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Election 2008

How to Make People Like You

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The Likeability Factor
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A truism of American politics might read: It's better to be liked than... well, than pretty much anything else. So while people in polls say they'd vote for Hillary Clinton, fewer say they'd have her over to dinner. Pundits will tell you, whether the politician is smart, funny or agrees with a voter 100 percent, nothing is more important than whether that voter might invite that politician to hang out, say, over a couple of brewskis. Weekend America's John Moe asked Tim Sanders, the author of "The Likeability Factor," to give Clinton some tips. And while he was at it, John got a few for himself.

Tim Sanders' Quick Tips for Likability

  • Smile at the right time, smile as an act of generosity, don't smile as a way of showing contempt.
  • Don't tilt your head back and put your chin up. It's a primal gesture that says you think you're smarter than the person you're talking to.
  • Tell the story of what you've struggled against.
  • Try to find out what people want to see more of from you.
  • Make yourself more emotionally attractive by figuring out what you do that produces the most emotional satisfaction in the lives of those around you.

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