Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ten Rules for Influencing Others for Good

Always say less than you think. Cultivate a low, persuasive voice. How you say it often counts more than what you say.

Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what it costs you.
Praise good work done, regardless of who did it. If criticism is needed, criticize helpfully, never spitefully.

Be interested in others—interested in their pursuits, their welfare, their homes, and families. Let everyone you meet however humble, feel that you regard him as one of importance.

Be cheerful. Hide much of your pain, worry, and disappointment under a smile.
Preserve an open mind on all debatable questions. Be friendly. Discuss; do not argue.
Discourage gossip. Keep things sacred in your heart. If there is any doubt as to
hether you should tell a thing, DON’T!
Be careful of another’s feelings. Wit and humor at the others expense are rarely worth the effort, and may hurt where least expected. Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you.

Don’t be too anxious about your “due.” Do your work, be patient and keep your disposition pleasant. Forget self and you will make few enemies.

- Anonymous; via The Family Friend, a monthly newsletter published by the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY. It is an excellent resource for articles relating to the family. To learn more consult the congregation's website:

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