In view of ushering in 2011, it is good to take stock in ourselves and see where we are with regard to the quality of our lives. In keeping with what I've started, here is THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MORGAN, CHAPTER TWO.
Rule 6: NEVER BACK SOMEONE INTO A CORNER
Give them a chance to change their standpoint or view. If that can't happen, try letting them off the hook. Allow them to save face.
Rule 7: EXPRESS APPRECIATION
And sometimes, express amazement at another person's achievements. Once again, people like recognition.
Rule 8: NEVER SHOW YOUR PLUSES TO THE DETRIMENT OF OTHERS
Just think about the Golden Rule.
Rule 9: BE ON TIME FOR APPOINTMENTS
If a person you are meeting is late, try being understanding. Clocks go wrong. Things happen. Plus, some day it may happen to you. If they make a habit of it, talk to them and let them know your time is as valuable as theirs. If they still keep it up, let them know you will only wait for 10 minutes and then you will leave. This way you are being respectful of them and yourself.
Rule 10: ALWAYS LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE
This is an old show biz dictum, but it works well in everyday life also. Vaudeville performers often cut short their act only to be asked for an encore. They felt it was better to have people say something like "Gee, I would have liked to have seen more. We'll have to come back." In other words, never overstay your welcome. People might be wishing you would go home and are just being kind or polite. If they do wish you would stay, then you will be asked back sooner.
Rule 11: LOOK AT A PERSON WHILE TALKING
This not only indicates interest, but it also makes you alert and looking for clues as to the sincerity in the other person's eyes and body language.