Some people are blessed with the ability to make all the world smile: they light up a room, they’re the person you just can’t forget and it’s always a pleasure to be on the same team. So, what’s their secret?
Jeff Haden at Inc. has taken note of six habits of likeable people that we could all probably try a little harder to put into practice, and make our worlds (and offices) a better place to be.
They lose the power pose.
… Next time you meet someone, relax, step forward, tilt your head towards them slightly, smile, and show that you’re the one who is honored by the introduction–not them.
We all like people who like us. If I show you I’m genuinely happy to meet you, you’ll instantly start to like me. (And you’ll show that you do, which will help calm my nerves and let me be myself.)
They embrace the power of touch.
Nonsexual touch can be very powerful. (Yes, I’m aware that sexual touch can be powerful too.) Touch can influence behavior, increase the chances of compliance, make the person doing the touching seem more attractive and friendly.
Go easy, of course: Pat the other person lightly on the upper arm or shoulder. Make it casual and nonthreatening…
Full story at Inc..
The psychology of nice.
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