Some people are just likeable. There’s just something about them. You sense it instantly and it draws you to them.
Being likeable is important personally, but it’s also very important professionally. Here are five things we’ve observed from meeting people who are likeable:
#1 – People who are likeable are confident in themselves.
This confidence exudes from inside themselves. They are comfortable with themselves and as a result you feel comfortable with them. If you want other people to like you, you have to like yourself. That’s the starting point.
#2 – People who are likeable are welcoming.
From their posture, their body language, and how you see them interact with others, they seem to invite other people to reach out to them.
#3 – People who are likeable give you a warm reception.
They have a good handshake and let’s face it, there is such a thing as a bad handshake. They smile and greet you sincerely. They instantly make you feel like a friend.
#4 – People who are likeable are engaging.
Sure, they have plenty to say, but they don’t dominate the conversation. They ask you a lot of questions and listen attentively to your answers. They take a genuine interest in you.
#5 – People who are likeable are just plain fun.
They’re light-hearted. They don’t take themselves too seriously – often exhibited by a certain self-deprecating humor. Or they just look at life through a lens that brings a comedic sense to the things we all experience.
The underlying secret to being likeable
The thread that holds all of these things together is that people who are likeable …
It’s really very simple, if you make people feel good about themselves, they’ll feel good about you. They’ll like you!
And the reward is that by being genuinely interested in other people, you’ll learn more from them than you can learn any other way. From what they do, to what they’ve experienced, to their philosophy on life. You’ll come away from almost every conversation enriched.
|What do you think makes people likeable?
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Our bigg quote today is by Mark Twain, who said,
So to connect with human beings, enjoy humans being.
Next time, we’ll blog about the billionaire and the batboy. What Warren Buffett learned from Eddie Bennett, perhaps the most famous batboy of all time. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
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