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07/2013
Book Club

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

JulyModernized by Brent Cole, “How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age” by Dale Carnegie  teaches us how to be more charismatic and better networkers online.

We live in a day and age where face-to-face is no longer an expectation, an online profile would suffice. We converse via messages, status updates, emails, tweets, comments on videos, and even image postings on Instagram. Since these exchanges are made behind a virtual screen, your online etiquette determines whether meeting new friends becomes easy or difficult. 

A modern outlook from its original classic, Dale Carnegie shows you in “How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age”,  that dilemmas like these are easily solved by knowing some essential tips.

Here are a few:

  • Talking about yourself constantly or “promoting” yourself is off-putting. Showing more interest in other people can make you more friends in two months than in two years of you trying to get people interested in you.
  • Emoticons are not the only way you can convey a digital smile; your voice, whether it is written or spoken can also reflect it. How you write on the web and the words you choose are critical.
  • Admit when you are wrong. When in an argument, always consider the situation from the other\'s perspective and show that person respect. When we recognize and admit our errors, the response from others is typically forgiveness and generosity. 
  • Never be afraid to talk about your mistakes, it makes you more human and easier to relate to. When giving advice, admitting your own mistakes directs the other person\'s attention away from his own, avoiding the immediate raise in their defenses.

If you\'ve been wondering how to connect to the real person sitting on the other side of the virtual wall, then this book will teach you how to proceed.

Read the book and share your thoughts:

  • What is your weakness when it comes to online conversations?
  • What type of message do you give when speaking to people behind a virtual screen?
  • Did you put the tips given into practice? If so, how did it go?