It’s wonderful we are all getting out and getting in touch with clients, buddies and others in, and around, the community, state and beyond, isn’t it? Those encounters might feel familiar and, yet, they are not the same as they were in the past. They are similar and there are differences in who we are and how we manage social environments, for now.
With this forward momentum happening, you might be seeing a lot of people out and you also might not have seen some people, some colleagues and even some family in a very long time. With travel, vacations and life responsibilities, and opportunities, it might still be a bit of time for familiar grand events and, likely, one-on-one meetings will be instrumental in relationship-building and the reinstatement of social confidence.
Still, the difference in a “hello” at a networking event or luncheon and a small table, or booth, for enjoying a drink or a meal might sound intriguing while creating some anxiety, too. There’s an art to the endeavors and even though the creativity of the circumstance can lead to some of the best memories being made, there might be some hesitation, resistance, some doubt or standoffishness.
So, how do you reconnect with grace and strength, kindness and consideration?
Here are a few ways to step, walk and even run toward future in-person one-on-one interactions:
Ensure the reason for the reconnect is clear: social, business, both or otherwise.
Set a time for the start and end, not to be limited, rather to make certain you each have the same expectation.
Before meeting, discuss things such as vaccinations, hugging and each other’s physical-closeness comfort.
If you are connected on social media with the other person, take a look at what has been happening to be ready to celebrate successes and be aware of any losses.
Lead with sincere praise, congratulation and/or recognition of something positive.
Avoid prolonged discussions about the negatives, or disappointments, during COVID-19 restrictions.
Focus on actions and activities, plans and purpose for true connection while planting the seeds for positive engagements moving forward.
By having a plan, you won’t necessarily eliminate the touch of uneasiness you, or others, might have and yet you will most assuredly minimize it. After all, reconnecting is an art, not a science, so be ready for the fun, and the results, while you venture to create a new experience still appreciating what was in the past.
Debbie Lundberg is the founder and CEO of the Florida-based firm Presenting Powerfully. As an 11-time published author, certified virtual presenter, certified life coach, certified leadership coach and certified image consultant, she is a performance coach who co-hosts the Business of Life Master Class podcast. Her latest book, Remote Work Rockstar, has become a guidebook for working and leading virtually