Is the Dale Carnegie Course a good fit for me?

January 14, 2011

Raise your hand if you'd like to be a more effective communicator.

As a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course, I know what your reservations are about taking it.

“Isn’t it expensive?”

“How do I know if it’s a good fit for me?”

“Will I be put on the spot all the time?”

“Will I have homework?”

“How will I have time to take it and still accomplish all of my daily duties at home and at work?”

I know these are your reservations, because they were mine. There’s always that fear of the unknown, the fear of looking like a fool and having to speak in front of people when you’re absolutely crippled by the idea. My advice: Just do it.

It sounds simple, but it’s true. If you have reservations about taking the course, it’s likely because you’ve heard from family members, friends or co-workers who have sung its praises or even recommended that you take it. It’s the world’s oldest professional development training program for one reason: because it works.

I left the course a better public speaker, a nicer person, and — most importantly for me — a more confident person. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking to elevate themselves both personally and professionally.

Dale Carnegie Training of Mid & Northern Michigan will be offering the Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Humane Relations/Skills for Success in three cities starting at the end of January and in February.

Flint, Michigan

Tuesday, Jan. 25

6 to 9:45 p.m.

Saginaw, Michigan

Thursday, Feb. 3

6 to 10 p.m.

Cadillac, Michigan

Thursday, Feb. 24

8 to 11:30 a.m.

And if you want to talk to somebody within the organization about your fears, questions and your goals for a course like this, we’re always here to listen. Contact Dan Handley at

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Photo credit: Ralph Zuranski

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