Good communication can make everything easier. This book by Dale Carnegie is as true and helpful today as when it was written almost a century ago. Read, practice, and succeed! It’s a “must read” for anyone who feels they have something valuable to say, but is not quite sure how to go about saying it. Say the name “Dale Carnegie” and How to Win Friends and Influence People usually comes to mind. What is not as well known is that Carnegie was a professor of public speaking and that, over the years, this book has been just as popular. Written with some assistance from Carnegie’s colleague, J. Berg Esenwein, who wrote the preface and some of the “thought questions” at the end of chapters, the book remains a valuable asset in classes on public speaking. Carnegie is a true teacher of inspiration. Read this book, and you will have your audiences spellbound soon after.
The best way to become a confident, effective public speaker, according to the authors of this landmark book, is simply to do it. Practice, practice, practice. And while you’re at it, assume the positive. Have something to say. Forget the self. Cast out fear. Be absorbed by your subject. And most importantly, expect success. “If you believe you will fail,” they write, “there is hope for you. You will.” DALE CARNEGIE (1888-1955), a pioneer in public speaking and personality development, gained fame by teaching others how to become successful. His book How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) has sold more than 10 million copies. He also founded the Dale Carnegie Institute for Effective Speaking and Human Relations, with branches all over the world. JOSEPH BERG ESENWEIN (1867-1946) also wrote The Art of Story-Writing, Writing the Photoplay (with Arthur Leeds), and Children’s Stories and How to Tell Them.