Relationship building is a technique that you can learn anytime. However, it is better to start while you are young so these skills become a part of who you are. In fact, it is a good idea to study how other people build relationships. Learning from others is a great way to see what does and does not work.
Therefore, I believe that you can learn some valuable relationship building techniques by studying your child’s behavior. If you don’t have kids, then study how kids interact with each other and especially adults.
Below are some of my observations about how kids can teach you how to improve your relationship building. I have a daughter who is almost 2.5 years so I have observed this first hand.
Happiness and Smiles
For the most part, kids are happy individuals. With their warm smiles, they make you feel good and you want to interact with them. If you smile, then people will want to talk with you because you are a positive person. Negative people do not get very far in relationship building. So, make sure that you portray happiness and warmth when interacting with others.
Kids are some of the most loyal people when it comes to friends. They usually stick together no matter what happens. Most of the time, they are very loyal to their parents as well. In relationship building, loyalty is a key to success. As you get to know people, you want to strive for trust and loyalty. Once you have achieved this with someone, you will have formed a strong relationship. These are the best types of relationships to have in your network because you can count on each other to help the other one.
It goes without saying that kids have lots of energy. Because of this energy, they make you feel young and you are happy to be around them. Next to happiness and smiles, having energy is a very positive trait to have when building relationships. With the right amount of energy, you will lift people’s spirits and make them feel good about themselves. Therefore, you will connect with them on a deeper level.
Most kids have no fear about anything so they come across very confident. Because of this confidence level, they try new things and find their passions. In relationship building, you need to come across as confident to be taken serious. Also, with confidence, you can step out of your comfort zone and attend events that you may not normally attend.
What other lessons have you observed about relationship building and kids?