“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” - Jay Danzie There are days when you read something and it really connects with your soul. I received this powerful quote from my good friend, Renée Nevins (thank you Renée!).
Too often, we tend to hide our real connecting abilities with brochures, pamphlets, websites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a myriad of other distractions. Not that they are BAD per se, but they sometimes get in the way of what REALLY counts.
SMILE: When you first meet someone, do you project a REAL smile? Are you genuinely happy to meet them? Or are you faking it? Step back and understand WHY you might not be fully engaged in making a new friend. Are you insecure? Are you tired? Are you distracted? The more present you are when connecting with people, the more successful you'll be in life because you are projecting true authenticity. You’re there to make a new friend.
PERSONALITY: How can you kick up your personality? Most people think they can't — the personality they have is the one they're always going to have. That's bunk. You can change your personality instantly by kicking up your enthusiasm, engage your body language, pump up your patter — talk faster, a bit more forceful, change the intonation frequently. Act like you are excited to meet them and learn all about them. Make connecting stick.
MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD: Take a genuine interest in the other person you're connecting with. Ask powerful questions, "What new things are you doing this year? How are they turning out?" Ask lots of questions and really try to understand who they are, what they do, and how you can help them. Follow up with my favorite three-word phrase: “Tell me more!"