Klout: +K for Dale Carnegie

While finishing up Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, one thing is for sure: if Carnegie was alive and well in this era, he would be a the klout addict.  Throughout How to Win Friends and Influence People, Carnegie constantly reminds the reader to compliment people as often as possible.

  • Carnegie references famous, successful people stating they were able to become successful due to praising those around them
  • Real life examples from not so famous individuals are given from a diverse group of individuals that show a connection between true success and true compliments

Carnegie proves that giving true praise to people in a public forum not only helps the person who is being complemented, but the person who is giving the complement.

For those who use klout, that should sound familiar.  For those unfamiliar with klout (www.klout.com),  it is a website dedicated to measuring social media performance.  When a person logs into klout, they are able to award other people and/or companies a score (a.k.a. +k) in a certain topic.  The topic can be chosen from a list or the topic can be added by the person giving the +k.  The site links directly to facebook and twitter, so people can

Here is a real life example.  Recently, my wife Jenn and I decided to start training our dog, Audrey so that she would stop her unnecessary barking.  After performing a high level of research, Jenn purchased a bark collar produced by PetSafe.  The Elite Little Dog Bark Control was an excellent choice and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  Because of this success, I went to klout and gave PetSafe (@PetSafe) a +k in training.

Now will this cause PetSafe to make millions of dollars?  No, but it was an easy way for me to show my appreciation to an organization that helped our family.

If you are a fan of Dale Carnegie and haven’t tried klout, give it a whirl.  You may end up enjoying the experience.


About Jeremy M. Price
For twelve years, I had the pleasure of working in community banking. Starting in customer service, I worked my way up to a senior level marketing and human resources director. It was great leading teams that improved strategic initiatives including, but not limited to brand awareness, digital communication, employee development and product development. This experience has now led to an exciting role with CRS Data. As the Product Marketing Analyst, I am currently reviewing the company's banker suite product. This product is able to help community banks reach their fullest potential in real estate lending. I am extremely fortunate to share time with my son while enjoying life in East Tennessee. The two of us enjoy the views of the Smokey Mountains, eating good food and having fun. During my free time, I enjoy running races, traveling and listening to great live music.

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