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10 Rules For Getting Along With People

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Yesterday I joined a team of directors.

The people are all people I know and respect, but I don’t know them well, nor do I know how they work together as a team.

Since I know that I can be socially awkward, especially when I am a little nervous I’m looking for suggestions to help make the transition smooth. The Bible gives some wise advice that I am embracing:

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 1

Try to live at peace with everyone! Live a clean life. 2

That got mind mind stirring; it got me thinking, how can I apply those in my life?

Years ago I found this list by Norman Vincent Peale that will help me, and may help you too.

10 Rules For Getting Along With People

Remember their names
Be comfortable to be with. Don’t cause strain in others.
Try not to let things bother you. Be easygoing.
Don’t be egotistical or know-it-all.
Learn to be interesting so that people will get something stimulating from being with you.
Eliminate the “scratchy” elements in your personality, traits that can irritate others.
Never miss a chance to offer support or say “Congratulations”.
Work at liking people. Eventually you’ll like them naturally.
Honestly try to heal any misunderstandings and drain off grievances.
Develop spiritual depth in yourself and share this strength with others. 3

1 – Romans 12:18, NIV
2 – Hebrews 12:14, CEV
3 – Norman Vincent Peale, source unknown

Bring on the comments

  1. + pray and cling to the Holy Spirit for grace! Wowie have I needed it!

  2. Amen!
    Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. I’ve always been horrible with names. :/

  5. As was I.
    Now I practice.
    Really I do!

  6. You are always doing things to make life easier for everyone! It’s amazing to me that despite your feelings of social awkwardness, more than anyone, you manage to make others feel lovable, worthwhile and capable every time you see them…with exception to the times you may feel really frustrated about something! Hee-Hee…like all of us!

    Anyway, I have always appreciate you Scott!

    Love to you,


  7. Jill, you have always been a role model to me of kindness.
    Now, even half a country away, you continue to be. =D
    Thanks. Love ya too!

  8. […] I posted Norman Vincent Peale’s 10 Rules For Getting Along With People. Yesterday I wrote about how socially awkward I can […]

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