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WORKING: Lasting Impressions

August 19, 2013 5:19am (EDT)
(Photo Courtesy of Muriel Miralles de Sawicki via stock.xchng.)
(Photo Courtesy of Muriel Miralles de Sawicki via stock.xchng.)

Boss. Employee. Spouse.

For all of us, in all of our relationships, there’s one simple key to making people become your fan for life, says Brandon Smith.

“Curiosity. That’s it. That’s the most valuable skill that we have,” says Smith, a professor and workplace consultant.

“It’s never the first question, it’s always the follow-up question. That’s how you establish curiosity,” Smith says. “It’s not me saying, ‘Where do you want to go on vacation’ and you tell me and then I switch the topic. It’s me then saying, ‘Oh, well that’s interesting. Tell me more. What would you do on your first day?’ It’s digging in.”

How brief interactions and a few questions can make a last impression on people around you on this week’s Working on GPB Radio.

Click here ask Brandon a question about your job or career. We might answer you on the air.

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