How To Get People To Open Up
How To Get People To Open Up
Whether you’re negotiating a business deal or making a new friend, there’s a lot of value in getting someone to open up to you.

Here are some ways to get people to open up: 

  • Listen fully: Put the other person's needs first. Don't preach or give advice. 
  • Ask open questions: Ask about their weekend, or what they like. 
  • Be honest: Build trust and credibility by being honest. 
  • Make eye contact: Hold the other person's gaze for a few seconds to show you're engaged. 
  • Find common interests: This can help you feel more comfortable with someone.
  • Make people feel comfortable: Let them know you value your relationship and ask what they need to feel safe. 
  • Be patient: People who have a hard time opening up may gradually do so at their own pace. 

Other ways to get people to open up include: 

  • Consistency
  • Active listening
  • Sharing and self-disclosure
  • Nonverbals
  • Acknowledging your own desires
  • Smiling

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