How to Get Along with Others

By Joyce Odidison

Mar 26

Is there someone in your life or work that you are having difficulty getting along with?

If so, you are not alone. It seems that everyone I speak to have a person or personality in their life or workplace that makes getting along tough.

We should work on our relationships even if they do not seem like they need work. If you find yourself saying your relationship doesn’t need work, then you may want to employ these tips to your most important relationships just in case. Sometimes we are not aware that our relationships are eroding and needs work until its too late.

Here are five quick tips to quickly improve your relationships:

  1. Complement the other person – This needs to be genuine complement about a character trait, skill or mannerism that the other person exemplifies. Tell them what you admire about this trait and let them know you value this trait in your interactions.
  2. Listen – Take time to really listen to the other person, what they are saying, ask clarifying questions instead of judgement. A clarifying question may be: tell me why you feel this strongly about this?
  3. Do not Judge – No one likes feeling judged, when you judge a person is it natural for them to want to defend themselves. Instead, make observations, use words like, I was wondering, is this, I’m curious, or do we have the same understanding of this?
  4. Be Kind – Show acts of kindness to the other person, this may be difficult if you think of the other person as mean or miserable, if you practice point 3 above it will make it less taxing to be kind.
  5. Respect – Show respect to the other person, this can be done by respecting their space, saying please and thank you, greeting the other person. Remember you don’t have to like someone to respect them.

Try these five tips and let me know if you see a change in your relationship. You can download the five tip sheet I created here for you to keep of these five points.

Be Well



About the Author

Joyce Odidison, MA. PCC. CTDP is President, Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. Joyce Odidison is a Master Trainer, Coach, Thought Leader, and Founder of the Wellness Competency Mindset Movement, the Wellness Improvement System, Workplace Wellness Program and the Global Workplace Wellness Summit. She is also training director of the WIS Coach Training Institute, which offers an International Coach Federation (ICF) Approved Coach Training Certificate Program to pursue their ACC and PCC designations. She has trained professionals from all backgrounds to teach, coach and facilitate the wellness competency mindset teaching concept. Joyce helps leaders and organization stay resilient in the face of difficult and challenging conflicts and changes. She is a passionate, enthusiastic professional who loves to help organizations and busy professionals live well in all areas of their lives.