How to Win Friends and Influence People

I’m a big fan of personal development. I read and/or listen to anything I can get my hands on in the personal development/success genre. I believe it’s important to keep one’s mind focused on positive, successful thoughts at all times.

One of the first books I read in this area was “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. It is a classic that stands the test of time. The principles contained in this book are fundamental human relationship skills, and still hold true today. I might even suggest they are more needed in today’s world.

I’d like to share 9 basic principles that Mr. Carnegie describes in “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. I encourage you to read this book, or re-read it if it’s been a while. You can learn more about these principles and others in more depth. For now, here’s a summary of the Principles for Becoming a Friendlier Person:

1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
2. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.
4. Become genuinely interested in other people.
5. Smile.
6. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important
sound in any language.
7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
8. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
9. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

These may seem like basic common sense principles, but if more people learned these principles and more importantly, practiced them, the world would certainly be a much more pleasant and friendly place.

I’ll be sharing more principles in my next blog post.

Until then I remain,

Yours in Success,

Jim

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