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Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.
-- Henry David Thoreau
 

 

Saturday, August 2, 2008

In their place

There is a quick and easy technique that can vastly improve your effectiveness when dealing with other people. It can make you a better parent, spouse, friend, coach, negotiator, marketer or leader.

What is this technique? It is simply to imagine yourself in the other person’s place.

By so doing, you can quickly create valuable and genuine rapport with others. You can significantly improve your ability to understand, to persuade and to motivate.

You’ll find that you can work through difficult, conflict-filled situations in such a way that everyone emerges a winner. You’ll discover countless ways in which you can contribute real value and make a positive difference.

Everyone desires to be more fully understood. By imagining yourself in another person’s situation, you greatly improve both your understanding and your ability to be understood.

Each individual is blessed with a unique, one-of-a-kind perspective. By seeking to know perspectives other than your own, you can accomplish many wonderful and useful things.

— Ralph Marston

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