and notice how we take each other for granted. My wife pointed this out to me. I started a conversation with the cashier in our supermarket. I asked how the work went? Was she busy? Are you worried about the current climate? The family was worried that she was out working? On the way back to the car, my wife mentioned that I was doing checkout. I asked how. She replied: “You showed concern for her. She was just doing her job, but no one else in the line even looked up from her phone. "I did not even think about it, but it's something I do everywhere I go. Now that my sharp wife has pointed this out, I will make sure it continues. You never know when you might make someone's day. This creates relationships with everyone you interact with.
Much of what I have shared here may seem obvious, but we often forget to get in touch with each other and celebrate the little things. Let us use what we have at our disposal – virtual meetings, socially distant celebrations and kind words – to build the relationships that are so critical in the new and very different world we live in.
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