If I had to give you ONE piece of advice…

Always remember other people’s name. It’s one of the secrets of success from Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People. He writes, “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” I could not have chosen better wording to express the importance of remembering someone’s name. Although published in 1936, this rule is still applicable, if not more important in today’s technology-mediated communication. Sometimes we forget how powerful first impressions are when interacting with someone face-to-face. It shows respect because there’s nothing worse than saying “hey you”. And remembering the other persons name will improve your social, business, and personal life – it is the one golden rule to live by. There are memory tricks such as impressions, repetitions, and associations; just find a method that is suitable to your thinking process. No one said it would be easy, I’m just saying it’s going to be worth it.

Favourite SOUND?

Today, I got asked a really cool question: What is your favourite sound? 

It may sound simple at first, but really think about it. The answer can review a lot about a person.

My answer is actually a quote from Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People. It’s in Part Two (6 Ways to make people like you):

“Number 3: Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” And I love my name. How different people pronounce it, the different tones, accents, and connotations. It really is the SWEETEST sound to me personally.