Book Review: How to Win Friends & Influence People
As some of you may know, I like to read. Specifically, books that are designed to help improve ones self. I believe it is an integral part of growth and development. Each month, Kevin and I review the books that we have read so that you guys can decide if it's something you'd like to read.
This month, I read How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. This book was amazing! In this book, which I will abbreviate to HWF, Mr. Carnegie covers the 4 main strategies for being an effective leader and communicator, which are each broken down into principles.
The 4 parts are:
Fundamental Techniques for Handling People
Six Ways to Make People Like You
How to Win People To Your Way of Thinking
Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offenseor Arousing Resentment
Let's be honest, we all want to be better communicators on some level. We have all had those disagreements or conversations that didn't quite go how we wanted. This books confirms what you've been doing well all along, and challenges you to step up your game and be the conversational chameleon you were meant to be.
While reading the book, I took the advise of the book and genuinely implemented the principles of the book into my own life. WOW! What a difference I noticed in the way people responded to me. Ever heard, "…that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language"? It's true. I witnessed this unfold right before my eyes, and wow, what a difference remembering a name would have made for this particular individual.
For an incredibly profound and lasting way to improve your relationships, both personal and professional, I highly recommend HWF. This book will undoubtedly be a book that I reread from time to time as a reminder of how simple principles that are easy to apply can really catapult your success.