From getting a raise to negotiating a deal, it pays to be liked. Here's a few simple tips guaranteed to make people like you in less than two minutes.
Some of these tips sound obvious, but being more aware of them and fine tuning them can make all the difference.
Let's start with body language. Firstly, when you meet someone it's important to smile, but not right away. Experts say you should look them in the eye first for an instant and then smile.
This is supposed to show you are not just smiling for the sake of it, but that you are smiling at them personally. Speaking of eyes, keep them glued to the person that is speaking to you. It shows them that they are important.
Here's a mental trick that will help: when you meet someone pretend that they are an old friend that you haven't seen for ages. Treat every stranger that way and they won't be a stranger for long.
Posture is important too in making a good first impression. Good posture shows confidence. And when you're talking to someone don't fidget and especially don't put your hand to your face, it gives the impression you're bored.
So much for body language, how about actual language. Single best idea is listening, not pretending to listen. Next is use someone's name when you talk to them, it makes them feel important.
Flattery, it is often said, will get you nowhere. But done subtly it can in actual fact be a sure-fire method of getting on someone's good side. Cheap trick, sure, but it works.
Finally, paraphrasing or repeating back what people say can make the other person feel appreciated and draw you both closer together.
Practice these tips and you might find that you get that raise more easily than you thought.