February 13th, 2007


Statistics test, Edutech HW

I think I did really well on my Stats test last night. I easily understood and worked through all the problems, and I made sure to take my time to do them carefully, and check my answers. Being that I'm me, I probably still made at least one or two stupid mistakes, but I'll try not to harp on it, as there's nothing I can do about it now. I keep thinking, "I hope I remembered to do this!" or "did I look at that number correctly?"

I do know that many many people turned in their tests fairly quickly, after about twenty minutes. I know that I'm a fairly fast worker and I know I was nowhere near done after twenty minutes, so that leads me to believe that most of those people just realized they had no idea what they were doing on the test and turned it in unfinished. Which makes me think that a generous curve may possibly be in order.

I'm no longer perfect in that class, though. I got my homework back and I got a 21/22, because apparently I just decided I wasn't going to do one of the problems. Just completely skipped it. Not on purpose, because I couldn't understand it... but just because apparently a piece of lint distracted me and I became otherwise engaged. So now I'm sad because I don't have 100% or 100+% on every assignment. Booo.

For the first time, I didn't do my EduTech homework way early. It was due at 11 and I finished only slightly before that. This can be blamed on the fact that I had to see a flash image of the questions online, which couldn't be done at work (because silly me doesn't have flash on this computer). Plus I actually had to crack open the book to answer the questions, because we're finally easing out of the common sense realm.

I either analyze things too much or I'm a little obsessed with my journal. Probably both.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

If you haven't read Dale Carnegie's book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" you should. It's absolutely amazing. A conversation from this morning "inspired" me to look up some stuff from this book about saying a person's name, and I got all happy and excited reading the rest of this summary that I found.

Here are some main points to live by

Fundamental Techniques in Handling People

  • Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
  • Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  • Arouse in the other person an eager want.


Six ways to make people like you

  • Become genuinely interested in other people.
  • Smile.
  • Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  • Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  • Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
  • Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely.


Win people to your way of thinking

  • The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
  • Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, "You're wrong."
  • If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  • Begin in a friendly way.
  • Get the other person saying "yes, yes" immediately.
  • Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
  • Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
  • Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
  • Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
  • Appeal to the nobler motives.
  • Dramatize your ideas.
  • Throw down a challenge.


Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment

A leader's job often includes changing your people's attitudes and behavior. Some suggestions to accomplish this:

  • Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
  • Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
  • Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
  • Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
  • Let the other person save face.
  • Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be "hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise."
  • Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
  • Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
  • Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.