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Business 1 Lesson 85

Over the course of several weeks, I have been reading the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by: Dale Carnegie. Throughout the book, Carnegie gives tips on how to manipulate people into doing what you want, and how to get along with people. Today, I am going to write about my plan to implement one of the tips laid out in this this book.

The chapter that I think would be the best to follow, would be How to Plant Seeds for Ideas. This is important because it gets people to do what you want them to do without them realizing that it wasn’t actually their own idea. That way they do things for themselves that have the added benefit of helping you. Planting a seed is a very important and useful skill. This is because it allows you to “trick” people into doing something for you, while they think they are doing it solely for themselves. This also allows you to manipulate people who have ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) to do what you want them to. (That could be a very useful skill!)

Being able to plant a seed doesn’t only get people to do what you want, as it can also be used to get people to see the benefits of another action. For example: if a person were to try and fish with a spear instead of a fishing pole, you would try to explain why they should use a fishing pole instead. If you utilize the technique of seed planting, you could get that person to see why a fishing pole is better. Then, that person would make their own decision as to whether they use the fishing pole.

As you can see, seed planting can be very useful. My plan is to practice using this technique and learn everything that I can about how to do it. If I can learn how it is done then, with practice, I can get people to see from my point of view and get them to do what I want. Seeing this technique in-action would also be helpful, so I plan to find someone who has mastered it, so I can study them in person!

In conclusion, I think that seed planting is a very useful skill that can be applied in a variety of situations. I think that some people are going to be better at this skill than others however, over time, I think that anyone could develop the skills to successful seed planting. My plan to become successful is to learn from others and try to see what works for me and what doesn’t. Then, I will use the skill in one situation and see if I can do the same thing in another situation, or if it is not a “one size fits all” technique.

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Until next time, your friendly neighborhood Homeschooler…




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