How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie

I’ll blame it to engineering school for making me communicate with machine more often than with actual human being. But thanks to this book that helps me to be substantially more outgoing. Yes the title might look depressing, but I assure you that it’s not a book about how to take advantage of other people! 😅

Its a book about how to effectively deal with people – in business, at home, with friends, anywhere. Its a book about personal and professional development. People might say that because its first published in 1936 the stories told are kind of outdated or too cliche, but I find most of it is actually still relevant today.

Dale taught me important principles: from the fundamental techniques in handling people to the best way to make people like you, from how to win people to your way of thinking to how to change people without offense or arousing resentment. Its full of practical tips you can apply immediately.

My most favorite quote from this book that I still manage to apply in my everyday interactions with people are “to be interesting, be interested”, “talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours”, and “remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language so dont ever forget their names”.

This book is on sale! To keep this blog going and to support children’s literacy project in Indonesia, I’m selling the books I’ve read and reviewed. Stay tune on my instagram @lalalangit for further details 🙂


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