Have you ever had a conversation with someone where it felt like you were just clicking? You weren’t quite sure how, but everything just came easily and naturally, you felt like you’ve known this person forever?
And it’s something that can be learned and developed over time. In this blog, I want to explore what rapport is, why it matters, and give you some tips for building it in your everyday interactions.
Rapport is one of the most important elements of communication. It can mean the difference between a successful interaction and a failure. Successful rapport means that you create a connection with the other person, make them feel comfortable and relaxed around you.
There are four basic steps to creating rapport with someone.
- The first step is to make eye contact. This shows that you are interested in the other person and that you are paying attention.
- The second step is to smile. This helps to put the other person at ease and makes them feel more comfortable.
- The third step is to mirror the other person’s body language. This lets them know that you are in sync with them and builds trust.
- The fourth and final step is to mirror their tone of voice. This conveys that you are listening carefully and that you care about what they have to say.
Good luck with creating lasting rapport with people you care for or want to do business with!