It is not uncommon to hear people say ‘first impressions last forever’ and according to some, people get an impression of you in just three seconds of meeting them for the first time. This is obviously a very short time to make sure you get on the right foot with new people you meet. The Dale Carnegie Class Act System is the third part of the Dale Carnegie leadership series (previous two include the Dale Carnegie Leadership Mastery Course and the Dale Carnegie Essential People Skills) and its focus is on making impressions that last – impressions that truly represent who you are and who you want to be as a professional with class.
Your choice of clothes, use and control of body language, communication style and choice of words, personal financial management, ethics/integrity and the principles you live by, coping with failure and success, resilience and persistence in face of failure are the range of topics covered in this book. How you want to be seen as a professional in your field and how much you want to be taken seriously as a leader, all depends on your awareness and use of these topics and the emphasis of the Dale Carnegie Class Act System is to bring self-awareness on these areas people generally do not tend to consider in making lasting impressions.
The fact that many people have university degrees today is not enough to stand out from the crowd and get ahead of the competition – the Class Act System helps identify areas in your life that will do just that. According to the writers of this book, the Class Act System is for people who want to live to leave a legacy over the course of their lifetime.
Recommendation: Anyone wanting to excel in diplomacy and leadership would benefit most from this book.