Another Handful of Tips 4 – Human relations
Five of the best tips for helping you get on with people
Success in life often depends on how well you communicate with others. Here are some recommendations for you to consider.
1. Establish a rapport
When you meet for the first time , smile and show a genuine interest in the person. Aim to establish a rapport by sharing common experiences and mutual interests. Make a special effort to remember names.
You may need to do some gentle prodding to get the person chatting. “Where did you go to school?” “What are your hobbies and interests.” “What do you do?”
2. Be honest and sincere
Be open with people. Express your own views and if necessary, give reasons why you hold certain beliefs.
Always remember important words like ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’.
3. Listen to others
Have patience and let people talk. They like to share their successes and background experiences. Listen carefully and don’t keep interrupting. Ask open-ended questions.
4. Show empathy
Try to understand the feelings, concerns and problems of other people. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if you were in their situation?
5. Be supportive
Make others feel better about themselves. Praise their successes and their good work. Help them take a pride in their work.
It is very important to make people feel they are needed and their contribution is valued.
“Praise loudly – blame softly!”