Day 29 Connection Challenge: Be Interested, Not Interesting

When we listen, we often are trying to think of the next clever question we can ask. Or worse, our minds are wandering on to new topics. Practice active listening today. Focus on really understanding what is being said and try repeating back what you hear. #becurious #bepresent #connectionchallenge

Day 27 Connection Challenge: Take a Deep Breath

Before you head into your next important meeting or conversation, take a deep breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth. In addition to providing other health benefits, it will release the tension in your neck and make you appear less aggressive. #beauthentic #bepresent #connectionchallenge

Day 22 Connection Challenge: Stop for Lunch

How often do you eat at your desk or on the run? Or skip lunch altogether? Eating lunch not only stabilizes our blood sugar levels and increases our energy, it can also provide time for socializing with our colleagues. Find someone you haven’t talked to properly in a while and sit down for lunch with them today. #bepresent #beauthentic #connectionchallenge

Day 19 Connection Challenge: Wait – Don’t Interrupt

We are in a hurry and we often will interrupt people when they are speaking, either to try to finish their thoughts for them or to make our voice heard. Resist this urge. Wait. Listen. Hear someone out. #bepresent #becurious #connectionchallenge

Day 12 Connection Challenge: Get Active

Just 20 minutes of moderate daily exercise can make you happier and more productive. If possible, squeeze a walk, run, cycle ride or other workout into your schedule today. If not, add something active to your diary for the coming week. #bepresent #connectionchallenge

Day 11 Connection Challenge: Dine Deviceless

The dinner table is a great place to connect with people, but our phones and devices often distract us. For at least one meal today, put away your laptops, phones and other devices and fully enjoy the company of those around you. #bepresent #connectionchallenge

Day 10 Connection Challenge: Hold a Standing Meeting

Instead of sitting through all of your appointments today, try a stand-up meeting. They tend to be shorter and more focused, and will help attendees avoid distractions such as laptops and phones. #bepresent #connectionchallenge

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Day 7 Connection Challenge: Find Time to be Alone

Surprising as it sounds, one path to creating stronger connections with others is ensuring you have time alone. Find 15 minutes today to be by yourself to reflect on a conversation, plan for a meeting or simply decompress. You’ll discover you’re better able to focus later in the day. #bepresent #connectionchallenge

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Day 6 Connection Challenge: Look People in the Eye

Technology helps us connect with those far away but it can reduce our attention on those in the same room. Practice the lost art of eye contact while listening to your colleagues and increase connection with others. #bepresent #connectionchallenge

Day 3 Connection Challenge: Go for a Walk

Instead of holding all of your meetings indoors, schedule a “walking meeting” today. Get some exercise and fresh air while improving the connection with your colleagues. #bepresent #beauthentic #connectionchallenge

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