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Personal Connection in the Job Search

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Personal Connection, Relationship Building, and Networking: Different or the Same? 

 

As a job seeker, you are most likely familiar with the term “networking,” regardless if you are looking for your first “adult” job after graduating from college or a way to enter another industry as a career changer. We hear it from everywhere: network, network, network. But is it really that important? 

 

Networking generally means creating a web of professional connections that you can contact if the need arises. Because it’s one-sided, it’s not as effective as, for example, relationship building. Nobody wants to be contacted by a stranger or even an old friend if it’s only to ask if the company they are working for is hiring. Instead of pointlessly reaching out to people you barely know, focus on building long-term relationships. 

 

Relationship building refers to an act of mutual exchange. This doesn’t mean you have to get on the phone and set up a personal meeting with every contact you have. It merely means that you give before you get – you ask questions, engage on other people’s social media profiles, and help your connection with something simple. Such ties, based on mutual benefit, will help you to get people to vouch for you instead of moving the resume you just sent them into their laptop’s trash can.

 

How does personal connection relate to networking and relationship building? You can create a personal connection with others when you are genuinely interested in them. You can also develop a personal connection with yourself when you develop a deep understanding of your values, interests, goals, and priorities. The latter is crucial as it will help you feel more confident while networking, building your personal brand online, or interviewing. 

 

If you have been thinking, “I can’t find a job I like,” “I have chosen the wrong career” or “I need a career change, but I don’t know what to do,” your best bet is to connect with yourself first. 

 

Do whatever it takes to gain inspiration. Meditate, listen to music, watch motivational YouTube videos, create a vision board, whatever works for you. Tell your family and friends about your intentions and ask them to support you. Only then move on to taking actions such as crafting your resume, assessing your network, and applying online. 

Why is Networking so Important to Job Seekers?

 

Your network is your net worth. By building relevant personal connections in your current industry and beyond, you are setting yourself up not for a temporary, but long-lasting career success. As you deliberately focus on relationship building you will find potential mentors, clients, employers, colleagues and friends. And more importantly, the majority of available jobs are not advertised, because they get filled even before they are featured on job posting sites. Surveys have revealed that 70 to 85% of all roles are actually filled via networking. 

 

To further illustrate why networking is so important to job seekers, consider these stories from Natalie, the co-founder of Digital Career Change LLC, who found her last 3 positions through networking:

 

After I returned to the United States with a Master’s degree in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology, I had a hard time getting started in my field because I had no experience, and my degree was from Spain. 

 

All the jobs I acquired from then until now have been based on personal connections. 

 

Here are some examples: 

 

Experience #1 – HR Administrator job.

 

I was living with my brother at the time, and a few of his friends came over one evening. We were catching up, and I told them about my job search. A few weeks later, I got a message on Facebook from one of my brother’s friends telling me about a position her company was trying to fill. She asked if I would be interested in coming to her office to discuss it further. She didn’t say it was an interview necessarily, but I prepared for our meeting as if it was going to be. While I was there, she introduced me to the owner of the company, and we discussed my experience and what I could bring to the table. The interview went well, and they extended me an offer that day!

 

Experience #2 – Executive Recruiter job.

 

After working at job 1 for some time, I realized it wasn’t the best fit for me. I was living in the same city as my parents, and I told them that I wanted to look for another job. My dad bumped into one of his friends who happened to be a recruiter, and he asked her to help me find another job. I went to meet with her, and after discussing what I was looking for, she told me she thought I would be a great fit to work at their firm. She introduced me to one of the Managing Partners, and several interviews with other executives later, I was offered the position.

 

Experience #3 – Digital Account Manager job.

 

After I moved to Colorado, I was working on establishing a career transition coaching practice. One fateful summer day, a friend of mine was having a birthday barbeque, and I bumped into an old acquaintance from college. Our conversation led to him asking if I would be interested in working as an account manager as his company part-time. Two years later, I am still working with the company but now as the Director of Operations. 

 

Ultimately, I was presented with interview opportunities based on conveying my desire to work to people I knew, and people I knew (friends, family, etc.) spreading the word about my search as well.”

 

Now that you understand why networking is so essential for job seekers, it’s time to roll up your sleeves. Below we outlined the best networking strategies for the job search. 

What are the Best Networking Strategies for the Job Search?

 

 

  • Create a Network Inventory

 

 

You might think that you don’t know many people, but if you check your phone contacts, add up all people you have connected with on social media, your high-school friends, etc., you will have a pretty impressive amount of connections.

 

To keep track of your networking efforts, we recommend putting together a network inventory. Identify people you connected with recently, and relationships that have been put on pause for a while. You can still reconnect with your old friends on social media, but remember, you have to make a genuine effort to “give before you get.” 

 

 

  • Be Intentional in Your Search

 

 

Before you dive into messaging all of your connections announcing that you are available for the next opportunity, you have to know exactly who to contact and for what reason. Make a list of 10+ companies you would like to work for. Identify job titles you’re interested in. Search for positions on Google, Indeed, Glassdoor, and so on. Read through the job descriptions and ensure your skills match 60% of the necessary qualifications before moving to the next step.

 

Then, go back to your networking log and mark connections that work in your chosen industry or refer you to one of your target companies. Remember that your first-degree connections are your supporters and ambassadors, but they might not work exactly where you want to work. Nevertheless, they most likely know someone who does; this is why your second and third-degree connections are the ones who are going to get you a job

 

 

  • Establish a Professional Brand

 

 

One of the best ways to build a network of relevant connections is to position yourself as an expert and develop your professional brand. You can do it on any platform, but LinkedIn is built for professional networking and, therefore, is the recommended platform. 

 

LinkedIn is not a copy of your resume anymore. It’s an opportunity to show to potential employers who you are at and outside of work. Your professional brand is equivalent to a physical first impression, so make your LinkedIn (and other social media profiles) look professional before you start networking. If you need help with optimizing your LinkedIn profile for job search, check out this article on the Social Selling Index

How to Effectively Use LinkedIn for Job Search Networking

 

One of the best ways to network for a job search is to connect with relevant professionals on LinkedIn. LinkedIn provides a fantastic opportunity to send a connection request to a stranger or acquaintance and introduce yourself, even before applying for a job. It might sound intimidating, but after getting familiar with our LinkedIn job search tips and networking templates, you will be well-equipped to make a great impression on potential employers. 

