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How to Build Bridges

Whether you are trying to build a personal or professional relationship, the following tips will help you build interpersonal bridges.


  • Step 1: Listen Take time to listen to the other person. Do not attempt to dominate every conversation.
  • TIP: Don't insist on winning every argument or on always having the last word.
  • Step 2: Forgive Be willing to overlook faults in the other person.
  • TIP: Remember that you, too, have faults.
  • Step 3: Seek out mutual benefits Don't approach the relationship as a source of gain for only yourself; instead, seek out mutual benefits.
  • Step 4: Look for common ground Seek out common ground. This will establish mutual expectations.
  • Step 5: Use humor Use humor to smooth over rough moments in the relationship.
  • TIP: Remember that life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.
  • Step 6: Stay spontaneous Keep the relationship spontaneous. Don't let the monotony of life's day-to-day challenges bring you down. Instead, try something new! Enjoy your relationships!
  • FACT: The first psychological experiment was conducted around 700 BCE in Egypt.

You Will Need

  • Listening skills
  • Ability to overlook faults
  • Mutual expectations
  • Common ground
  • Humor
  • Spontaneity

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