Do These 5 Things and Be the Most-Liked Person at Work
Via Inc. : When you’re more likable, you’ll be more successful–in business and in life.
One key to likability is making things less about you and more about others. The most important thing is being genuine and honest about everything you say and everything you do. Being liked by the people you work with–your boss, colleagues, customers, and clients–can be of tremendous help to you, and make you more successful in business and in life.
Here are five things you can do right now to be the most-liked person at work.
1. Be respectful
This means being respectful to everyone–your boss, clients, colleagues, receptionists, janitors, new people you meet, and most important, yourself. Making people feel welcome and valued will go a long way toward building strong and long-lasting relationships. Treat everyone the way that you would like to be treated.
2. Talk and ask questions
Engage in a genuine conversation with a colleague. Call him by his name, and ask questions about his latest projects and interests. Each person has a favorite topic, and that’s why talking and asking questions is highly important; it gives you an opportunity to learn more about your colleagues and helps you strengthen your relationships with them.
It’s important that you listen actively. Focus your full attention on the person that you are talking to. People value your attention and your interest in listening to the things they have to say. Your input is secondary. Don’t ever think that you’re being boring–on the contrary, you are being nice. People like to get attention. It’s a basic human need.
Every person likes to feel appreciated. You can give your boss or your colleagues a positive compliment anytime. A simple and positive compliment can brighten a person’s day, particularly if they’re having a difficult one. It can be something as simple as saying that you like his shirt or noticed her haircut. Don’t elaborate too much on compliments, keep them simple–and sincere.
Know that it’s OK to not take yourself too seriously all the time. When you smile at people, it makes them feel welcomed and it also opens the door for them to smile with back at you. Smiling–in a very genuine and heartfelt way–makes it easy for others to like you. Take the opportunity to smile often and contribute to boosting a positive environment at work.
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