March 14, 2018

Your Likability Resources (BATP)

Our favorite Book, Article, TEDTalk, and Podcast all around the topic of likability in the workplace.

I’ve found that likeability plays a crucial role in the professional experience.  People want to work with (and hire) others who bring positive energy, say “yes” more than “no,” and bring others together. Likability adds to engagement on the job and is a choice that professionals make each-and-every-day.

Looking for resources to become more likable? Struggling with those gremlins on your shoulder screaming “Be a jerk! Be a jerk!”??  Well, you’re in luck!

Here’s my favorite Book, Article, TEDTalk, and PodCast (BATP) focusing on the topic of likability:

Book:Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World,” by Mitch Prinstein.  I just finished this book (published last year) and I think it provides great insight into the positive results likeability can have in-and-out of the workplace. The author takes a scientific approach to the subject of popularity and examines why it plays such an important role in our society. Another great before-bed read!

Article:Why Likeability Matters More at Work,” by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal). This article includes an online interview with the author that highlights the secret to professional success – likability! I love this article because it gives readers real-world tips on becoming more likeable — especially if you’re using some of the latest technology to communicate (video, social media, etc).

TEDTalk:The Hidden Power of Smiling, by Ron Gutman. This TEDTalk is over 7 years old, but I think the topic is still really relevant (and interesting). As highlighted in the details section, this talk reveals some surprising statistics around the effects of smiling more (you’ll live longer).  You’ll definitely smile after you watch this quick 8-minute presentation!

PodCast:The Art of Likability: Dealing with Criticism,” by Arel Moodie. This author is the expert on likability and in this episode #172, he specifically examines the importance of likability when receiving criticism. Since criticism is often part of looking for something new, I thought this podcast would be really helpful. He has a ton of other podcasts around the topic of likability, so check them out!

Your homework this week: Many of you are at home (or vacation) with kids on Spring Break, so you know the drill – check-out these important resources to become a more likable person professionally and personally. Think someone in your network might value these resources? Don’t forget you can easily forward to spread the word!

Coming-up next week:  I’m going to close-out March with a couple more Case Studies. I’ve had some big wins (and insightful experiences) recently, and I’d like to share them with you before the start of April (and Spring!!).

Here’s to your Engaged Pursuit!

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