Influencing Others

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“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”
Stephen King

Drop a pebble in the water,
And its ripples reach out far;
And the sunbeams dancing on them
May reflect them to a star.

Give a smile to someone passing,
Thereby making his morning glad;
It may greet you in the evening
When your own heart may be sad.

Do a deed of simple kindness;
Though its end you may not see,
It may reach, like widening ripples,
Down a long eternity.

Joseph Norris

 

When I started reading Carnegie’s secrets in ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ I was surprised by it’s simplicity. Here are a few of his methods:

Show genuine interest in someone else.

Remember people’s names.

Listen.

Sincerely make someone feel important.

Smile.

Try to help people. Work on the insecurity and make bold, but humble, asks:

Invite someone to breakfast or coffee.

Ask for a few minutes to chat on the phone.

Listen, smile, and thank them.

 

“Names are the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
Dale Carnegie

 

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