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How to build relationships and your killer network from scratch
#networkingskills #buildingrelationships #stopthesmalltalk
"So... what do you do?" Don't you sometimes just want to shoot yourself at these awkward office lunch breaks / network events / boring house parties you got dragged into? Even though you have heard this question for the millionth time, you hear yourself repeat this, because you just can't find a socially accepted alternative for it. And once you have passed the usual chit-chat, how do you bring up a deep and meaningful convo about your unresolved pain over the death of Jon Snow without scaring them off? Or why talk at all when you can just lurk at their Insta profiles and save yourself from rejection?
Although our technology makes it possible to reconnect with our kindergarten lovers, being glued to our smartphones makes us more disconnected from people. When we work more from home, hit the gym alone, shut ourselves off with our headphones, opportunities to meet real people become scarce. Living without real life support can bring down our self esteem and increases stress, spiraling us further into a dark, lonely space. According to researchers Reeves and Kennedy (via The Guardian, 2017) loneliness could be as damaging to our health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. So much for a happy ending... Whether it is making new friends at the bus stop or finding fellow change makers at your next work conference, we benefit from knowing how to build true, authentic relationships. During this workshop you will learn how to step out of your shell, upgrade your social skills and build a meaningful network.