How to Win Friends and Influence People Online

Let’s face it, we now live in 2 worlds, the real world and the virtual online world. Being a web designer I spend equal time on both and the line dividing them has become extremely blurry. I have found skills that I use offline to be very beneficial to me online.

When I was younger, I was fortunate enough to have read a truly remarkable book by Dale Carnegie called “How to Win Friends and Influence People” first published in 1937. What Carnegie wrote in his book, I have pretty much followed religiously and have found it truly beneficial in everything I have done since. It has helped me to build a number of successful online communities and to raise my profile both online and offline.

I came across a really good blog post by J. Eddie Smith where he has adapted the techniques mentioned in Dale’s book to be more relevant to our interactions in the social media realm. Definitely worth a read!

A modern take on Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People [Photo by Aidan Jones via Flicker] Carnegie wrote his masterpiece How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1936, but he could have written it in 20,000 BC and it would have been relevant then – and today. The underlying message is that being social and cultivating respect from others is the key pathway to reaping rewards in both your business and personal life. Web 2.0 hasn’t changed a thing. In fact, Carnegie’s ideas may be more important today … Read More

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