Everyone wants to be liked. Humans are a social species, so it is normal and natural to want your extended family, coworkers, neighbors and even complete strangers to like you. That said, it is not always easy to make a good impression on a complete stranger, and, in some ways, it can be harder to continue making good third or fourth impressions on a new coworker. Inevitably, you will make a mistake, and put your foot in your mouth. You could end up inquiring about your new neighbor’s sister, only for him to remind you that he has not spoken to his sister in years. You might ask your coworker how her children’s team did at the state swim meet, only for her to look at you blankly and remind you that she does not have children.
Putting your foot in your mouth does not have to be the end of a person’s good impression of you, but it is important to make sure you work to minimize such mistakes. Getting off on the right foot with your new neighbor or coworker will help guarantee that they will cut you some slack when you make a mistake. Here are five easy ways to convince people to like you.