[vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”huffingtonpost.com” title_align=”left” title_size=”small”][vc_column_text]We’ve heard it before…”You Catch More Flies With Honey Than Vinegar“. It’s so cliche, but so true. If there was a short list of steps to getting what you want in life, learning to be nice would be close to the top.
However, being nice during the course of business can be tricky. In the wrong setting, it can be seen as a weakness. In the perfect setting, it can be an amazing asset. The key is finding the perfect balance of pleasant and purpose. This practice can be mastered by following a few simple rules.
1. Be Genuine
Acting pleasant is easy for most people. Anyone can mimic tone and gesture to make them seem nice to others. However, if overdone, it can seem fake. The best way to be seen as nice is by being genuine. Being the most pleasant version of yourself will always win more trust than acting nice.
2. State Your Intention
When in business meetings, nerves can take you on all sorts of tangents. Don’t get me wrong, it is always advantageous to engage in small talk. But, always keep the eye on the prize. To ensure the groundwork is laid for the interaction, state your intention…early! Once your intention is clear, all of the subsequent conversations can be pleasant, but with purpose. It will take a bit of practice, but having this skill in your toolbox your, (and your business’), value exponentially.
3. Remember It’s A Two Way Street
In business as in life, relationships require give and take. You are doing yourself a major disservice if you believe your wants and needs trump all. In an effort not to burn bridges before they are even constructed, make it a point to look at your business from the eyes of your potential partner or customer. You may want their business, but what do you offer them? Are you able to clearly identify the selling points of your business from their perspective? Doing this shows that you care and value their time and business.
Have you acquired any tips or tricks to being “nice” in business? Leave them in the comment section below. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]