How To Win Friends And Influence People By Dale Carnegie Book Review
- How to make friends and influence people – I think we can all agree that we would like to achieve this for ourselves.
- But can this really be achieved?
- Well it turns out that it can be as simple as reading one book and applying the step by step lessons set out in 4 easy parts.
Why may you ask am I reviewing a book written back in 1936? Well it has a title which nearly everyone will have heard someone say at least once in their lifetime. I know I have heard it many times before.
The problem is I had never discovered what the reason for the popularity of this book was. After reading the book for the first time I now grasp just how significant this book can be for its readers and just why it has sold so many copies and remains a best seller today.
Amazon describes the book:
The most famous confidence-boosting book ever published; with sales of over 16 million copies worldwide
Millions of people around the world have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In How to Win Friends and Influence People, he offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding.
His advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to:
– make friends quickly and easily
– increase your popularity
– persuade people to follow your way of thinking
– enable you to win new clients and customers
– become a better speaker
– boost enthusiasm among your colleagues
This classic book will turn your relationships around and improve your interactions with everyone in your life.
Dale Carnegie, known as ‘the arch-priest of the art of making friends’, pioneered the development of personal business skills, self-confidence and motivational techniques. His books – most notably How to Win Friends and Influence People – have sold tens of millions worldwide and, even in today’s changing climate, they remain as popular as ever.
The book is structured into four parts:
- Fundamental Techniques In Handling People
- 6 Ways To Make People Like You
- How To win People To Your Way Of Thinking
- Be A Leader: how To Change People Without Giving Offence Or Arousing Resentment
Each part contains a series of principle to follow. These principles are explained with real life examples and experiences.
Although the characters referred to are from history and the 1930’s these examples are just as applicable to today as they were then.
It really does contain some simple, powerful thought provoking material.
I wish I had read it myself 30 years ago!
The Amazon Review I can best relate to:
Very useful book! So easy to read and a great follow up to ‘how to win friends and influence people’. Many criticise Carnegie’s writing style and say he could just publish a list of do’s and dont’s. I believe that lists are OK but do not allow a deeper understanding of the message! The examples Carnegie uses are timeless and you can mirror the efforts in everyday conversations, meetings and e-mail not only in public speech making. Would recommend to anybody!
About The Author:
Dale Harbison Carnegie (spelled Carnagey until c. 1922; November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), a bestseller that remains popular today. He also wrote How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), Lincoln the Unknown (1932), and several other books.
One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people’s behaviour by changing one’s behaviour toward them.
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How To Win Friends And Influence People By Dale Carnegie Book Review By Steve Freeman
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