July 6th, 2009 | 88 Comments

3 Steps to Working with Others

This is a guest post by Corey Freeman, read more about her at the bottom of this post. If you wish to write for Let’s Sermo click here.

I’m going to be honest – I’m terrible at working with others. It might be the trumpet player mindset, or maybe it’s just me, but when it comes to cooperating, I have serious reservations. Nevertheless, when you work online as an entrepreneur and avidly participate offline in the band, you have to learn how to work with others effectively. Otherwise, you won’t get very far.

How do you manage to pull yourself out of your “me” shell? It’s partly about courage and trust. You first have to learn to get rid of the “everyone is going to cheat me feeling” that comes with the territory of being human. After that, it just takes a bit of practice and determination. Oh, and you should follow these tips:

Open Up to Good Friends

I’m not going to lie, I have only one close friend. By “close,” I mean we hug on a regular basis and I can actually tell her embarrassing things in person (as long as its dark and I can’t see anything). Nevertheless, she never lets me get away with anything, and forces me to open up. While I hate this at times, it’s beneficial. Why? Because you have to open yourself up to trusting people.

Cooperation is all about trust, and to build trust, try working on talking more openly with your best friends. They’ll help you out with whatever is going on, and you’ll learn how to work with people comfortably. After all, what are friends for?

Work with Positive People

If you’ve ever taken an easy class with group work, you know that nothing is worse than working with lethargic, unmotivated people. It’s a serious irritation, and you find yourself just as uninspired as the people around you. This is the kind of environment that makes me absolutely dread group or partner work.

Next time you have group work, be the project geek. Get involved, and work with people who also want to put effort into what you’re doing. You’ll find yourself having a lot more fun if you simply go with the flow and let the creativity flow. In addition, your stuff will be a higher quality. Be enthusiastic, and results will follow.

Compromise – It Won’t Kill You

There are times when you really, really want something. A lot of times. However, to get what you want, you sometimes have to forfeit something else. Learning how to compromise effectively will bring you more success. If you want to see a scary movie, but your girl doesn’t then don’t fret about it. See the movie she wants and call up your best friend to go see the gore fest. Compromise allows you to cooperate and put yourself into better situations.

Working with others is pretty essential to success. If you want to be able to reach your true potential, you’ll have to learn to accept help from time to time.

How do you feel about compromising? Are you as anti-social as I was? Share your thoughts and experiences.

This was a guest post by Corey Freeman, a 16 year old entrepreneur. Read more about her here. You can follow her on Twitter – @CoreyFreeman

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88 Responses to “3 Steps to Working with Others”

  1. Great post and valuable tips. I agree with the Respect part. If we give respect to some one than he give respect to us.

  2. videostar says:

    I absolutely share the opinion that compromise is necessary,many of us prefer to stay without it.But it deprives them spare contacts and potential perspectives.
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  3. It takes practice to work effectively with others. Sometimes, you deal with people that expect you to do all the work. This proves quite problematic.
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  4. videostar says:

    There is a kind of opinion that is expressed in a saying yuo attract the sort of people that are similiar to youself.So to attract positive people we must be positive ourself.
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  5. Jordan says:

    If you work with women you are in heaven!

  6. These 3 Steps to Working with Others is really a great idea on this topic with a great succession…
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  7. Blog Ideas says:

    haha^^^ true, great post and its something that will be hard at first, its like teaching someone to not be shy its easy to tell them ways around it but ultimately they have to find it in themselves to change…its definitely reachable, just work for it!
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  8. oes tsetnoc says:

    work in a team is a great thing.

  9. Great steps for inspiring someone to work with others. I like the second step as it has something positive and working with positive people can definitely grow yourself in future.

  10. videostar says:

    The friendly team of co-workers is a dream of each person thinking of success in business.
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  11. If you work with women you are in heaven!
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  12. Over the years I have learned a lot about working with people online. In my early online business days I figured I could do everything myself and avoid wasting money on outside help. Little did I realize that this mindset was seriously holding me back. It turned out that partners and outsourcing freelance help was the key to really get my business going.

  13. Vacanceski says:

    I totally agree with you! To work in team with have to be respectful with the others and do compromises. It wasn’t the same for me, my colleague were not respectful!
    I left my job because of it.. Difficulties of life..
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  14. Johnkian says:

    To work effectively with others you should learn how to listen and respect the opinion of others.

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    • I agree that the ability to listen well is often overlooked when working with others. Many people are too confident that they have all the answers themselves. As a result, they do not pay enough attention to what others are saying.

  15. zapzup says:

    we must be positive ourself.

  16. Cary Tereska says:

    Very few posts peak my interest or my comments, but this one was great!

  17. Coming together is a beginning.
    Keeping together is progress.
    Working together is success.

  18. Great TIPS, It can be hard working with others but, if your able to follow these tips you will be fine.

  19. That is one of the reasons why i work alone at home.

  20. great tips working with others can be difficult

  21. you are right working with others can be hard. I work with others well but it does grate on my nerves a bit when others don’t have the same work ethic or only like to do the least amount in order to get by.

  22. Always team work gives a better output and can get more ideas while planning.

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