How to Win friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

14th August 2021.

I first read a copy of this book when I was about 19 or 20 years old. It contained a lot of interesting and useful advice, much of it common sense, offering better ways of dealing with issues and challenges. The main thrust of the book was to see the other person’s point of view and start from there.

I took a second look at the book recently, more out of curiosity than anything else. The book was written in the 1930s, and though updated, it’s still pretty much as I remember it. While much of the advice and practical suggestions stand the test of time, some of them seem a little simplistic in today’s world, such as the sections on improving your marriage. Much of the advice seems geared to increasing your business sales, though this is no way diminishes the principles.

If anything, there are far too many examples used, many of them repetitive. If you don’t understand or accept the principle from reading it and the first few examples, you probably never will.

Having said all this, much of the book is still relevant and worthy. Trying to see life from the other person’s point of view is still a valid and relevant value. It helps smooth the way, will make you a better listener, and perhaps less inclined to judge quickly or harshly. And in today’s often intolerant world, driven by social media, it’s a good place to start.

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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.

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