Simply life changing…
- This course was life-changing for me and I am grateful that I got to take part in it. In the duration of three days, I can notice the difference in the way I communicate and present in front of people and it increased my confidence. It made me aware of my own weaknesses and how I can effectively improve myself. My coach made me go out of my comfort zone and pushed me in order to perform better. Overall, I have enjoyed every moment of this class…
This workshop was simply life changing. They were NOT kidding when they said they were going to stretch us! I grew exponentially in the span of three days and I am eager to continue to apply the invaluable knowledge I have earned.
The communication and presentation skills training was a life-changing experience for me. Although it was for 3 days only, it was SO POWERFUL. When I compare myself before this training and after, there’s a huge difference! I would absolutely recommend this training…
Really was pleasantly surprised of the outcome and of the improvement that I saw only in three days. The instructors were lovely and always so helpful. I can’t wait to incorporate whatever I learned into my life and my work life to see that shift in energy.
It was not an ordinary presentation course, it was a course that had truly changed me, it made me more confident and able to speak publicly without being stressed or nervous. The improvement that I noticed from day 1 to day 3 was incredible. Although it was only a three-day course, I believe it’s effect will last way longer. The coaches were really helpful, supportive, kind and truly professional.
I think it was one of the most amazing courses I have ever taken, it was really interesting, and I have learned so much more than I had expected to.
A Complete Transformation
I am a graduate of Alan Carroll’s “Mindfulness in Action” development program, and I am also a long-standing alumnus of Alan’s presentation and communications curriculum since 1997. Over these past 23 years, Alan has engaged my work force at four separate companies, and the results are consistent and compelling – a complete transformation of unconfident, nervous public speakers and presenters into clear-thinking, memorable and effective communicators.
Clear and concise communications are essential in military operations, and especially for the SOF community, which must keep pace with a time-sensitive, event-driven operational tempo. Alan has taken the business of communications and presentation skills development to a whole different level, and in doing so, he has “changed the game” dramatically. By combining years of know-how and rigor in communications skills enablement with well-known but often overlooked techniques for improved mindfulness, Alan develops communicators that speak with greater confidence, clarity and impact. Improved decision making and better opportunities to “own space and time” are greatly improved in stressful environments. This is what Alan does!
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to provide a hardy recommendation for Alan and his Mindfulness in Action Workshops. Semper Fi!
Magic in the Practical Application
The workshop I received from Alan Carroll has drastically changed the way I communicate with others. His week-long workshop was the only training I received that I can say was fun yet extremely beneficial to myself. The materials were easy to read and follow, but the magic was the practical application. I remember having Alan talk and demonstrate how to properly speak to groups, and his charisma and voice grabs your attention. People can effectively communicate deadlines, job tasks, or talk about their day. However, they can’t effectively talk in front of others and Alan breaks it all down while creating a safe environment to practice in.
I have presented projects in front of my classmates in school from an early age, or even gave mission briefs in front of the Marines I was in charge of. I thought that I was great at speaking, but after watching myself and hearing Alan’s feedback, I found out that most of my colleagues made the same mistakes and I had a lot to improve. After group or individual coaching, I slowly watched myself and my classmates get better. He had us record every speech and see the transition through this week. I slowly noticed that I was more confident, less stiff, and I had to focus less on what I was doing. I was able to easily talk about a topic without using filler words, and I found myself controlling a situation regardless of the participant’s interaction. Some things are out of my control, such as opposite viewpoints, questions, attitudes, or over dominant individuals. Dealing with these situations are common in the corporate world, and being able to navigate them is only a trait that a handful of people have.
After completing this class, I was able to use these skills while working for the world’s largest consulting firm, Deloitte. I found myself well prepared for team calls, client meetings, or by instructing classes. I have successfully presented product demos for newly installed software for various clients, and the feedback I received was nothing but stellar. I progressed to teaching employees the course material for the CompTIA Security+. Even with the large amount of information this certificate training covers and the industry changes due to COVID, I was still able to use these skills to effectively communicate the material which led to many practitioners passing the certification exam. If I never took Alan’s course, I would have not been as successful as I am now.
Essential for Every Organization
Alan Carroll & Associates, LLC has been a pivotal segment of our NS2 Serves program by providing the Advanced Communication Skills Workshop to our Veteran students since 2014.
The ACSW has been proven to help NS2 Serves Veteran students realize they can choose to respond rather than react. They learn how to listen and recreate what is being shared, which helps others feel heard & understood. Additionally, these positive communication techniques help reduce the adverse effects of PTSD, aid in sleeping soundly, and cultivating positive professional and personal relationships.
This three-day workshop bonding opportunity creates a safe space for breakthroughs while experimenting with their newly acquired mindfulness communication tools.
NS2 Serves alumni consistently share with me that Alan Carroll & Associates changed their lives in the three-day workshop. These Veterans feel their communication skills are forever changed resulting in lasting and positive relationships. Based on the success of our Veteran alumni, the ACSW is essential for every organization.
An Investment in My Professional and Personal Growth
I had an opportunity to participate in Alan Carroll’s Advanced Communication Skills Workshop. Learning how to connect with one person in the audience centered me to unleash the true power of connecting to another. By including techniques like focusing on a centerpoint, the mighty “Power of the Pause,” and breathing exercises prior to and during speaking, I was able to deliver my messages clearly with time to think through answers to questions given to me. Alan’s class is designed to bring out your innate active listening skills. I now have a different mindset when asked to speak at work or community events. The environment in class is mindful, creating a safe space to experiment with the content being taught. A stimulating, entertaining two days that was an investment in my professional and personal growth.
Understanding the Power of the Pause
What I learned from that short few days course has stuck with me to this day.
Alan brought the best out of myself and my classmates, in many different aspects. We were taught how to meditate and bring peace to oneself, while actively listening. Engaging total strangers with effective communication methods. Making conscious choices rather than reacting was a help for me tremendously in personal relationships, as well. Alan taught everyone in our class to be mindful of all our words and thoughts.
What happened in this class was nothing short of amazing. I keep in touch with all my classmates to this day. Insecurities were thrown away and left behind, friendships were formed, and pure connection was established. As a class, we were thrusted into sharing ourselves with strangers. We were also taught that fear was just an obstacle to overcome because taking the stage to share something is truly an honor. People literally want to hear what you have to say. Fear is just pre conceived notion that there is judgement from others coming. Alan helped us all understand that is not our concern. That it really is just that person’s own fear of themselves.
This year, I will be speaking at the 2020 United States Marine Corps Ball in Northern Virginia. I have spoken and presented many times at my work. I am now a Solution Developer for Deloitte. Alan’s workshops are created from a passion and desire to help others reach their potential. The training is challenging, is a family atmosphere and is something I will fully endorse. After completion, I gained more confidence. I can now share more of my own personal story and understand that: “I can speak when I want to speak and stop when I want to stop”. I understand there is power in the action, pausing.
The training was incredible, and I have already noticed a difference in my confidence to speak in any situation.
The Program is Essential
Alan and his team give the students a new perspective & experience about reacting vs. responding to life situations they face every day.
This workshop engages students in personal & group coaching to give them actual experiences of mindfulness. It reduces anxiety & stress while building their confidence as they journey down the path of transforming from an unconscious, conditioned, automatic, amateur speaker to a conscious, relaxed, professional mindful speaker.
I highly recommend Alan and his team.