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Have Soft Skills

I woke up to the realization that my calling was to help people in the construction industry become more successful people by talking, teaching, motivating, and inspiring them about the role of soft skills in our industry.

It is not enough to be good at doing the job. That’s about hard skills: knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is my goal to help good people like you reach your fullest potential by focusing on your soft skills.

Dennis was at IUPAT!

 Soft Skills Talks!

We are relaunching “Soft Skills Talks,” an initiative aimed at helping you navigate the ever-changing landscape of professional development in today’s world.

What’s In Store for You?
Each week, we’ll be delivering a fresh dose of insights, advice, and strategies in the form of engaging audio messages. These short, impactful clips will be your companion in honing those essential soft skills that can supercharge your career and personal growth.

 Why Soft Skills Matter:
In the fast-paced, interconnected world we live in, technical prowess is vital, but soft skills are the glue that holds it all together. Communication, emotional intelligence, adaptability, and leadership are just a few examples of the crucial abilities we’ll be delving into.

 Stay Ahead in Your Journey:
By subscribing to our Mailing list, you ensure that you never miss an episode. These bite-sized nuggets of wisdom will be delivered directly to your inbox, giving you the edge you need in today’s competitive landscape.

 How to Subscribe:
Don’t miss out on the chance to enhance your personal and professional life. Subscribe to our mailing list today and become a part of the Soft Skills Talks community. Simply click the “Subscribe” button on this page or head over to our YouTube channel to stay updated.


Steve Farber

Founder & CEO The Extreme Leadership Institute

“Dennis delivers his powerful, actionable lessons about people and service with great energy and humor. He gets everyone engaged, keeps their interest, and establishes a connection that goes much deeper than a typical speaker, trainer or facilitator. And while he comes from a storied career in the construction industry, his content will deliver a critical competitive advantage for anyone in any field. I’ve had him speak on my stage, and I highly recommend you invite him to present at your event, too.” —Steve Farber, Founder and CEO The Extreme Leadership Institute; author, Love Is Just Damn Good Business, Greater Than Yourself, and The Radical Leap

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Soft as Steel will help leaders in the construction industry and elsewhere understand the fundamental, vital importance of a person’s soft skills. The book’s title conveys the truth that soft skills are for people what steel is to so many structures – essential to building something strong that will last for a long time. Soft skills are the difference-maker for people: They are the qualities that are essential to building and maintaining relationships with people in all parts of their lives.

I am going to share conversations I had with a wide cross-section of folks in our industry so that you will understand how to maximize your potential, as well as better understand the people in your life at work, in your community, and at home.


Milo Riverso, Ph.D, PE, CCM, NAC

President, Manhattan College 

“Soft as Steel” provides tremendous insights and analysis that can serve as a guide not only for those in the construction industry, but for anyone in his or her day-to-day life interacting with others. Dennis’s focus on the more intangible skills that accompany a good communicator and leader, is a unique take for our industry that everyone could stand to benefit from. He also cites plenty of real-world examples, either from his own experiences or from his “conversation partners” that provide the reader with ample utility and value that will help them better engage with their clients, business partners and employees.”

Available for Events

Team Building

Motivational Speaking

Leadership Training

Professional Development

Educational Workshops

Upcoming Events

Supervisor Training Program
November 6-9, 2023
Wheeling, West Virginia

IUPAT LMCI Flooring Industry Summit
November 12-14,2023
Carlsbad, California

Estimating Essentials Program
Deceber 14-15,2023
St. Loius, Missouri

IUPAT LMCI Flooring Industry Summit
November 12-14,2022
Carlsbad, California

Supervisor Training Program
January 4-5, 2024
St. Loius, Missouri

Estimating Essentials Program
January 17-18, 2024
Cleveland, Ohio

Finishing Industries Forum
February 27-28, 2024
Las Vegas, Nevada

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