Rapport is a very important but underrated skill to have. I’ll be discussing tips on how to build rapport.
What is Rapport?
There is a word that you may have heard called “rapport”, but you may not be aware of what it means.
Rapport is a meaningful connection or relationship with someone else.
It’s also considered a state of harmonious understanding with an individual or group, examples include showing a real interest in someone else’s hobby or empathizing with someone’s situation and feeling “in sync” with them.
Building rapport is very important whether it’s with a client or more importantly with your personal relationships.
However, a lack of rapport can lead to not only a lack of communication, but also a lack of trust.
Why Is Rapport Important?
It’s important to build rapport with someone, but do you know why it’s important?
Important Reasons Include:
- Building Trust: It’s interesting to note that rapport can be built at the same time as trust. Rapport focuses on establishing a bond or connection with someone, which helps you to establish a reputation for reliability, consistency and keeping your promises that builds trust.
- Improved Mental Health: When rapport is being built between a therapist and yourself to treat a mental disorder it can lead to a more successful outcome.
- Forming Deeper Relationships: Rapport forms the basis of deep and meaningful relationships between people. It’s the sense of connection you feel when you like and trust someone, and understand their point of view.
- It’s An Important Life Skill: Rapport is an often overlooked essential skill that helps you build relationships faster and improve communication more rapidly. This is important for all aspects of your life whether you’re connected on a more intimate level or professional level.
How To Build Rapport?
Here are some tips for building rapport with other people.
- Overcoming Communication Barriers: Strong communication skills are key to building rapport. However there are barriers in place that make building rapport difficult, so it’s important to learn how to overcome them.
Examples Of Communication Barriers Include:
Cultural Differences and Language
Inability To Listen To Others
Information Overload and Lack of Focus
Depression and Anxiety:
Lack of Empathy
Lack of Trust
Poor Social Skills
- Improve Your Appearance: One of the fastest ways to build rapport is to make a great first impression. This includes taking pride in your appearance.
- Find Common Ground: It’s essential to build rapport by asking someone open-ended questions about themselves. You’ll find common ground and build a deeper connection.
- Be Your Authentic Self: When you’re being authentic, you’re being real. This is important for building rapport, because it helps to establish trust between you and other people.
- Learn How To Be Empathetic: Learn how to see someone else’s point of view in order to find common ground. This is important when you’re trying to find common ground with them.
- Mirror and Match Mannerisms and Speech: When we’re building rapport with other people, we may or may not be aware that we’re adopting their temperament, mannerisms, speech patterns and even their body language.
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