 

  1. Check if you have any connections who work at your chosen companies. Engage with their content if they are active on LinkedIn, or send them a personalized message complimenting something about their profile. Then, you can also ask them if they would be willing to jump on a brief call to share what they love about working for the company. 
  2. Follow the companies you are interested in. Engage with their content with meaningful comments/shares. Some companies also have dedicated hashtags you can follow.
  3. Connect with recruiters and hiring managers in your industry and build a relationship with them. Don’t strive to connect with a ton of people, remember: quality over quantity.
  4. Join relevant groups on LinkedIn. If you get accepted to a LinkedIn group, all of the group members become your 2nd level connections, and you can directly message them.
  5. Search for relevant internships and temporary unpaid opportunities to help you get your foot in the door. 
  6. Connect with your college professors. They most likely have a vast network and will be able to recommend you. 
  7. Connect with your peers. You will be surprised, but job opportunities might come from someone who recently got a job – there might be other positions available or become available in the near future. Some companies ask for referrals from their new employees because good people usually know good people. 

 

To summarize, you can find countless tips on effectively using LinkedIn for job search networking. But regardless of what you find, you have to remember that authentic personal connections will eventually get you multiple job offers, and transactional relationships will waste your time and others’. 

3 Effective Email Templates for Networking

 

First, it’s important to note that we do not recommend using a mass-send method for networking. Especially if it’s the first interaction you’ve ever had with someone. You only have one opportunity to make a good impression, so do not be sloppy. Instead, use your networking log to select several people in your industry that you want to build relationships with, and stick to it. You will know when you feel like a relationship has been established. 

 

Job seeking can be a full-time job on its own. To help you on your journey and provide you with some guidance, we’ve put together 3 email or direct message templates that you can modify to fit your industry/style:

 

First-level connection (you know them personally)

 

“Hey Bob, 

 

I saw your Instagram pictures from your recent hike. Looks like so much fun! 

 

Have you been getting out of the house often lately? 

 

I am searching for a new job currently, looking for an [position] in [industry], would you happen to have anyone in your network who works in the industry?

 

I would really appreciate it if you could think of someone you might know.”

 

Warm connection (if you were referred to them by someone or have common personal connections)

 

“Hi Pam, 

 

Thank you for accepting my connection request. 

 

I noticed that you are connected to Bob. We went to high school together years ago (insert anecdote if appropriate).

 

I noticed that you’ve been in the [industry] for 5+ years and wondered what it is that you like about it?”

 

Cold email (you’ve engaged with their content before but did not have personal interaction):

 

“Hi Teresa, 

 

I recently came across an article/post you published on LinkedIn about XYZ, and I got a lot of value from it [specify what you liked about the article/post].

 

I am currently [your goals], and I am curious about what it’s like to work as [their position]. 

 

Would you have 15 minutes to chat over the phone this week about what you love about your current role?”

 

Remember, you have to invest before you gain a return on investment. You have to give attention to get attention and genuinely want to connect with professionals in your industry and get to know them. 

 

Looking for Further Guidance?

 

Searching for a job can be convoluted and frustrating, whether you’re fresh out of college, an industry veteran, or trying to transition from one industry to another. To get to the place where your dreams become a reality, it’s essential to develop a strategic plan that will drive your objectives and deliver sustainable results. If you are a service worker looking to transition into the digital workforce, we have created the Digital Career Change eBook, which offers a unique framework to help career changers step into the digital workplace and succeed. The Digital Career Change eBook is an easy-to-use toolkit to help you craft your own path to your desired career with confidence. Strategies, tools, and support are all included!

 

If you have any questions, we’re happy to help! Reach out to us at [email protected], or visit www.digitalcareerchange.com

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Everything There Is To Know About Quarter-Life Crisis

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Are you in your mid-twenties to early-thirties? Have you become restless? Do you find yourself consumed with doubt? Doubt about your career path, the state of your relationships, or even the very point of your existence? You could be dealing with a quarter-life crisis, and you are not alone.

What is a quarter-life crisis?

The quarter-life crisis is a widespread psychological phenomenon that typically kicks in between the ages of 25 to 35. However, you can experience it a little earlier or later than that. It is typified by a prolonged period of stress, doubt, and soul searching.

Usually, the people who suffer from quarter-life crises are smart, driven, and capable people who are unhappy because they don’t feel like they are reaching their full potential, or doing as well as their peers.

You could be having a quarter-life crisis because your dream job has turned into a nightmare that zaps your creativity and drains you of your energy, or maybe you’re struggling because you’ve never quite found the right career for you – despite being more than qualified for the job. Perhaps you’re struggling to juggle life as a parent with your career goals. 

Or comparison has stolen your joy, and you just can’t understand why your friends all have high-powered careers while you’re still struggling to stick with an entry-level job you hate –  sending out resume after resume and not getting anywhere.  

No matter what the reason for your quarter-life crisis might be, you need to start digging yourself out of it right now, and that is something we can help you with – just follow the steps outlined below. Things will hopefully start to get better for you.

Build a strong Relationship with Yourself (we call this Personal Connection)

The first step in overcoming a quarter-life crisis is building a strong relationship with yourself. What does this mean? It means that you live your life for you. You put your life in your hands and you learn what is important to you.

In our 8 week Personal Connection Boot Camp we teach you how to build a strong personal connection with yourself by setting goals, redefining habits, discovering who you are and embracing our “Iceberg of Personal Connection” framework. This sets the foundation for you mastering the uncertainty in your life. Signup for an interview with one of our founders and learn how to get a jumpstart on your journey today.

Try new things to discover yourself

If you aren’t happy, but you don’t exactly know why you aren’t happy, or what would make you wake up every morning with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, try new things. Take classes just for the hell of it, meet and network with new people in industries different to your own, walk a new route, and just soak in everything. Completely transform your life by doing this. You might just hit on that one thing that will make you truly happy.

In week 3 of our 8 week program we empower you to research and try 5 new things. It is through doing things that you have always wanted to do and reading things that you have always wanted to read that you discover yourself.

Focus on Building Personal Connection with Others

Connecting with other people who know what you are going through is a great way to get through your quarter-life crisis. The simple act of talking to someone about your feelings can often be enough to help you move on. You can untangle your feelings, get a new perspective, and come to understand that you aren’t the only one who is struggling in your 20s and 30s. 

Friends are great to talk to about this stuff. Still, you may also consider speaking to a career adviser, therapist, or mentor who has your best interests in mind and the skill and experience to help you out of your crisis.

Our Personal Connection Boot Camp focused on this in week 6 of 8 and also gives you access to a supportive and active community that is going through the same thing you are. In addition, you will be able to receive live group coaching twice a week with our founders, Hector “the Greek” and Jonny “the King of Burpees.” Signup for an interview with one of our founders to learn more.

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Stop comparing yourself to others

It may be a cliche to say that comparison is the thief of joy, but it’s also pretty accurate.  You’ll feel pretty depressed about your life by comparison, if you spend your time logged on to Facebook or Instagram scrolling through update after update from your prettier, more successful, happier friends who are all working their dream jobs, marrying their dream partners and well, just living their dream lives.

