Ask yourself, “What is there about him or her that I can honestly admire?” That is sometimes a hard question to answer, especially with strangers. You want approval of those with whom you come in contact. You want recognition of your true worth. You want a feeling that your are important in our little world. You don’t want to listen to cheap, insincere flattery, but you do crave sincere appreciation. So let’s obey the Golden Rule, and give unto others what we would have others give unto us.

How? When? Where? The answer is all the time, everywhere.

Use little phrases such as “I’m sorry to trouble you, ___.” “Would you please ___?” “Won’t you please?” “Would you mind?” “Thank you.” The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realize in some subtle way that you recognize their importance, and recognize it sincerely. Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours.

*Compilation taken from “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie