Personal and Professional Life Skills

How are you strengthening your relationships?


Do you ever wish you could strengthen your relationships, but don’t know where to start? “Relationships are key to everything,” says Duane Cummings, author, entrepreneur, coach and consultant.

In this Leadercast NOW video, Duane discusses the principles from his book, The Sensational Salesman, and breaks them down into practical tips to help you take your personal and professional relationships to the next level. 

Watch the video to learn more about achieving a sensational life. Dive into Duane’s Leadercast NOW channel for more of his sensational leadership insights!

So my name is Duane Cummings and I am the author of "The Sensational Salesman." It's the first in a series and that book really starts out with basics about how to improve your life, your career and your relationships. And it was borne out of my path and my journey. And I first had to learn how to work on my relationships because that's the key to everything. I've been married 28 years to an amazing woman, but early on in my relationship, I didn't know how to communicate very well. So in the book, we talk about learning styles and communicating in the other person's language, whether they're visual or kinesthetic or auditory.

And then that skill level or those skill sets transfer to the business world, to how you are as a professional. Active listening, being able to engage with people, being approachable, being likable, those skills will all help you in your personal life and your professional life and then in your overall life. People need to have clarity about what their happiness factor is and where that comes from and what will make them overjoyed to get up every day and want to get out of bed and really pursue the things that are going to make a difference in the world. And some people don't have those ambitions and that's okay, but they still need to be happy in their life and they need to get up every day knowing that today could be better than yesterday. So the book is just a basic introduction to those different skill sets that you might need.

Well, some of the skills that are going to help you in all three of the facets of life, in personal and professional and relationships, the first lesson of the book is honesty and integrity because that is where I believe everything is borne out of. If you can't be honest with yourself first and then with others, you're using extra energy to make up lost ground. You're having to cover for things you've said before, you're having to waste energy memorizing something to keep a story going and it is taxing and it is stressful on your life. And so honesty and integrity are one of the main key building blocks of having a sensational life.

One of the other ones that are in there happens to be communication because everything we do, whether we're on social media or whether it's nonverbal or it's verbal, relates to communication and how we interact with others. And if you can't get your ideas across or you can't understand what someone else is trying to tell you, you are going to struggle in every facet of your life.

Duane Cummings

Duane Cummings lives life with a single purpose, “To Aid Others, Act on Ideas, and Achieve Sensational Results.” He is a trusted advisor to organizations and individuals around the world regarding professional and personal development...

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