Being liked is a skill. And a powerful skill at that. I can recall so many times that my networking prowess served me well in business. But being liked isn’t easy for everyone.
It should be noted, that not being liked and being unliked are two truly different concepts. When we are discussing “being liked,” per se, we are assume a neutral position. In other words, someone “not liked” is just someone unnoticed, leaving no real impression.
At Check Issuing, our check writing service works with lots of different businesses which are predicated by networking. And when it comes to networking, you need to be able to get people to like you. When people like you, they will do a lot more for you, it is just that simple.
Why aren’t some people good at it? There are lots of reasons. Many people don’t feel a high level of comfort when confronted with social situations. Because of this, their sincerity, honesty, and integrity simply don’t shine through. People miss who they really are.
The key really is having a plan. What behaviors make some more likeable than others? Know them. Emulate them. And find success.
Take an interest in others: This is huge. People love to talk about themselves. If you are nervous or anxious in a social situation, just make your plan to ask the person you are talking to about themselves. If they say they enjoy boating, ask them questions about boating as if you want to learn how to do it yourself. Even ask them what to look for when it comes to buying a boat. You are automatically going to seem likeable when you do this. Additionally, it fills talking time and helps eliminate anxious downtime.
Use self-deprecation in your humor: Jokes that make you seem that you aren’t too caught up in yourself make you way more likeable than talking about how great you are at things. Self-deprecation in humor is a major turn on for people! It means you don’t take yourself overly serious and you don’t think you are better than anyone else. You quickly become more relatable.
Avoid being “too you:” This could pertain to the first point about taking an interest in others. It is important to make sure that when you are talking about yourself, that you don’t go past the bell. Talk about you, but don’t go overboard. Don’t allow the conversation to become only about you. Make sure you have balance in terms of common interest and who is being discussed. Toss the ball back if you have had it for too long!
Be positive: No one likes a downer. Be positive. Make sure to steer clear of negativity. Smile more.
Being likeable isn’t that difficult if you follow a few steps.
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