Communication Strategies for Better Relationships with Eric Papp is our guest on The Core Business Show. Are we as a country obsessed with failing relationships? Rather than being dumbfounded that Tom & Katie split, why not learn how to foster successful relationships instead. Building successful relationships and using effective skills to do so is the key to making happy marriages and fostering healthy strong children. The amount of marriages has been in decline over the past ten years however a more important statistic would be that while the marriage has fallen about 17%, the divorce rate has only fallen about 10%. Have Americans become more successful in relationships? Some of the most effective ways to build successful personal relationships can be learned by utilizing skills typically seen in the business world. Effective listening is one the strongest tools individuals can use to strengthen such interpersonal relationships.