What do great communicators have in common? #72

Dale Carnegie’s common-sense approach to communicating has endured for a century, touching millions and millions of readers. The only diploma that hangs in Warren Buffett’s office is his certificate from Dale Carnegie Training.”

That’s says something about it. I read his book “How to win friends and influence people” in my early 20’s. It was a present from my dad. At the time he said: make this timeless advice yours, don’t read it as a novel in one go, read it over and over, chapter by chapter until its content becomes second nature. I’m afraid I haven’t followed his advice. I was meant to re-read it earlier but only came to this new edition last year after a break of several years. But this book is indeed a gem. The influence of talented communicators is everywhere around us, whether one understands it or succumbs to it, matters quite a bit.

Here is the list of takeaways I need to remember that echo many others books on the topic of communication skills and influence. Hopefully, these can teach me to better recognise talented communicators in the business world. These people will tend to forget about themselves and dedicate themselves to others. They will listen attentively to others, focus on others, be genuinely helpful to others, have empathy, be grateful, show respect, praise, and give others a great reputation to live up to. It’s not for nothing that Buffett was nicknamed the Carnegiser.

My purpose in life is wisdom, independence and achieving my maximum potential. Like Charlie Munger, I believe in the discipline of mastering the best that other people have ever figured out. And like Sir Isaac Newton, I believe in our ability to see further than any others before us by acknowledging that we are standing on the shoulders of giants. With this blog I hope to keep track of my learning about investing, business, decision making, entrepreneurship and self development while inspiring others to do the same. For the moment the format will be one book : one post, but I expect it to evolve over time. Join my Journey. John.
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