You’ll Like This Data on Liking

likeable guyLong before I became a motivational speaker I was a professional actor.  And I very vividly remember a professor of mine in graduate acting school responding to my question, “How do I be successful in my career?”  He replied, “Simple.  Be the kind of person people LOVE to work with.”  Notice he didn't say, "Become the most brilliant actor in the world!", "Market yourself better than anyone else!" or "Work for less than the next guy." He merely told me to be the kind of person that people LOVE to work with.

Turns out he was right on.  A fairly recent study reported in Fortune Small Business Magazine indicates that when managers hire and/or promote people in their businesses they rely more on likeability than they do on skills!  Here are the numbers:

  • 64.8% – Personality/likeability
  • 58.6% – Skills
  • 53.9% – Track record
  • 18.8% – Knowledge of your organization
  • 14.1% – Diversity

Here’s the bottom line.  Don’t stress yourself out if you don’t have the necessary skills or experience that you think they are looking for.  Just bring out your very best, pleasant, likeable self and… be the kind of person people LOVE to work with!

From your former actor, turned motivational speaker, Linda Larsen


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Great post, Linda. As motivational speakers we run into this truth all the time. The sad thing, is that some people need to be taught how to be likeable. Even something as simple as a smile can go a long way.

  2. Great reminder, Linda that it's more about who you are, than what you know. Thanks for being the incredible person you are!

  3. Very interesting statistics, Linda.  This information is not only valuable for us in our stage of our lives but invaluable for all the 20-somethings trying to make a foothold in the working world!

  4. This is great Linda.  Unfortunately, the people that are not the best people to work are in denial that they are the problem!  Great stats, thanks for sharing.

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