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11 Can't Fail Tips for Improving Your Interpersonal Relations Skills

11 Techniques you can use to improve your interpersonal relations. How would you like to influence other people to develop a more positive attitude toward you? In this article you will discover several techniques you can use to improve your interpersonal relations with friends, family, coworkers, and employees. In fact, you can use these techniques to influence others to have a positive attitude toward you in just about any type of relationship.

I can’t claim these techniques as my own. I got them from Dale Carnegie’s classic book, How to Win Friends & Influence People. This book was first written in 1936, but Carnegie’s ideas still hold true today. What follows is a brief synopsis of the main techniques outlined in the book. I highly recommend picking up a copy for your own collection to use for regular reference.

  1. Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain about people.

    There’s no faster way create resentment toward you than to criticize or complain about a person. Instead of telling people they’re doing something wrong, consider asking them questions to try to find out why they do what they do. Offer them an alternative in a way that comes across as trying to help. Show them how doing things the way you would like them done can benefit them or lead to reward.

  2. Appreciate people.

    If you’re normal, you’re probably very quick to notice things you don’t like about people. Maybe you sometimes even let people know when you don’t like something. I’ll let you in on a secret that can vastly improve your interpersonal relations very quickly: whenever you see someone, imagine them wearing a flashing sign on their chest that says APPRECIATE ME, PLEASE! Then, give them what they want. If you start appreciating the good things others are doing, they are much more likely to give you more good things to appreciate. Just make sure your appreciation is genuine. People will pick up on it if you’re just feeding them a line, in which case you’re better off having said nothing at all. You might have heard this saying when you were growing up: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t saying anything at all.” Wise advice!

  3. Solve your own problems by solving other people’s problems.

    This relates to number one. If you would like someone to do something or act in a certain way, try to figure out how what you want might benefit him or her. This works especially well for people who work in sales. Instead of telling your potential clients how great your product is, ask them questions to find out what problems they might have. Once you know those issues, you can then work with your clients to help solve them. If they don’t have a problem your product or service solves, then you know that you’re not a good match. It saves a lot of time on chasing clients that were never really potential sales anyway.

    As a side note, I’ve worked in sales and found this approach amazing. It really takes the pressure off both you and the client and it helps foster interpersonal relations built on trust. If you work in sales or deal with customers in any way, you might really enjoy this honest and open approach to selling. You can get more info here. I’ve worked through the material myself and it really made the whole sales process feel much more enjoyable and effective for both my clients and me.

  4. Be genuinely interested in others.

    You’ll make more friends by being interested in others than you ever will by trying to get people to be interested in you. This was touched on earlier, but it’s worth repeating here. Not everyone will admit it, but the truth is, most people’s favorite subject is themselves. Use this to your advantage. Become genuinely interested in other people. Ask them questions. Talk to them about things they’re interested in. Put the focus on them. You’ll quickly gain their friendship.

  5. Smile.

    Smiles are infectious. They make others feel warm inside and warmer toward you. Force yourself to do it if you have to because it will ultimately make you feel better too. Try it right now: just smile!

  6. Be a good listener.

    This goes back to the principle of focusing on the other person. Listen more than you speak and encourage others to talk about themselves and you’ll quickly develop good interpersonal relations with them.

  7. Make others feel important.

    If someone is important to you in any way, tell them so! This goes for any type of interpersonal relationship including your spouse, kids, employees, coworkers, your friends, family — anyone! People like to feel important. Give them what they want and they will love you for it. Again, it’s important that you do this with sincerity. People can easily tell when you’re just dishing something out for personal gain. Mean it when you say it.

  8. Avoid arguing, and understand that you really aren’t always right.

    When two people argue, neither one is really listening to the other. You’ll be better off to try and remain calm and listen to the other person’s thoughts. Then take some time to consider them. Maybe you’re not right! And if you are right, telling someone else will only make them resentful. Be tactful in your approach and consider the other person’s feelings. Try asking yourself how you would feel in their situation.

  9. If you’re wrong, admit it.

    You can really harm your interpersonal relations if you refuse to admit when you’re wrong. It’s frustrating for others and it damages their trust in you. If you’re wrong, or you made a mistake, admit it. This will quickly clear the air and allow everyone to move on.

  10. Save your anger.

    If you approach someone in anger, their defenses immediately go up and your discussion will go nowhere. If you have a problem with someone that needs to be sorted out, approach that person calmly. Ask them if you can sit down with them to work on an amicable solution for both of you. Everyone thinks more clearly when they’re calm.

  11. Suggest, don’t tell.

    Interpersonal relations are strained when you tell someone how to do something or how to think. People like to come up with their own beliefs or opinions of how to do things. Instead, try offering suggestions. Suggestions leave people more open to considering your idea rather than stubbornly defending their position.

There are more areas covered in How to Win Friends & Influence People. But these main points should be enough to get you a long way in your own interpersonal relations. In general, people will have a more positive attitude toward you in record time. Try using one new technique each week and see how differently people start responding to you.

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