This Wednesday, I attended my second Dale Carnegie course, which was filled with more incredible skills to add to my toolbox.
We did our first two minute speech this evening. Each person had to speak about something that happened to them in their past, that was a turning point for them, and what trait they believe they now possess as a result of that event?
I spoke about my trait of resiliency, and used examples in my personal life and career where I had to pull a hat trick to get my life back online when I had some unexpected curve balls thrown at me. A good example of this resiliency is in my article, “Not All Mortgage Brokers are Created Equal.”
Public speaking is not a huge stretch for me, but it certainly was for many in the group. It was interesting to hear everyone’s stories and to hear them describe their own trait. It was also awesome to see that despite people’s nerves, everyone did extremely well with their speeches. I was inspired and in awe by many of the stories I heard this week from my classmates.
The real wow factor this week came from learning a solid template, or tool, on how to memorize lists of information. This memorization tool provides a system to be able to recall information on a moments notice. Of course I am not going to give away any Dale Carnegie trade secrets, but I will say that the method they taught felt a little unorthodox at first. However, when I followed the steps, I found that it worked! I couldn’t dispute the results. We were given a list of random items. We numbered each item in sequence, and using this memorization technique, I was actually able to recall this list of items in a way that I never thought possible.
I always spoke negatively about my memory (or lack of memory). When people would ask me to do something or remember something, I would always make sure that I wrote it down, or immediately put it in my blackberry to make sure I didn’t drop the ball. I realized on Wednesday that I do not have a bad memory at all, I just didn’t have this trick to help me. Now, I believe I have a fantastic memory and a new skill.
Last, but certainly not least, we covered the nine Dale Carnegie principles of how to enhance relationships. Many of them were common sense, but all of them were good reminders. Of course, we used our new memorization technique to ensure that we could recall those nine principles at a moment’s notice should we need them.
With two weeks of Carnegie training under my belt, I am actually more impressed after week two, than I was after week one. This experience just keeps getting better and better!