Meet our Head Coach & Founder, Dale Fallon
If you have been following our blog the past few months, you may be wondering how The Communication Gym came to be. Read on to meet Dale Fallon, Head Coach & Founder of The Communication Gym.
First, tell us about The Communication Gym -- the words communication and gym aren’t often used together.
I officially opened The Communication Gym in 2005. At that time, I was already working as an executive and business coach, but I was disappointed with the programs offered in the training industry. I have always been an athlete, even coaching since I was 15 years old, and in 2005 I was actively practicing martial arts. The martial art method of demonstrating a skill before progressing to the next one really impacted my coaching philosophy. I began to focus on practicing and demonstrating fundamental skills with my clients and realized that I needed to offer a place to practice. Habitual practice leads to unconscious competence, and The Gym provides this space.
What is your mission?
For over 20 years my focus has been on one mission: to improve our quality of life by improving the quality of our communication. My ongoing practice of communication came down to wanting my communication to be aligned with my character. I have had the privilege to work with thousands of business owners, executives, sales professionals, and individuals across a wide variety of industries to help them build and enhance their communication competencies. Leveraging my corporate work, consulting skills, and black belt experiences, I have had the pleasure of sharing my belief in the dynamic and positive impact of meaningful, productive, and powerful communication with others.
When you aren’t in The Gym practicing with members, where are you most likely to be?
My other passion is to inspire athletes of all kinds to stay active, get outside, and do what they love. I created “My Pepper Challenge” as a way for me to share my love of Freestyle Volleyball and excite others about it while I support the Special Olympics at the same time.
What book or author has inspired you to be the leader you are today?
This is a tough question! I wish I could say just one book, but my leadership style has been influenced by diverse sources. I’ll share my top picks:
I read Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion by James Bach about 10 years ago and it transformed the way I perceived education. It empowered me by validating my way of learning.
The Tao te Ching by Lao Tsu, Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee, and Shambhala - The Sacred Path of the Warrior are three books that I pull off the shelf for a dose of guidance.
Of course, Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the Four Agreements by Don Ruiz, The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale, and finally Simon Sinek’s Start with Why and The Infinite Game are must-reads for anyone who is interested in becoming the best version of themself.
Thanks for joining us for our exclusive interview with our Head Coach. Contact us today to up your communication game!