How to Get People to Like You: 7 Ways From an FBI Behavior Expert


Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?

Research shows relationships are vital to happiness and networking is the key to getting jobs and building a fulfilling career.

But what’s the best way to build rapport and create trust? Plain and simple, who can explain how to get people to like you?

Robin Dreeke can.

Robin was head of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Program and has studied interpersonal relations for over 27 years.

He is the author of the excellent book, It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone.

I gave Robin a call to get some answers. (Note that Robin is not speaking for the FBI here, these are his expert insights.)

You’re going to learn:

  1. The #1 secret to clicking…

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7 CEOs Whose Religion Will Surprise You


When Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced he is gay, he wrote, “I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” Cook is not forthcoming beyond that statement about his religious beliefs, probably because people have strong opinions about how appropriate it is for executives to discuss their personal beliefs.

Most CEOs, in fact, keep their faith squarely out of the workplace, according to Andrew Wicks, a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. “They specifically hide their religious faith, precisely because they fear people making a big deal out of their religious views,” said Wicks, who teaches a course called “Faith, Religion, and Responsible Decision Making.”

But Wicks says being open about faith is actually important because it is a powerful aspect of how business leaders define themselves.

These 7 executives don’t all share the same religious convictions – but…

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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston First QB?

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A 2015 NFL Mock Draft even though the actual draft is over five months away? But you don’t even know who is in the NFL playoffs. You don’t know who will declare. You don’t know who will get arrested/give up football/injured. Which is why this is just a guide, like the way-too-early Mock Draft in May was.

1. Oakland (0-9)Leonard Williams, DT, USC. The Raiders like QB Derek Carr (but will new management?). Williams immediately helps a DL that is last in the NFL in sacks (8) and giving up 130 rushing yards a game.

2. Jacksonville (1-9) – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M. Operation protect Blake Bortles. He’s been sacked 23 times in eight games and has thrown an NFL-high 14 INTs.

3. Tampa Bay (1-8) – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State. Lovie Smith may want to rebuild the OL or get some help for his…

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Shaqtin’ A Fool: Vol. 4, Episode 2 | All Ball Blog with Lang Whitaker

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VIDEO: Shaqtin’ A Fool: Vol. 4, Episode 2

Week one is in the books and with it, a ton of foolishness for Shaq to call out.

Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin!

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Spurs rest stars in Houston | Hang Time Blog

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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — We’re just 10 days into the season, but the San Antonio Spurs’ maintanence program has begun.

The Spurs announced Thursday afternoon that Marco Belinelli, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Tiago Splitter will not play in Houston in the first game of TNT’s double-header (8 ET).

Belinelli left Wednesday’s win over the Hawks with a groin injury. Splitter played in his first game on Wednesday, but reinjured his right calf. Mills is recovering from shoulder surgery and isn’t expected back until at least January.

Duncan and Ginobili are healthy, but they are just getting their first night off of the young season as their team plays its first back-to-back. Of course, it’s not the first time that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has rested healthy stars for a national TV game.

This could have…

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What happens to Michael Sam after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys?

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The Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad. (AP Photo/LM Otero) The Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

There are no guarantees for NFL practice squad players – not even Michael Sam, who’s out of a job for the second time in less than two months.

The Dallas Cowboys waived Sam off their practice squad Tuesday and signed linebacker Troy Davis to take his place in a move that would have blended in with hundreds of other like transactions if it didn’t involve the NFL’s first openly gay player.

Story: Cowboys release Michael Sam

Life on the practice squad isn’t easy: Run other teams’ plays with the scout team. Take your punishment from the starters. Collect your roughly $6,300 paycheck and hope there’s another one the next week, along with another chance to catch the coach or GM’s eye.

Lose your spot and it could be a day, a week, a month or longer until…

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15 Best Netflix TV Shows for Binge-Watching

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I know finding something good to watch on Netflix can be a daunting task at times but lucky for you – I’ve had plenty of free time on my hands to sift through the garbage for you. With a husband in the military working long hours and being sent away for months at a time, I’ve become something of an expert at TV show binge-watching. The key is to stick it out at least the first three episodes before you decide if you’re interested or not. Sometimes it takes awhile to get hooked, but once you are, there’s no turning back. Sometimes living under a rock isn’t so bad.

Warning: This may take over your life a little.

1. One Tree Hill – (All 9 seasons on Netflix)

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This is one of those shows that I wish I could go back to the beginning and watch it all over again…

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NLCS, Game 3: Cardinals vs. Giants lineups


Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Cardinals-Giants series in San Francisco:

3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
C A.J. Pierzynski
2B Kolten Wong
RF Randal Grichuk
SP John Lackey

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was forced to make some changes due to Yadier Molina’s injury and (as discussed in this space yesterday) he’s decided on A.J. Pierzynski instead of longtime backup Tony Cruz behind the plate. Pierzynski bats sixth, which was Molina’s usual spot.

CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Tim Hudson

Giants manager Bruce Bochy moved Brandon Crawford up in the lineup following a big September and the shortstop came through with a grand slam in the Wild Card Game, but he’s struggled since then and…

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Hey Kansas, Ed Orgeron wants to be your next head coach


Kansas is without a head coach. College football’s favorite coaching free agent, former USC defensive line coach-turned-interim head coach Ed Orgeron, is without a job.

Let’s make it happen, Jayhawks.

“It’s a Power Five (job),” Orgeron told George Schroeder of USA Today at a speaking engagement Monday in Little Rock, Ark. “(Mark) Mangino went 12-1 and went to the Orange Bowl. It’s in a great conference. His staff proved that you can do it.”

When asked if he really wanted to be Kansas’ fourth head coach seven years, Orgeron was undeterred.

“It’s a challenging job,” he said. “But most jobs you get, there’s gonna be some things you’re gonna have to fix.”

The popular longtime assistant holds a 16-27 career record as a head coach – 10-25 at Ole Miss from 2005-07, and 6-2 on an interim basis at USC last season. He believes the second job is more indicative…

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Long Island High Schooler Dies After Football Collision


A Long Island high school junior died late Wednesday after colliding with an opponent in a varsity football game.

Tom Cutinella, a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School who plays guard/linebacker on the school’s football team, was pronounced dead after sustaining a head injury in the third quarter of the afternoon game, Newsday reports.

Cutinella was hospitalized after the hit and placed in the intensive-care unit after undergoing surgery. His death came as a shock to the community and to the 60 friends, relatives and teammates waiting in the hospital, Newsday reports.

“We’re a small community and we’re all devastated,” Jack Costas, a member of the Shoreham-Wading River school board told Newsday. “It’s always tragic when someone so young and so full of life has their life ended. It’s going to be a very, very difficult road ahead from this.”

The risks of injury and death in football have come…

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