In a 2018 survey of 20,000 Americans revealed that almost half did not have meaningful in-person social interactions. About the same proportion said they often felt isolated and left out even when others were around.
Electronic devices are also interfering with our ability to listen and understand those closest to us. The best way to overcome this is to put down our phones and then actively listen to what they have to say.
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While speaking to groups, a leader tends to be formal, and is distracted by the large crowd, failing to create a deep level of intimacy.
The trick to effective communication is to deliver the message as if one is talking to an individual. This makes the speech emotionally genuine, with each listener able to grasp the energy and attention, as they would if it was a one-on-one communication.
Active listening, as the name implies requires effort. It is much more than simply "hearing" what is being said. This article will show you how to improve your listening skills to make you a better conversationalist, and a more empathetic friend, spouse, parent or partner.
Even if you find it easy to make friends - and it's not, for most people - getting truly close to people is still difficult. Here's how to make it easier. Like so many people, I grew up watching the TV show "Friends," dreaming of the day I would be living a glamorous city life surrounded by a group of close friends.