Product Review: How to Win Friends & Influence People

by Bill Mansell on September 30, 2008 | One Minute Motivators

Have you ever wondered why you are drawn to certain people and love to be around them, or why some people seem to attract confidence, success, and friendships with a variety of people? If you don’t feel like your people skills are to the level you would like, (don’t worry, theses skills can be learned) you should read Dale Carnegie’s classic How to Win Friends and Influence People.

When I was in my early 20’s, I was looking for a good book to read one day and stumbled across my husband’s copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People. I was drawn to Dale Carnegie’s direct personal approach and practical advice. It quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. Carnegie gives you straight forward techniques for relating to all types of people, ways to make people like you, concrete ideas to win people to your way of thinking, and tips on being an effective leader. The book is entertaining, insightful and the ideas are as applicable today as they were when Dale Carnegie first wrote the book over 70 years ago. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone dealing with the public from politicians to students, plumbers to retail clerks.

How to Win Friends and Influence People revealed many simple things that I could do to improve my interpersonal skills. I’ve often wished I had known about this book when I was in High School, it would have helped get through those insecure years with more flair and friendships. If you have never read How to Win Friends and Influence People. I highly recommend you get a copy. If you read it years ago but haven’t reviewed it for a while, dust of your copy and read it again. It’s also available in an audio version (CD or instant download) so that you can listen to it while driving, exercising, or on the go.

Bill Mansell is president of MindPerk, Inc., one of the web's largest resources for self improvement and business training. A dynamic speaker and success coach, Bill is the author of a weekly blog titled, One Minute Motivators. Bill helps companies and organizations inspire and motivate their team members to consistently achieve more. His contagious enthusiasm has helped people from all walks of life to reach and exceed their goals.

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