The thing is, you simply cannot compare the start of your journey to the middle of another person’s. You are an individual, and you have your own way of doing things. Your life is going at its own pace. If you fail to recognize that and continue to compare yourself to others, it will only lead to unhappiness, stress, and the questioning of every decision you’ve made or will ever make. 

Stop. Doing. It. Now.  Live your own life, spend the time you would have spent endlessly scrolling on bettering yourself, and start enjoying life more. If something is meant to happen, it will happen; if not, there’s always another way.

Set up a side hustle with something you are passionate about

It’s not for everyone, but if you’re struggling with the work side of life, maybe because you find your work unfulfilling or you just can’t break into your dream sector. It can be helpful to channel your frustrations into something more positive. Consider a side hustle.

Side hustles are jobs or businesses that you work on in addition to your primary full-time role. Not only can they provide you with an extra source of income, but they also allow you to take something you love and are passionate about and see how you do with it. 

If you’re struggling to break into your chosen industry, they can be an effective way of making a place for yourself there. For example, if you dream of being a writer, but no one will hire you, set up a blog, and start doing it anyway. You’ll get the fulfillment you crave, and if your blog starts to attract attention, you can leverage that to get your foot in the door and your first step onto a career ladder. That’s just one example of how a side hustle can help you to be more fulfilled in your work – there are many more possibilities, so don’t be afraid to explore.

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Take a different path and master your career

A lot of young graduates think that they must work in the field that they trained for during college. After all, school isn’t cheap, and it would be a waste of time to throw your degree away and do something completely different, right? Not necessarily.

It’s great if you can get work connected to the subject you study, providing that you enjoy it, but if you can’t, and don’t, there is no shame in going back to the drawing board and trying something completely different.

Most of us head off to college when we’re just 18. Many of us have no real idea of what we want to do with our lives, especially when it comes to career options – so we don’t always make the right choices. We shouldn’t have to suffer the rest of our lives because we chose to study engineering when we now long to be artists, for example.

So, be brave, think about what you would really like to do as a career, and go after it. You may need to retrain, but equally, you may not –  just having a degree,  any degree, can open a surprising number of doors. You still have your whole life ahead of you, so there’s plenty of time to experiment, find the right fit, and build a robust and happy career. 

If worst comes to worst, you can always fall back on your degree. So what do you really have to lose –  except stress, unhappiness, and emotional burnout?

Once we set thee foundation for your personal connection with yourself, we will help you define and attract your dream career in week 7 and 8 of Personal Connection Boot Camp. Share with us your career struggles today with an interview with one of our founders.

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Remember you’re normal

86% of people go through a quarter-life crisis. A lot of people become distressed when they’re going through a quarter-life crisis. They feel like they’re the only ones who hate their job, can’t seem to get a break, and struggle to build lasting relationships, but that simply isn’t the case.

If you want to get through your quarter-life crisis intact, remember that you aren’t the only one going through this. It is more common than not to experience this transient stage of life in your 20s or 30s.

Having a quarter-life crisis, you also need to remember that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it can teach you more about yourself. It can also spur you to take action to make your life better, happier, and more fulfilling in the long term. Use this time to figure life out, now while you’re still young, and you’ll be far happier, healthier, and fulfilled as you get older and wiser.

How to Deal With Personal Finances

To deal with your personal finances, you must take control of the situation. Take account of how your money comes in and goes out. Money coming in is the easy part, your job, your business, and your investments. Money going out includes not only your expenses but how you are spending. Proper credit card use can be incredibly rewarding by building credit and allowing you to hold money in your debit account. Remember, regularly checking and updating this information is crucial to taking control of your personal finances. In week 7 and 8 of Personal Connection Boot Camp we discuss how to use your personal connection with yourself to master your finances. We then dig into Ramit Sethi’s framework and main goal  to make personal finance exciting & rewarding, especially through his book “I will Teach You to Be Rich.”

What Now?

Quarter-life crises are nothing new, and they are nothing to be feared. They may leave you feeling unhappy and unsure, but that is only temporary. If you embrace the way you are feeling and use it as a springboard to discover who you are, if you use it to gain new skills and set new goals, it will work for you.  You will end up more joyful than you have ever been before. Sure, it will take a lot of work and a little soul-searching, but it will be worth it in the end when you have a fulfilling home and work life, you’re following your passions, and you don’t feel inferior to your peers.

At  VP Legacies, Jonny “The King of Burpees” and Hector “The Greek” lead a team focused on helping 20 and 30 something-year-olds go from FML (f*** my life) to HFY (Hell F***ing Yeah), so they can own their life after college without worrying about their career, finances or personal relationships. We do this by uncovering, setting, and accomplishing individual goals in as little as eight weeks. Our students can then overcome uncertainty, and build epic levels of self-confidence without spending years adrift trying to establish their unique voices. Sign up for an interview to learn more and start your journey today.


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9 E-Learning Trends for 2019 | VP Legacies

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Written by VP Legacies and Andrea Maliska

Over the last few years, we have increasingly been moving towards implementing e-learning, both in the classroom and in the workplace. New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and game-based learning have made e-learning more accessible and efficient for users anytime, anywhere.

We’re sharing nine e-learning trends that you’ll sure to see this year.

Related: Build Story-based eLearning Content to Engage Your Learners

Adaptive learning going to the next level

Learning is no longer a one-size-fits-all, lecture-based model. Whether it’s in a classroom, online, in a hybrid model, or hands-on, everyone learns differently. That’s why adaptive learning has been created to meet individual learning needs. In the simplest of terms, adaptive learning is giving every learner their own personalized course, made specifically for their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and engagement patterns. Imagine a course that adapted in real-time to their activity and adjusted moment by moment to their performance and interest level. AI actively tailors content to an individual’s needs. This is helping to make a learner-centric vision of education a reality.

Microlearning

Microlearning is a way of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts. The learners are in control of what and when they’re learning. This has blown up, especially with millennials due to their short attention span. Think of apps such as Duolingo, which teaches using small, achievable assessments in order for users to make progress and meet their goals. To do this effectively, use videos. That being said, production quality and timing matter create videos that are of the highest quality but in four minutes or less. And to prove that learning took place, give users a brief assessment to make sure the learning stuck.

Are you looking to start e-learning but only have a small budget? VP Legacies brakes down how you can Create inexpensive eLearning Content.

Artificial intelligence and learner assistance

AI isn’t only being implemented in adaptive learning, it’s used in software, chatbots, and more. This is especially critical in online learning. AI creates immersive experiences, not just lessons, to enrich the learning experience. AI can also emphasize areas that need improvements in the learning process. So as a student progresses in the course, AI adapts the content to the user’s knowledge and proficiency level. Therefore, students can learn at their own pace anywhere at any time.

