Freshly minted World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua said it best in a recent Tweet
You Can’t Buy Loyalty. It Comes From The Heart
He knows it takes time to build the kind of rapport which comes from the heart and means people warm towards you. For guys that can be a challenge. We don’t always open up emotional conversations; tell our authentic story;or ask for support when we need it.
It shouldn’t like a fight to achieve a goal if we are being authentic. Barriers like age, class, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, politics and sexuality fall away.
When people truly ‘get’ where we are coming from, it feels great. We can help them and draw on their support.
How Can We Start To Build Rapport?
Once we develop the skills and confidence to apply for our next role, or offer our services to the world, the challenge is to let others know we are ready to grow into bigger roles.
First, identify the way you want to introduce yourself to the group of people you would like to join. What parts of your life story chime with theirs? How will sharing your true self help to build rapport and what are the benefits, to them, of your world feeding into theirs?
How will you know they like what they see?
Once you know who you are engaging with you can regularly use the social media channel they rely on. Show up, Comment, Like and Share too.
Where possible you can also take the plunge and meet your community in real life. Yes, there is the potential for falling flat on your backside. There is also the (greater) possibility that you will meet really interesting people, with whom you can share your wisdom. They become part of your world and you can be a loyal part of theirs.
Remember, when you finally ‘click’ with people it becomes a lot easier to offer support, ask for help and reach your goals.
What’s Your Next Step?
There are people who need what you have to offer in the year ahead. There are also people who can support you, if and when you need it. Let them get to know you. Once they like and trust you their world and yours will become a much more progressive place.
Why not add your comment here and share your strategy for connecting to people on social media, or in real life. You can always Like and Share too.
Thanks for reading. Have a great week.