The following are six suggestions on building genuine, lasting and strong relationships in the academic profession. It is written from the point of view of two PhD students who are soon to graduate. The full story was published in University Affairs magazine and can be found here.
- Just go for it; that is, step out of your comfort zone and take a risk.
- Keep your door open both literally and figuratively. This is a sign that you welcome new conversations, ideas and people.
- Nurture relationships. Most successful and honest relationships require continuous attention.
- Don’t underestimate the value of food because it is often easier to share thoughts and engage in conversation over meals, beverages and/or desserts.
- Be aware of politics. Learning the social climate could help you avoid and mend conflicts.
- Mentor others. Mentoring is a continuous process and only works to its fullest potential by sharing and passing along the knowledge we have learned.
Communication is a key part of success. Aside from the words that are spoken, the way you speak and listen is also vital. The following are 12 steps for engaging in meaningful conversations. The full article is from entrepeneur.com and can be found here.
- Enter conversations relaxed.
- Stay present when listening or speaking.
- Remain silent when listening.
- Be positive.
- Be clear on the intention of the conversation.
- Enter the conversation with genuine interest and kindness.
- Watch for nonverbal cures.
- Be honestly appreciative of the conversation.
- Speak warmly.
- Slow down your speech.
- Keep the conversation brief.
- Focus deeply on what the other person is saying and how they are saying it.
Lime Connect Canada is a not-for-profit organization that helps connect those with disabilities with industry employers. They partner with universities and companies such as Google, IBM, TD Bank and RBC. Some of their programs include recruitment events, co-ops, scholarships, internships, and communicating through a North American “Lime Network“. To discover more, click here.
Doodle is an online tool that organizes meetings involving small to medium sized groups. One person sets up a variety of times and dates for a meeting and then sends out the schedule to those invited to attend. In each potential time, participants enter in whether they are available, not available or maybe available. After everyone has responded, usually the time and date with the most availables is selected. Doodle is free of charge and makes deciding on times for meetings, parties, social activities, sports games, etc. a little easier.