2. Respond to praise with a simple “Thank you.” Don’t add, “Oh it was nothing” or “I don’t deserve that.”
3. Answer questions head-on, without evasion. Give short, to-the-point replies.
4. Accept criticism with grace. Then ask for more.
5. Loosen your facial muscles to expand your range of expression.
6. Use a 3-to-1 ratio of positive to negative statements and opinions.
7. Finish what you start. Once you begin speaking, don’t stammer or backtrack. Pause first to think before you speak.
8. Make yourself heard. Turn up your voice volume without being asked.
9. Apologize when necessary, but don’t overdo it. Too many “I’m sorry” statements work against you.
10. Look happy when you greet someone, even if you’re tired or preoccupied.