How to Win Friends and Influence Poeple in the Digital Age

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

In Book Reviews by Hoani Bryson

  • Dale Carnigie, Brent Cole
  • Personal Development
  • Everybody
  • 272 pages



I really loved the original How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnigie. The conversational writing and use of analogies to reinforce the principles made it a practical and enjoyable read. It included excellent guidelines on taking interest in other people, preventing arguments, resolving arguments, and improving teamwork.

Unfortunately, the Digital Age version was not as easy to read or useful. While Brent communicates principles in a logical order, the writing style has changed and the sentences are hard to understand. “Besides the obvious relational consequences of this tack, the strategic problem is that there is no shortage of provocative items being broadcast in the digital age”. Brent’s writing voice made me feel like someone had tied my shoelaces together every time I started reading a new paragraph.

The original “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is both time-enduring and easy to understand. The “Digital Age” version has it’s merits, but is inferior to the original.