by Mary Cantando, Founder of The Woman’s Advantage, Guest Contributor

What does the word “likeable” mean to you? In my mind, it doesn’t mean that you’re a patsy, but that your personality enables you to move forward in life, having racked up enough “points” with others that you can call them in when you need them.

No matter how likeable you may think you are, here are five ways to become even moreso.

Five Ways to Become More Likeable

1. Be Authentic. 

Be who you appear to be and say what you mean. Don’t have hidden agendas.

2. Focus More on People Than on Things.

Always make time for the people in your life and communicate with them as individuals.

3. Respect Everyone.

Whether it’s your most important client or the guy at the coffee drive-thru, show respect to everyone you meet.

4. Smile.

Smiling is one of the easiest ways to gain a positive reaction from others, because when you smile others will just naturally return that smile.

5. Show your Passion.

Rather than acting bored or frustrated, be full of life; this will drive others to want to be with you.