Talking to people, not machines

In times of Facebook, Twitter and email, critical communication skills were lost face to face or put aside for an indefinite period of time. Face-to-face communication has fallen sharply in favor of immediate contact overload. For this reason, people lose vital opportunities to network and network.
The technology is great and I would not give it up. However, face-to-face communication can lead to the most enriching experiences. Human interaction keeps you up to date and allows you to really get in touch with another person, which is completely lost in instant communication. Face-to-face communication is also the most effective form of networking that can contribute to your success. Here are 8 tips to help you with your personal interactions today:

1. Initiate communication face to face.
Emails are fast, but can easily be misinterpreted, which can lead to constant situations. Further information is transmitted via face-to-face communication. Above all, when there is a possibility of conflict, you meet in person to spread negative feelings and to understand that we all have emotions and are sensitive to problems. Meet in person to make real connections.

2. Pay attention to body language, facial expressions and eye contact.
Use these tools to your advantage. Communicating visual interest, openness and attention. Be careful not to misinterpret the other person for visual intricacies, but be careful not to misinterpret.

3. Keep an eye on the goal.
Social chit chat is good, but do not forget why you wanted to initiate communication at all. Use personal contact to clarify your message. This will ensure that the message is understood and well received.

4. Let the conversation count.
Do not drift through topics. Pay attention to the conversation and the people involved. They want to be able to remember what they are talking about and to feel that the interaction has been successful.

5. Be genuine and sincere.
Be in the present, not in your own head or even worse on your phone. Stay alert and speak with confidence and interest. Give your full attention to the other speaker.

6. Be sensitive to the time of the other person.
Do not spend 20 minutes if you have asked for 10 and do not experience any problems. If you stay present, you can communicate clearly and contribute to a successful conversation.

7. Be prepared.
Learn about the topic of the conversation before you begin. When discussing ideas with a colleague or supervisor, you should know what the outcome of the interview should be.

8. Face-to-face communication is cooperation.
Every communication is give and take. Take the initiative to begin face-to-face communication and pay close attention to the other person.
Face-to-face communication is the most complete and powerful form of conversation. Avoid it, embrace it and let it work for you. Do not miss the opportunities that come from connecting with another person

Danny's top tip:
Do you feel burned in the middle of your working day? Do you have what scientists call a "human moment"! Interacting with another person stimulates our brain that we do not receive from the computer. Our brain needs to interpret visual and vocal cues every second, which requires concentration and intellectual engagement. It keeps our brain sharp and alert and stimulates emotional responses. A "human moment" can give you the energy you need while connecting you to another person and making your day so much more successful.


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