Being a professional communicator is all about building relationships.
Your professional connections might not be as fraught as romantic relationships, but they still require nurturing care to grow and develop into a partnership with trust and value for both parties.
You still have to show that you care.
In his 1992 book “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate,” Gary Chapman hypothesizes that there are five ways to show someone you love them. The channels he lists are:
He submits that everyone has a preferred “love language” or a way they register that someone cares about them. Some partners feel loved when they receive expensive gifts; others just want to spend the day with their partner. Others need compliments and praise in order to feel appreciated.
Is the same true for professional relationships?