The Dale Carnegie biography details the life of the inspirational author of How to Win Friends & Influence People.
Dale Carnegie was born on November 24, 1888 in Maryville Missouri the son of a poor farmer. Born into a life of poverty on the farm, Carnegie would rise each morning at 4 a.m. to milk his parents' cows.
Even so, as the Dale Carnegie biography point out, he still managed to gain an education at the State Teacher's College in Warrensburg. After leaving college he was employed selling correspondence courses to the local ranchers. From there he went on to sell bacon, soap and lard working for Amour and Company, he became so successful at selling that his territory became the national leader for the firm.
In 1911 Dale quit selling after managing to accrue 500 dollars in savings and moved to New York. He had originally wanted to become a Chautauqua lecturer but ended up enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Carnegie found little success as an actor and ended up living in the YMCA on 125th Street, unemployed and near broke.
From reading the Dale Carnegie biography you will discover that it was whilst staying at the YMCA that he got the idea to teach public speaking, and persuaded the hostel manager to let him teach a class for a percentage of the fee.
A technique he used in this first class was to get the students to speak about something that made them angry. He only tried this technique after running out of material and ideas for the class.
The Dale Carnegie biography shows how he unknowingly hit upon a success. He realised that while the class where speaking about whatever made them angry they lost their fear of speaking to a public audience.
Carnegie developed and worked this idea and the Dale Carnegie Courses where the result. He had realised the average person desire for more self-confidence and built a course to teach it. This was a huge success and by 1914 Carnegie was earning 500 dollars a week, a huge sum of money for those days.
By 1916 Carnegie's appeal was so big he was able to rent Carnegie Hall for a lecture he gave to a packed house. Wanting to reach even bigger audiences he began writing, with his first collection being on public speaking, Practical Course for Business Men in 1926.
This was later republished in 1932 under the title of Public Speaking and Influencing Men in Business.
The Dale Carnegie biography shows that in 1937 he wrote the book that he would be remembered for to this day for, How to Win Friends and Influence People. This book went on to become one of the all time best sellers, being printed in 31 different languages.
Carnegie died on November 1, 1955 at the age of 67 after suffering from Hodgkin's disease, and was buried in the Belton, Cass County, Missouri cemetery. At the time of his death, How to Win Friends and Influence People had sold five million copies and is still regarded as one of the self improvement books everyone should read.
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