Book review: How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnage

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Wonderful Sunday everyone! After a small break, I am back today with a very interesting book review. I recently enjoyed the audiobook “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnage. I cherished this book so much and wanted to give you a first taste of it, so you can decide for yourself, if it worth your time as well. By now you should know the drill: Grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever else you crave, make yourself comfortable and let’s go through my review.

Short summary:

This book is designed to be a self-help book in a way that the reader should check and think along, how the presented principles can be applied on everyday situations. The author explains with very useful and practical examples several technics, which enable us to become more attractive and sympathetic to the people we deal with, increasing our power and influence over them in a very subtle, noble, and genuine way. The main principles presented on the book are:

1.  The only way to get the best of an Argument is to avoid it

2. Show respect for the other person’s opinions

3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly

4. Begin in a friendly way

5. Get the other person saying yes immediately

6. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking

7. Let the other person feel that the idea is his/hers

8. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s view

9. Be sympathetic with the other persons ideas

10. Appeal to the nobler motives

11. Dramatize your ideas

12. Throw down a challenge

Why I liked this book:

There is a great deal of very vivid and extremely powerful examples and practical tips included, which accompany and explain each principle in such an easy way, making comprehending a piece of cake. The book contains such a simple truth, the power of which is so often underestimated. Being genuinely kind towards other people, interested on them as persons and empathetic has such a great influence and can lead to amazing results.

Main take away from the books is:

If there is one thing I would choose to keep as the main take away from this book, would be a simple guide of simple things to incorporate on our everyday life, like:

  • Smile, smile, smile
  • Pay attention to people
  • Let others do most of the talking
  • Put yourself to other peoples’ shoes
  • Pay attention to what other people say
  • Listen attentively
  • Show appreciation
  • Make other people feel important
  • Always remember peoples’ names
  • Admit your mistakes


I hope you enjoyed this review. In case you read the book yourself and have complementing insights and main key take aways, I would love to hear about them on the comments below.

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Additionally, if you cherish book reviews or looking to add further books to your reading list, have a look as well on the below book reviews available on my Blog:

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·  Atomic Habits  – James Clear

·  The Martial Arts Teacher (A practical Guide to a noble way) – Jonathan Bluestein

·  Rich Dad Poor Dad (with updates for today’s world and 9 new study session sections) – Robert T. Kiyosaki

·  The War of Art (Break Through the Blocks and Win your inner creative Battles) – Steven Pressfield

Till next time take good care and remember to smile 😊

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