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Whether we are seeking to build personal or professional relationships, the process is the same – Attract, Relate, Connect. Friend or colleague, spouse or employee, our success as people relies heavily on the connections we form in life.

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The quality of our relationships is what either catapults us into the next level of a relationship or hinders us from moving any further.

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In some cases, emphasis is placed on quantity, not quality. Social media encourages us to get more followers, the business world thrives on networking, and in our personal circles, the perfect #selfie is always top of mind.  However, to maximize our success in relationships, efforts should be focused on making more meaningful connections with the people we meet and interact with. The quality of our relationships is what either catapults us into the next level of a relationship or hinders us from moving any further. So, to help get us moving in the right direction, below are three simple steps that can be implemented immediately to help with making more powerful connections:

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  1. Be yourself. One of the most important things in attempting to form a relationship with another is to be self-aware. Be clear about who you are and what you bring the table so that the other person is not left trying to figure it out. Show up with confidence, bring your own unique thinking to the conversation, and be remarkable and remembered.
  1. Be deliberate. Attending networking events is great, but unless you are purposeful in your interactions, there is no point. Instead, make an intentional effort to connect with people who think differently than you and challenge your current way of thinking. Don’t be afraid to share your personal perspective on various topics, and make an effort to be engaging and approachable.
  1. Be open. We often look within our usual circles to make or improve connections, but the truth is that we can make meaningful connections anywhere we go. The key is to be open to meeting people where you wouldn’t typically think to do so and sparking a conversation. You never know where or from whom will find inspiration, your next lead, or the information you are seeking.

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