For those looking to become more comfortable with other people – leading them, teaching them, disagreeing with them, and just generally interacting with them – there really is no better experience than The Dale Carnegie Course.
Taught in weekly sprints, the eight lessons of the program are based on the fundamental teachings from Dale Carnegie’s bestselling books How To Win Friends and Influence People, and How To Stop Worrying and Start Living. The program focuses on helping participants to improve the Five Drivers of Success:
- public speaking skills
- communication skills
- people/relationship skills
- leadership skills
- stress management
Each lesson touches on at least one of these drivers, helping participants to become more comfortable interacting with the world around them.
Common Sense vs Common Practice
“Most people say this is common sense,” says Paul Broughton, who has taught Dale Carnegie courses for over a decade. “And then, I ask, ‘is it common practice?’ And the answer is usually, ‘nope, it’s not.’”
“It’s one thing to know it, it’s another to do it,” he continues.
Taught in conference rooms around the world – including right here in Colorado – the Dale Carnegie Course is a safe space where participants can share personal stories and ask questions without worry of judgment or their words leaving the room. The classroom is laboratory and gymnasium all at once, giving attendees the opportunity to stretch, practice, and experiment so tomorrow they can go out into the world confident in their new abilities.
“This is a course about doing stuff, not just learning, [but] knowing it,” explains Broughton. “You have to actually apply what you learn in here.”
He’s a reliable source on the subject, too. In addition to teaching Dale Carnegie programs, Broughton works full-time in financial operations and global customer experience programs, where he regularly uses Carnegie’s methodology.
“I’ve been a people manager for over ten years, and Dale Carnegie is all about leading people,” he says. “So I take his principles and apply them in my career, which has been a huge benefit for me, and I would say a big contributor to my success.”
Something for Everyone
Taught to groups that range in size from ten to forty, The Dale Carnegie Course attracts people from all professions and in all stages of their careers — Broughton himself first took the course as a twenty five-year-old in 1999. This range of backgrounds and aspirations results in a diverse mix of opinions and experiences, allowing participants the chance to test out their new skills on each other in an environment that mimics real-life.
The varied skill sets of participants also lead to more interesting classes. In one lesson, attendees are given two minutes to teach their peers a new skill – and it can be anything at all. In a recent course, these presentations ranged from arc welding, to bread making, to leveraging the internet to improve your business. By instructing others, students are building multiple Drivers of Success simultaneously.
“Today was more about technical presentation skills, which is around public speaking,” says Broughton. “But it also goes deeper into them understanding how to enhance relationship skills, too.”
And that’s really the heart of the course – enhancing relationships. Every lesson taught by Dale Carnegie instructors centres around establishing, maintaining, and improving ties with other people.
“It boils down to one thing, and that is: it’s about them, not about you,” explains Broughton. “So, every Dale Carnegie principle is focused around ‘how do you improve someone else’s situation first, how do you help others first, before you help yourself?’”
Interested in experiencing the Dale Carnegie Course for yourself? You’re in luck! We have three sessions starting soon in Broomfield, Englewood, and Loveland. Register today to reserve your spot in this limited-capacity, life-changing program.
“Do you know someone you would like to change and regulate and improve? Good! That is fine. I am all in favor of it. But why not begin on yourself? From a purely selfish standpoint, that is a lot more profitable than trying to improve others – yes, and a lot less dangerous.” – Dale Carnegie