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4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Advice, June 26, 2004
This review is from: How to Win Friends & Influence People (School & Library Binding)
His advice is so obvious and so easy, so how come it's so difficult to do yourself and so rarely found in others? Is it cynicism or manipulation? No, it's human nature: Do Unto Others ...
? "Speak ill of no man and speak all the good you know of everyone."
People react very badly to criticism; don't do it, not to their face nor behind their back ... especially not behind their back.
? Say "Thank You".
Express appreciation. People yearn, yearn to be appreciated.
? Talk about what people want and help them get it.
"Arouse in others an eager want."
Corollary: let others take credit for your ideas; they'll like your ideas a lot more if they believe them to be their own.
? Be happy to see people.
Greet everyone you meet and show an interest in them. Remember the things that are important to them.
? Smile!
? Remembers peoples' names!!
Remember it, use it when talking to them. A person's name sounds beautiful to them.
? Draw people out.
Encourage them to talk about themselves and their interests.
? Actively research the other person's interests.
? Every person you meet feels themselves superior to you in some way.
Strain to find out what that is and recognize their importance. Talk to people about themselves and they will listen to you for hours.
? Don't argue!
Give in! Agree that the other person is right; often they are and if they aren't, you'll never convince them of it by arguing.
? Don't ever tell a person they're wrong.
They may be but telling them so is always counterproductive. It is difficult for a person to admit to themselves that they are wrong; harder still to admit it to others.
? If you know you're wrong, admit it.
Openly and freely admit whenever you're wrong. And always leave open the possibility that you're wrong even of you think you aren't.
? Friendliness begets friendliness.
Always begin that way. Don't accuse.
? Never neglect a kindness.
Look for ways to do or say something nice.
? Start out by emphasizing areas of agreement.
When a person has said "no" it's hard to get them to change even if they know they're wrong.
? Let the other person do most of the talking.
Listen patiently and don't interrupt. Let your friends be better than you.
? Let people come to your conclusions.
First, tell me what you expect of me; then tell me what I can expect of you. People will generally live up to the commitments they make to you as long as they came up with them on their own.
? Think always in terms of the other person's point of view.
Where they stand depends on where they sit; figure out where they're sitting.
? ? of the people you will ever meet are dying for sympathy.
Give it to them and they will love you.
? A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
? Dramatize your ideas.
"Don't use logic; tell stories." Make your ideas visible, concrete. Bear in mind that people don't know until you show them what you mean.
? Stimulate in others their innate desire to excel (perhaps through a friendly challenge or through competition).
? Don't go sailing into difficult interpersonal situations with guns blazing. You'll always get a negative reaction.
? Change "but" into "and".
Be indirect in your criticism. Praise before you condemn.
? Ask questions rather than giving orders.
? Be very careful to help others preserve their dignity.
? People crave recognition: praise the smallest improvement and praise every improvement.
? Treat people as though they had the virtues you wished they possessed.
Give them a reputation to live up to and they will work like crazy to live up to it.
? Praise the good; minimize the bad: encourage.
Make achievement seem possible. Take and encourage little baby steps. Seek out even the most insignificant of successes.
? Napoleon: I could conquer the world if only I had enough ribbon.
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Initial post: Mar 19, 2010 1:42:07 PM PDT
S. Yau says:
Wow - what a great outline of the book!
Thanks for putting it together. I have read the book before and this is a great refresher!!

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 5:10:13 PM PDT
I agree with the previous comment. Thanks for the summary. It's a great 5 min refresher.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 8:59:18 AM PDT
KaPow says:
Excellent synopsis! Makes me want to read this book!

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 11:11:43 PM PDT
Ryan says:
Thanks for saving me 10 bucks! LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 3:44:14 PM PDT
MorganA says:
me too!

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 10:01:58 PM PST
Suong Nguyen says:
I saved money thanks to this review. Thank you!!!

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 8:32:59 PM PDT
Thanks for this review. Reminds me of Cliff Notes :O)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 6:47:19 AM PDT
E. Cannard says:
Thanks for such an thorough review!! :)

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 1:11:01 PM PDT
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Posted on Dec 25, 2011 7:10:47 AM PST
it's says:
That's NOT a review, that's the cliffnotes!! Thanks for that, it saves me reading what appears in the "see inside now" to be a very boring book! :-D
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