What exactly is “professional bonding?” How on earth does emotional anything relate to anything professional? It is strange but true, and it may not be exactly what you think. They key is not being emotional when bonding, but bonding professionally by being sensitive to the emotional side. Consider these examples.
Provide Professional Leads
This doesn’t sound emotional at all. It is though. The idea that someone would care about your professional success enough to provide you with leads strikes a chord. It encourages you to not only better yourself and work harder, but also to help that person out as well. The desire to help someone that helps you is highly emotional despite the circumstance, and in this way the professional bond is formed.
Occasionally Check In
When you meet people in a professional situation, check in with them from time to time. Don’t stalk, but a well-timed phone call, email, or text asking how things are going and reminding them to let you know if you can help with anything can go far.
This shows that they were remembered by you, which makes them feel worth remembering. The emotions tied to this are powerful, which can lead to a powerful professional bond. The technique works with employees and co-works as well as those you met through networking.
Volunteer in the Community
When others see you working and caring for things that matter to them, whether you are volunteering for their son’s little league team, helping raise awareness for a cause they care about, or something else, they will feel an emotional bond to you.
This will encourage them to do business with you when the time comes, and the professional bond will begin to grow.
Don’t Forget Remote Workers
If you have a remote team, be sure to keep them in the company loop. Not doing so will make them feel cut off and secluded, and this will wreak havoc on their loyalty not only to you, but to the company as well. Making sure they feel included and appreciated will help them bond with the company and those in it, not just the job.
Take the initiative to learn something new and share what you have learned. Take a class, learn a new skill, or master a new app. Sharing what you have learned in an effort to help others be more successful will show kindness and that you care for their success. The natural instinct for most is to reciprocate.
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