Given a choice, people will generally want to spend time with and do business with people who make them feel good, are fun to be around, and are just plain interesting—in short, those who stand out from the crowd. This comes very naturally to some, but others may have to think a little more to make it happen.
Here are five ways you can stand out from the crowd to benefit both yourself and your business.
Five Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd
1. When you meet someone smile and look them in the eye.
This may be Common Sense 101, but the best way to build rapport is by eye contact.
2. Show that you’re enjoying your conversation.
Don't let your eyes roam around the room looking for someone more interesting.
3. Show a genuine interest in others.
Be curious about what they do and where they’ve been.
4. Really Listen.
This is the only way you can truly connect with the other person.
5. Speak their language.
Use their communication style. For “cut-to-the-chase” individuals, just provide the facts. For those who love a good story, give them one.