How To Ensure People Take You More Seriously

Do you feel like people don't take you seriously? People can do this for a lot of silly reasons, like your age (being too young or too old), race, sex, voice, or height. You might have even done something to make them dislike you, like saying something rude or missing an important meeting.

No matter why people don't take you seriously, it's up to you to change their minds. Here are some really important things you can do.

Be Informed

Speak in a style that makes people aware that you are knowledgeable about the subject and have something to offer. This will make people want to listen to you.

However, it’s not just a question of saying the right words in the right way; you actually have to know what you’re talking about and be informed. Make sure you do all your research and investigate every point you want to make thoroughly so you can give the important information out and, if need be, counter any arguments.

Take Action

Are you someone who constantly says they’re going to do something and then never actually does it? If people keep hearing you make promises to take action but never witness you taking that action, they won’t be able to easily take you seriously.

If you decide to do something and you let others know, you need to follow up on that thing. Whether it’s a simple task like cleaning your car or something more serious like finding the right nursing home abuse attorneys, the more you can prove you’ll do as you say, the more you’ll be taken seriously whenever you say something.

Be Clear and Concise

The things you say and how you say them say a lot about how smart you are, so learn to get right to the point. Get rid of anything that isn't necessary.

Not only will this show that you’re a serious person and that people should listen to you, but it will also mean you don’t have to repeat yourself. Remember, the more you repeat yourself, the less your words mean – especially to you. You’ll notice that the more you say something, the less confident you’ll feel, and in the end, it will be as though you are trying to convince everyone around you. Say it once, say it clearly, and you’ll be taken seriously.

Dress Well

You might not think that the way you dress has anything to do with how seriously people take you in life. After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and you shouldn’t have to dress a particular way to make people listen to you and take you seriously.

However, the truth is that clothes really do make a difference, whether you want them to or not. If you’re going into an important work meeting, for example, you’ll be taken a lot more seriously if you’re dressed in a smart suit than if you were dressed in shorts and a t-shirt.

Although things are changing and people are dressing generally more casually, it’s always best to dress well if you want to be taken seriously.

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