How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie

April 26, 2017

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Summary:

Are you an introvert like I am 😉 and sometimes have difficulty communicating with other people or carrying on a conversation? If your answer is yes, then you should read this book. If was a no still read the book because it will make a influence on the way you communicate with i.e. friends, family, co-workers. This book teaches you how to deal with people in general and in business if you’re an entrepreneur. This is a self-help book that is packed with a lot of advice’s that will have profound effect if we practice them. It contains good advice for all sorts of situations i.e. networking, selling or resolving conflict etc. I would really recommend this book and below are some of the points covered in the book.

  • Fundamentals techniques in handling people:
    • Don’t criticism, condemn or complain
    • Give honest and sincere appreciation
    • Arouse an eager want
  • Six ways to make people like you:
    • Smile
    • Remember a person’s name
    • Become genuinely interested in other people
    • Be a good listener
  • Win people to your way of thinking
    • Avoid an argument
    • Never say you’re wrong
    • If you’re wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically
    • Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view
  • Change people without arousing resentment
    • Begin with praise and honest appreciation
    • Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly
    • Ask questions instead of giving direct orders

Pros:

I really enjoyed the writing style of the book, which is simple and I was captivated by the advice’s provided throughout the book. It’s one of those book I’ll definitely re-read.

Rating:

5 out of 5

Quote:

“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”

“If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes, but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent’s good will.”

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