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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091906814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091906818
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (658 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to "the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership and to arouse enthusiasm among people." He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasises fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person's point of view and "arousing in the other person an eager want." You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offence or arousing resentment. For instance: "Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers" and "talk about your own mistakes before criticising the other person." Carnegie illustrates his points with anecdotes of historical figures, leaders of the business world and everyday folks. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"it changed my life" (Warren Buffet)

"The most successful self-help book of all time... Carnegie has never seemed more relevant" (The Times)

"It's helped me immeasurably in life. I think everyone should read it" (Jenny Colgan, Independent on Sunday)

"a no-nonsense guide to being a better person...an easy-to-read, practical guide" (Spirit and Destiny)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Ponniah on 19 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
It is a perfect book if you are really determined to win firends and influence people.
I had a bit of difficulties with people I was dealing with at work. Just applied few rules and things have changed up side down. Now that they will do almost anything I want them to do!! I was really shocked and amazed by this.
It is unbelivable that people's mentality and way of behaviour are same as it was when this book was written.
I would recommend that everyone should read this book. If that happens this world would be a better and a beautiful place to live.
The price of the book does not do justice to the value of the book. The book worth more than that.
This is a life changing book. So dont wait read it today....dont wait untill tomorrow.........
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145 of 153 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
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Have you ever met someone that immediately made you feel at ease? Have you ever met someone who seems so pleasant and makes you genuinely feel good about yourself? Or someone that makes you feel inspired? Or someone who gives you confidence?
We probably all have at one time or another; and they've probably read this book! The easy-going, anecdotal style enables the reader to quickly understand the principles behind all all aspects of human interaction, and put into operation the principles in the book.
I used to be fairly confrontational and self-centred. If you stick to the principles in the book, you will notice that people become more co-operative, friendly, and you genuinely appreciate you more. And it's really easy to follow these simple rules because they make so much sense.
I didn't read the book to make friends (I've got loads already, honest!), but you do find people genuinely being more friendly towards you and listening to your point of view.
I think everyone should read this book. The title has become a bit of a catch phrase and a cliche, but it hasn't sold 16 million copies for nothing.
Buy it. Read it. And you'll probably end up recommending it to someone else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. T. Rogers on 25 Jan. 2013
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Can you lose friends and still influence people? Yes. The evidence is in the history books and all around us in our daily lives. Nevertheless, should we follow Dale Canergie's advice in 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' and practise his ideas in our daily lives? Again, yes. The problem in human relations that Carnegie keenly identifies and elucidates here is that nearly-all of us are solipsistic and believe we are the centre of the universe. There was and is nothing new in that observation, even for Carnegie's time, but this book is a practical handbook about how to get around the problem and succeed. Contrary to what many believe (usually those who have not actually read the book), Carnegie is not encouraging unctuous behaviour, but nor is Carnegie encouraging a wholly cynical attitude to life. Rather, he is suggesting that we should really like people and genuinely take an interest in them. If we do, then we will succeed in human relations and, consequently, succeed in whatever our business is. This explains why some who read this book come away with the feeling that Carnegie has changed their lives. They are probably telling the truth, in that they didn't like people before they read the book but afterwards decide they do like people after all. Can a book make you like people? I'm not sure, but wishing and doing are two different things, and I would have thought that the real world militates against the realisation of much of Carnegie's vision. Indeed, without wishing to cast aspersions on the author, it seems to me that in calling-up supporting evidence for his practical philosophy, he tells us precious little about the real world while relying a great deal on the wistful reminiscences of retired tycoons. So some millionaire tells me I should like people?Read more ›
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216 of 235 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In business, those who are the most "emotionally" intelligent always rise to the top. Why is that?
As a management consultant, I am always asking our clients and potential clients what their major issues are. It almost always boils down to persuading someone else to change. In many situations, the person describes the situation as getting worse rather than better.
As I ask more questions, I soon learn that the person I am talking to is totally thinking about the issue from her or his perspective, not the perspective of the person they want to influence. Carnegie describes a situation where he and his son couldn't get a calf into the barn. They pushed and pulled, and nothing worked. A maid came out, stuck her finger into the calf's mouth to simulate feeding and the calf followed her right into the barn.
As you can tell from that example, Carnegie is a student of the stimulus-response school of human behavior. The book is divided into four sections: Handling People; Getting People to Like You; Getting People to Agree with You; and Being a Leader. Each section is comprised of a few principles, which are each exemplified in a short chapter with a number of examples. Handling people has to do with avoiding the negative and unpleasant, appreciating the other person, and making the other person eager to accomplish some goal of their own.
Each section follows the same format. Basically, it's the same way that you train any living being. You provide positive feedback to the person which makes them feel better, the person responds positively to you making you feel better, you then help the other person to link what you want to share with them with something they want.
Many people will be offended by this idea.
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