“Woo” refers to one’s ability to win and hold the attention of others. When we are good at wooing, we are seen as encouraging, inspiring, and interesting. Some people are born with the gift of woo. Others need to work at it.
Here are seven ways to turn up your woo factor:
- Look people in the eye.
- Notice when funny things happen and laugh. Laughter is infectious.
- Be vulnerable and real.
- Encourage others to try new things and take risks.
- Ask questions.
- Reach out to people you don’t know and make a connection.
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Why should we bother? People with the ability to woo are more likely to be hired. They sparkle. They engage our interest. They build rapport and talk with ease. Opportunities come their way because they are magnetic and charming.
In some cases, the ability to woo may even trump skills and experience. Go figure.