How To Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie's Origin Book

Dale Carnegie's Origin Book

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie

Walking through the library, I spied an updated version of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. Carnegie wrote the book during the depression and ended up with a profitable business giving well thought out advise on effective communication.

The new version was a huge disappointment, but the original is as good as new when it comes to common sense instruction on social skills. So in no particular order, my favorites:

You are the creator of your own emotions. Want enthusiasm? Act enthusiastic.

People are creatures of emotion not creatures of logic.

Always think about what feelings your actions will cause. Be understanding and forgiving. Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, spend time accomplishing something they will admire.

There are four ways in which we have contact: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.

Be in honest and sincere appreciation of the importance of others. Everyone wants the opportunity to prove his or her worth and to excel.

Be a good listener and try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view. How would I feel and react in his/her shoes? Give the person hope and incentive to improve.

Praise is like sunlight to the warm human spirit. Smile.

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