There are some books that I believe everyone should read. No matter what your calling in life, no matter your age, maturity or how smart you are.
Dale Carnegie's classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People was written in 1936 and is still one of those books everyone should have on their shelf for quick and regular reference. Now that's longevity!
Thanks to web 2.0, you can also now carry Dale in your pocket.
The brand new iPhone/Touch app called Dale Carnegie's Secrets of Success was just released. I dropped the 99 cents and downloaded it. (Blackberry and I suspect Droid are coming soon as well.)
There's lots of quick tips and reminders layered throughout the app.
Everything from golden oldies like…the sweetest word in the English language is the sound of a person's own name to the suggestion that true leaders give their people a fine reputation to live up to.
The content is very bite-sized so it's perfect for quick consumption. There are also 30 or so videos built into the app. I wish they would have spent a bit more time and money on the aesthetics of these. But, don't let that deter you from downloading the app. It's still well worth it.
To celebrate the launch of the app, I've been given 10 copies of the book to give away.
Here's how we're going to determine the 10 lucky winners!
In the comments section — leave a comment telling us about someone you know that has incredible and impressive influence. Then, tell us how/why you think they possess that influence.
For example, I might tell you about my friend Steve who has earned his influence by simply being rock solid. People know they can depend on him and he always honors his word. He isn't flashy or showy. He just is 110% consistent and through that — he has earned the trust of many people.
We'll randomly select 10 of the respondents to win the book. So tell us about someone who's ability to win friends and influence people has caught your eye. And give the new app a try!
This is someone I just recently met — his name is Mark Hopkins. He’s a local theatre artistic director here in Calgary, AB, and he started parties where you show up and bring someone you want to know better, and hopefully that he doesn’t know. Then you meet people. It’s more casual and party-like than a networking event — it’s just supposed to be fun to meet everyone. I think he influences people because he’s open and very enthusiastic. He just seems to like people a lot — all people. He’s personable and he doesn’t seem like he’d be judgmental, so he’s easy to trust.
My marketing professor Tamar. She is so passionate about the topic that it has become infectious. I only started reading Marketing Minute because she recommended it to me 🙂
My friend, Jane Scandurra is someone who admire for her ability to make friends and influence people. I know she has been an positive influence on my life. As a manager she worked to get her people recognized, always lobbying for us to have more and better … whatever we needed to do our jobs and enjoy them, too.
She is always supportive of her friends and colleagues and takes the time to praise others.
Gloria Gray is the Executive Director of Children and Families of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. Gloria is not only a leader in the Child Welfare arena she is a tireless advocate for children and their families; never failing to champion the fight for more funding to care for kids, victims of domestic violence, children who age out of foster care and for their counseling programs. CFI has been in central Iowa for over 120 years, blessed with a team of professionals like Gloria who never give up and work consistently for the benefit of others. http://www.cfiowa.org
This is one of the two greatest business books ever written…its right up there wih Frank Bettgers “How I raised myself from failure to success in selling”. In fact, Dale just shades it, there’s so much good stuff in it. I bought my copy in 1980…best thing I ever did… invaluable advice for a 34 year career in financial services.
Dont want to win a prize, just want to endorse your recommendation.
I have over 1000 business books in my collection and if fire stikes, I will go back in for Dale and Franks books.
Keep up the good work and greetings from the UK.
Here’s a link to the “Secrets of Success” iPhone app.
Drew, There are a number of people I would put in that category such as my late father. However, I think Bruce Jensen, now a hospital CEO in Idaho would be the person on the top of the “non-family” list. Bruce actually cared about every staff member as a person. It made no difference your position, be it housekeeping or surgeon, he made it a point to find out about you and take the time to know you. He looked at his staff as a team and we all worked together to make it the best team possible. He was the first person to share the credit and take the blame. Bruce was a great mentor! Thanks!
The idea of a free download often made me wonder how the author makes his money. But now I see that it the money lies in consulting and speaking opportunities.
I often thought that the goal was to sell as many books as possible but now I see that isnt really the goal.
One needs to learn about goal setting from the Olympic gold medalist rower- Sir Mathew Pinsent.
At the IMD OWP 2010 Pinsent will share his experience from four Olympic campaigns, which resulted in four gold medals. He will highlight the IMDortance of goal setting, communication, trust and ultimately the courage it takes to win in the toughest of conditions.
Drew, my choice for POI (Person of Influence) is Debra Salowitz, owner of Strategic Relocation Solutions, LLC (and who, not coincidentally, is my wife). When we moved to Des Moines from Connecticut 10 years ago, we knew no one here. She jumped in immediately, networking and building a community web. Based on her experience making Des Moines home, she started her business providing transition support services to the families of senior-level executives and doctors relocating to the Des Moines metro. Along the way, she has become one of the “go-to” people in this town, mainly by listening, building relationships and bringing people who have specific needs together with people who have solutions.
Christine Meinecke, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in our Court Ave Business Suites, with twenty-eight years of clinical experience. Dr. Meinecke has taught and guest-lectured undergraduates, graduate students, and medical residents. She has worked with adults, adolescents, and couples in university and hospital settings. For the past eighteen years, she has maintained a fulltime private practice.
“Everybody Marries the Wrong Person” is Dr. Meinecke’s first nonfiction book. She is also a playwright. Her full-length, comedic play, Flutter the Dovecotes, won the 2009 Iowa Playwrights Workshop competition and was premiered by Tallgrass Theatre Company, West Des Moines, Iowa.
She has practiced yoga (and taught classes, off and on) for more than thirty-five years. In the six years we’ve known her she has been a great, and influential, friend and advisor.