Every day, our phones are filled with notifications from people we don’t know and messages from people who have little to no interest in us.
As an introvert, it can be hard to build relationships in the real world. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of ways you can develop authentic connections with others and make meaningful connections that last. Whether you want to meet new people or deepen your current relationships, I’ve got you covered.
Why Should You Care About Authentic Connections?
If you’re like me, meeting new people is hard. I used to find it a bit intimidating to strike up a conversation with someone who I didn’t know. When you meet new people, you might be thinking, “Why bother?” or “I don’t want to be rejected.”
But building authentic connections builds your confidence! It’s so much easier to go into the world knowing that you have people who care about you and want to see you succeed.
Building authentic connections can significantly improve your mental health by providing a more positive outlook on life. When you develop relationships with others, you are able to share your thoughts and feelings without judgment. You’ll never have to worry about opening up about anything for fear of judgment because those close to you will always accept you for who you are.
Authentic connection gives us the opportunity to share our experiences and live vicariously through others’ lives in a way no other form of communication can offer. There is nothing better than being able to offer support from one person’s problem to another person’s solution.
How to Develop Authentic Connections
One way to develop authentic connections is by staying true to yourself. It can be tempting to try and become someone you’re not, but it takes a lot of time, effort, and energy. Instead of trying to fit in, focus on your strengths and what you like about yourself. You don’t need to be a “people person” to build relationships with others.
Another way to develop authentic connections is by being open-minded and getting out of your comfort zone. By stepping outside your comfort zone, you will meet new people who are different from you and grow as a person in the process.
A third way to make meaningful connections is by using social media for good instead of evil. Social media has a bad reputation for promoting narcissism and self-promotion, but there are ways you can use it for good too! You can share information that cultivates positivity and benefits others. If you want more meaningful connections in your life, then social media can be used in many ways!
Nurture Your Relationships
Just because you’re introverted doesn’t mean you can’t make a meaningful connection with someone. It just means that it may take a little more time and effort on your part. You can do this by remembering birthdays, sending cards and gifts, and spending more one-on-one time with the people you care about. You should also try listening without interruption, asking questions without demanding answers, and sharing something about yourself so people feel as though they know you better.
Keep the Connection Going
The key to making a connection is to keep it going. Otherwise, it’s just a fleeting moment and they’ll never feel like they know you. For example, if you strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you in a meeting, you may not want to end the conversation right after you both say “hello.” Instead, try asking them what they do for work or about their favorite book. It will help keep the connection alive as we share stories and get to know each other better.
As an introvert, you have a unique set of strengths and needs that are different from extroverts. If you want to excel in your career and reach your full potential as a person, it’s important to learn how to develop authentic connections.
Concept.app is designed to help you nurture your relationships, keep the connection going and become an authentic connector in your own way. We hope these tips will help you to establish connections that feel more “real”—and more satisfying.