Mr. Dale Carnegie would completely understand the lightning speed of today’s social media platforms. And he would be very pleased at how quickly his company across the world can communicate to leaders and organizations. It was true back in 1912 when Mr. Carnegie taught his first course, and it is indeed true today as we head to 2014. Almost one hundred and two years later, we take advantage of technology, advancement and lifestyle. But from the days of the election of President Woodrow Wilson to the present administration of President Barack Obama, organizations are still organizations. Interpersonal skills, often called soft skills, are still important to successful engagement and relationships. Listening, discussions, pride, common sense, mutual understanding, influence, and success are just as important today as they were when the Titanic took off on its fateful voyage.
That is why “How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age” is the e-book that is a must read here in the Northwest. Although the speed of both communication and message has never been faster, it is still a world populated and influenced by the human being. On Facebook, Google +, and Twitter we share a lot of information and it is important to remember that everything we say and do within social media is permanent. Assessing the message before responding to a post, tweet, or email is a great strategy. The focus of genuine human interest and understanding for others is still timeless and everlasting.
When we communicate to others, it should always be for the better. As Mr. Carnegie so aptly stated many years ago: … to influence others to act, you must connect to a core desire within them.”
As the year quickly comes to a close, you can one click this new classic and enjoy it from your Kindle, ‘Droid or iPhone and have it close by.
The lessons never change.
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