How to connect with People

 

From Fast Company, Courtney Seiter shares 6 terrific communication tips from interviewers that can be easily adopted and used in your conversations.  Some of my favorite tips include:

1. FIRST PREPARE NOTES, THEN TOSS THEM

Good interviewers always study up on their subject’s background – many even have a staff whose job it is to collect those resources.

If you can do so in advance, research the person or people with whom you’ll be speaking. A bit of familiarity will make you feel more confident – and will prime your subject to open up to you….

2. MATCH YOUR PARTNER—IN MOOD, ENERGY LEVEL, LANGUAGE AND BODY LANGUAGE

“The more comfortable you make someone feel, the better interview you’re ultimately going to get,” says interview veteran Katie Couric….

4. ACTIVATE THE POWER OF THE PAUSE

Remember that dreaded lull we talked about earlier? Sometimes – just sometimes – it can be a useful communications tool…

5. CULTIVATE CURIOSITY: THE DALE CARNEGIE APPROACH

All of these techniques are tried and true, but they don’t really work without one simple quality on the interviewer’s part: curiosity…

How to Win Friends and Influence People

 

Read the full story at 6 Powerful Communication Tips From Some Of The World’s Best Interviewers

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