Book review: How to win friends & influence people by Dale Carnegie

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.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
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
The six ways to make people like you
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.

3 fundamental techniques in handling people

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.

12 ways to win people to your way of thinking
My thoughts

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!

9 principles to be a leader
What did you think of this book ?

Also read my book review about The total money makeover by Dave Ramsey.

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