Dale Carnegie was born in 1888 in Missouri, USA. He was a prominent lecturer of his day and a sought-after counselor to world leaders. He developed famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. In 1912, he founded the world-famous Dale Carnegie Course. Today, Dale Carnegie Training has 3,000 instructor and offices in more than 70 countries.
Additionally, Dale Carnegie also authored several best-sellers including How to Win Friends and Influence People, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, How to Enjoy Your Life and Job, The 5 Essential People Skills, and How to Develop Self-Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking. His books sold over 50 million copies and have been published in 38 languages.
The greatest skills a person possesses are the ability to effectively communicate, relate and lead people. These skills are the most difficult to attain and only few are able to obtain it. And those few who does are successful both in their personal and professional life.
My Experience of Attending the Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communication and Human Relation Skills for Success
I’ve used to be really introverted and shy. I prefer working alone instead of working with people. And for the past couple of years that I’ve been developing and improving my skills in areas I feel that I am weak, I was able to overcome that introversion and became more extroverted. Now, I enjoy meeting and interacting with people. Likewise, I can now attend and conduct public events and trainings. And despite all the developments and changes I’ve already made, I’m still eager to further improve my people skills. It’s because I agree in this statement of Stanley Allyn,
The most useful person in the world today is the man or woman who knows how to get along with other people. Human relation is the most important science in living.”
The ability to effectively communicate, relate and lead people are the skills I want to learn and acquire because of the following reasons:
- To have better understanding of people and relationships
- To learn how to work well with people, especially people you don’t agree with
- To become friendlier and ‘easy-to-approach’ kind of person
- To be effective in communicating and leading people in personal growth and success through Lifetofullest.com
- To gain more confidence to speak in public events and be an effective leader
- To be an effective leader that will help me lead and grow my own business
Align with my desire to continuously improve my communication, human relations, public speaking and leadership skills, I’ve recently attended Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations.
The course happened last September 24 to October 29, 2011, every Saturday, in Dale Carnegie Training Philippine’s office at Galleria Corporate Center, 6th Floor EDSA Quezon City, Philippines. If you want to know more about the course, click here.
Here are some of the pictures we’ve taken during the duration of the Dale Carnegie Course – Batch 1015 (Philippines):
What is Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communication and Human Relation Skills for Success?
I’ve first known Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations when I’ve read and studied the biography of Warren Buffett. Warren is regarded as the most successful investor in the world. He is one of the wealthiest people in the world, even ranked no.1 in 2008.
Warren Buffett attended the Dale Carnegie Course because he wanted to gain self-confidence and communication skills. He has used what he have learned from the course in his teaching classes in the universities, as well as in the corporate meetings he conduct in his multinational conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., wherein he serve as the company’s chairman and CEO.
Warren Buffett has said about this course:
I was terribly terrified of public speaking. When I was in high school and college, I couldn’t do it…so I took this Dale Carnegie Course, and as soon as I finished I was 20 years old…and I said I wanted to start teaching because I want to get up in front of people and make sure I did not lapse back.
Warren Buffett is only one of the world’s most recognized people who have attended the Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations. Other acknowledged personality includes Stephen Covey, Brian Tracy, Dennis Whaitley, Mary Kay Ash, and many other top businessmen worldwide since 1912.
In my country, the Philippines, many top businessmen and personnel of top corporations have also attended this course, like executives and staff of the Jollibee Food Corporation, Ayala Corporation, National Book Store, Mercury Drug Store, Proctor and Gamble, Globe, Caltex, Nestle Philippines, Nokia Philippines, San Miguel Corporation, Prudential Life Group of Corporation, Dole Philippines, Holcim, and many more.
The Benefits of Attending the Dale Carnegie Course
Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations is designed to create an opportunity for significant professional and personal growth. The course has stood the test of time with more than 90 years of experience (since 1912) and over 7 million of satisfied graduates across the globe.
