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How do you build trust between strangers?
Compesh is a question and answer (and debate) website, so before you make a debate, you better learn what an assertion is. I suppose you already know what a question is, and that you've typed it in the box. ;)
An assertion, is basically a statement you can make, that is either true or false.
Richer people have better health.
The question for that would be, Do richer people have better health?
And don't forget to make your assertion, match your question.
I can't remember the explanation I was given on this as fully as I heard it, so all I can say is this. When you meet someone for the first time, you need to build a harmonious relationship in a short space of time.
When people have rapport, they will start to mirror each other's body language without realising it, and possibly mirror eating or drinking out of a glass at the same time another person does it.
You don't need to be assertive or confident to get rapport. It's the
people with more social intelligence, who are better at getting rapport.
You need to find a way to make the other person want to listen to whatever you want to say by being interesting or responsive, by talking differently in the first 2 minutes of the conversation. The other person needs to feel that you can understand them. If you don't listen, you can't have rapport.