Business Development & Conflict Resolution

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How Succeed: Choose the Right Friends II

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “V9 Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. V10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow man.” Here are a few suggestions on how to meet and make “good friends”:

  • Step One: Take the initiative. Do not wait for someone to introduce themselves to you. Sometimes you have to take the first step when it comes to meeting and making new friends
  • Step Two: Take a risk. Take a “manageable risk” where you share as struggle, disappointment, or fear you have experienced with someone new. Then, see how they respond to what you have just shared with them. This helps you to determine if a good friendship can grow from this first meeting. I advise that you do not share a struggle or disappointment that may be too personal in nature.
  • Step Three:
    Invite them to join you. If you develop a good rapport with the person the first time, exchange phone numbers and invite the other person out for coffee or lunch. Do not be afraid to ask the person out for a second meeting, but allow the friendship to develop over time.
  • Step Four:
    Go where people hang out. How can you make friends, if you do not socialize? Get out of your “comfort zone” and go to new and exciting places to meet people and make new connections and new friends.
  • Step Five:
    Remember that God uses different people in your life to fulfill the purpose He has for your life. God brings people into your life for different reasons and different seasons.


Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information:;;;;



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