I don’t want to oversell it, but Dale Carnegie has changed my life. I walked into my first Dale Carnegie course as a high-achieving, stress-filled perfectionist. I was smiling widely, but there was a hidden fear behind the smile- fear that I wouldn’t live up to my own standards, or those of others. At home and at work, I avoided confronting others, and was uncomfortable with being corrected.
My life was significantly impacted as I read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”. The principles for leadership in “HTWF&IP” gave me insight about how to give people direction without creating animosity, something I had never been able to do before. The stories in “HTSW&SL” clearly showed me how to approach stressful situations and thoughts in a more productive way. The books had been on my “To Read” list since I was in college, yet I hadn’t picked them up until that first day of my “Skills for Success” course. I was blown away!
Throughout the course, I observed myself and seven others, grow in their ability to speak more authentically, and with confidence. We gained tools to connect with others, built relationships, and practiced managing stress. We were coached by our facilitator in a way that upheld our dignity and encouraged us to make small, manageable changes. This began to shift how I viewed feedback. I walked out of the course with a new sense of self, more secure in who I am. And I couldn’t wait to become a bigger part of the organization!
As a facilitator, I’ve seen hundreds of people impacted in powerful ways, though for each one the experience is unique. I’ve seen an advertising CEO realize he had been alienating the co-founder of his company, and heard him talk about how he applied Mr. Carnegie’s principles to begin rebuilding the relationship. I’ve seen multiple teens, so shy they are unable to make eye contact with me or others; then complete the course and confidently tell us about how glad they are they participated- with their head’s held high, and making eye contact. I’ve heard younger teens talk about how they never felt like they could say “No.” before taking the “Developing a Self-Confident, Assertive Attitude: The Key to Middle School Success” course. All of these people experience growth, and find the strength to push the limits of their comfort zones. They build a new framework to approach life from- with a confident attitude, and a belief that they can assert themselves and still honor others.
I love seeing people’s lives enhanced, and having the privilege to be a part of the process. I thrive on coaching people to maximize the potential they have inside, and see Dale Carnegie courses as a vehicle for that transformation. I truly aim to live the principles, and took it is an enormous compliment when I heard another trainer say I was “like Dale Carnegie’s grand-daughter”.
At Dale Carnegie, I’m certified to facilitate the “Skills for Success” and “Delivering High Impact Presentations” curricula. I train these courses for adults and teens. They focus on: building confidence and flexibility, developing skills in public speaking and leadership, as well as skills for dealing with stress. At AAA, I’m also certified to train the “Leadership Training for Managers” and “Sales” curricula.
When I’m not “entertaining” participants in the ways of Dale Carnegie, you will often find me outdoors. I love tending the flowers and vegetables in my garden, camping in Big Bear, walking my Wheaten Terrier, Midas, at the Newport Back Bay, and exploring the cities I visit with AAA. We have regional offices all over the US, and I’ve found that I love to see the architecture, try new restaurants, and meet the locals. I rarely meet a stranger who stays a stranger for long.