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IT'S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

Getting along well with others is the real secret to success and happiness. In tens of thousands of classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and yet we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is painful and the error is costly.

 

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity (SelectBooks 2014), provides time-proven techniques that you can use to build a better, happier, more successful life. It is the perfect resource for busy people looking for fast and effective solutions to the challenges we face every day.

 

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PRACTICAL WISDOM ON EVERY PAGE

"People Tools" are practical and easy to understand. From developing self-confidence, to improving communication skills, to finding constructive ways to resolve conflict, each People Tool addresses a specific issue and provides a simple, straightforward strategy that you can adopt to bring about a positive result.

TIME-TESTED TOOLS TO ENHANCE YOUR WELLBEING

Although you may recognize the more intuitive techniques in People Tools, this sourcebook provides explanations and helpful examples from a vast collection of different tools designed to help you further expand your own existing repertoire of skills.

Some of the useful People Tools in the book include:

  1. Catch Them Being Good. Rewards are more effective motivators than punishments.
  2. Buy a Ticket. To make something good happen in your life you have to “enter the game” and participate.
  3. Catching a Feather. This Tool reveals how to attract people you want to be closer to, rather than chase after them.
  4. Patterns Persist. Prior actions are predictive of future behaviors. Understanding this is key to mastering relationships.
  5. Shrink the Glass. They say an optimist sees the glass as half full, while the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. Alan's approach is to shrink the glass. That way it is always full, no matter how much is in it.

LESSONS FROM A LIFE WELL LIVED

Throughout People Tools, Alan shares his own experiences in business, as a husband, as a father, and as a son. His fifty-four People Tools provide a foundation on which anyone can build. As he explains, "You can easily invent your own personalized set of Tools, selecting those which work best for you and eliminating those which are not helpful."

RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE KEY TO A JOYFUL LIFE

"When you experience joy in your life, what else do you really need?" asks Alan. And for him, as for most people, it is relationships that contribute most to joy. By using the Tools introduced in his book, you can fill your mental Toolbox with dozens of strategies that you can employ to build and strengthen your relationships—and in turn, find greater joy and prosperity.