I asked him to tell me a few fundamentals we need to remember when it comes to making something happen:
1. You have to be likeable—you’re not very persuasive if people don’t like you!
2. You have to be trustworthy—because people can like you but not trust you for your advice.
3. You have to have a great product—enchant people with an exciting concept.
He also shared one of the most ironic things he’d learned in his career: you might assume that because you’re being innovative and creating a new and exciting product, people would see that and instantly get behind it.
“The more innovative you are, though,” he said, “the more you have to be enchanting.”
When people think about change, they get scared.
“But, one of the best ways to combat a fearful situation is to go with people you like and trust!” he pointed out.
If someone has enchanted you that you like and trust, it helps remove that fear of change and makes you more willing to go forward.
Guy also points out that it doesn’t just have be the CEO or figurehead of the company who enchants you—he used the great example of the Apple Genius Bar.
“If you walk into an Apple store, you’re not thinking Steve Jobs will be handling your appointment!” he laughed. “Instead you go to the Genius Bar, and you meet someone who’s really smart, really trustworthy and really likeable–and they solve your problem! For all intents and purposes, that person is Apple for you.”
Boom! You’re enchanted.
Watch my interview with Guy Kawsaki below: