As an entrepreneur, there are going to be times when you need to get things done from people. For a lot of people, getting things done involves shouting. Needless to say, such people aren’t always very popular.
But what if you could get your way without raising your voice or becoming the “bad guy”? There are some simple tricks you can use to get things done without stressing yourself or anyone else out.
1. Build goodwill
It is easier to get things done if people trust you. Building goodwill is important, especially if you are in a position of authority or have to interact with people frequently. People are more likely to do things for you if they feel you prioritize building trust and goodwill with them.
2. Maintain even give and take
Nobody likes feeling like they’re being bullied or taken advantage of. People are also more likely to do what you want if they think you can do something for them in return. It is better to approach people with a statement like “How can we help each other?” instead of “How can you help me?”. An equal exchange of favors ensures everyone involved views the exchange in a positive light.
3. Establish common ground
The best way to get someone’s attention is to find common ground. It could be shared interests, hobbies, backgrounds or anything else. Familiarity helps people bond better. If you don’t know anything about someone, put in the effort to research them online or ask mutual contacts. It is flattering when someone makes an effort to get to know you.
4. Be polite
You will always catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Being polite ensures that people will be more inclined to give you what you want. In today’s busy world, nobody has the time to guess each other’s needs. It is easiest to ask for what you want politely.
5. Be confident
Go into any interaction believing that everyone wants to give you what you want. It will translate into your behavior. People are attracted to confident personalities. If you are unsure, defensive or scared, it will appear in your body language and people will react to that.
6. Stay positive
Optimism is key to making any business succeed. Staying upbeat and focusing on the end goal makes it easier to deal with setbacks and problems. Being patient and levelheaded ensures that you don’t get affected by negativity.