Dale Carnegie Training

Dale Carnegie began teaaching communication classes to adults at the YMCA in New York in the early 1900's. His books, including How To Win Friends And Influence People have been published in 38 languages and sold over 50 million copies.

The Dale Carnegie Course was first run in 1912 and it is one of the key courses still offered today by Dale Carnegie Training. It's usually an evening class running one evening per week for 12 weeks.

In fact I know this course because I enrolled on it in the late 1980's in London. The course completely changed my attitude to public speaking. For me the 12 week format (as opposed to a single day seminar) was vital because there was time to absorb the lessons from week to week.

I can honestly say that I was very scared about standing on my feet and speaking to a group at the start of the course. By week 12, however, I had gained a huge amount of confidence. In addition, I learnt some key tips that haves stayed with me ever since.

Here are some of the top tips that I remember.

Tip 1 - Be enthusiastic. Simply this is a question of making yourself feel excited about your topic. After all, if you're not interested by your speech you can't expect your audience to be. This ties in with Tip 2.

Tip 2 - If possible, only speak about a topic that interests you. Yes, it has to interest your audience too, but selecting the right topic will make your task a lot easier.

Tip 3 - Start your talk with something that will grab your listeners' attention.

Dale Carnegie training runs many self development and leadership courses and it does offer a one day success public speaking seminar.

To find details of Dale Carnegie courses at a location convenient to you can visit the Dale Carnegie web site.

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