The brain is a deceiving organ and can be tricked by various manipulations. These tips can help you stay one step ahead. It’s always good to know their effect and at the same time not fall for other’s tricks.
- If you work in Customer Service put a mirror behind you. Customers will be nicer because they don’t want to see themselves behaving like jerks.
- When you first meet a new person, Try to notice someone’s eye color when you first meet them, and smile while you’re doing it. The slightly increased eye contact will make people feel more enthusiastic about you.
- Take a peek at people’s feet when you’re talking to them. If you approach two people who are in the middle of a conversation and their legs point away from you it might mean that they are not really interested in you, and probably don’t want to share the conversation.
- People will tend to do things for you if you give them something easy to do in the beginning. This psychology is strong with sales people. For instance, if a sales person convinces you to admit something (like your affection for dogs) then everything they offer you from then on will have something to do with dogs.
- If you ask someone a question and they only give you a partial answer or hedge their reply, stay silent and maintain eye contact. The other person will probably assume their answer wasn’t good enough and they’ll keep talking.
- People will remember how you made them feel more than what you said.
- Stay calm when someone is angry with you. Chances are that person will freak out even more, but will later be embarrassed by his/her behavior and might even apologize.
- Adjust yourself to the person in front of you to develop empathy. People likes to see themselves everywhere, so give them a “mirror” and they will like you more
- When you have an argument with someone, stand next to them and not in front of them. You don’t appear as threatening when you are next to them and both of you will eventually calm down.
- Confidence is more important than knowledge. If you seem like you know what you’re doing people tend to rally around you.
- Make an unreasonably large request that will most likely be turned down. This sets the person up to then agree to a more reasonable request, which is what you really wanted to begin with.
- Don’t put yourself down. If you act like you have a low opinion of yourself, other people — especially at work — will respond accordingly.
- While on a busy sidewalk, look at where you’re going instead of the people in your way. If they see your eye-line they’ll likely clear out of your path like Moses at the Red Sea.
And remember: It’s all in your head.
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