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  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (May 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780671746070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671746070
  • ASIN: 0671746073
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) described himself as a "simple country boy" from Missouri but was also a pioneer of the self-improvement genre. Since the 1936 publication of his first book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, he has touched millions of readers and his classic works continue to impact lives to this day.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Clovis on March 7, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After having read HOW TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE & INFLUENCE PEOPLE by PUBLIC SPEAKING by Dale Carnegie, I genuinely feel compelled to write a brief review.

First, I found this book to be useful and pratical. The author provides general principles regarding how to develop self-confidence and improve one's speaking peformance, then provides an illustration of that principle. In other words, the author is effectively instructing us on how to improve our public speaking peformance, which is critical in so many professions.

Second, this book contains brilliant depth. In fact, to be forward, I was skeptical I would even find this book useful. I have provided speeches with nearly 300 people in attendance. However, when it came to my performance before small groups --say, three to twelve people-- I tended to flounder. From this book, I learned that I must prepare for my short presentations as I prepare for my more lengthy presentations. A few quick pointers: memorize your opening and closing, which I was not doing for my small group presentations; I was often attempting to "wing" them. However, subsequently reading this book, my presentations are more effective and have more grace.

Third and in conclusion, the final chapter was somewhat astonishing for me. I was literally mispronouncing a few words, and I am very grateful for having received instruction and guidance from the author. For example, I was mispronouncing vIand, antIdote, amEnable, cUlinary, sUpine, lab-o-ra-tory, bev-er-age, Cath-o-lic, choc-o-late, di-a-mond, fo-li-age, gal-ler-y, et al.! I honestly state with confidence that this little treasure is a "must read" for professionals, particularly those required to speak before small and large audiences. On a final note, I only wish I had read this book earlier, my life would have been quite easier.

Sincerely,

Clovis
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97 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1998
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I have been a Toastmaster for several years. This book pulled my experiences together, and showed me how to make better use of preparation and presentation techniques. Carnegie addresses the whole person, and radiates an interest in people and their goals.
Two of the more valuable approaches of the book were its focus on the gradual development of a speech through the use of constant reflection, and its instruction for using imagery to recall the points of a speech when you are actually out on the floor.

Another strong point of the book is its use of examples, both from historical and comtemporary (for the author) sources. The examples not only strengthen the interest of the reader, but augment and reinforce the points Carnegie is emphasizing.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Franco Arda on August 27, 2000
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As one could expect from a expert in human interaction, Dale Carnegie wrote a clear and concise book on public speaking. The book is very readable, with loads of "practical" examples, and with a fantastic summary after each chapter. I am sure the book can be of help to the novice as for the expert speaker alike. I gave the book 4 stars, because in my view only mind blowing books like Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" deserve the maximum of 5 stars.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By W. Jason Gilmore on August 23, 2004
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I regularly give public talks, and am always looking for ways to improve my speaking and organizational abilities. On a lark, I picked this up from a friend's bookshelf, and simply couldn't put it down, eventually buying my own copy. It isn't only that the author offers highly useful, practical information regarding poise, confidence, and organization, but also writes with a level of skill that is truly rare. I recommend this book not only to burgeoning and expert public speakers alike, but also to writers interested in reading truly masterful prose.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vernon Rudolph on March 12, 2008
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I do a fair amount of public speaking and just dealing with people. When you know what you want to say and are able to say it confidently and with conviction it makes a big difference in the way it is received.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mdabcde on December 30, 2013
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The book has good points to it but its mainly for a speaker not for gaining self confidence I would say to read two other books of his How to win friends and influence people and how to stop worrying and start living. The second book helped me for self confidence much more then this book bec one of the things that make a person lack self confidence is WORRYing what others might say,or messing somthing up and so forth... therefore I strongly reccomend how to stop worrying and start living
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Wood on September 30, 2010
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Before I read this book some 10 years ago speaking in front of a crowd induced nightmares. I was terrified.
My friend advised me to read Dale Carnegie's book as it had helped him overcome his stage fright.

I knew that it couldn't hurt so I gave it a shot.
For the last 10 years it has been my constant companion as I now speak in front of large groups almost every week.
The lessons taught in it are ridiculously simple, but have changed my life.

I recommend that if you have a problem speaking in public, buy this book and read it cover to cover writing down every good tip you can and memorizing it.

If you want to read a more extensive review you can visit my profile and from there my blog.
Good luck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hussein Ahmed on November 29, 2008
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I f you have to make a speech, present something, teach or give a demonstration then you definitely need to read this great book. This is my first Carnegie book to get and the book and style of writing is really captivating and makes a lot of sense. I didn't finish the book yet but I am really eager to learn more as I proceed. I highly recommend this for anyone as it will even help when you should even make simply a toast..
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