Communication is key when it comes to work and the likeability factor.  Here are the six top tips to get you on your way.


Remember Names

Isn’t there just something about people you see you actually remember your name?

It brings true value to the famous Dale Carnegie quote: “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” said Dale Carnegie.

Using a person’s name ensures that you appeal to their W.I.I.F.M. (what’s in it for me) point of view. It will, in short, get their attention.

Spread out the Compliments

OK we are not talking fake compliments, just a little thoughtfulness when speaking to others so that we can pepper ourt conversations with genuine compliments once and a while.

For example, want to say something nice about a co-worker’s impact on a project, the company, or even your day. If you know the person won’t be embarrassed, compliment them publicly. If they’re more reserved, do it by email (with their superior in CC). This recognition can also take the form of a testimonial or a referral.

Help Where You Can

People really appreciate when others contribute to their objectives.

This is not the same thing as saying a vague, “let me know if I can help.”

Instead, offer to help in specific ways. Not only is this more pro-active and thoughtful, it takes immediate pressure off your co-worker to ask for assistance.

Just Do It

“I’ll do it”.  These three words can have a huge impact on the way you’re perceived. Take part in (and offer to plan) social events and office lunches, volunteer for extra department tasks (especially when your skills can be put on display). In short, be willing to go the extra mile.

Hey you never know, people around you may one day return the favour.

Say Thanks!


Gratitude can do wonders for the way your co-workers perceive you.

When someone does something for you, sincerely thank them.

Also, don’t discount the power of a handwritten thank you note. In the digital age, this goes a long way. Proudly displayed on one’s desk, its life expectancy is a lot longer than that of a virtual thank you, which can be quickly deleted or forgotten.



You don’t have to proclaim your love or your work every day, but by using certain positive phrases and words, can go a long way.

When assigned a role, respond with enthusiasm:

“Sounds good.”

“Yes, I would be happy to.”

“I can definitely do that by then.”

“I look forward to collaborating with you.”

“I always enjoy working with your team.”

Don’t love your job? It’s your job to make sure that you do. And if you truly don’t, maybe it’s time to find something new.


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