My girlfriend has a copy of Dale Carnegie
's infamous book
How to win friends and influence people
. She got it on a
course that she attended with another 100 or so people.
(This bulk buying might go some way to explaining the huge sales
At the end of the course it was compulsory to give a speech to
all the other trainees saying how much the book had benefited you
(if you wanted to pass).
Her description of this reminded me of the techniques used by some
cults. Unsurprisingly, very few people chose to challenge the instructors in front of a large audience and reveal what they really thought about the book, thinking instead about their future promotion
The book itself seems to be fairly heavy with platitudes and I think I would need to master more motivational techniques to read more than
the page I managed. Perhaps a motivational book would help?