I Am a Dale Carnegie Graduate! :0


There I was giving my last speech of the class to a group of 25 people, consisting of classmates and their  friends, family, or people from work.  I had expressed over the course of 12 weeks how my life has changed from this class, and I held back the tears as I explained how much of a different person I am today than  I was 12 weeks ago.  I can truly say that I feel more confident, more of a leader, and definitely living a calmer life due to proven stress reducing strategies. I am different now in the way I act at work, at home, and now online.  I am a Dale Carnegie graduate.

Last night I graduated from a 12 week course which my supervisor at worked coerced me into taking.  The company was paying for it ($1,995 before tax), so why not take the class?

So what will I be doing in this 12 week course?  From the Dale Carnegie website, it says:

  • Tackle complex challenges
  • Generate more and better ideas
  • Excel as a consensus builder
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Reduce self-consciousness and fear
  • Apply 30 human relations principles

I can proudly say that yes, you definitely go through and learn all those principles.  For my particular course, I came in every Tuesday night from 6pm to 9:30pm and go over various topics and activities.  My class had 16 class members.

Each class session you give 2 speeches over a certain topic.  The speeches are limited to 1 or 2 minutes depending on speech requirements.  The two coaches in the class may ask you questions during your speech to throw you off guard or direct you to keep your speech going.  My instructors were fantastic, as were my classmembers.  Everyone cheers for you and claps for you before and after your speech.

At the end of each session, we vote for a person who had a “breakthrough” and vote another person who gave an “outstanding” speech.  To be a winner of either category gives you an official Dale Carnegie pen.  I myself was a winner of a “breakthrough” award in session 5.  By doing so, I have proven to myself I have what it takes to go to the next level.

As part of the course, I read 3 books:  How to win friends and influence people, How to stop worrying and start living, and

Anyway, I can’t rant on and on about this wonderful program, but I’m not going to. Bottom line is I am a different person, so my goal is in future posts make things more meaningful as necessary.

If you want more information on the course that I took and see the topic for each of the 12 sessions, view this link.

If you are a Dale Carngie graduate, please leave a comment! Millions of people are graduates, are you one of them?

Posted on March 18, 2009, in Advice and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Great that you started reading this masterpiece! I started it last fall and it is so down to earth, but not TOO practical to limit oneself; great wisdom and ideas. How to Win Friends and Influence People is also a classic I’ve heard. The course seems very interesting and it looks like you’ve gotten alot out of it, might look out for one near me soon. Thanks for the post Rocky.

  2. Congratulations! The class at first seems quite hokey and no one wants to participate in the “warm-ups” and other exercises. But despite some reluctance, I can see every class member improving their communication skills.

    I have always had social phobia and became nearly incapacitated in front of groups. Not only is that less pronounced, but I feel as though all of my relationships with others have improved. Not just at work but with family and friends. There is no piece of the course that is irrelevant.

    Tonight we all graduate, and I hope to take these lessons with me through the rest of my life.

  3. Where can I find other graduates from Quebec, Canada ?

  4. I was newly hired st a company and was enrolled in the Dale Carnegie Course along with 34 other colleagues. As much as I stressed each week over a topic to stand up and talk about, I truly enjoyed the classes. It was listening to others stories and getting to know all these other parts of everyone’s lives that normally you would never know. I ended up winning the highest achievement award at last class. It was a total surprise and put me on cloud nine for days afterwards.

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