While unpacking my books this week, I came across a paperback book I bought 50 years ago by Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People.
As I chuckled at the worn, dated-looking cover, I started to thumb through it and it fell open to the end of a chapter on how to make people like you. The six summary points from this classic best-seller are today’s list and still valid in the 21st century.
Six Ways To Make People Like You
#1 Become genuinely interested in other people.
#3 Remember that a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
#4 Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
#5 Talk in terms of the person’s interest.
#6 Make the other person feel important–and do it sincerely.
These suggestions sound like an application of The Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12, plus Paul’s exhortation in Philippians 2:3-4, don’t they?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman