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And there is some real science that backs up these techniques.
When people speak, the best responses are both active and constructive: engaged, enthusiastic, curious and has supportive nonverbal action. Ask questions. Be excited. Ask for details. Smile. Touch. Laugh.
It's a powerful technique - it makes you more liked and people more receptive to your requests.
Obviously, we’re all interested in talking about what interests us — and this engagement promotes liking.
For example, when women were more engaged in a conversation on a first date, they were much more likely to report being attracted to the guy.
People like to feel important and powerful. Feeling like we’re in control reduces stress.
Money doesn’t increase happiness much, but feeling powerful does. Most people would rather be the big fish in a small pond making $50,000 a year than the small fish in a big pond earning $100,000.
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