1. Work on remembering peoples’ names.
2. Make an effort to stay in touch with people – even if it’s only “liking” an occasional photo on facebook, sending a 2 line email, or sending a Christmas card.
3. Develop and improve your listening skills. This includes not interrupting when others are speaking, not trying to control the conversation, and showing a respectful, genuine interest in the speaker.
4. Hold the door for others, and let others out first (in elevators, on trains and buses etc.)
5. When you’re writing an email, keep it brief and to the point. Nobody wants to read a long, boring essay.
6. Keep your voice down when you’re talking on your phone. No-one wants to hear your private conversations (and especially when you’re travelling on public transport).
7. Show a genuine interest in the passions of others. Ask lots of open questions, and find out what you can about their hobbies and interests.
8. When someone joins a conversation you’re involved it, include them right away, and try to bring them up to speed.
9. Don’t be a whiner or find fault with everything. Instead, being affirming, optimistic, and try and find the positives.
10. Be tolerant and patient with other people, and do what you can to accept them as they are.
11. Don’t go on and on – so other people fall asleep, begin to feel annoyed or want to run and hide from you.
12. Don’t argue back aggressively, or try to pick a fight, if you disagree with someone – even if you know they’re wrong.