5 Ways to Build Business Rapport with People – Learn How to Connect with People and Make them Feel Involved!

When was the last time you deeply connected with someone?

It’s not easy for many professionals to open up and let people into their lives, but building rapport can be extremely uplifting.

Connecting with people – really getting them to THINK, FEEL, and BE INVOLVED – is a communication skill that takes practice, even for seasoned professionals.

Here are the top 5 ways to help you get in sync and start building relationships.

1. Ask a lot of good questions.

Whether you’re trying to connect with someone in-person or online,  people love to talk about themselves. Asking questions, and paying attention to the answers, will help you learn more about the other person, and it will show that you have a genuine interest in them. The key, though, is in your follow-up. This is how they’ll know you are truly catching their details.

2. Use their names.

Add a personal touch to a conversation by sprinkling your listener’s  name into the conversation. If you’re online with Twitter, for example, if the person’s name is not part of his/her screen name, click on the person’s profile and get his real name. This will send a powerful message that you CARE.

3. Stay positive.

Don’t be a constant complainer or a “negative Nelly.” People genuinely don’t want to connect and engage people who whine. Be known for a positive attitude and willingness to help others, strangers included.

4. Learn the art of small talk.

Have a few conversation starters up your sleeve in case the conversation hits a lull. Always be looking for opportunities that connect you with others. Focus on similarities, not differences.

5. Learn from others.

Pay attention to those you admire who seem to easily connect and engage with others, particularly strangers. Whether it’s in person or online, observe the conversations, posts ,and Tweets. How do they break the ice?  How do people respond to them? Try to replicate their style of building rapport and see if it works for you too!

When the magic of building rapport happens – it will happen fast.You’ll will feel at ease and have a genuine sense of trust and respect. More importantly, you will FEEL like listening and being listened to.

That’s rapport.

Adapted from article 10 Ways to Build Rapport with People by Susan Young.

About the Author: Chiropractic Marketing Expert, Dr. Chris A. Hawn is an author and online entrepreneur. He is a consultant and chief contributor to RBraintrust.com. If you want to jump-start your small business, attract the right clients and generate more referrals, contact Dr. Chris Hawn today. He can be reached at chris@chrishawn.com

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