Welcome back to the third chapter of the 12 Power Principles To Enrich Your Relationship series. I hope you have studied part one and part two of this series and have begun to put these principles into action in your everyday relationships. If you have, I’m sure you’re beginning to see the benefits and the improvements in your day to day relationships. These relationship tips are applicable to any type of relationship, whether it’s Professional, Dating, Love, or Marriage.

In this segment we will discuss dynamic people skills that, when employed in the right manner, make you a person others want to be in relationship with. These are skills that will draw other people to you if you use them in the right manner. Yes, these really do work but you must spend the necessary time to practice and hone in your skills to get the most benefit from them. Don’t expect to be an expert over night.

7.) The Power of Small Talk
It’s been said that it’s the little things that make a difference in building a strong relationship. Well in the same way it’s the small talk that breaks the ice and develops the rapport that leads to strong connections. Most people don’t like the idea of small talk because there seems to be no purpose. But they fail to understand that it is the gateway to friendship, a new acquaintances and the key to making people comfortable in your presence.

Small talk is the seed from which conversation and relationship grow. Ever been in a situation when that eerie silence hits and you just don’t know what to say? It unavoidable in most cases but you can overcome it by being prepared with your own injection of small talk. The tenseness of the situation is quickly soothed with a small dose of small talk. People are always waiting for someone else to break the ice. You step forward and do it.

8.) The Power of Listening
One thing to always remember is “You never learn a thing while your talking” and “The friends who listen to us are the ones we move towards and want to sit in their company.” Listening is the heart of communication. It’s by listening to others that you learn. But poor listening skills often lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and missed opportunities to develop trust, rapport, and strong relationships. Here are some quick tips to follow to improve your listening skills:

1) Show interest in people and what they are saying. Don’t pretend to listen when you are only waiting to talk or thinking about what you are going to say next.
2) Make eye contact and focus on the other person. Avoid being a distracted listener. That can be more annoying than not listening at all.
3) Be eager to learn from the conversations. Ask questions to show that you are engaged. Don’t be a know it all.
4) The amount of attention you give to a person when they are talking reflects the amount of value you place on that person.
Nourish their sense of self worth by giving them the necessary attention.
5) Supportive listening honors their thinking and allows them to freely release their thoughts. Honor them by giving them your supportive, non-judgmental ear.

9.) The Power of Speaking up
We all must learn the fine skill of speaking up. Many times we are afraid that we may come off as bragging or being aggressive. But the truth is, people are attracted and drawn to people that are confident and out-spoken in a positive way. Contrary to popular beliefs, men are attracted to women that have “spunk” and that speak up in a positive and professional manner. They know what they want, and are not afraid to voice their opinion about what they like and/or dislike. They have fresh and creative ideas that they are willing to share and will not just sit around and wait for someone else to come up with something. Guys, if you really want to make a lasting impression with the ladies, learn to introduce yourself with pride and confidence and see how they respond to you. The key is taking the initiative to speak up.

That’s it for now. Remember, once you have mastered all 12 of these relationship principles and know how to apply them in every aspect of your life, you will have a consistently rich, rewarding, and long lasting relationship.



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