This and my next two articles will serve as the wrap-up of this series. In the first article back in early September I stated that "creating connections" has been a topic of my exploratory writings for decades. My passion for creating connections continues in my life and work in many ways. I fully expect that future articles will give evidence of that passion.
In that first article I said that creating connections always starts with an open mind, open heart, open eyes and open ears. With such openness, opportunities for creating connections are endless. As we create (anything, especially connections), we are specific and intentional regarding what we want to create. And, we will know when the connection is achieved. It is important to pay attention to the moment that the connection happens. If we are awake and conscious at the moment of connection, we will know it and feel it in our heart, mind and soul. That moment will be a moment of truth, meaning and purpose.
As you go about your work today interacting with customers, friends, family or strangers, notice when you create a connection. This can happen with minerals, plants, animals and other entities too. If you do this and faithfully ponder on those connections, you may discover a whole new world. So, now I begin my listing of examples of those endless opportunities for creating connections:
Eye contact: When we connect with another person, our eyes looking into theirs, something unique happens. If it is someone we know, most likely it will feel OK and probably comfortable. If it is a stranger, some folks will immediately feel uncomfortable and look away. Others may follow up with a smile and a greeting such as, "Hello, how are you?" The connection through eye contact can reveal an emotion and, along with a facial expression, can give or receive many different positive or negative messages. A common connection via eye contact can say, "I am listening to you," or "I am talking to you and this is important." Eye connection in both personal and professional contexts usually enhances the relationship.
Person-to-person: With all of our magical hi-tech tools of texting, emails, twittering, Skype, FaceTime and more, we frequently have replaced person-to-person connections. These tools can share personal content along with seeing each other electronically. This is similar to person-to-person, yet it is not "person-to-person," or is it?
A point to ponder is, "What does creating a connection person-to-person mean to you?"
Writer to reader: This is about you the reader and me the writer. My choice to write and your choice to read creates a connection. I greatly appreciate those of you who have responded (connected) to me via a call, email or in person. I am very interested in knowing what you think: your ideas, questions and comments.
More creating-connections examples to come.
Bernie Linnartz, of Empowerment Experts, is a consultant, coach and facilitator of individuals, teams, families and organizations. Comments, questions and suggested topics are welcome. Cell (575) 770-4712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org