Powerful Tips for Building Personal & Professional Relationships

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

1. Listen more than you speak.

Maya Angelou quote

Early on in life, I decided to become a genuine and sincere listener. I listen without judgment and am able to hear what the person is in need of.

Sometimes, people are looking for advice, or validation and other times just to be heard or understood.

When you listen without judgment, people tend to feel comfortable being vulnerable and that is what leads to business opportunities and stronger personal relationships. Reading that quote from Maya Angelou years ago helped shape my decision.

2. Give before you take.

This is a practice I live by both professionally and personally. As my networking skills have evolved through the years, I’ve discovered the greatest success to making connections that count is by attentively listening and learning what the person needs. Offering something of value is the foundation of my relationships which is a key ingredient in growing and maintaining them through the years.

When you genuinely want to help someone, they will most likely reciprocate in some shape or form. Even if the reciprocity is gratitude, what a great gift to fuel yourself with.

3. Be a positive energy.

I have a rule in our home that we only build each other up. The outside world will try to knock you down so it is unacceptable in our home. Being a positive and uplifting energy has worked magnetically for me. And, I selectively choose who I surround myself with based on the same expectations and qualities.

We can either be fueled or drained by those we surround ourselves with. I choose to be fueled and to fuel others. Time is a precious gift that should never be taken for granted and why being in the presence of positive energy is critical to move us where we need to go.

4. Give The Gifts Within.

As the founder of Giving The Gift Within, practicing what I preach has been invaluable to my personal and professional success.

I believe the greatest gifts in life are those that come from within us. Whether you’re interacting with your partner, child, friend or colleague, giving gifts like appreciation, respect, acknowledgement, consideration, attention, and inspiration only builds the strongest relationships that add value to one another.

5. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Stop and take the time to think about the people you enjoy being around most. What is it that they give that makes you want to be in their presence?

Be that.

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Antonette Taylor

Antonette Taylor

My name is Antonette Taylor, and I'm a Life Coach, Speaker, and Author living and working in Chicagoland. I specialize in empowering women who want to live their full potential and are ready for change or greater accomplishment in their lives. I'd like to learn more about how I can help you! I invite you to fill out my contact form today!
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  1. Tracy Brown says:

    What a wonderful post, Antonette! All good advice.

    You are a wonderful listener. Even when it’s “business talk” we’re having, I love the way you’ll pause, and then review what was just said. That brings a new level of clarity to the conversation – I hope for both of us!

    Choosing who to surround yourself with is crucial, too. Once again, great advice!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas in your post!

    • Antonette says:

      Thanks Tracy! I appreciate all your support. And yes, there is no question that you help make my life so much easier with technology by the way you communicate with me (and your patience, willingness and POSITIVE energy).

  2. Linda says:

    Yes, people will remember how you made them feel. I remember….
    And it becomes a memory blessing! Thank you.

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