Gamification and game-based learning

Game-based learning makes a game out of learning can create a dynamic that can inspire learners to develop skills and competencies as they focus on the activities of the game. Games can build an emotional connection to learning and subject matter, provide an opportunity for feedback and practice, and customized to individualized teaching. In order for game-based learning to be effective, the game must align with learning outcomes and should be competitive in a competitive sense.

Augmented reality/virtual reality

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Augmented reality and virtual reality will fundamentally change the way in which we learn about new subjects, and how we apply that knowledge in our everyday lives. This technology is about to radically change the way in which you learn and will hopefully revolutionize your perspective in regard to how you examine the world. With an AR/VR headset, you can immerse yourself in the situation in order to enhance your learning experience.

Video-based learning

The demand for video-based learning has surreptitiously witnessed an upward spiral in recent times. Short, crisp, engaging, and elucidating video nuggets on various subjects are scaling across YouTube and other video social blogging and learning platforms. What makes it increasingly trendy is its ardent approach of blending instructional strategy with the assorted range of technology and delivery options. Video-based learning has the ability to comprehend different learning styles seamlessly. Videos in general easily cater to the visual and auditory learning styles almost immaculately and simultaneously.

Related: 5 Ways to Successfully Implement Video-Based Learning at Work

Social learning

Social learning dictates that people learn from one another via observation, imitation, and modeling. The theory has often been called a bridge between behaviorist and cognitive learning theories because it encompasses attention, memory, and motivation. Social learning theory explains human behavior in terms of continuous reciprocal interaction between cognitive, behavioral, and environmental influences. People learn best through behavior, which inherently affects their attitudes and motivations.

Content curation

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When it comes to content curation for e-learning, it’s key to share the most relevant content on specific topics and offer it to learners as an online tool or through a portal or platform. Proper content creation can add value to your learning strategy and enhance your impact. Content can not only empower your users but give a more focused approach to e-learning. Additionally, content allows users to share content with others, thereby creating a larger learning audience.

Related: How to Sell Upper Management on eLearning

Courses being replaced by context

In e-learning, context is key to understanding the content. Context will make the content presented during an e-learning course relevant to the student. Always give a reason as to why you are presenting the content that you are to make it clear to the readers what the object is. This will help them gain more from the course, which will benefit you as the content is shared. Give your content meaning by making it contextual, and your e-learning course will be a success.

As you embark on your 2019 e-learning journey, keep these trends in mind and you’ll be set up for success.

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Enhance Your eLearning Content with Video

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Written by VP Legacies and Andrea Maliska

When most people think of eLearning, they think of stale, unengaging content. They think of the slide decks or the PDF downloads that they can access. These tools can prove to put the reader to sleep, preventing them from learning anything. eLearning lacks in human interaction, and while it’s highly desirable to have easy-to-access content accessible 24/7, we have lost what makes education the most effective: human connection and emotion.

To add back this human element in your eLearning education, mix your traditional content with video. Throw out heavy, wordy files and replace them with instructors and influencers.

Here are a few tips to seamlessly implement this into your eLearning curriculum.

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Include a video with your lecture

If you are learning online, especially with school, chances are you have little interaction with fellow classmates and instructors. As a student, you only see the slide deck that the professor uploads to your class management system with little context. From the students’ perspective, this becomes frustrating when you have to self-teach yourself challenging concepts. You have no idea how to perform calculations or understand the context of the lecture because you only have some slides and maybe some supplemental notes.

Instructors can go one step further and create a recording of themselves going through that week’s lecture. Not only will students get more context as to what the lecture concept is, but students can also come face-to-face with their instructors. This effectively builds a relationship between students and instructors even when they are not in the same room. As a student, you get a sense of being in front of the professor even though you are in your own home.

Related: 5 Ways to Successfully Implement Video-Based Learning at Work

Conduct discussions over video conferencing

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Another way to incorporate video into your eLearning curriculum is to have students conduct their discussion groups over video conferencing. Instructors can assign their students a group that they work with throughout the course of the semester and then the students set a designated time during the week to meet. One student each week can run the discussion and take notes, turning them in as a proof of discussion.

For the students, especially in an online class, this gives them an opportunity to interact with each other face-to-face as opposed to just contributing to a weekly discussion board. They can engage in a conversation and express their opinions, conveying tone, and body language. This regular communication with a group builds a relationship over the course of the semester, something they wouldn’t otherwise have. Additionally, they can partake in higher-level discussion methods such as the Socrates Method something that can’t work online.

Related: Build Story-based eLearning Content to Engage Your Learners

Submit video essays

Assignments in an online course often are written, which don’t incorporate very much use of multimedia elements. Instructors can break the cycle by asking students to submit a video essay on a topic during the semester. This can be one assignment or a final project accompanied by a written document or slide deck. To provide further engagement, instructors can ask the students to critique each of their peer’s videos, as if they were doing it in real-time.

This gives the students an opportunity to engage with each other while also giving students to speak on behalf of their topics. It can level the playing field in terms of abilities; a student may feel more comfortable speaking than writing. Video essays along with other multimedia content are a great way to cater to adaptive learning in order to meet the testing and learning levels of various students. It’s not only super engaging, it gives students the public speaking skills they need outside of school.

“Whiteboard” topics

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A very common form of educational video is a “whiteboard”, where a concept is drawn out for the viewer. These videos are only a few minutes long, which is all is needed to communicate a topic. Take something like measuring customer lifetime value. Take that concept and turn it into a whiteboard video to show what it is, how to calculate it, and when to use it. These videos are usually voiced over and very animated with drawings, which make them engaging to the viewer.

One major benefit of this type of content is that there is a heavy storytelling element to them. Viewers become engaged because they follow the journey of the drawings and want to know how it’s going to end. Whiteboard videos tell a short story from beginning to end, all while educating the viewer. If you have more technical concepts that you are teaching on, consider producing a whiteboard video and adding it to your content lineup.

eLearning has grown to be more than just static PDFs, slide decks, and discussion boards. Now, in order for students to learn effectively, they need rich multimedia content that is engaging. Take a look at your content to see what video elements you can infuse to foster human connection and emotion.

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How to handle a personal relationship at work?

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man and woman office romanceWorkplace relationships tend to be a relatively taboo subject that few people openly discuss. But they are definitely a reality, and we all must know the rights and wrongs when it comes to workplace relationships. If you’re considering engaging in a workplace romance, you need to be fully aware of their potential perks and pitfalls. This will allow you to make informed decisions when it comes to engaging or rejecting them. 

Our personal connection program is built to help highly driven young professionals navigate and develop their relationship with themselves and others inside and outside of work.

To help you along the way, here’s everything you need to know about handling a personal relationship at work.

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Are Workplace Relationships Common?

