A Bigger Picture


A Bigger Picture

My son Lincoln received a drone for Christmas, and he’s been putting it to good use. The perfect
opportunity came during our spring-break trip to Anna Maria Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Lincoln set his alarm early to capture some sunrise videos. They’re beautiful! It’s so cool to see the island from an aerial view.

Our clients tell us that’s the effect of Dardis training: You suddenly see a different perspective, a bigger picture. You think about the why and the how of every communication. You treat a presentation as a form of hospitality. And, perhaps most importantly, you see yourself in a new light – as a work in progress, a lifelong learner. You’re filled with an expansive sense that more is possible. And it is.

Here’s to seeing the bigger picture!



President & CEO



3 Key Elements of Non-Verbal Communication

When it comes to the impact of communication, only 7 percent is influenced by what you say. The rest is determined by how you sound and how you look. Mastering those crucial non-verbals sets our clients apart. We coach them in these three areas:

1. Body Language
Body language can convey much about ourselves and our level of interest. Folded arms suggest you’re not open to what’s being said. Someone who is receptive to a message may sit or stand directly facing the speaker, with hands open (on the arms of the chair or at their sides). The listener might even lean forward to show interest.

2. Eye Contact
Making eye contact lets the speaker know you consider her message important. And a lack of eye contact is a clear indicator of disinterest. Eye contact is oxygen for a conversation, helping it flow and allow rapport to develop. If you’re making good eye contact, you’re less likely to interrupt — and you’ll be able to detect when the speaker is finished with his point.

3. Tone of Voice
Pay attention to volume, pitch and pace: These cues offer insights into a speaker’s true feelings. Understanding how someone says something can help you discern frustration, sarcasm, agreement or confidence.

Nonverbal communication matters. Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

Learn how to master your nonverbal communication skills through a Dardis Professional Presence, Image & Etiquette seminar.

Recommended Reading

Shonda Rhimes was missing out on big opportunities, held back by her shy disposition and insecurities. When she vowed to say yes to the things that scared her for a whole year, an amazing journey unfolded, as chronicled in this book. Becoming a confident speaker, in particular, unlocked doors she never dreamed would open.

Client Testimonial

“Great approach! Step-by-step learning and applying skills.”

-Iowa manager and graduate of “Leadership Presentation & Image Skills” 

2022 Public Schedule


Leadership Presentation & Image Skills 

June 15th & 16th – Des Moines

September 13th & 14th – Des Moines

November 2nd & 3rd – Des Moines

Consultative Selling Skills

July 20th & 21st – Des Moines


Communication Skills Training 

May 10th & 12th

October 4th & 6th

Audience Connection.

Any Time.


Now is the perfect time to develop your virtual communication skills for video calls, conferences, webinars, and virtual meetings. Harness a virtual advantage and develop the core skills necessary to connect with audiences no matter their physical location.

Learn More About Virtual Communication Skills Training

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