#1: Listen before speaking
It is an important life session to be a better listener than a talker. In today’s society, listening is one of the hardest skills to master with the pace of life and all of it’s distractions. It doesn’t mean you have to be silent. Social graces remind us to pay attention, don’t interrupt and let others speak. First impressions are often based on our ability to listen.
#2: Make Eye Contact
Eye contact indicates that you are paying attention and interested in what the other person is saying and not “tuned out” of a conversation. Be careful not to make it awkward or stare. Sit up, focus on the conversation and talk directly into the speaker. Eliminate all distractions. Give Everyone Your Full Attention.
“Looking someone directly in the eyes during a conversation is the key to making any social or professional connection. We rely on eye contact to communicate and connect with one another on a conscious and unconscious level.” – Psychology Today
#3: Be On Time
You only have one chance to make a great first impression by being on time. Aim for five minutes early in all cases. Being on time is the most costly way to lose opportunities and harm relationships, even before they start. Being on time shows respect and that you care about the relationship.
#4: Remember Names
Paying attention during introductions, writing down a person’s name and collecting their information are critical for fostering any relationship. You are better asking someone to repeat their name, then calling them the wrong name or calling them the generic “you” because you neglected to remember their name.
#5: Ignore Gossip
We all know how important it is to not judge others, but it’s not so easy to put it into practice. Perhaps the best way to learn this trait is by applying the Golden Rule; treat others the way you want to be treated. If you wouldn’t want it repeated about yourself, it’s usually a good sign that it’s not worth repeating.
#6: Acknowledge and Respect
Every encounter is an opportunity to show your best self to others. You never know who you will meet in life and how that person can change your future. One thoughtful interaction could lead to a new opportunity if they see you as a kind and respectful individual.
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”– Albert Einstein
#7: Gratitude & Thank You
We all like to hear, “thank you,” but we may rarely say it. Having an attitude of gratitude can go a long way in building good relationships, helping you to live a happy life and showing kindness to others.