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Why Christmas Gifts are Great for Relationships in Business!
During the year, businessmen and women from around the globe work on the tasks that make up their job and also work on relationships with others around them. It is still debatable which one is more important, the tasks included in your job description or the relationships you create along the way. Some say that in business it's not about what you know but it is more about who you know. This underlying theme is prevalent in any company, industry, government body or social environment.
While in business for yourself or part of a company, your connections and relationships will separate you from the crowd. Creating a relationship with somebody has a great deal to do with the impression you leave them with. A great first impression can lead someone to always think of you in a particular positive light. On the other hand, a bad first impression will also have somebody think of you in a certain way and it will be hard for you to break the mold and turn around ones opinion after it has been made. A tough decision for somebody first meeting another person is how to gain a good first impression and not give off a "bad vibe." This is done by great communication, a firm handshake and a genuine feeling of happiness to be meeting the person. It is in our human nature to "see through" people and if you are not genuine, it will show like an elephant on your back. Being genuine and real to others is a great trait to possess and will lead to many great relationships throughout your career.
In business and in life you will find that it is not always easy to maintain friendships and relationships. This is because with our busy schedules today it is almost impossible to find a point in the day when two people are both open with no obligations. Good and often successful business people "find time" to keep up their relationships with the people they value. Finding time might not mean taking a day off to visit with a person, but might mean picking up the phone and checking in with them while driving to a meeting. This phone call will keep you in the other persons mind and will have them feeling that they are in your mind, which keeps the relationship alive and healthy. Another great way of finding time to keep up relationships is the simple rule of never eating alone. While going out to get a bite to eat, give one of your clients or associates a call and see if they would like to join.
While this article reveals ways to make relationships and keep them alive, a simple and extremely effective way to harbor a business relationship and keep yourself in the minds and hearts of your clients, prospects, associates and coworkers is the almighty Christmas gift. A Christmas gift doesn't have to be expensive or outlandish yet it will show your recipients that they are appreciated and in your thoughts. Making somebody aware that you are thinking of them at such an important time of the year will go along way in this business environment of today where people forget more than they remember.
Just the thought of sending a Christmas gift makes most people nauseous. The simple fact that we are constantly busy is just one factor in the tedious process of picking out Christmas gifts. The other factors involved are finding the time, driving to the store, shopping around, buying, packing and shipping the gift, which some have nightmares about. Now, with the abilities of the internet, buying Christmas gifts is painless and can be done in minutes. This Christmas season, focus on creating new and building upon old relationships and remember that always having a busy schedule is a good thing!
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