When I met Winn Claybaugh a couple months ago he was kind and nice. His exact first words to me were, “Wear the sneakers.” I needed that advice. I was 8 months pregnant and we were in the green room set to give a TEdx Talk in downtown Los Angeles. I didn’t really know what to expect. It was the first time I’d ever given a speech of such magnitude, and though I am often in the position to support others, it was now my turn to receive support. I needed someone to be kind, nice, and give me encouragement. Winn Claybaugh is no stranger to the art of niceness, as the cofounder of Paul Mitchell School, he has mastered the art of people and customer service.
In his book Be Nice (Or Else): And What’s In It For You, he outlines the benefits of being nice, and the importance of being nice to yourself and others. This book helps you discover the fun of simply being nice.
According to Winn Claybaugh. “When you add being nice to what you’re good at, your relationships will flourish, and your career will skyrocket. If you’re a talented businessperson and being nice is part of your skill set, your store will always be full, and you’ll make more money than you ever dreamed possible. Being nice will open doors, get you what you need, bring you help or attention, and leave a lasting impression.”
This book will teach you how to first start by being nice to yourself while also implementing a be nice culture at home and at work. It also teaches you how to defuse and handle mean or toxic people and spread your niceness to everyone you meet.
Thankfully I wore the shoes per his advice. His niceness made such a difference, because between the technical difficulties and the delayed start time, the event proved to be more stressful than I expected. Winn Claybaugh’s niceness was not only needed, but it had an impact in a way that brought a level of calmness to the entire event. To learn more how being nice can impact your life, click here to purchase his book.