First, let’s take a look at just how common workplace relationships are. You’re not likely to get a whole lot of honest or accurate information on the topic simply by discussing the concept of workplace relationships with colleagues. After all, the information that spreads around is usually rumors. Sometimes, people will never find out about relationships that are taking place because those involved are discreet. Instead, it’s best to take a look at professional studies that have been conducted in the area. Here are some interesting results that show the status of workplace relationships in the modern-day.

  • Vault.com found that 58% of employees have engaged in some sort of romantic relationship with a colleague.
  • Almost half of the employees don’t know their company’s policies regarding workplace romance – this could be because these policies don’t exist in the first place or because they’re not effectively communicated.
  • Almost one in five employees have cheated on their partner with someone from work – 19% of employees admitted to cheating on their partner with a colleague. In contrast, a much larger 44% say they are aware of colleagues who have had affairs at work or during business trips.
  • Most workplace couples keep their relationship a secret around 64% of employees who are engaging in a romantic relationship with a colleague will not tell others about this, instead choosing to keep things under the radar.
  • Three in four people would consider engaging in a workplace romance – 72% of people surveyed would consider participating in a workplace romance should the opportunity arise.

A Note on Workplace Relationships

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Before we get any further into our discussion of workplace relationships, it’s essential to note that any workplace relationship has to be consensual between both parties – as with any other relationship. Never assume that you can act romantically with any of your coworkers. This means you should not talk to them in a sexual or intimate tone without given consent. Show respect for others’ personal boundaries and always ask for outright permission to act in any way other than professionally. Remember that people may be polite or lenient to avoid tension in the workplace. You shouldn’t rely on a protest or someone overtly saying “no” to advances. Without clear consent and permission, you may actually be harassing someone.

Related: How To Avoid Transactional Relationships at Work

Helping a Workplace Relationship Work

There are several steps you can take to help drive a consensual workplace relationship in the right direction. These are just a few that you might like to consider.

Taking a Course

Any relationships at work can benefit from a VP Legacies course. These courses aim to help you build meaningful relationships with those around you. They’ll offer guidance on how to foster meaningful conversations and connections.

Be Aware of Potential Legal Repercussions

Legal repercussions can vary depending on where you live. For example, in many countries, personal relationships between any colleagues are deemed completely fine. In others, specific relationships are punishable through fines, imprisonment, or even death. Make sure to be familiar with the regulations in place in the country you’re working in – especially if you’re working overseas where you may be unfamiliar with common law and practice.

Check the Policies of the Company You’re Working For

Many companies have regulations in place when it comes to relationships between colleagues. It’s always worth checking your company’s policies, so you don’t find yourself in breach of them. If there are rules in place that forbid employees from being in relationships, you need to evaluate whether this relationship is worth one of you leaving your role and working somewhere else.

Consider Whether the Relationship is Appropriate

Even if there is consent between both parties, you need to determine whether the relationship is appropriate. For example, a senior figure within a company engaging in a relationship with someone in a junior rank can be deemed problematic due to the inherent power imbalance between the two individuals.

Remain Professional in the Workplace

If everything’s going smoothly and you and your colleague are in a working relationship, it’s essential to remain professional in the workplace. It’s generally best to avoid public displays of affection, and it could be deemed extremely unprofessional to bring personal issues into your professional day – for example, continuing a personal argument within the workplace. It’s also vital that you avoid showing your partner preferential treatment above other colleagues. This can cause issues, as people may begin to feel unfairly treated, and this can result in feelings of resentment which are never productive in a professional environment.

What Can We Say About Personal Relationships at Work?

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As you can see, personal relationships in the workplace tend to fall into a relatively grey area. Some would say to avoid them at all costs. Others are in happy marriages with their colleagues and wouldn’t change a thing in the world. Only you can determine what’s best for you. However, to better improve this situation, an online personal connection course can help you maintain a healthy relationship at work. 

 Hopefully, the above information has helped you make more informed decisions if you do decide to go ahead with a workplace romance!


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How to Make Self Isolation Less Lonely

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are required to stay at home. Businesses have shut down and had all their employees work remotely. The problem with being quarantined at home is that it disrupts our daily routine and social interaction. 

Self-isolation can lead to loneliness, depression, and anxiety. It can also be difficult for employees to communicate and collaborate on projects if they are practicing social distancing and isolation.

 Luckily, VP Legacies have online courses that can help people personally connect®

 during a global pandemic and to build a strong relationship with themselves as well.

Self Isolation can be a lonely task, but with the right tips and tricks, it can be a more satisfying experience.

Related: Social Distancing: Today’s Pandemic and Loneliness Epidemic

How Self Isolation Works

If you are curious about how self-isolation works, and how to do it properly to prevent getting infected, here are some insights for you.

Stay home

Avoid leaving the house unless it’s necessary, which means no school, no church, and no work. If you have to make money, most likely, you will be working from home.

See a virtual doctor

If you are sick, it’s best to try telemedicine first. You can get on a virtual clinic at the comfort of your own home, turn on the WebCam, and see a board-certified doctor. The doctor can interview and write a prescription for you to pick up at the nearest pharmacy.

Have your own stuff

Don’t swap drinking glasses, cups, dishes, towels, beddings, or eating utensils. Use your own stuff for safety reasons.

Wash, rinse, and repeat

Hygiene is a crucial part of self-isolation. Hand wash and hand sanitizer should be the first line of defense under quarantine and isolation. If you cough or sneeze, do it on your elbows or use a tissue and throw it away immediately.

Social distancing

If you have to take your dog out for a walk or grab something from the store, it’s vital to keep yourself 6 feet or 2 meters between you and another person. This is the concept of social distancing to prevent a potential infection.

How to Keep Yourself Busy

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Since self-isolation can be lonely, here are some ways to keep yourself busy:

Take time to breathe

This is the perfect time to breathe and relax. Because of the pandemic and self-isolation, we tend to have more time to spare. Once the pandemic is over, and you’re back to your regular routine and life, you will be too busy to relax and smell the roses. 

Why not take this time to meditate and to do some yoga. This can help alleviate any anxiety, fear, and concerns about the uncertainty during the pandemic. Plus, taking time to relax and catch up on your favorite book and movie can give you a more positive perspective about life. 

Enjoy your home

The problem with a busy life is that after work, we go home, eat, shower, go to bed, and wake up in the morning to repeat the cycle all over again.

Now that we have a pandemic, it’s best to take the time to enjoy your home. You can try new hobbies, like:

  • Growing indoor plants
  • Redecorating the house
  • Renovating the kitchen
  • Paint the walls
  • Hanging some pictures
  • Catching up on some house chores.

