Building rapport

Build rapport – the secret of success

The writer, Asgar Jafferali Dhanji (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) served as the Secretary-General of the Africa Federation for two – 3-years terms.  He served as JIBA Vice Chairman – with a particular passion to raise funds and offer Micro Finance to our Community – for low-income, underprivileged, startups, Business loans, individuals, and small enterprises — thereby giving opportunities to grow economically.  He is the founder of Imaan Finance Ltd — the First Islamic Finance Institution in Tanzania.  and has also served in Dar es Salaam Jamaat’s Arbitration Committee as well as a Board member of Ebrahim Haji Charitable Hospital – with a particular passion for the project of building the new hospital.  He is now a motivational/Inspirational speaker giving regular Saturday Fajr lectures at Dar Imambara.

Personal development:


t is impossible to be successful without building rapport. 

Rapport is the essential process of understanding one another and becoming comfortable together (Personal development). Success comes from having people follow you, work with you, support you, and believe in you. For this to happen, people need to understand, trust, and be aligned with you. 

This happens automatically if you have built rapport. 

How do you build rapport? 

When you communicate with others, speak more slowly, listen more and show empathy – these are classic rapport-building skills. 

You may not be able to create rapport with everybody. However, if it is someone you regularly cross paths with, try to build some rapport. 

The foundation for lasting rapport is to find common ground with others. Spend time thinking about what they are thinking, expecting, doing, and believing. You will find alignment. 

Avoid being selfish, or talking about yourself all the time everywhere. Remain calm, and speak slowly. 

This will make you warm and others will want to know you. 

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. “The most important thing we ever give each other is our attention” – Rachel Remen

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