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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 Sept. 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ1C06
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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.
That last statement may seem a bit over the top but when you think about it, being successful, no matter what you regard as success, is all about human contact with other people and this book will teach you how to get the most out of every situation you are in. How to Win Friends and Influence People teaches the fundamentals of becoming interested in other people and becoming a good listener, which can make you a more likeable person. Alongside this it also teaches a lot of self-development principles and ways to become a leader.
The book starts off with the ‘Fundamental Techniques in Handling People’. These principles focus on being sincere and honest with people, showing appreciation and not criticising or complaining about others. The next part of the book focuses on ‘Six Ways to Make People Like You’. Some of these principles seem very straight forward such as simply smiling and using the name of the person you are talking to while you are talking to them. Although simple, how many of us do this on a regular basis? It is important for us to constantly renew our knowledge and to practice things that can help us in social situations such as these. He also talks about making others feel important and taking an interest in what the other person is interested in.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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