Keep yourself company

The best way to keep yourself company is to do something you enjoy, but never get to do because of a busy lifestyle. Here are some activities that will keep your company:

  • Reading your favorite book
  • Taking a relaxing bubble bath with champagne 
  • Watching a movie
  • Playing video games
  • Crocheting
  • Dancing to your favorite music 
  • Learning a new instrument
  • Writing a novel that you never finish
  • Baking some cupcakes.

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Take an online course

This is the best time to absorb new knowledge. VP Legacies offer a free online course to show you how to Personally connect®during a global pandemic. You can watch the session live on Facebook and Instagram. This is a beneficial e-learning course for people working remotely along with the physical distance between themselves and loved ones. The course shows you how to spend more time with your friends, family, and colleagues while working from home.

 Another fantastic course from VP Legacies is learning how to build a strong relationship with yourself. This is a vital educational experience that helps people enjoy their alone time while also having a flourishing relationship with others. It gives some insight on how to maintain a professional and personal relationship while working from home.

Related: What Learning Objectives are Compatible with eLearning?

How to Maintain Personal Connections

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It can be easy to lose touch with everyone you care about during social isolation. Here are some ways to maintain a personal connection during a pandemic.

Respectful distance

When it comes to social interaction, it’s essential to keep a  social distance even with those we live with. Try to maintain adequate distance during this time, but also have conversations to enjoy each other’s company.

Have meaningful phone conversations

Instead of texting, try grabbing the phone, dial the phone number, and start talking. It’s more meaningful to hear someone’s voice and have a conversation with them than to sit on a couch and text endlessly.

Send emails once in a while

Since you have more time on your hand, put in the effort to send a lengthy email. This can be better than just simply liking someone’s post on Instagram. With the email, it shows that you care, and that you genuinely want to reach out and connect. 

Conclusion

Because COVID-19 is highly contagious and can lead to fibrosis of the lungs, social isolation is a requirement to keep everyone safe. However, during this period, people could get lonely and anxious about the uncertainty of the situation. 

Fortunately, we have listed a variety of things that you can do to make self-isolation less lonely and more enjoyable. In addition to that, if you are working from home, there are various ways to improve your communication and collaboration with friends and colleagues. 

Online courses from VP Legacies can show you how to personally connect® during a global pandemic and to establish a better relationship with yourself. Because of these courses, people can now learn how to enjoy their alone time, along with experiencing an excellent relationship with others.

 With all these great resources, you can now look forward to spending more time at home.

Related: How to Maintain Real Connections with Your Professional Network


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How to Work on Yourself

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Something that people seem to forget is that the most important relationship that you are ever going to have in your life is the one you have with yourself. Every other relationship is going to be secondary, and this type of relationship comes naturally to us. How you feel about yourself and the way you treat yourself is the most important thing in your life, but this is easy to forget. That is why in this article, we are going to be looking at some of the ways that you can work on yourself. By the time you have finished reading, you should have a good idea about how you can work on the relationship you have with yourself.

Learn To Forgive

person looking at the windowOne of the things that you can learn is how to forgive. Some things in the world seem impossible to forgive, but something you have to come to terms with before forgiving is that you are the one who is holding on. If you are not forgiving, whether it be yourself or someone else, you are giving in to something that is hurting you. Without forgiveness, there is only going to be hurt, and you need to learn to let this go if you want to improve yourself. 

Think about it this way: If you are holding a piece of rope that is being pulled in a different direction, and you are holding on tight, eventually you’re going to have burns on your hand. You think it’s the right thing to do, but you’re only getting hurt, and you can only become free by releasing the rope. Set the rope free and forgive, because you deserve the peace and forgiveness will bring this to you.

Related: How to build a Strong Relationship with Yourself

Try To Eat Healthier

rice with salmon and vegetableA lot of the time, we eat absent-mindedly without thinking about what we are actually eating. The food looks good at the time, and that’s a good enough reason to eat it, right? Sometimes yes, but other times you need to consider the food that is good for you and your health. You need to be eating food that is nourishing you and providing all the vitamins and nutrients that you need to stay healthy. At the end of the day, that is what food is for, so you need to make those smart choices and choose the correct food.

We’re not saying that you can’t indulge every now and then, but if you want to work on yourself, you need to be healthy.

Identify How Serious a Situation is

Try to stop taking everything in your life so seriously. Not everything is as serious as it seems, so learn to ease up a little. It’s not going to be easy, so take it step by step. There’s not always a hidden meaning in every word or every action. You don’t need to analyze every single situation with a microscope. Lighten up, feel that burden lift off you.

Sometimes things don’t work out the way we want them to, but you need to use these times to learn and grow. Don’t let them change who you are for the worse and create a cloud of negativity over you. See all experiences as a learning curve, and a chance to better yourself where you can. 

Spend More Time Reflecting

What do you think about things? Keep in mind that not every thought you have needs your attention, nor warrants it. You want to be picky about the thoughts that you decide to give your attention to because these are the ones that will become the experiences of your life. There are sites like VP Legacies who have courses such as Personal Connection 101, How To Build A Strong Relationship With Yourself, and How To Personally Connect In The Midst Of A Global Pandemic, the last of these is currently free for you to take! Things like this will help you connect to yourself, and this, in turn, will help with the way that you think.

Everything that we do makes up who we are. It reflects who we are, and the relationship that we have with ourselves, the decisions you make, and the ones that you don’t. If you are going to try to change the outside, and the acts that you are committing, you’ve got to first commit to changing the inside.

Spend Less Time on Social Media

man staring at his iphoneSocial media is wonderful in many ways. Social media brings people together, allows you to stay connected with those that you love and share your life experiences. However, it can also be the cause of many problems. Always comparing your life to what other people are portraying on social media can really suck, and the truth is, you never really know what is happening in a person’s life aside from what that a person is posting. That is why you need to limit how much you are using social media. Start with something simple like taking a day in the week off. Live in the real world, and not in the one that has been created on the internet.

You never know, you might find that you actually like it and you want to make your break from social media more of a regular thing. It will help you connect with yourself, rather than comparing yourself to others. You will find more peace knowing who you are than trying to figure out who others are or who you should be.

Related: How to Deal With Social Anxiety in Your Everyday Life

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do to work on yourself. It’s all about you, and that relationship you cultivate with yourself, so go, be free, work on who you are!


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Coping with Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Sometimes working from home can be a lonely task, especially now when the world is experiencing the height of a pandemic. It is not always easy to cope with, and sometimes dealing with loneliness can be the worst thing in the world, but there are things that you can do to try and combat this feeling. You might not see it now, but by the time you have finished reading this article, you are going to have a couple of ideas on what you should do if you are feeling lonely when working from home.

Related: Staying Engaged When You’re Home Alone

Move During Your Break

woman doing some yoga stretchesOne of the things that are very beneficial to your health and mental space is making sure that you are moving during your breaks throughout the day. Just because you are working from home does not mean that you should stop being active. 

