IDEA Seminars NLP Master Practitioner Training for 1996
Evaluations from IDEA Seminars NLP Master Practitioner Training August 10-23, 1996 (every student in the class is represented here).
"(Rex is) humorous, deep/spiritual, highly intelligent
and articulate, kind, and full of energy. Before attending this
program, I kept having a dream in which I saw an Indian Chief's
face. His message was that he was waiting for me to come to America
- to Cedar Valley Center - to IDEA Seminars - that I must make
the journey - it was important! Imagine my surprise when I arrived
and saw a statue of an Indian Chief sitting at the door to Cedar
Valley Center! The grounds are filled with Indian art and statues!
I now know exactly why I was meant to come here - the course has
enabled me to re-access my purpose, to find the love, spirit,
passion and freedom that I had chained down with the poison of
my own thoughts. The experience has enabled me to break free and
to find the key to unlock all that has always been inside me.
I have learned how to dance, laugh and have fun again, how to
relax and both enjoy and be fully in the moment. The experience
has brought me back to life! The best thing is that I did it myself!"
Jarvis, Training and Personal Development Consultant, New
Learning Programmes, England
"(Rex is) one of the very best listeners I have
ever had the pleasure of meeting. He, and Carolyn, are people
who care about you, your striving, your challenges, your concerns.
Rex is one of the most profoundly powerful communicators, yet
he never towers over you on a stage. He walks his talk, and talks
his walk, but WITH you in the trenches. As a professional networker
with some 35,000 people in my organization, I'm primarily a trainer
and I have modeled many excellent trainers, from Richard Bandler,
to Anthony Robbins, Zig Zigler, Jim Rohn, just to mention a few,
and to say that Rex towers above them all would be beside the
point because he doesn't need the platform, the lights, the position,
and ego. Rex holds his own against anyone I have ever heard and
seen, primarily because he really cares about his students. He
did the training WITH me - he was there at breakfast, in the class,
at dinner, out in the evening with his students - and he never
stopped. I made profound changes in my career, personal relationships
and in my relationship with my self, more than was possible to
conceptualize. I would and will do a program with him and Carolyn
again. If I had children, I would want them to come, my parents,
family, friends and just about everyone in my life - hell, even
strangers I haven't met yet! If you really are looking for a change,
a life change - part of your curriculum should include Rex and
Carolyn. Thanks guys! Dan."
Anderson, Diamond Executive, Quorum Int'l, Bruxelles, Belgium
"Rex is a great teacher, sympathetic counselor
and friend. He is capable of giving what I needed, of provoking
my best response and patient with the time it took me to integrate
all this. I really loved this program. I learned far more than
I expected, even though I have studied with Rex before. I jumped
in, took the invitation to grow to heart, opened myself to what
Rex was doing. As a result, I think my joy in life has increased,
I have more skills to be in respectful rapport with others, my
understanding of NLP and how it integrates with my life has been
deepened. Rex is a very giving guide into the heart of NLP and
it's attitude. His openness, his amazing ability to adapt to the
student so that each student benefits astonishes me. I hope he
had as much fun with this process as I did. Carolyn is a delight
to know and work with. Her style is very different from Rex, but
she is also fantastically insightful and supportive. The program
drew the important connections that I really needed to make NLP
and Mind Design work for me, now and in the future. Cedar Valley
is awesomely beautiful."
Shore, Director of Consulting, Oak Systems, St. Paul, MN
"(Rex is) 'cool'! (He is) knowledgeable and caring.
(He) tailors the training to the needs of the group. Very accessible.
Having Carolyn and Rex present at meals and after evening sessions
was great. I have grown a lot during the past 14 days in my ability
to choose my thoughts and focus my attention. I can get unstuck
very quickly because the first sensations of being stuck now trigger
my resources. Being happy always is a delightful possibility.
We have practiced new language patterns until they are becoming
automatic. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested
in personal growth or new skills in business. I have laughed more
in the past two weeks than I have in months and Cedar Valley is
a delightful setting for a workshop. This experience was a fabulous
gift to myself. Well worth both the investment of my time and
Hidalgo, Waukegan, IL
"Rex is a guy who brings a world of exciting
and unusual living experiences to a platform (NLP) that can make
some dramatic differences to others. Carolyn is a bright star
who shines even more brightly during her brief appearance with
Rex in front of the group. 100 times the value for the money and
that's a low figure."
Doherty, President Bright Ideas, Haverford, PA
"(Rex is) dynamic, powerful, moving. Rex Steven
Sikes is an experience, an imaginative interior designer. He intuitively
know just what we need at any given moment. Quite uncanny and
absolutely right. Carolyn is extremely brilliant and gentle with
the exploring questions, guiding us with ease. Experiencing Rex
Steven Sikes in the seminar is what keeps me coming back. He steps
right into my map of the world and shows me how to make it bigger,
brighter, more powerful - and he won't let me hide behind myself.
Thus I am forced to see just how incredible I am - still becoming
- even more. Cedar Valley was perfectly clean, tons of food, lots
of choices, great and perfect!"
Tretick, Director Carefree Healing and Wellness Center,
"I came expecting something more like my prior
training: a series of well-taught techniques and a bit of emphasis
on attitude. When I didn't receive my expectations I vacillated
in my feelings about the program. What I am leaving with, however,
is this: a solid understanding of my own self, power, and goodness
- a grasp of what makes NLP work, BEHIND the techniques, and an
inventive sense of becoming, evolving toward BEING NLP rather
than simply a Master of techniques. This is ultimately worthwhile
in the broadest sense of the word."
