People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity

by Alan Fox

Paperback(First Edition)

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Getting along well with others is the real secret to success and happiness. In tens of thousands of classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and yet we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is painful and the error is costly.

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity, provides time-proven techniques that you can use to build a better, happier, more successful life. It is the perfect resource for busy people looking for fast and effective solutions to the challenges we face every day.


People Tools are practical and easy to understand. From developing self-confidence, to improving communication skills, to finding constructive ways to resolve conflict, each People Tool addresses a specific issue and provides a simple, straightforward strategy that you can adopt to bring about a positive result. Some of the useful People Tools in the book include: 

  1. The Belt Buckle. When words are different than action (The Belt Buckle), trust the Belt Buckle, not the words.
  2. Buy a Ticket. To make something good happen in your life you have to participate.
  3. Catching a Feather. An alternative to the endless chase, this Tool reveals how to attract people you want to be closer to.
  4. Patterns Persist. Prior actions are predictive of future behaviors.
  5. Catch Them Being Good. Rewards are more effective than punishments. 


Although you may recognize the more intuitive techniques in People Tools, this sourcebook provides explanations and helpful examples from a vast collection of different tools designed to help you further expand your own existing repertoire of skills.

Open the book to any page and you will find a useful solution. Each tool is illustrated with insightful stories and amusing anecdotes that are relevant and relatable. The stories will reel you in but the advice will change your life. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590791424
Publisher: SelectBooks
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 464,960
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alan Fox has lived a long, successful, and joyful life. He has advanced degrees in accounting, law, education, and professional writing. He has expanded his commercial real estate company, ACF Property Management, Inc into a billion dollar enterprise since founding it in 1968. He founded Rattle Poetry Journal (in 1994), a nationally renowned publication. In 1999, he started The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, a non-profit that provides funding to youth education projects. And in the midst of all this, he has raised a large and loving family.

How did he do all this? Alan attributes his happiness and success to consistently applying his People Tools, the simple, practical life lessons that he’s accumulated—and practiced—over the years. Now at the ripe-old age of 74, Alan is dedicated to sharing his wisdom with as many people as possible through his writings, public talks, and media appearances. 

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction The Toolbox: Naming Your Tools xiii

1 Rules: Visible and Invisible 1

2 The Wastebasket: Discarding Stereotypes 7

3 Walls and Doors: No Before Yes 11

4 The Open Door: Yes 15

5 Question Mark 17

6 The Belt Buckle 21

7 Patterns Persist 27

8 Socrates-Know Thyself 31

9 The Picture: Function over Form 37

10 The Positive Self-Fulfilling Prophecy 41

11 Buy a Ticket 45

12 Target Practice 47

13 The 80% Solution 51

14 Shrink the Glass 55

15 Sunk Cost 57

16 Get Past Perfect 61

17 Take a Chance 65

18 The Sizzle and the Steak 69

19 Blind Date: Make a Good First Impression 73

20 Make Lemonade 77

21 Fry Another Egg 81

22 The Four C's 83

23 Stuff It into Your Sub 85

24 Smiley Face 87

25 Showbiz 89

26 Erase 91

27 Things Are Only Things 93

28 Sweet Grapes 97

29 Parallel Paths 99

30 Catch Them Being Good 103

31 A Little Bit of Oil 107

32 Tip the Messenger 109

33 Catching a Feather 111

34 The Equal Relationship 115

35 Honey First 119

36 Leverage 121

37 Dangle a Carrot 125

38 A House Undivided 129

39 Apology 133

40 After You, Gaston 137

41 Trick or Treat 141

42 Back Off 143

43 The Lone Stranger 147

44 Have a Nonversation 151

45 Snip 155

46 True Colors 159

47 Green Grass Now 163

48 Fall Backwards into the Hands of Fate 167

49 If You Want to Keep a Secret, Don't Tell Anyone-Especially Your Personal Trainer 171

50 Climb a Mountain 173

51 Hold Me 177

52 A Million Miles Away: Focus on the Process and Let Go of the Outcome 179

53 Uneven Steps 181

54 The Road 185

About the Author 187

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