I was given a copy of this book when I was 17 years old, by my friend "Mad Harry". In it he wrote "Call me when you are Famous". Well I am not famous, but did get to be a director of a large company in my mid 30's, and I have to say, without this book, I doubt if I would have made it. I am known for getting things done with minimum conflict. Listen to this, it is very polite and old fashioned now, but the principles of how to deal with people are every bit as valid as when this wonderful book was written.
Call me when you are famous!
Two points I hope you take away from this review
1- The lessons in this book are timeless. So don't be concerned that it was written many decades ago the advice is just as relevant today.
2- Unlike other self development books this approaches life through positive techniques as opposed to controlling and manipulative tactics like other ones. The great news is that this approach is even more effective.
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.
Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" is as relevant now (if not moreso) as when it was written. This is a compulsory text for anyone wanting to be successful in business and life.
I first read this book 38 years ago when I was 12, and I have read it again every couple of years just to remind myself of all the great ideas it contains. There have been many self help books written after this one, but none have come near to the depth of insight Dale Carnegie has to offer. II was glad to discover this audio version is of the original edition, not the revised edition that Carnegie's widow released a few years ago. Even though some of the examples are dated, I still love the original language, and references. Also, this is not just a "feel good" book--there are some deep insights into what makes people tick that are not always flattering, but always true. I owe Dale Carnegie a lifetime of thanks for teaching me how to get the best out of the people in my life, and from myself.
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.
You can not lose with this one. Wonderfully stated principles that will help in every type of relationship from professional to personal. I can see myself listening to this many times as different concepts jump out at you depending on what you are dealing with, or where you are in life. This should be at the top of your list.
This is a great book. It will increase your people skills and teach you to appreciate and be interested in other people. I have read other people skills books and found this one to be the most authentic. I do not want to be "fake" when dealing with people and this book does not teach you to be a flattering liar like some other books I have read. It was what I was looking for to improve my people skills.