Day 952. Sometimes you might think you’re too busy to apply Dale Carnegie’s principles….

January 8, 2014

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 952.  Friday, November 1, 2013
Jane:  “Smiling Daffodil I have a problem. I’m really frustrated about the following…”

I listened and my first instinct was— why is this my problem? But I sat quietly and processed everything Jane was sharing.

When she finished I sat a moment and thought.

Smiling Daffodil:  “What if we do the following… I explained my thought process. If we take this approach it removes you, Susie, Sally and John from the equation. Instead we can have this third party do the task. This should solve the problem.

Jane:  “Yes, I think that will work!”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Ok, let’s think on the next step…”

So again we talked it out and agreed on the plan of action.

We agreed to give it an hour to mull over before moving forward.

After an hour we put the plan into place.  I included Jane in implementing the plan.

The Dale Carnegie principles featured in this story are from How to Win Friends and Influence People:
Principle 7.  Be a good listener.  Encourage others to talk about themselves.
Principle 17.  Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view. 

The lesson in this story: when people come to you for advice use it as an opportunity to use Dale Carnegie principles.  The benefit—you get to practice using the principles and others may also be encouraged to follow your example.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil

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