In 25 Ways to Win with People: How to Make Others Feel Like a Million Bucks (Nelson Business, $20), John C. Maxwell teams with psychologist Les Parrott, PhD, to outline specific winning practices. Here are some steps toward the “30-second rule.”
Forget about: Searching for ways to make yourself look good. Search for ways to make others look good.
Ask: What positive thing can I say to each person I see today?
Do it: Give everyone you meet the Triple-A Treatment — attention, affirmation, and appreciation.
Remember: Within the first 30 seconds of a conversation, say something encouraging.
You’ll get plenty of other how-tos in this follow-up to Maxwell’s best-selling Winning with People. The promised side effect: They’ll make you feel like a million bucks, too. If motivational psychology gets you going, they just might.