Being Likeable…

Many people think being likable only belongs to a lucky few: the good looking, the social butterflies, and the highly talented. Likeability has nothing to do with being gregarious, intelligent, or attractive. Likability is all about sincerity, transparency, and being capable of understanding (another person). In reality, being likable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence.

Likability is powerful in business and in developing new business for your organization. When you build your awareness of how your actions are received by other people, you pave the way to becoming more likable.

Be passionate: People gravitate toward those who are passionate. Likable people are serious, yet friendly. They get things done because they focus on having meaningful interactions, remembering what people said to them both professionally and personally. This shows your prospect that you see them as a person, not just as your next sale.

Ask questions: People like to know you’re listening, and something as simple as a clarification question shows that not only are you listening but that you also care about what they’re saying. You gain respect, trust, and appreciation by asking good questions.

Be friendly and considerate: People avoid those who push their own agenda or are desperate for attention. Being friendly and considerate works. When you speak in a friendly, confident, and concise manner, people are much more attentive and persuadable. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude (sincerity, transparency, capacity to understanding other’s needs).

Be open-minded: If you want to be likable, you must be open-minded. Open-minded people are approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to do business with someone who has already formed an opinion and is unwilling to listen. To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes and understand what their needs are and what makes them tick.

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