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Are we speaking the same language?The Power of Shared Experiences in Building Relationships


Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to connect with someone who shares your language or culture? My friend got a call from a cultural institution asking for a donation. She was about to say no when the caller switched to her mother tongue. Suddenly, they hit it off and she ended up donating.


This works the same way with other things you have in common, like going to the same school, growing up in the same city, or having the same hobbies. It helps you understand each other better and build a connection.


This is true for hiring too. Employers often prefer candidates who have something in common with them or the team they'll be working with. For example, an executive in a software company with a PhD in physics might want to hire someone with the same degree because they share passion about the science and get what it's like to transition into the software industry. Or a hiring manager might just want to chat with someone who loves Ultimate Frisbee, as it signals belonging to the same "club."


So, if you're looking for a job or hiring for a position, it can be helpful to find out if you have something in common with your counterpart. This can be a great way to start building a connection and rapport, which can lead to better outcomes.


In conclusion, language and shared experiences can help build relationships and connections, especially in professional settings. So, never miss on an opportunity to find common ground and share your interests beyond just work-related topics when networking or hiring. It can make all the difference!


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