We all strive to be nice people, but there is a big difference between being nice and well liked – particularly in business.
People who are well liked are memorable and top-of-mind when it comes to job opportunities. For this reason alone, you should make every effort to be liked by your peers and professional contacts.
While we often think being popular among our peers is something that certain people are born with, it is actually a skill that can be practiced and honed. That skill is based on a foundation of confidence and self-assuredness. Charismatic people aren’t seeking approval from others. They are confident in both their actions and interactions.
Before you even begin to start working on your interpersonal communication skills, make sure you are confident in what you are currently doing and where you plan to be in the near future.
Present the best version of yourself
Being well liked isn’t about being fake. Charismatic people are authentic and true to themselves. When people sense you are being authentic, it gives them a sense you can be trusted and even relied on in times of crisis.
People understand that we all have bad days and will appreciate the fact that you’re putting in the effort to be positive as often as possible. Always try to have a smile on your face, even if you’re going through tough times.
Also, make sure you maintain a look that seems ‘put together.’ Like cleaning your home before visitors come over, looking your best is a sign of respect to others.
Cultivate respectful and positive interactions
People want to be around someone who is positive, so try approaching encounters and situations with a glass-half-full attitude. This starts with treating everyone with respect, from the hostess at a restaurant to the president of a company. It’s easy to treat people you want to impress nicely but more will be noticed and said about those who treat everyone equally because everyone deserves that treatment.
People who are well liked often take their treatment of others beyond simple respect, and treat others as they would want to be treated. For example, if you don’t like talking to someone while they’re flipping through their smartphone: Don’t do it yourself.
Cultivating charisma also means taking a genuine interest in others. One of the best examples in modern history comes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He affected the political world and social reality at a level that changed the entire world.
Pay attention and develop your own personal style
Once you’ve made progress in this area and begin making genuine attempts to reach out to others, you need to practice your interactions with others and grow your own personal brand of charisma. The goal is to reach a place where you are attracting others while being true to yourself. This means knowing when to step up and take charge, as well as when to take a back seat and let others steer the ship.
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