Five Ways To Make Anyone Like You (and not just on Facebook)

LikeEvery one of us craves to be liked. We also enjoy being around people we like. These are the folks we do business with, partner with, and spend the rest of our lives with.

Since this is the case, wouldn’t you want to know how to make anyone like you?

Sure, you can’t make someone do anything and you probably don’t want everyone to like you in the first place. But you can do a few things that will help you win “likes” in real life.

1. Smile

People like to be happy. Smiling makes people happy. When you talk to others make sure you smile.  This is even a good practice when you are talking on the phone, typing an email, or posting a comment.

You will be surprised how it affects what you say and how people respond.

2. Be interested in others

Folks care about their lives, their interests, and their world. They don’t care about you or me.

Meet individuals with enthusiasm and friendliness. Discuss things that interest them and ask questions. If possible, do a little research on topics or activities they like before you meet with them.

When you show an interest in others it is natural for them to reciprocate an interest in you.

3. Remember their name

You automatically score major points when  you can remember someone’s name. It is the sweetest sound to their ears.

People love their own name. Think about how often you write your name when testing out a pen. My son loves to say his name and he is only 17 months old. I am sure it is the most heard word for an individual.

4. Listen

In a world where everyone is looking for attention, listening goes a long way. People love to spend time with someone that is willing to give them an ear.

Good listeners are the best conversationalists. And who doesn’t like a great chat over a cup of (insert favorite drink here)?

5. Make them feel important

Our final point to wrap this in a bow is making people feel important. Make a strong effort to recognize everyone’s talents and contributions.

Always ask yourself what you can do to show people how valuable they are?

People want to belong to something bigger than themselves and know they matter.

There you go. These five things will get you more “likes” in real life.

What other ways do you win with people?

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