Business Book Club: How to Win Friends & Influence People
How do you make people like you? How can you win people over to your way of thinking? How do you challenge and change people without arousing resentment? The answers to these questions lie within a book written over 75 years ago.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s first Business Book Club was held on Tuesday, January 22nd 2013 at Lakewood Public Library. The seminal self-improvement book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was reviewed and discussed by panelists Andrea Fisher (Lakewood Public Library), Ian Andrews (LakewoodAlive), Diane Helbig (Seize This Day Coaching), and Suzanne Metelko (UA Lakewood), along with a number of intrepid citizens who braved the single-digit temperatures to attend the event.
The discussion was moderated by Patty Ryan, CEO/President of the Lakewood Chamber. The consensus of the participants was unanimous: Yes, the principles and rules outlined by Dale Carnegie are still relevant today, and are even more important in the social media age. Many people have taken the Dale Carnegie course as part of traditional Sales training (often paid by the employer), but the challenges of face-to-face communication really affect everyone, regardless of job title or type of business. It was also agreed that high-school students could certainly benefit from reading and discussing Mr. Carnegie’s book.
Thank you to all who participated in the discussion of How to Win Friends & Influence People, and special thanks to Marilee MacAskill from Dale Carnegie of NE Ohio who supplied a copy of Dale Carnegie’s Golden Book for each participant.