The course will help you:
- Build greater self-confidence
- Develop enthusiasm
- Improve attitude
- Manage and reduce stress
- Handle fast-changing workplace conditions
- Develop a take charge attitude
- Enhance communication skills
- Be a persuasive communicator
- Be a creative problem-solver
- Be a focused leader
- Strengthen interpersonal relations and people skills
- Develop leadership skills
Dale Carnegie Course Outline
The course is divided into 12 sessions. They offer various formats which includes 12-weeks or 6-weeks. As for me, I’ve attended the 6-weeks program, which is two sessions per day.
The whole courses cover the following topics per session:
- Build a Foundation for Success
- Recall and Use Names
- Build on Our Memory Skills and Enhance Relationships
- Increase Our Self-Confidence
- Put Enthusiasm to Work
- Recognize Our Achievements
- Put Stress in Perspective
- Motivate Others and Enhance Relationships
- Energize Our Communications
- Unleash Our Full Potential
- Make Our Ideas Clear
- Think on Our Feet
- Gain the Willing Cooperation of Others
- Commit to Influence Others
- Build Others through Recognition
- Realize the Power of Enthusiasm
- Demonstrate Leadership
- Develop More Flexibility
- Disagree Agreeably
- Manage Our Stress
- Be a Human Relations Champion
- Inspire Others
- Celebrate Achievements and Renew Our Vision
What Changed After the Dale Carnegie Course?
The past six Saturdays, that I’ve invested time in attending the Dale Carnegie Course, was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my personal and professional life. In fact, I was always looking forward to attend each session. And I’ve seen huge transformation not only with how I relate, communicate and lead people, I’ve also seen obvious changes from my co-participants in the course.
Top of the changes we’ve all seen and experienced were:
1. Increased Self-Confidence
- Participants who were shy and timid at the beginning have become more confident and approachable.
- Participants who were self-conscious to speak in front of people have become more relaxed and poised in their speech.
2. Became More Friendly and Enthusiastic
- Participants became more friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic. Those who seldom smile started to smile often.
- Participants developed initiative to approach and talk to other people.
- Participants started to form a habit of seeing and appreciating the positive things more than the negative.
- Participants have gained understanding on the value of enthusiasm.
3. Created Commitment, Goal and Vision
- Participants started to create commitments, goals and visions which they intend to accomplish in the next couple of months.
- Participants learned the importance of having goals and visions.
4. Courageous to Get Out of Comfort Zone
- As the course went on, participants started to lose self-consciousness and became more open to get out of their comfort zone.
- Participants learned that in order to grow, it is important to have courage in getting out of comfort zone.
5. Increased Ability to Handle Stress
- Participants understood the sources of stress and how they can better handle it.
- Participants learned the fundamental principles of overcoming worry and stress.
6. Improved Communication and Speaking Skills
- Participants learned and applied the Magic Formula. A technique that is very useful in organizing, presenting and communicating your thoughts and ideas more effectively.
- Participants became more open in sharing their thoughts and experiences with other people.
- Participants have developed more confidence to speak in public.
7. Became More Effective Relating With People
- Participants have known and understand the 30 principles of winning and influencing people. It was constantly reminded and applied during the course duration. As such, the principles retained in the mindset of the participants.
- Last but not least is that participants were able to gain more like-minded friends after the course.
8. Gained Like-Minded Friends
- Last but not least is that participants were able to gain more like-minded friends after the course.
I strongly recommend Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communication and Human Relation Skills for Success to people who want to grow and be successful both in their personal and professional life.
After completing this course, you will see yourself becoming a different and better person. You will have more confidence, enthusiasm and positive attitude. You are free from stress and worry. You can communicate and relate better with people. And lastly, you will become an effective leader at work and at home.
For a final note, let me leave you this phrase by the founder, Dale Carnegie:
Since most of us lose the spontaneity and naturalness of youth as we grow older, we tend to slip into a definite mold of physical and vocal communication. We find ourselves less ready to use gestures and animation; we rarely raise or lower our voices from one pitch to another. In short, we lose our freshness and spontaneity of true conversation… These are areas in which everyone interested in self-improvement will seek to improve.