Adapted from http://www.majordonors.com/blog
Creating rapport is a key ingredient of relationship-building. Thanks to the research conducted by the Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) community, we know that physiological “matching” builds rapport.
Many of us naturally change the pace of our speech to get more in-tune with that of our conversation partner (without mimicking, of course). That is one element of matching. And it’s a good one.
Blinking and Breathing
Here are two less obvious ones:
– Blinking at the same rate as your prospect
– Breathing at the same rate as your prospect
Experiment with one at a time, and find the one with which you are most comfortable.
Give these rapport-building techniques a try, and let us know how it goes.
P.S. “Mirroring” helps build rapport in any context.
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