Acknowledging others takes so little effort and requires no special skills and yet it is a powerful way to win friends and inspire interaction.
So why don’t we do it?
We’re turned inward looking down at phones and navigating the black hole of social media where it is easy to get lost and miss the world around us.
Ways to acknowledge people:
- Smile without doing anything else
- Pay a compliment
- Show a courtesy (“please, go first”, “you’ve been waiting, step ahead of me”)
- Put your phone away and start a conversation
- Offer to help
People want no more than to be acknowledged.
And if you thought I was referring only to strangers (above), go through the bulleted points again and see how they can apply to friends, family members and associates.
To be a powerful person, engage in the skill of recognizing them in real time.
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