The best way to become a confident, effective public speaker, according to the authors of this landmark book, is simply to do it. Practice, practice, practice. And while you're at it, assume the positive. Have something to say. Forget the self. Cast out fear. Be absorbed by your subject. And most importantly, expect success. "If you believe you will fail," they write, "there is hope for you. You will."
Dale Carnegie, a pioneer in public speaking and personality development, gained fame by teaching others how to become successful. His book How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) has sold more than 10 million copies. He also founded the Dale Carnegie Institute for Effective Speaking and Human Relations, with branches all over the world.
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This is a great book but the narration gets in the way. There are so many great ideas and lessons in the book. I read the orginal book and I was blown away as to how many useful suggestions there were.
Although this is the orginal book being read that is exactly what Jason McCoy does; he reads the book. His narration is chopping, strained, and at times incomprehensible. It doesn't appear that he has ever read the book before so he fumbles his way through phrases and sometimes complete paragraphs.
I would suggest this book to anyone, but I would recommend you either by the book or try to find it narrated by someone else. If you do find the latter, please let me know because I want a GOOD audio copy.
This is the most horrible audio book I have ever bought. The speaker uses big words and complicated expression. He also uses a one tone voice throughout the 4 hours and I can almost die of boredom and understanding the context. What he did is what we were taught never to do at public speaking. YAWN.........
Can I get a refund?? :-(
This book has useful content, but is extremely difficult to absorb due to the monotone narrator. It is ironic that the focus of this book is communication, and the narrator is a poor communicator.
I got a lot of good tips out of this book. I recommend this to anyone who wants to improve their speaking - not only in a public setting, but also in a business environment with peers and managers.
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