Tue, October 15, 2019

People Skills

Everyone has to deal with people, in school, at home and definitely if you want to be in business. At a recent Dale Carnegie workshop, they gave us some basic skills to help us dealing with people. These are just tidbits, so if you want to know more, read Dale’s book (How to Win Friends and Influence People) , or attend a Carnegie seminar.

I think these concepts are easy reminders and you should be able to understand them with just a word or sentence each. Here are skills for Dealing with People (Dale Carnegie Basics)
• Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
• Give honest, sincere appreciation.
• Help the other person be enthusiastic. (Enthusiasm is contagious.)
• Become genuinely interested in others.
• Smile
• A person’s name is the sweetest sound they can hear.
• Be a good listener, encourage others to talk about them.*
• Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
• Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely.

* Note on number seven: Simple math will help you out: How many ears do you have? How many mouths do you have? You should listen half as much as you talk.

I hope these made you think about how you can treat people better. Don’t forget to put them in practice. Start with one a week and go through all of them. The Carnegie system has a bunch more skills these are just the start.

We would love to hear your story. Share with us where you used one of these skills and let us know what happened.

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1 Comment to “People Skills”

  1. Naticus says:

    Dale Carnegie’s concepts can turn almost any conversation into a friendly one. What a people person he had to be. In his book how to ‘Win Friends And Influence People’ illustrates each concept in great detail and zeal.


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