The Importance of a Genuine Smile to Build Rapport
Experiments Prove Smiles Work
If you were to imagine the difference between the following two scenarios which one do you think would be better when meeting someone for the first time? Meeting someone with a blank expression (imagine this new person in front of you) or meeting someone with full eye contact and a big smile on. Which one makes you feel better just reading about it? As an experiment, at lunch time say hi to 2 people you know using the two techniques described above and see which gets a better response.
Smile, Eyebrows & Name are All Important
Smiling can make you appear to be an really engaging freindly prospect for conversation. In addition to smiling, using an eyebrow flash and using someone’s name in a conversation, it’s also important to maintain eye contact and be present in the moment. People can tell when you’re not fully engaged, and it can harm the relationship. Show that you’re invested in the conversation by nodding your head, asking questions, and repeating back keywords that they say to you. Active listening shows that you’re present and interested in what they have to say, which is essential in building rapport.
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