How to win friends

I'm still trowelling around for material on friendships and belonging to incorporate in my upcoming series of talks at the Missionary Kid camp later this year. At the (wonderful) local library, I found Dale Carnegie’s world-famous book How to win friends and influence people. I didn't know that it was first published in 1936!

Below is a quick summary of some of his major points. They're basic common sense, but easy to forget.

Dale Carnegie's fundamental techniques in handling people

-- Don’t criticise, condemn or complain
-- Give honest and sincere appreciation
-- Arouse in the other person an eager want

Dale Carnegie's Six Ways to Make People like you

-- Become genuinely interested in other people
-- Smile.
-- Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
-- Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
-- Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
-- Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely.