How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

This was almost a perfect book. The teachings come from someone who has spent a lot of time thinking and interacting with people. Dale Carnegie was one of the major influences on Warren Buffett, who was afraid of public speaking when he was young. The book tells you a few rules to keep in mind if you want to leave a good impression: remember the name, smile, try to be genuinely interested in the people you are conversing with, listen to them, talk in terms of their need and interests, do not argue, and if you must – criticise yourself before criticising someone else. These are timeless teachings and practicing them will help even a great salesman. I was surprised  that a self help book could affect me so.

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