Taking breaks is important, so if you haven’t been moving regularly, then you should get into the habit of it. Going for a walk is one of the best things you can do in a short period of time. Head to the closest park and go for a walk around in nature for a little while before getting back to work. You will feel much better for having gone outside for a little while.

person walking in the forestOr, if you don’t want to go outside because you think it will interrupt your workflow, stay at home and do some simple exercises. As long as it gets your body moving, it doesn’t matter what you choose to do. You definitely don’t want to become a couch potato, and regular movement is the best way to avoid this.

Set Up Virtual Meetings

If you are feeling lonely during Social Distancing, something you could consider is setting up virtual meetings. It’s always nice to talk to other people, and even if they are not physically with you, that shouldn’t stop you from having meetings to discuss projects or work. Talk to your clients or others that you work with, and arrange something through a platform such as Skype or one of the many other platforms. This will help you to feel less alone as it will give you the chance to interact with other people who are working on the same things that you are.

You can even set these up so that they are a weekly occurrence, and you can set them up with a range of different people. Organize times to talk to your clients, and time to talk to the people that you work with so that you have everything you need for these meetings. Just don’t forget that they are actually meetings, and you need to look professional!

Related: 8 Tips for Effective Communication Online

Look For Help Coping

There are plenty of sites out there, such as VP Legacies that are there to help you cope with feelings such as loneliness. It’s common, so you shouldn’t feel bad or ashamed for feeling the way you do. It’s hard to be on your own a lot, and when you work from home, this can sometimes be the case. 

VP Legacies offer a number of different courses that you can take to help you find happiness. These include Personal Connection 101, How To Build A Relationship With Yourself, and How To Personally Connect – Pandemic. 

The last course that we mentioned is currently free for people to take, which is an added benefit. Companies like this also have a daily life on Facebook and Instagram to talk to their followers and help in any way that they can.

It’s okay to admit that you need help coping, and that is exactly what sites like this are for. It’s okay not to be okay with feeling lonely, you just need help figuring out what to do about it.

You’re Not Actually Alone

Something that is important to remember is that you are not actually alone. Just because someone might not physically be there with you, there are likely still people around to help you. While it is true that being lonely has been connected with higher productivity levels because it pushes you to do more work, you can’t do it alone. You need to actively create a personal community around you that is going to be there to help you. If you don’t do this, then you might end up not being able to get out of your pit of loneliness in the future.

As well as this, there are going to be others around like your friends and family. Make sure to call and check in with them so that they can remind you that you aren’t on your own. Sometimes this is all you need to make you feel better because, unfortunately, sometimes being an entrepreneur and working from home is difficult and isolating.

Find Others Like You

We just talked a little about building up a community, and finding others like you is a great way to start. There are plenty of forums online that you can use to help you find other people who are in the same boat as you. It might take a little while for you to feel this sense of community, but it is definitely going to be worth it when you get there.

Trust us when we say that there are plenty of people who feel the way you do and are looking for a community in the same way, it’s just a matter of finding them. You can make posts on social media boards and find some sites that are set up with the specific intention of helping people find each other. It’s a fantastic way of building up those around you and coming to realize that you don’t have to feel lonely working from home.

Related: Dealing with Loneliness When You’re Social Distancing

man chatting on the computerWe hope that you have found this article helpful, and now have some ideas about what you can do if you are feeling lonely working from home, especially right now when the pandemic is in full swing. Good luck, and we hope you start to feel better soon!


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5 Ways to Build Personal Connections in the Workplace as a New Hire

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Everyone knows that awkward feeling of being the new hire at a workplace and not having anyone to spend the lunch-break with. Building a social network fast at work will help you in many different ways: it will make it easier for you to seek help, it will open more career opportunities, it will help you to stay motivated, and keep track of the emotional atmosphere at work.

In short, it will simply make communication easier. Therefore helping you to connect with your peers and to enjoy your time at the office.

 

Introverts vs. Extroverts: Can Both Make Personal Connections?

We are usually taught that there are two types of people, extroverts and introverts. And that extroverts have a much easier time relating to others and building social networks. While this is true, being social is not a gift. It is a trainable skill, and with practice anyone can become better at making interpersonal connections.

Let’s have a look at 5 ways that can help you build your social network at work more efficiently and effectively.

 

1 Be present in your space to personally connect

Don’t be the person who shows up at work every morning, works at the desk, and then leaves without anyone noticing. Start presenting yourself to everyone you meet at the office the first day, and tell them why you are there. From there on, greet everyone in the morning and say goodbye to them in the evening, even (and especially) if they are not in your way.

This will show them that you are open to communication and that you are aware of them, stimulating your peers to do the same. You will more likely not be able to greet everyone, but that is not the point. Building personal networks is all about going out of your usual social environment and trying to develop communication channels with people you would not connect with otherwise.

 

2 Divide social time from work time

We easily lose the balance between social interactions and productivity. We either neglect work to build relationships or we focus too much on our tasks and forget everyone around us.

Work hard during your working hours, and enjoy a good cup of coffee with your coworkers during the breaks. In this way, you will make your boss happy without risking to overwork or being the “antisocial” one on the team.

 

Related: How to Avoid Transactional Relationships at Work

 

3 Embrace emotions to personally connect

This is something we all struggle with: in an attempt to please everyone, some people fall into a state of “emotional neutrality,” suppressing every strong emotion they feel.

 

Why show your personal feelings?

If you do this, you will either be seen as someone emotionless or someone who hides their own true feelings, therefore who is better not to trust.

What you want to do is embrace your emotions and show your personality to your peers, it will tell them that you are genuine and show them your taste. They will either sympathize with you or at least respect you for being honest.

 

Develop emotional awareness

In addition to this, try to be aware of other’s emotions and relate to them.

Try to talk to many different people and get a feeling of what the common feelings at the workplace are. Discovering the “emotional atmosphere” will help you to move better in the social environment and ease your communications.

Lastly, ask questions if you feel like your peers are not doing well and offer your help or support. Remember that people connect through joy or pain, and emotions are the best gateway for long term relationships.

 

4 Promote professional and personal social events to create a personal connection

The best environments to create new connections are in person at social events, therefore, you should do your part to encourage them. Participate in the ones you like and most importantly explain why you don’t go when you don’t.

The last thing you want is people to think that you didn’t go because you don’t like them or because you have better things to do with your time. Don’t get us wrong, it is ok to dislike someone, but try to always be fair and don’t let your bias influence you. Give everyone a chance, you might be surprised how they behave in different situations.

 

How to connect if you don’t enjoy standard social events?

Furthermore, if you find yourself skipping all the social events because you just don’t like them, then start proposing different ones yourself. Try to bring your peers in an environment in which you feel comfortable and in activities that you enjoy.

