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
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
Dale Carnegie Course Modesto Graduation Highest Achievement Award
Last week I had the pleasure of performing my first Dale Carnegie Course graduation of 2017. Continue reading
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
Can a good manager also be a good leader? Should a leader be a strong manager? How do managers and leader differ?
The key difference between leaders and managers is leaders manage people while managers manage processes. Continue reading
I stumbled across this article while doing some reading on leadership for a future session in the Dale Carnegie Course and I was struck by its timelessness.
The headline says it all: Why Nearly Half of Workers Globally Could Leave Their Jobs in 2017. Continue reading
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
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
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
Here’s a tip for you when you begin creating your vision. Remember that your vision is not your mission statement. It is not your reason for existence, and it is not your life purpose.
Your vision is a visual representation of how you see your future self. It is a future desirable description of your life. Brian Tracy once said in one of his seminars, “Those who don’t plan out their future don’t get to have one.” Creating a vision is the first step in planning out your desirable future. Continue reading