Seriously, this one shouldn’t be a big surprise to you but I couldn’t even try to count the number of times I have walked up to someone and they really don’t look happy at all.
Let’s face it, you don’t want to do business with someone who’s grumpy.
I know I don’t!
It doesn’t matter where you are, make a point to smile. Even if you’re having a bad day, think about something that makes you happy and put on a smile. You need to make a great impression on someone you just met.
It will make a huge difference on how people react to you and if they are willing to hang out long enough to have a real conversation with you.
I remember a networking group I was part of for many years. We would meet weekly and had breakfast together in a private room at a restaurant.
It never failed I’d end up looking across the table and there was one person that almost always looked mad. She really looked like she didn’t want to be there and that she didn’t like being there.
Now I knew her well enough to know that wasn’t true but the look on her face was what I saw every week.
It was actually draining just to look in her direction. It was no surprise she also did a lot of complaining about not having enough work.
A simple smile would have made all the difference.
Think about when you go out to eat. Do you ever notice when you smile at the server and treat them with respect (instead of slave labor) you get better service?
I make it my goal to smile and be nice to everyone I interact with as much as I can. I can tell the difference when I do.
And… when I’m talking to a prospect or client I make a point to smile while I’m talking with them. No matter what’s going on in the back of my head.
When you smile, you put off the vibe that you’re a happy person, maybe even fun. You look like you love what you’re doing (passionate about your business) and that you are enjoying the conversation with them.
By the way, even when you’re on the phone you need to smile as well. They can’t see you but smiling changes the tone of your voice and they can hear the difference. When you are talking to a prospect or client, stand up while you’re talking and be sure to smile like you’re standing right in front of them. Your energy level will rise and they will feel the difference.
So, make a point to stop and smile more. It’s great for you personally and will make a huge difference in how people see you and their desire to hang out with you.
Yes… it is that simple!
About The Author:
Ely Delaney is a dad, Best Selling author, speaker, marketing consultant and Founder/CEO of Your Marketing University. His goal is to teach marketing in a simple easy to understand format businesses can use to help gain marketing ideas & market their businesses to boost sales.
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