Other people seem pretty jazzed about him too. Like his political opponents:
“First of all, when you have a meeting like this, it humanizes and personalizes opponents, where you recognize them as human beings,” [Representative Trent] Franks said. “I think that does a lot towards helping people put aside politics and really try to do what is best for the country.”
“There is no question that I feel like I know him better than I did,” Mr. Franks said. “I give him great credit for his attitude and gracious hospitality.”
Lesson for the day: Do not underestimate the importance of building trust in a negotiation relationship. Small things matter.
There are a bunch of studies on this stuff, but my favorite shows that negotiators who engage in small talk, non-deal related chatter, for as little as 5 minutes, have better relationships with their counterparts and are able to secure better deals.
So take a page from our president’s book: be nice.