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Are people blowing off what you are saying and not really taking you seriously? Do you want them to finally treat you like the mature person that you really are? Read the following tips to get them to really listen to what you say.

If you really want people to start taking you seriously, first of all you have to act serious. Make sure that you are truly willing to work at it and do your best.

Look people in the eye when you are talking to them. Not only will it let them know that you are talking to them, but it also allows you to connect with them. By looking at their face you can read their facial expressions to see how they are reacting to what you are saying. If you don't look at them, they probably won't be looking at you and will get distracted.

Be assertive. When you talk to someone, say their name, look them in the eye, and make sure they know you are talking to them and you want them to listen. Try to put all your attention into what you are saying or doing so they know that this is important.
Speak clearly. Say what you need to say and get to the point. Know when not to dwell on a detail because it's easier for your listeners to pay attention when you speak more simply. Speak up! Don't mumble or speak too quickly/slowly. Just say what you want to say - spit it out.

Don't try to make a joke out of everything. When it's appropriate, go ahead and have a little fun. But if you are always joking around about everything, how do you expect to be taken seriously?

Don't lie. If you are lying all the time, then don't expect people to believe you. They aren't going to bother with you because they can't trust you to tell them the right information.

Be confident and decisive! When you make a decision - stick with it. When you decide to do something - do it. When you decide to say something - say it! Give it your all and once you start, make sure to follow through with your action to keep it strong. Be happy with who you are and what you do. If people start pushing your buttons and finding little ways to get you to give in to a decision, they won't always take what you say seriously.

  • Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • It's helpful to be well-educated and know what you are talking about.
  • Think about your decisions before you make them.
  • Try not to worry about what other people think.
  • Don't dwell on a subject for too long.
  • Smile when necessary, but not too much. If you smile, they may not take you seriously or they might think you are lying.
  • Put yourself in someone else's shoes and think about how you would view yourself.
  • Just be yourself.

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