I'm a Dale graduate. My wife paid the $1995.00 and gave me the course as a gift. I was reluctant at first, but it was from my wife and she did pay the money. So, I took it. The first time I was not even closely prepared to take it. So I dropped out. Took a month or two processing what I had already heard, called them and signed up for another class and started over.
That's one good thing, once you sign up, you can take it as many times as needed. I was successful with the 12 week class, there is also an 8 week, a 3 day. I could not keep up on the 8 week, much less a 3 day.
It changed my life tremendously. I'm almost 50. My wife and I have both had the Dale Course, HIP Course, she has had the Advanced Dale Course.
Imagine reading "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and as you read it, you have a coach in front of you showing how each thing is suppose to look. Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
Their are two other books that are used as curriculum. This course is College accredited, if the company you work for has a tuition reimbursement policy, it qualifies - University of Central Missouri.
If you decide to take it, be prepared to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. You will be looking at your core being and transforming from the inside out.
Dale Carnegie believed we are all born leaders, but it is how we develop as leaders as to how good of a leader we will be. The foundational Dale Course teaches us how to lead ourselves, because to be a good leader, we must first learn how to lead ourselves.
The Advanced Dale teaches us how to then transfer that and lead others.
I have heard of several people that took the Dale course and afterwards, got promoted, another person I know took the Advanced and was promoted to GM of the entire facility where they worked, and the credit was given to them taking the course.
My wife has been promoted and is now over several states, she credits it to the Dale Carnegie courses.
Look for a free DCC Session. Dale Carnegie is one of the only training companies that provide a free session to demonstrate their teaching methology.
After years of back breaking construction, I took this course, got the highest award of achievement and then a year later went to work for them. That's how drastic it changed me.
I see all the leads that come in and 1/4 of the leads come from other training companies borrowing material from Dale Carnegie, 101 years old this year.
I wish you the best in making the decision you feel is right for you, hope this all helps.