You can get along with those you’ve known for some time. But how about those you do not know very well? What do your colleagues and acquaintances think about your character?
And how would you describe their attitude toward you?
APOLOGIES HELP EXPRESS YOUR EMPATHY
You are not supposed to apologize for something you are not guilty for. The crowded bus that you are going by standing next to your acquaintance is one of such situations. Or you may have met your colleague on a rainy day and now have to start a conversation. Start talking to the person you are with by expressing your empathy through apologies. Please make sure that you sound natural and sincere. People who know how to express their concern if someone else is having a relatively hard day can easily gain that person’s trust. A superfluous apology is a widely used psychological trick that helps us maintain a talk and be appreciated by people.