 

5 Be aware of other’s importance to win more connections

Lastly, let’s focus on the most crucial concept to build more social connections. This last section is about being true to yourself and practicing what you preach.

Be aware that your coworkers are people just as important as you are, and deserve the same respect, attention, and care that you do. Understanding this is what will really make a difference in your social interactions. It will teach you how to judge your own behavior and how to improve it. If you are genuine and honest to yourself, people will feel it, and they will naturally start to gravitate around you and build interest in you. Remember that after all the work, the salary and the business, people and personal connections are all we have left, and they should be our priorities.

To sum things up:

1: Show your presence to others and be the first one to start the connection. Don’t wait for the perfect moment, just start trying.

2: Get your tasks done but enjoy your brakes. Separate work time from social time.

3: Emotions are powerful. Don’t fear them but embrace them and use them to build strong relationships.

4: Social events are the best way to build networks, use them. If you don’t like the current one propose different activities.

5: Understand that your coworkers are just as important as you are. Act as you would like others to act.

 


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How Exercise and Physical Health Help Build Personal Connections

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We have been told that body language makes up approximately 80% of your communication. Yet everyone is teaching you how to get better intonation, improve your timing, and sound more entertaining. All things that, even if relevant, cover only 20% of your actual communication skill set.

Helping you improve your communication – both physical and vocal – is what we are here for. VP Legacies offers courses that inspire stronger communication and genuine personal connections. Right now, our Personal Connection course is free and available live on Facebook and Instagram. Discover how to personally connect in the midst of a global pandemic. 

Related: Stuck at Home? Here’s What You Need to Stay in Touch

Today we are focusing on the elephant in the room. We will show you the most basic yet powerful way to boost your body language and how it actually affects the way you communicate.

Social benefits of exercising

No big surprise, exercising creates personal connection. We know it may sound a little weird, so let’s take it back to something more familiar.

“Mens sana in corpore sano”

You may hear some variation of this quote from Juvenal all the time. It literally means “a healthy mind in a healthy body”, and that is pretty much the whole trick.

It is important to spend time trying to sharpen your mind, to become more charismatic, friendly, and magnetic. Yet you are training only 20% of your skills. You train the mind, but you are leaving the body out of the equation!

“Well, how do I get a sharper, more efficient body then?”

The answer is actually so simple that even a child could guess it: just start exercising! Exercise allows you to be both physically and mentally healthy.

Start experimenting with your body, challenge yourself, play, and with time, become comfortable in your own body.

Remember that the whole theory behind this is that the mind and body are deeply connected. So, if you truly feel comfortable in your body, then the mind will follow and your non-verbal language will reflect and empower what you are communicating.

Psychological benefits of physical activity

How do you train yourself to be a better speaker? You train your tone, you practice different styles, you test it out with your friends, etc. Do you find the common thread here?

If we overlook the focus on specific details, you are always simply using your voice.

Try to reverse-engineer that, and you’ll end up with the title of this article. Focus on exercise and your physical health to create personal connections and strong communication.

 There are different ways to exercise, and some are more likely to transfer directly to your communication.  First, you must start using your body more and strengthen your mental and physical connection with it.

These physical activities create personal communication

We said that exercise can improve your non-verbal communication, which you can then use to empower your words. But which pieces of training are going to boost your daily relationships the most?

1) Balance Training Creates Connection and Awareness in Your Body

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We know focusing on training your balance to create personal connection and awareness may sound weird. But, we said that we want to experiment, play, and feel comfortable in our bodies.

The foundation of balance training is to connect with your body and have total control over it. Balance training is advantageous to get more familiar with your physical structure as a whole, empowering you to experiment and play with different variables. In addition, it teaches you how to maintain focus on yourself and feel in charge of your actions.

In a realistic scenario, to control your non-verbal communication you first need to be conscious of what your body is doing. Balance training helps you in maintaining body awareness throughout the entire conversation, therefore, opening the possibility for a change.

The best way to achieve this is through Yoga, which is deeply founded on the mind-body connection. You can also try Barre, Pilates or simple exercises on the balance board. Regardless, the main idea is that you force yourself to focus on what your body is doing. Then you can adjust its position to perform the exercise.

2) Strength Training Builds Confidence and Safety

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Focusing on building muscle through strength training creates safety and stability within your body. Most importantly, it shows you your physical and mental limits. By experiencing your limits you are able to see what it takes to break down your perceived barriers to achieve even more. 

For example, you are better equipped to have difficult conversations with employees and customers.

Strength training will make your posture more stable and rooted to the ground, which communicates confidence and safety.

Olympic lifting and calisthenics are the most beneficial sports you can perform, for two different reasons.

  1. Olympic lifting will push you to your absolute limits and it will build your posture steady as a tree.
  2. Calisthenics, on the other hand, will strengthen even more your self-awareness while building discipline and self-respect.

3) Team Sports Improve Your Environmental Awareness

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We talked about being more self-aware, more confident and more in charge of your body. Team sports improve your overall environmental awareness and promote social interaction. 

Group sports are the perfect way to create this social environment. 

Sports like soccer or baseball will force you to communicate quickly, read the other’s team intentions and constantly be aware of everyone’s position. This training is excellent if we think about a social event with many people or about a negotiation. 

The ability to read the other person’s will, as well as being aware of the environment, are crucial skills in social interactions.

Related: Benefits of Sporting Events as a Team-Building and Personal Connection Tool

4) Dancing Combines Body and Environmental Awareness to Communicate Emotion

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Dancing combines body awareness, environmental awareness, and body language to communicate without a single word.

Taking this further, when you dance in a group, it teaches you how to express different feelings and how to adjust strength.

This is the final step of the process and it provides you with the tools to master emotional communication through body language.

Couples dances such as Salsa and Waltz (and ballroom dances in general) are the best way to train one-on-one communication. While group dances, where everyone can dance without restrictions, are perfect to train interactions with multiple people.

Better Body Language = Better Communication

“Mens sana in corpore sano” or “ a healthy mind in a healthy body” is really the key when it comes to personal connections.

To conclude and sum up what we have said:

  • The majority of our communication happens non-verbally.
  • Simply exercise to improve your body language.
  • The activities that transfer the most to personal communication are balance training, strength training, group sports and dancing.
  • Training balance through yoga or pilates will improve your body awareness.
  • Strength training through Olympic lifting and Calisthenics will build confidence, a more stable posture, body awareness, and self-respect.
  • Group sports like soccer and basketball will create environmental awareness and teach you how to “read” your opponent.
  • Dancing will give you the tools to combine all of this and use it to express different emotions through non-verbal communication.

Physiological and social benefits of exercise

The physiological and social benefits of physical activity lead to better communication skills. You will gain the skills and experiences to create stronger personal connections. How? Body language. 

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