Dennis Wong, YOR Health co-founder and natural lifestyle advocate, says it’s time to get back to basics and connect with people.
Q: Has the internet made it easier to connect?
Dennis Wong, YOR Health: In many ways, yes. However, it has also made it very easy for us to become indifferent to those around us. We often see people as little more than bits of digital information projected from our tablets, phones, or computers. I think in order to truly connect, we have to put down the electronics and get back to one-on-one contact: family dinners, long drives, and real conversations.
Q: How can I influence the way people view me overall?
Dennis Wong, YOR Health: People often underestimate the value of a good first impression. When you meet someone for the very first time, you are a blank slate. They will walk away from your first meeting with an unshakable perception of who you are. Before walking into a room full of strangers, make sure you are prepared to represent yourself the way you want to be perceived.
Q: Why is vulnerability an important part of a healthy relationship?
Dennis Wong, YOR Health: Relationships are give-and-take. While many of us are used to doing the giving, we also have to be open to taking. Allow others to see your weaknesses and vulnerabilities. This gives them the opportunity to step into the role of someone who can help you compensate for those flaws. It creates an equal playing ground and a more stable relationship overall.
Q: What are some good icebreakers?
Dennis Wong, YOR Health: If you’re having trouble connecting with someone, try starting the conversation. It’s best to forgo small talk. Dive into topics that you know the other person is passionate about. For instance, is the other person a member of an animal rescue group, a certain hobby club, or have they shown an exceptional skill that piques your interest? Talk about these things and you will avoid that awkward silence that ruins so many relationships before they’ve had a chance to bloom.