I am in public service for 14 years,after reading this book I realized that I had been using the practices in this book all this time. They work and my life and others were on the line when these methods worked. By listening to this book I continue to learn something new.
This book is a treasure trove of information that can truly change your life. If you're looking to improve your communication skills, and win the adoration of people in your life (even difficult people), then this is your book! The principles that it teaches are priceless. I have been trying them out in my personal life, and have been amazed by how much more effective I have become in my personal, and business relationships. WOW! This is a book that I plan to re-read (actually listen to) on a regular basis until I have it memorized!
This is absolutely a book that you NEED to own! You will not be dissapointed!
You can't argue with his approach. It helps to know a little bit about the world in the 30s and 40s, but even so you just cant argue with the straight forwardness and honesty of his principles. I read the book some 20 years ago, and found my mind wandering at times this time around, but all in all its a great book.
Words can not describe this book. It is by far the best book in world about dealing with people, management, and business. I listen to this book over and over and so will you it's amazing and you will be going back to this book back over and over again. BUY IT NOW ! If everyone read this book the world will be a better place.
The advice contained in this book is different than that found in more recent "self-help" books and seminars. Carnegie stresses the importance of genuine caring for others, and just being good human beings. Carnegie was clearly a spiritual man.
The more modern self-help gurus take on a more souless, selfish, and purely manipulative approach to getting what you want. That isn't what Carnegie is attempting to teach. Carnegie and his book are firm believers in the "win win" approach to dealing with others.
One final comment: students of history will delight in Carnegie's various references to important figures of his time, including T. Roosevelt, Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, etc.
This is a well written book and the narator does a very good job reading it. This is such a powerful book because it cover basic concepts with exceptional stories ranging from ancient stories to Carnegie's contemporary stories. There are stories about Abe Lincoln (along with other Presidents) and young Stevie Wonder and Queen Victoria and average everyday people. He includes stories from the battle field to the board room to the classroom. Carnegie distingishes between appreciation and flattery. Some of the stories are told in the words to originator (often student's in classes either taught by Carnegie or his associates). It's a great book about interpersonal relations. Having trouble with someon? Don't criticize them, appreciate them. Honest sincere appreciation. I really like the baiting-the-hook-to-suit-the-fish concept. Fishe don't like strawberries and creme, so don't go fishing with what the fish don't want, no matter how much you would like it. I liked this so much, I want to by the print version
This classic from Dale Carnegie is a must read for anyone who is interested in improving their interpersonal relationships. I first read this book as a teenager. Although I struggled with some of the dated expressions, I found the content inspiring and practical. I enjoyed the audio version as a refresher and the timeless wisdom it contains. It is more than twenty years since I first read the book and I still find valuable lessons in it today.