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Book Club Discussion Group: How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • Mar 11, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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We will be meeting every other Tuesday at a local coffee shop to discuss the book How to Win Friends and Influence People. I just picked up my copy at Kestrel Books on West 4th Avenue near Alma for $5, used. They have 2 more copies. Chapters also sells it, or you can find slightly different version, in a pdf version for free here:

You can also find the audio version on YouTube

We have finished the book now and are continuing to meet and practice the concepts in this book. New people: Feel free to join us, if you read at least Part One before we meet, you'll be able to get something out of the discussion.

Because it will help you to learn, as well as the rest of the group, please be prepared to share at least one real life story/example of how you used your new skills in the past week. One tip the book provides is to make it a game with your friends or family, have them charge you money every time they catch you complaining or not appreciating when you could be (kind of like a swear jar, pay them a quarter or a loonie when they catch you criticizing). Then we can all report our results,

There is no fee for this event but please be prepared to purchase a beverage or snack for the use of the coffee shop. Please come prepared to stay on topic and be supportive and respectful of other group members. Our intention is to maintain a supportive and safe learning environment. Thank you.


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  • Daina

    Hi. Hope everyone had a good weekend. I won't be able to make it this week - will be in Alberta until March 31st, but would like to continue in April, if everyone is still meeting as a group. Thanks for the past two meetups. I really enjoyed them and would recommend this group to anyone. Hope it continues on into the Spring/Summer. :)

    March 9, 2014

    • Marie B

      have a good time in Alberta :) See you next time

      March 10, 2014

  • Marie B

    I'm reading that Willpower book Susanne suggested in week two. It is called The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters and What You Can Do to Get More of It. - it's good... 10 chapters, would be good for a 10-week book study... first 2 exercises: notice when you have an impulse to do (or not do-procrastinate) something. The second is to meditate for 5 minutes without moving or shifting when you have the urge to move or scratch and itch... apparently 3 hours of meditation has an impact on your self control. 11 hours has enough impact that scientists can actually see changes in your brain! (you can meditate for 5 mins at a time, it adds up). Also, 5 to 10 minutes of meditation in the morning, just practicing bringing your thoughts back to your breath and fighting that urge to wiggle around, helps you have better willpower that day, too :)

    March 1, 2014

  • Marie B

    Hey, all. That audiobook we were talking about last night is called The Einstein Factor. Here is a link to a torrent to download it... I have not downloaded it so I do not know how safe these files are. There is a bit of a summary on the page, but download at your own risk (I borrowed my copy from the library. Vancouver has one copy, not sure about other municipalities)

    February 26, 2014

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