by Yolanda K.
I was an HR Generalist at Altec when I first heard about Dale Carnegie Training. Working very hands on with the manufacturing plant, I was facilitating weekly meetings and doing a lot of “public speaking.” There was a time when I was very afraid of public speaking. I had little confidence in my abilities… I didn’t feel like I was any good at it. Little did I know, Dale Carnegie Training was about to change all that.
I went into the first week of class very enthusiastic. I met my instructor, Robert Daniel, who by week 2 was calling us all by name. It stuck with me that he knew my name right away. I immediately learned first hand how important that one small gesture made me feel as an individual.
Over the course of 8 weeks, I began to feel more comfortable and confident. I started to own the room when I gave my talks. I went from being completely afraid to feeling unstoppable. I embraced each session and took on the challenges with as much enthusiasm as possible. And by week 6, I was able to put my new confidence and communication skills to the test. I walked in to an interview for a promotion with a confidence I had never known before. I had developed into a trusted leader and I got the promotion!
I learned a lot about myself over those 8 weeks. I walked away a better communicator who was equipped to deal with stress and anxiety with greater ease. I found that even when things get tough, you should never criticize, condemn, or complain (Dale Carnegie’s 1st Human Relations Principle). I’ve become better at recognizing and acknowledging when I, as a leader, make a mistake and the impact that can have on others.
I started this process thinking that the Dale Carnegie Course was a public speaking course. I learned that it’s so much more than that. You learn to look at things differently. You learn to compliment each other. You learn valuable principles about managing stress. I would recommend this course to anyone. It changed my life! If I had to boil down my Dale Carnegie experience into 3 words, they would be this: “Absolutely amazing course.”