All A's in school and lots of letters after your name won't translate to success unless they're surrounded by great people skills. There are 4 key ingredients to great people skills: 

1. Be enjoyable to be around: This can be as simple as smiling more and always looking for the bright side. People are attracted to positivity. An optimistic energy can't be a once in awhile thing, it has to be standard operation for it to be believable. 

2. Being able to say "I don't know.": Know-it-alls are no fun, so get comfortable with admitting when you don't know. People respect that and are often impressed by it. Of course you should always follow up by trying to learn about the answer. This shows that you're a solutions person and not a problems person. 

3. Listen more, talk less: Everyone has something to say or a story to tell. When you give people a chance to talk and tell their story instead of always thinking that you own the microphone, it shows that you care. People enjoy spending time with people who care. Besides, you can learn so much more by listening than by talking. 

4. Speak everyone's language: It's so important to recognize that everyone is different and everyone has different things that motivate them. Take time to get to know what matters to the people around you and they will appreciate you for it.


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