The ability to interact well with others is one of those necessary life skills for any outstanding employee or entrepreneur.
Think about the importance of strong communication skills the next time you want something from co-workers or a boss. Imagine how much easier it would be handling customers by using your wits; getting them to sign the dotted line will be a breeze!
These “soft skills” can certainly put a person on the fast track to success.
Not surprisingly, companies evaluate the character and personality of a candidate seriously when hiring, sometimes more than even experience and training. Success in any organization is in a large part based on what kind of “fit” you are in the corporate culture.
Advice about life skills can be found everywhere; there is no shortage of books and videos in the self-help category. Motivational speaking has become a decidedly profitable field. No doubt because every speaker claims they have the “answer.”
Theories about how to deal with people have been around since the dawn of man. Unsurprisingly, the best advice is far from original—it is often unsophisticated wisdom passed down from one generation to another.
Typically, most advice falls under the variety of “common sense.” Hear it, and there is a natural inclination to roll eyes and sigh in boredom.
Just because you might have heard it all before, that doesn’t make wrong to hear it one more time. Since your success—in relationships on and off the job depends on it, it would be foolish not to review the basics every so often—especially when you can get it in a clear, concise form.
First published in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is one of the best-selling books ever published on the subject dealing with people. To date, it has sold 15 million copies world-wide. Carnegie’s book has instructed and inspired countless numbers of people—both in business and in life.
Mindmeister.com user Aaron W. created a “mind map” of the key points from How to Win Friends... This interesting flow chart outlines many of the main themes, including “Six Ways to Make People Like You,” and “Fundamental Techniques in Handling People.“
It is a tremendous resource for anyone wanting to brush up on soft skills. Think of it as a “refresher course for life.”