As the wintry spell continues here in the UK, we’re focussing on defrosting relationships that have gone cold. Last week, we looked at subtle ways to warm up dormant relationships before speaking again. Today, we share another idea – something that’s often downplayed but is also incredibly effective.
News about mutual connections is a strong glue and a bit of gossip can work wonders when building relationships. According to Yuval Noah Harari’s book, Sapiens, one of the things that separates us from other species is our ability to gossip. Since we are conditioned to seek news on how others are developing and what they are doing, gossip can help form stronger and more stable relationships, as well as shaping our intelligence – all the while building trust and community.
“Show me someone who never gossips, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t interested in people.” – Barbara Walters
It may sound unprofessional, but, as long as it is supportive rather than snide, gossip can be a strong and positive way to build relationships.
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