When Performance Goals Break Moral Standards


I came across this article today outlining how high-pressure expectations can lead to unethical behavior.

Study finds high-pressure expectations lead to unethical behavior

In our coaching programs, we discuss how we should set goals just outside our grasp but within our reach.  We also discuss the journey to achieve our goals and how that builds our character.

But this new study does something that hasn’t been done before. It establishes a relationship between high pressure performance goals and an increased probability of unethical behavior in real-world situations. Continue reading

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Your Instructor – The Dale Carnegie Element You Overlooked


Back when I was about to conduct my second solo program, I received an email from someone requesting to be a Dale Carnegie instructor. He wrote to me explaining that he had done some technical course development in the past and he was looking to branch out from his software background to do something new.

I had to explain to him that the requirements for being an instructor are quite involved and different from what he had already experienced. While his credentials were impressive, the Dale Carnegie leadership team would require him to undergo an intensive, 2-year coaching process aimed specifically at adult learning. Continue reading

Dale Carnegie Course Stockton Graduation


Graduations are a time of transition. A point in time when mentors, instructors, and coaches can recognize individuals for making a change in their growth or evolution.

A few weeks ago, I held my first graduation of 2017. Recently, I held my second one in Stockton. And once again, I am in awe of the unstoppable power of the human spirit and our ability to create a change when we focus our attention on what we want to achieve. Continue reading

STOP LOSING MONEY


Over the years of being a Dale Carnegie Instructor and Coach, I’ve seen how when a company invests in soft skills training for their people the company has a more stable, secure and engaged workforce. Maintaining a stable workforce through soft skills training just makes sense and I’ve seen how it has lead to significant cost savings for employers. Continue reading

9 Tactics for Conducting Problem Solving Meetings


When I originally took the Dale Carnegie Course, it was 12 weeks long and included a section on how to lead effective problem solving meetings. This exercise encompassed about 90 minutes of small group work and outlined best practices for efficiently conducting an effective meeting.

When the program changed to the tightened, 8-session version, the problem solving meeting session was moved from the Dale Carnegie Course into the Leadership Training for Managers program, focusing the exercise on individuals assuming positions of management and leadership. Continue reading

Using Your Voice for Persuasive Impact – An Excerpt from Maximum Influence


In my first High Impact Presentations program, my trainer had me perform an unusual exercise in front of the class. He asked me to read from a boring manuscript detailing facts about the planets in our solar system. He added, “Read it as you would read it to yourself, but read it aloud.”

I started reading the manuscript. When I occasionally looked up from the pages, I noticed that some people in my audience were distracted, most of them were disinterested and probably focused on preparing for their own presentation. No one was paying attention to what I was presenting. It wasn’t exactly engaging material. Continue reading

5 Presentation Guidelines When Using Exhibits and PowerPoint


Using An Exhibit For Maximum Presentation Impact

In the Dale Carnegie program, I’ve had the opportunity to coach many individuals on improving their presentation performance for maximum impact. One of the biggest challenges I’ve seen them wrestle with in their presentations is how to handle physical exhibits.

If you’ve seen any of the yearly awards ceremonies, like the Oscars or the Emmy Awards, then you’ve probably seen examples of this because every year at least two people always mishandle the award during their acceptance speech. They will hold it like a teddy bear, they will look at it lovingly, they will continue talking while looking at the award… Continue reading