Build Rapport - 5 Ways to Build Rapport with Someone New
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Build Rapport - 5 Ways to Build Rapport with Someone New

When you meet someone new youÂ’ll want to start to build rapport. Here are a few ways to build rapport with someone you donÂ’t know.

When you meet someone new, you want to start building rapport immediately. If you can build rapport you’re likely to get along well with that person, which will in improve your overall relationship in the future.

Here are 5 ways you can build rapport with someone new:

1. Ask Questions

In order to build rapport you need to know something about the person you’re talking to. Since this is someone new, you can only do that by asking questions. Think of yourself as a reporter, trying to find out things of interest to the person you’re talking to.

2. Keep a Positive Attitude

While you’re trying to build rapport, keep a positive attitude. Any negativity will not only show in what you say, but also in your body language. Stay friendly and upbeat, making sure to follow the Golden Rule and treat them the way you would want to be treated.

3. Keep the Conversation Flowing

Everyone isn’t comfortable In communicating with others. If you’re building rapport with someone who is shy or scared you may have a hard time with two-way communication. Encourage them to talk by making them feel comfortable with you. You can do that with open body language and a warm smile.

4. Be an Active Listener

Really listen to what the other person is saying. Building rapport isn’t about saying the right things, it’s about hearing and trying to understand the other person. So don’t listen while trying to plan what you’re saying next in your mind, focus on what is being said.

5. Make your Conversation Memorable

If you follow the other four steps you’ll have the beginnings of a memorable conversation. Make a good impression by asking questions based on your conversations, so that the person you’re talking to knows you were really listening. That will make your conversation memorable for many people.

The most important thing to remember is to steer clear of topics that might spark an argument. That includes religion, politics and other social issues. In time as you get to know each other you can talk about anything, but in the beginning it’s best to avoid controversial topics.

If you follow these steps you’ll be able to build rapport with someone new. It will also help you in building rapport or re-establishing rapport with someone you already know.

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.  ~Dorothy Nevill


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Excellent tips on getting to know each other and breaking the ice. I wrote an article on How to Teach Social Skills and the Art of Conversation to Children. Start them young and hopefully this will begin to become a natural skill. This is a life skill and everyone should practice it.