Summer is busy, so here is a super-short reminder for all of us. When I was a teenager, I read Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. The truths he described so long ago still ring true. Extracted from his book are 6 salient points, recalled from memory in my own words:
- Become genuinely interested in other people.
- Remember a person’s name.
- Be a good listener.
- Talk about another’s interests. Get him to talk about himself.
- Highlight and reflect the other person’s strengths.
I want to learn their names…learn their stories…learn their hearts…learn their worth. I want to be “other-centered.”