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10 Things Highly Popular People Do Consistently

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10 Things Highly Popular People Do Consistently
What is it that makes one person more popular, or likeable, than another? These 10 traits appear consistently in people others have termed likeable or popular, and those who incorporate these traits into their everyday life may see themselves gaining more success. 1. Name memory Popular people remember the names of those they meet.

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Name memory

Name memory
Popular people remember the names of those they meet.

Calling someone by name makes a person feel recognized and appreciated.

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Listening skills

Listening skills

Popular people do not focus on themselves, their problems, or their achievements.

They are active listeners, asking a few questions to encourage others to talk. They do not expect perfection and tolerate the weaknesses of others well.

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Positive attitude

Positive attitude

Likable people are always positive and optimistic.

They are very grateful for the things they have in life and do not focus on the things they lack.

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Patience

Patience

Likable people do not expect success overnight. They are able to reduce triggers that can lead to impatience.

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Open and genuine

Open and genuine

Popular people are sincere and they follow up on promises. They are open-minded and constantly looking for new approaches to obstacles.

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Failure as a learning tool

Failure as a learning tool

Popular people understand that failing is a natural part of life, but that it does not define them. They learn from the failure and move on without blaming others.

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Communication skills

Communication skills

Likable people are skilled in communication. They use a comforting, friendly tone, never mumble or rant, and speak in a manner that conveys their message clearly.

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Never judgmental

Never judgmental

Popular people do not interrupt or make others look inferior. They are humble and never boast about their own accomplishments unless it is necessary. They offer constructive criticism rather than remarks that can be destructive.

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Above and beyond

Above and beyond

Likable people consider their job description as a starting point rather than the only tasks they are required to do. They seek challenging projects in an effort to help their organization.

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Enjoy the journey

Enjoy the journey

Popular people focus on building toward a goal and enjoy the steps necessary to reach that goal. They embrace challenges and feel a sense of accomplishment when they overcome obstacles.

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The  Art of a Good Conversation

Popular people have worked at and mastered this.

  • The first step is having an opening line. The simpler the better. For example, comment on the environment.
  • The next step is introducing yourself. Include enough information that the other person can ask questions.
  • The third step involves conversation exploration, where the pair or group goes from introductions to a topic. 
  • Step four is topic expansion, building on the topic at hand by focusing on what the other person is saying.
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Take Control of Your Social Life

Popular people take charge of making dates and sending out invitations. These interactions allow them to continue to work on their social skills. Shy people wait to be asked out.

Remain objective

Great problem solvers approach each new problem as though it were brand new. 

That way they can apply a specific solution to the problem instead of a fix that may go only partway.

List the obstacles

Great problem solvers take a high-level view of the issues involved and jot down a list of all the potential factors that could get in the way of a solution. 

Identify the opportunity

So many times great opportunities are wrapped up inside simple problems.

The problem at hand may be symptomatic of bigger problems with your systems or perhaps your industry.