10. BE HONEST
10 Tips for Improving Social Interaction by Tim Bryce
The linchpin to good interpersonal relations is trust. Regardless of our form of discourse, nothing builds trust better than honesty, the basic building block of confidence. Having an honest character conveys an image that you are dependable, that your word is your bond, and you can be trusted to do the right thing. But your reputation can be shattered overnight if you are caught in a lie. Therefore, don’t falsify or mislead. If you do not know an answer, do not fabricate one, but make every attempt to find the answer elsewhere.
We now live in an age where it is more commonplace to cover-up a mistake as opposed to admit to it. Inevitably, all hell will break loose when the cover-up is discovered. Instead, admit a mistake early on, correct it, and earn the respect of your coworkers.
Give credit where credit is due. Remember this, nobody wants to work with someone they fear will wrong, cheat or defraud them.
There are other areas I could have gone into with this article, such as “persistence” and “leadership,”but they would fall outside of the scope of improving social interaction. I could have also covered such things as “gossip” and “finger-pointing” but, instead, I was looking for those basic elements for people to improve themselves, not others.
Early in my college career, I learned, “We enjoy life through the help and society of others.” True words. Like it or not, we must interact with other people on a daily basis. The tips I have described, while admittedly are simple, can greatly facilitate how we interact with each other, thereby making our companies a better place to work and live.
Look, its really not that complicated; just use your head, loosen up a bit, treat others as you would have them treat you, and try not to stick your foot in your mouth.
Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has 30 years of experience in the field. He is available for training and consulting on an international basis.