In January I started reading “How to win friends & influence people” by Dale Carnegie. I choose this book because I follow the Instagram account @dfcbookclub. An account that recommends a book monthly to people in the debt free community and this book was recommended for January. In this blog I will share my thoughts about this book in a book review.
What was the book about?
Dale Carnegie explains how you can have a successful relationships, friendships and career by following his principles. While reading I felt that most of the principles were very logical. But I also realize that I don’t consciously use these principles. Knowing is not doing.
The principles cover four areas:
- Six ways to make people like you
- Fundamental techniques in handling people
- Win people to your way of thinking
- Be a leader
What I have learnt
While I reading this book I had some changes at my job. A colleague went with parental leave earlier than expected. The team he is leading has had some troubles with communication and delivery. So they wanted a colleague that has some knowledge about their work and already has some experience under their belt.
I literally would read a chapter and use it, in meetings, while I’m writing an e-mail and when I’m calling with our management. I got a lot of compliments about how I was communicating.
I would recommend reading this book to everyone. I used it mostly for work. But as I noted before it could be used in your personal life too. Don’t just read this book but try it out. See what works for you!