A Quick Way Make Strong Connections & Impact Others



To make an impact on others, ya might think that you have to say something profound or interesting. In an attempt to make a connection, you may end up trying to act smart or funny. Or, you try to connect by complaining or gossiping with the other person because I guess that’s an easy way to feel like you have something in common?

One of the best things you can do to make a strong connection and impact others is ask questions. Ask questions that are open and likely require more than a 1 word answer.

  • Instead of “How was your day?” try “What was the best moment of your day?”
  • When you just meet someone, instead of asking “What do you do for a living?” you might try “What does your ideal Saturday look like?” – “What was your first job?” or “What’s the coolest thing you’ve done recently?”
  • Instead of “Did you win?” you could ask “What did you learn?” or “What was the hardest part for you?”

Try it this week and see what happens.

See, one part of making an impact on others is asking them things that they don’t normally get asked. When you get someone to say “well I don’t normally get asked that” that’s when you know you’re digging deeper and making an impact.

The best conversationalists actually don’t do much of the talking, they do as much as they can to find out about the hopes, beliefs, struggles and passions of others. They make an impact by listening, caring and showing interest.

Leaders who just want to TELL others how to do it, or TALK about what they know are missing out on the opportunity to get to know their athletes/clients/employees better.

Bottom Line? If you really want to make a connection and an impact on someone, then listen more than you talk and help him or her feel valued. Ask questions. Go beyond the normal, surface questions and get creative.


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Corsica, Bavella: Rolando Larcher and Maurizio Oviglia forge Ro.Ma. up Punta U Corbu

On the ‘most beautiful and famous big wall in Corsica’, i.e. Punta U Corbu at Col de Bavella, Rolando Larcher and Maurizio Oviglia have completed their ‘Ro-Ma Project’ to create the new multi-pitch rock climb Ro.Ma. (180m, 7c max, 7a+ obl). Oviglia provides the details.

Pro Fitness Strategies for Basketball – Your Ticket To The NBA

Brandon Guarneri from mensfitness.com says that these are the effective strategies pros use for better speed, shouting, and stamina for b-ball. If you’ve been working out real hard but nothing’s working out for you, these are the ways how to be a better player on the court.

We’ve got awesome suggestions from the pros that you can definitely use to enhance your game plan. If you want to increase your speed, stamina and mental abilities, we’ve got some rad recommendations for you.

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Livestrong.com author Jeremy Hoefs explains that an individual is required to have abilities in terms of speed, strength and power to play basketball. If you think that you still need to improve in these areas, your opponent may have the advantage.

To make sure you’re ready to tackle a real challenge, exercises designed for this sport will be your greatest leverage. It’ll make you a faster and stronger player. It can definitely turn you into a worthy opponent.

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The pros that you see on TV aren’t that different from normal people like us. They wait in bus stations and airports for their rides. They experience issues with their muscles, joints, and bones that might hinder them from training. They deal with pressure in all forms: the public, social media, and their performance.

These people are admirable. They can deliver a great performance even if they deal with these major concerns every day.

Mike Wines from muscleandstrength.com gives us tips how to maximize our skills just like these players. This workout covers the technical skills as well as the physical aspect of your training.

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This video from iBall Academy has a nice and easy approach. Take a peek!


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Aiguille d’Entrèves and the climb Cocktail entr’Eve et Salluard. By Enrico Bonino

Enrico Bonino talks about a modern interpretation of the Salluard climbs (plus variations) up the West Face of Aguille d’Entrèves in the Mont Blanc massif. The route was climbed in two stages, on 20/10/2016 by Enrico Bonino and Andrea Racchelli, and completed on 22/10/2016 by Bonino together with Ilaria Sonatore and Marco Ghisio.