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7. Ask questions.
Go one step further and truly take an interest in what they are talking about. Ask thoughtful questions that draw them out and focus conversation on them.
8. Connect with individuals.
You can speak to, present to, teach, or train large groups, but you can only really connect with individuals in that group. Emphasize this aspect of your communication and build those one-on-one connections.
9. Be willing to compromise.
Meeting new people or working with new people invariably means running into positions, opinions, and practices you don't agree with. If you want to build relationship, expect to compromise from time to time.
10. Treat others as you'd like to be treated.
Just to start. As you get to know each other work hard to treat them like they want to be treated (which may be very different way, indeed).
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