How Is Building Connections Different From Communicating?

Connecting with someone is a deeper and richer experience than just communicating with them.

Connections happen when what we see and hear resonates with what we feel.

Robert Frost said, “There are three things, after all, that a poem must reach: the eye, the ear, and what we may call the heart or the mind. It is most important of all to reach the heart of the reader.”

Just as with poetry, reaching the heart is essential to building connections that become relationships.

Somethings to think about:

How do you think people feel after they spend time with you?

Did you talk with or talk at them?

Are they better for the time you spent together? Are you?

Are they glad you came or glad you are gone? Why?

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown

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