ACE YOUR PRESENTATIONS #3: Rapport

Factor 3: Rapport

Rapport, pronounced ra-POOR is the essence of successful communication. It is the ability to enter someone else’s world, to make them feel understood, and that you have a strong common bond. It’s the ability to go from your map of the world to theirs. It requires a good sense of understanding and trust. It is always important to establish it even with people you come into contact with on the daily.

During your presentation, try to build rapport with your audience. That will help you establish a bond with your attendees and increase their activeness. It can help you break the norms of a traditional presentation which will cause the audience to be more attentive. It is essential that the audience feels that they matter and building rapport with them will contribute in that.

If people are one the most important resources, building rapport is the appropriate method to tap into that resource and one of the greatest tools for producing results in your communication. No matter what you want in life, if you can develop rapport with the right people, you will be able to fill their needs, and vice versa. Having rapport with someone is communicating with trust and sympathy. The word is often used to indicate good interactions between people in different positions or roles such as a parent and a teacher, teacher and student, doctor and patient, supervisor and worker, or speaker and audience.

The ability to establish rapport is one of the most important skills a person can have. To be a good communicator, salesman, manager, parent, friend, persuader, politician or influencer; what you essentially require is rapport, the ability to form a powerful common human bond and a relationship of responsiveness.

Building rapport with others makes almost any task simpler, easier, and more enjoyable and will definitely have a great impact on your presentation.

 

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