The old saying is true: birds of a feather flock together. The reason is humans are neurologically hard-wired to resist change and fear difference. That can be a good thing sometimes, but not always—especially when we are tasked with building relationships across differences. Gender differences. Generational differences. Learning differences. Racial differences. Socioeconomic differences. Religious differences.
When we don’t engage specific communication strategies, our busy will keep us from connecting with others, especially when others are different. But by practicing a few simple communication and behavioral strategies, we will be much more equipped to build meaningful relationships across differences.