Think about your last meeting- how engaged were you with the presenter? Think about your last conversation- could the other person tell you were deciding whether Subway works for dinner or stick with leftovers? Think about how you must come across if you are actively showing people you hear them.
Here is the benefit in smiling and nodding when spoken to:
1. Maximize the Presentation
Not only does it make the speaker feel good when you are smiling and nodding they will proceed with more enthusiasm so the presentation is effective and entertaining, not boring.
After trying this nodding tactic in many presentations and conversations, it becomes a natural habit and forces you to pay more attention, thus maximizing your time.
2. Excude Confidence
Confidence is KEY in your success- in your job, in your relationships, in your future. Sitting in the front, showing you have a purpose, listening intently shows others and the presenter you don’t mess around. Ask a question, I dare you- you will get the answer and the correct one. You come off as sincere and reliable to others when actively engaged and participating. It’s not always easy- iPhones, crackberries, the coworker behind you can steal your attention but don’t let it! Stay confident and focused.
3. Connect Stronger
Who do you think the presenter is going to reach out to for lunch after the meeting or to learn how your business works after the presentation? The dude slumped at the back of the room twitching on and off with drool hanging? The chick who looked up 3 times because blackberry messenger was more important? When a client is talking to you and opening up about a need or pain point, are they likely to say more to a blank stare sales rep or a warm and receptive rep who smiles and nods while actively listening? Just sayin’.
Consider it. Shock your coworkers and peers.. Leave them in the back so you can get ahead!
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