I can’t speak for other classes, but in my experience with the Dale Carnegie Course through Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan, there’s a point at which the dynamic changes. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment in time, because it’s a gradual process, but it is palpable.
The change I’m referring to is the point at which you stop seeing your classmates as simply that, and you start seeing them as friends. I’ve blogged already about how people in these classes become united in a shared sense of vulnerability, but it definitely begins to morph into something more.
This past week, we were asked to share a slice of our lives that demonstrated a situation in which we have conquered stress and worry. To protect the privacy of my fellow classmates, I won’t share any specific examples from Monday night’s class, but I assure you, there were some fierce examples of courage. And when people share these types of experiences that seem impossible to overcome, you begin to realize the caliber of the people you’ve been spending 4 hours a day with for the past 10 weeks.
And when you realize that, you’re both humbled and grateful that they’ve decided to share a part of their lives with you.
I’m confident that some of the relationships I’ve fostered throughout the course will carry on past this experience, and I just hope that I’ve left half the impression on them as they have on me.
For those who have also taken the class, have you had a similar experience? Please feel free to share in the comments. And if you want to learn more about how the training can help you in your personal and professional life, fill out the short form in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and we’ll get back to you shortly.