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Q#3: What Qualifiers Contributed to Your Success? (Interview with the Leadership Communication Coach)

February 28, 2016

4841-WebWhat qualifiers (education, experience, other) do you feel have most contributed to your success? 

I resisted my parent’s desire for me to go to college.  Figured I could make a fortune on my own terms.  A few years after high school, however, I enrolled in college. I excelled in verbal and written communication, which is what I do for a living. So higher education, for me,  was a good investment.

Nothing could replace what I learned from my mentors at the Dale Carnegie Courses group that hired me right out of college.  I worked with some of the best speakers, salespeople and teachers in the world.  Without learning to SELL training I would not be in business today.  And, of course, the Dale Carnegie Courses I took in Public Speaking & Human Relations, Sales and Management were great.

Taking the DISC Behavioral Style assessment and training was a great confirmation of my Dominant/Cautious Style – for better or worse.  I could instantly see DISC as a HUGE benefit to anyone who wants to get better at communication, relationships and people skills.  I’m certified as a DISC trainer and the time and money for the training and certification was well worth it.

I highly recommend Gonzaga University’s Online Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership Studies or the Master’s in Organizational Leadership. I took courses from both programs, and also earned a certificate in Servant Leadership.  Ultimately I chose the graduate degree in Leadership Communication because that’s my passion and it greatly enhanced my work.  I also earned a graduate level Leadership Coaching certificate from Avila University in preparation for applying for a credential through the International Coach Federation.

My experiential nature has put me in contact with MANY different types of people.  This is the best qualifier of all.  I’ve been in working relationships with men and women in entertainment, construction, health care, high tech, media, banking and dozens of other industries.  I’ve served people who were famous and those who were unknown but amazing.  It is, after all, a people business.

Stayed tuned for the next interview question: Why did you decide to go out on your own?  And what do you wish you had known then that you know now?    

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