Interacting and communicating with people can be difficult for anyone. Whether it’s work or leisure, learning these mental tricks will help you make things work better. We’re not talking about tricks to manipulate others and convince them to follow your will, but simply methods to improve your communication and your relationships with other people.
1 – Look a person in the eye when you receive an answer that does not satisfy you
Sometimes we are not satisfied with the answer to a question we have asked; sometimes we do not understand it. Instead of repeating the question or doing another one, look at your partner. Therefore, you will push him to reconsider his thoughts and his answer.
2 – Keep calm when they raise their voices against you
Strive to remain calm. When someone yells at you, he generally does it because he is angry, and could be because of your involuntary behavior. The feeling of anger tends to fade quickly, giving way to guilt and the desire to apologize.
3 – Sit next to the attacker to avoid the attack
If you have a meeting scheduled and you know that there will be an aggressive person, that the discussion will be intense , or that you may be subject to criticism , remember to sit next to the person you fear the attack . It may seem unusual and unpleasant at first, but it will not be so only for you. There is evidence that close proximity puts people uncomfortable, with the effect of reducing their level of aggression.
4 – Memorize everyone’s names if you want to be popular
If you want to be well liked among your acquaintances and colleagues, start calling people with their nom and when you meet them. In fact, we immediately tend to feel special if we are called by our name.
5 – Write your thoughts when you feel stressed or anxious
We all experience a certain level of stress or anxiety, sooner or later. Take a pen and paper and throw your thoughts down. Believe it or not, you will be able to focus more easily on your work after sharing your concerns and reducing their weight.
6 – Limit the number of options when you need to make a choice
Some think it’s better to have more options and information available when it comes to making a decision, and they usually prefer to have more. In reality, having too much choice can be counterproductive. There is evidence to support the argument that four is the maximum number of options we can consider to be able to make a choice. To be a successful decision maker, you should limit the scope of possibilities. This will give you more time to study the options in play and possibly open yourself to new ones.
7 – Proper posture increases self-confidence
This trick works not only at work, but also in many other aspects of your life. It can incredibly improve the outcome of an appointment as well as help you get a promotion. How can you increase self-confidence? The best way is by paying attention to the posture you hold. If you try to take up more space, you are likely to feel more confident. Body language is a very powerful tool.
8 – A foolproof way to win with ‘stone, paper, scissors’
This is really intriguing. If you happen to play ‘rock, paper, scissors’, ask your opponent a completely random question before starting. In most cases, it will be confused by your question and come up with ‘scissors’.
9 – Make others feel that you need them
If you need help, try starting with “I need you for …” People like to know that they can help you, because they want to feel useful and not guilty of ignoring you. Starting the conversation this way, it is more likely that you will receive the help you need.
10 – Warm up your hand before squeezing it with someone
Did you know that having cold hands is associated with distrust? If you need to shake hands with someone, make sure you don’t have a cold hand. The warmth creates a friendly atmosphere.