One area that I work on as much as I can when I meet people is trying to leave them with a memory or impression of me that will last.
While I would prefer that the impression would be positive that isn't always the case.
Here are a few things I do -
- Ask questions about them. What do they like? Where do they live? What work do they do?
- Find common ground or interests. It is always easier to speak to someone about a subject you know than a subject you don't.
- Talk about the interest and how it relates to them. People love talking about themselves and more importantly knowing that someone else is taking an interest in them.
- Treat everyone the same - whether boss or groundsman.
Now this may not appear on the surface to be a great business strategy. And maybe it isn't - but it is an excellent people strategy. Business comes and goes but good relationships last forever.