If you want to win friends and influence people, you could read Dale Carnegie’s book and get some excellent advice. But I’ve found a faster way: bake cinnamon rolls and sticky buns.
Which is not to say that my way is at all inconsistent with Carnegie’s. Here are some of his principles:
- Arouse in the other person an eager want. Simply pulling these rolls out of the oven should do the trick.
- Start with questions the other person will answer yes to. “Can I interest you in a cinnamon roll? How about a sticky bun?”
- Make the other person happy about doing what you suggest. “I suggest you clean the garage and then you can have one.”
See how that works? They will be putty in your hands.
You can of course tailor the recipe to your own tastes and those of your influencees. Substitute another spice, or a combination of spices, for the cinnamon. Add chopped dried fruits to the filling. Try a little citrus zest in the dough.