Linehan, Assistant Professor Psychology, William Penn College,
"(Rex is) accessible, kind, expertise, gentle,
congruent, skillful, attentive, responsive, enthusiastic. Carolyn's
light shines bright in support, laughter and in the flawless unfolding
of the experience. When you watch a skilled magician, you are
amazed, entertained, intrigued, curious and you scan for ways
they could have achieved seemingly miraculous occurrences. Even
as they explain or answer your questions you sense the missing
pieces of information necessary for you to re-create and build
your own expertise. Such withholding can be common in the NLP
community. In contrast, Rex generously and with commitment provided
the empowering pieces of information, skill, or models, because
his purpose is clearly in empowering his students, resourcing
them, equipping them. It is clear that his greatest joy is in
YOUR excellence, not his own. Rex provides a foundation of skill
and learning for each student and his commitment to each individual
is obvious. If you want a fish go elsewhere, if you want to learn
how to fish, see Rex."
Donakey, Trainer/Consultant, Beginning Point, Baton Rouge,
"Rex has demonstrable skill that soars far beyond
many of the world class NLP trainers that I have experienced.
He is an example of what NLP is intended to be; a mastery of your
own life. I am very impressed with his ability to facilitate learning
and transfer of skill. This training is something I will take
into my life now and through the future. The skill level of Rex
is unbelievable, and he has the personal power that is extremely
useful to model. He is absolutely exquisite with language patterns.
I was impressed with my own personal growth and the growth of
the ones around me. It was like a roller coaster ride to successful
learnings. I now know what it means to be a Master Practitioner
of NLP - to live life in your most desired way, and to assist
others in the same. I think this training should be a required
training within the NLP community to obtain Master Practitioner
level skills. Thank You Rex and Carolyn!! Cedar Valley is fantastic
and a great value."
S. Soto, Trainer/Consultant,
Accelerated Communications Group, Oskaloosa, IA
"Rex teaches by demonstrating. He appeals to
both the conscious and subconscious mind. Rex lives what he teaches,
all the while challenging the student to move forward, learn,
learn, and learn. He puts NLP into a whole-world, spiritual context
so that the tools of NLP can fit into a coherent reality. Carolyn
is a unique and delightful woman who is indispensable in this
program. I really enjoyed being a part of this master practitioner
program. I feel that the NLP language skills are especially powerful
and I can see just how my future is being created as a wonderful
and powerful experience which will only serve to set a pace for
further growth in my life and the lives of the people I touch.
Extra bonuses were the personal breakthrough which I experienced
personally or witnessed in others. It was a real joy to share
my life for 14 days with some really wonderful and distinct individuals
who will always be an important part of my life and who I am."
Reitzel, vice president, Cleveland, OH
"(Rex) always give 100%. He makes it very clear
that he is there to give you exactly what you want and need. He
does this in a way that sets you up to make your own profound
discoveries. If you want to understand and know NLP, this is it!
There are some NLP trainings that teach you how to be a great
cook - but you're still a cook. Rex and Carolyn teach you how
to be a great chef. You don't need techniques because you know
how to work with any ingredients to create sumptuous incredible
change. The cordon blue of NLP and life if you want and crave
a stretch - this is the place!"
(Name withheld upon request), Portland, OR
"Rex is an extraordinary example of how much
energy, passion and love we can all experience in our lives, by
striving to keep our own candles lit. Rex creates an environment
where people can make real connections and maintain those connections
for all time. The whole IDEA Seminars crew were great. Carolyn's
insights and openness are greatly appreciated. Rex and Carolyn
build an environment that makes it easy for us to learn and grow.
The closeness I have experienced lets me know that everything
I have experienced with stay with me for the rest of my life.
I think everyone should take the time to experience what learning
can be like with Rex and Carolyn. Cedar Valley is very comfortable,
excellent variety in food, great! I love all the smiling faces."
Olson, Consultant, The Advance Group, Inc., Edina, MN
"(Rex is) undeniably the best! His ability to
make you think about, challenge and nurse new and old beliefs
is life changing. All in a super-fun and challenging learning
environment. I'm amazed how much more I learned taking Master
Practitioner over again - I learned so many new concepts, skills
and attitudes that elevated me to a new level. I was a little
skeptical about taking Master Practitioner program a second time,
thinking I wouldn't be learning a lot and just rehashing old material.
I couldn't have been more wrong. I learned so many, so, so, many
new concepts and skills than I ever thought possible. Even in
the things I know pretty well, Rex challenged me to push further,
and further. And I did and I love the results. I came in with
pretty high expectations, thinking if I ask for mars, I may get
the moon. What a surprise it was for me when I walked away with
Pluto! My expectations were met the first week, leaving me all
the rest of the time to further my exploration into unchartered
space. What a great feeling, knowing you've not only accomplished
everything you needed to, but going further into new realms and
relaxing in the feeling of 'I did it!!' Amazing. Thanks Carolyn,
for all your help, support and laughter. You've been and still
are a true gem to me. Just continue to be you, that's the best
for me. XXXOOO!! Thanks, Jim."
Harris, Bar Manager, Tavern on the Pier, Chicago, IL
"(Rex is) a very genuine human being. Carolyn
is also a very real human being. The assistants were there when
needed, skillful in helping when necessary and always supportive.
My sense of joy now penetrates the world."
Ossorio, Professor of Humanities, Seiwa College, Nishinomiya,
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