Let’s admit it! We all want to get respect from others. However, only a few of us are actually able to evoke respect for ourselves. In case you are among those who cannot understand how some people get all the respect they want, while others get sidelined, you have come to the right place. If you want to know how to gain respect, you will have to first know that respect cannot be taken, rather it is earned. However, we need to build up respect to get ahead in life, as respect is directly proportional to reputation. There are many ways to speed up the process of earning respect from others. Want to explore them? If yes, then read on and find the best way of getting people to respect you.
Getting Respect From Others
To get respected, you need to respect others. Period! Treat everyone with respect and you will get respect too. The age-old adage of 'reaping what you sow' is true to its core. Don’t discriminate amongst people and refrain from using harsh, cold words. Help others when they need you. Apply this in your life, to educe immense respect from the people around you.
Dress The Part
If you are a person who is trying to get respect, but is not able to do so, take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Are you a well-dressed person? Do you dress according to occasion? If you dismiss dressing well as an act of showing off, then you are wrong. A well fitting, clean, and ironed dress shows that you take yourself seriously, while a crumpled tee, a ripped jeans or a dirty shirt is bound to give a bad impression. However, dressing the part doesn’t mean that you need to wear a Cavalli suit or Prada shoes. It just means that whatever you wear should compliment you and up your position in other people's eye.
Keep Your Mouth Shut
It doesn’t mean that you should play dumb. Rather, speak only when you are spoken to. People may like a person who wants to share all his details in the first meeting itself, but they won’t respect him. Silence is gold in true sense, so stick to this axiom. Be serious and speak only when it is necessary, especially when at workplace. However, give your opinion or suggestions, if asked for.
Be A Miser Smiler
Smiling is good, but excess smile is bad for repute. If you smile at anyone and anything, people will think you are mellow. A person of respect is a person of caution. Powerful people smile only when it is needed. It’s true too that smiling or not smiling is all the matter of perspective and depends on the environment where you work. However, if you have been showing your pearly whites from long and people dismiss you for being childish, then it’s your turn to switch off the grin and smile only when it’s needed.
Be Humble But Confident
Be humble enough to be a shoulder to cry on, but not so much that you become a tissue paper for people to sniff their snots. The best way to get people to respect you is to respect yourself. And the best way to respect yourself is to have confidence in you. A confident person attracts respect like a moth to a flame. Have a good body posture, mannerism, honesty, kindness and be self-effacing, and you will extract respect from even an otherwise reserved person.