Last week I attended a course at the local Dale Carnegie Traning facility. The course that I attended was High Impact Presentations. Going in I was a bit skeptical of what could be accomplished in 2 days but I was very pleasantly surprised. Here's the blurb on the class from their website: The experience in this seminar is as close as you can get to having a personal coach. You begin presenting from almost the moment you walk into the class. You present at least seven times over the course of two days. Your presentations are videotaped and evaluated. And you get expert, one-on-one coaching at the end of each presentation. The class was 15 people with 2 coaches. I was expecting to get videotaped and have the coach slam me on what I was doing wrong. But that didn't happen. They took the approach of focusin solely on the positives and by doing that the negatives go away on their own. I really found that this to work well. I usually judge myself on what I didn't do, not what I did and the transition from the first day to the last was fairly dramatic. I don't think I'm going to be the best presenter because of this class, but I got a lot in how to approach presenting and some tools to help in formulating the presentation to suit your objectives. If you are looking into training in this area, I would strongly recommend the Dale Carnegie coarse (and, NO, I don't get a referral). I just think it was a very well spent 2 days even amidst my current slammed work schedule. I'd be intereseted in hearing others views who have taken this course. -Joe