Doing a Dale Carnegie Course

what do you do when you suck at something you’d rather not suck at?

Fix the problem :)

How do you get invested? Pay thousands of dollars & know the only person you’ll fail & disappoint is yourself.

Well, that’s what I’ve done anyway. And it really does change your attitude. I never would done group work/public speaking at university. In fact if I saw part of a course’s requirement was public speaking I didn’t do the course no matter how interesting it was.

So, I paid thousands of dollars & invested in a Dale Carnegie Course. Not ‘paid’ for a Dale Carnegie course ‘invested’ I think the difference in mindset is important.

As day one progressed I realised that it’s freaking easy to talk with strangers. It’s that whole be confident thing (which, for some of us, is less easy), no one knows you, so how you present yourself, the image you project of yourself is how people will see you (oh, clothes play some part in it, but I kind of like my scruffy English-literature-major attempting to look tidy appearance).

Why this course is helpful: so far

It’s the morning of day 2, I’m sipping coffee in the hotel where I’m staying (& where the course is being held). Between the wet weather & the air-con it’s cool and the soundtrack for this morning is easy-listening music & knives & forks on plates & business conversation.

People fly a lot. This lady last night who was sitting at a table to my left had been in Melbourne was now in Brisbane & would soon be jetting off someplace else tomorrow.

There are a lot of busy people bouncing around the place. And even meal time isn’t sacred.

As I sit here sipping my coffee writing this on my iPad, I realise this course’ll push my boundaries & put me in situations I’d normally avoid like the plague. But successfully completing this course won’t be what determines success.

I’ll be back at work on Monday. That will be the true yardstick with which to start measuring the effectiveness of this investment in the Dale Carnegie Course.

This stuff is all about real world application. And since this is only a 3 day immersion version of the course it’s pretty much ‘here’s the tools apply them in this setting & good luck in the real world.’

Which is good. It means if you really want to apply the principles in this course in real life you’ll consciously work on yourself. Or not. And if not, you’ll have learnt stuff, good stuff, & chosen not to implement them.

Already this course has been worth it. So it can only get better & more interesting from here. I’m looking forward to the next few days.

Thanks for reading.

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