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How to Make People Like You in 4 Seconds or Less?

January 1, 2016

In a fast-moving and ever-changing business world it is important to make a good first impression; whether be it with customers or fellow entrepreneurs. I

Impression about others is formed in a matter of seconds, and as the old adage goes, “First Impression is always the Last Impression.” So to make your name and identity registered on contact’s mind, it is important to remember these key tips.

There is only one chance to make a first impression and it’s important to get it right. Customer acquisition specialists and experts in dealing with people, Strategic Five Marketing have shared their rules for being likeable. Here’s how you can make a good impression within the first 4 seconds of meeting someone.

  1. Be open

It is important to be open with both body language and attitude. The firm recommends that, in terms of body language, a person should aim their heart directly at the person they’re meeting. Don’t cover your heart with your hands or your arms.

If you’re wearing a jacket, unbutton it beforehand. It’s also important to cultivate a positive attitude. “While greeting the person, you should feel and be aware of that positivity.

  1. Make eye contact

To make people like you, you should be the one to initiate eye contact and let your eyes reflect your positive attitude. However, it is also important to look away at some point, as too much eye contact can feel rude or intimidating for the other person.

  1. Smile graciously but don’t be showing off your sparkling whites often

You should always be the first one to smile. This is believed to send a message of sincerity. Research also suggests that smiling when meeting someone in a happy context makes someone remember you often.

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  1. Greet with a “hello” or “hi”

You should aim to sound excited when making a new acquaintance by saying hello. Also offering a firm handshake generally creates a more positive impression. To remember a person’s name is one top tip to develop networks and forge relationships. Try repeating it a few times in greeting to register the name on mind.

  1. Lean in but don’t slouch

An almost unnoticeable forward tilt shows that you’re open to and interested in what the other person has to say. These tips should help you get noticed and steal the show, wherever you go.

Boothman, the author of “How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less,” has spent years coaching business people to be more effective, more relaxed communicators. In an exclusive with Business Insider, Boothman said, “the trick to making someone like you is a skill that anyone can learn and deploy within the first two seconds of making someone’s acquaintance. It’s just a really great way to make someone feel comfortable with you. Just talk to them like you’ve already known them.”

In fact, research suggests that finding common ground is a solid strategy for getting people to like you.

Also read: Top 7 Body Language Lessons Jobseekers Should Know

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