Establishing Meaningful Connections

Establishing Meaningful Connections

By Carolina Lozada

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Has this ever happened to you? You have a conversation with a stranger, then find yourself walking away with a smile on your face because you found a new perspective when you least expected it.

In this edition of Lead-Up, we examine three words and the roles they play in how we interact with others.


Connecting with someone usually involves three factors: who they are, what they do, and what they can do for you. You may not even notice, but the mind is transactional, and your mind makes these assessments every time you interact with someone,

The risk you take when connecting with people is that you may end up disconnecting from yourself. Interacting with others by way of “connecting” often involves conversations surrounding achievements, services, business, etc., leaving no room for spontaneous interaction, creativity or innovation. It’s not surprising that the process of “connecting” leaves you feeling drained.


When we meet someone, we awaken a genuine interest in them. Getting to know someone requires being a curious and active listener.

Knowing someone is an important part of what makes us human. It makes us sensitive, compassionate, and understanding. It also opens our minds to learning from others, generating new ideas, and discovering new solutions to old problems.

The value of getting to know others lies in the discovery of new worlds in each person. As others get to know you, they in turn will discover your world, which will only expand your horizons.

Being Coherent

Once you connect with and get to know new people and allow them to get to know you, you will begin to generate new ideas, receive feedback, and create new experiences.

Be coherent in your words and actions, and always remember that every interaction is viewed from all angles and multiple perspectives.

Plant your seeds while aligning your actions to your words and you are sure to reap prosperous harvests.

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