1999 Ultimate 14-Day Modeling
Course with NLP Master Practitioner Certification
Please note: These evaluations
do not represent every single student in the course. (One student
left early and as of 9/01/99 has not filled out an evaluation)
This is unusual. Normally we would be able to publish every
student's comments, but in this class we cannot. We did, however,
publish every single evaluation that we did receive.
"(Rex is) flexible, compassionate
and highly skilled. His depth of talent is really remarkable.
He seems to have boundless energy, staying up late into the
night with students, talking and answering questions. Truly
the kind of NLP teacher you dream about having.
I honestly feel that this program
is one of the very best two weeks I've ever experienced. Finally,
I learned what true NLP is about, after an unsatisfactory experience
with another organization. Rex and the staff have created an
absolutely amazing learning environment which really is 'whole-brained.'
I now understand what is meant by the saying 'NLP is an Attitude.'
It's about utilizing every single moment of life as a time for
growth and stretching the brain toward new learnings and new
achievements. Rex gets habits activated in the nervous system
that feel so great, they're hard to break!
I learned plenty of new techniques,
and new spins on timeworn NLP techniques of the past, but mainly
I learned how to activate my own brain in a totally resourceful
and powerful way at any time, giving me the ability to create
my own techniques on the spot. I learned how to easily and naturally
transmit wonderful feelings to another person in many ways.
It is clear to me now that feeling delightful and being powerfully
persuasive are one and the same.
This training hasn't been a vacation
--more like boot camp for success and happiness. Rex will constantly
stretch your limits and challenge you to go beyond what you
thought possible. When you emerge on the other side, you will
feel like a new person, bereft of all the limits you thought
you had. He doesn't just rev you up to high gear and send you
packing, with nothing but enthusiasm and hopes, like some other
trainers. He gives you incredible real world tools and attitudes
that will last a lifetime. If you take only one NLP training
in your life, the choice is clear --IDEA Seminars."
Seth Cauthorne, Hotel
Bellman, Denver Colorado
"Rex walks his talk - he is
100% congruent. Rex is personal and gets involved with his people
as friends. Rex is real and he is funny. Rex's background as
an actor is an invaluable addition to his mastery of NLP, because
modeling is after all, NLP.
Life is about living your purpose.
The meaning you make of your life creates your reality and how
enjoyable and fulfilling it is. This program fulfilled all my
expectations in acquiring the skill of modeling. I now have
the skill to easily and naturally create the life I desire by
modeling behaviors, feelings, and results that I find in anyone
who is doing something at an outstanding level.
I now have the knowledge of just
exactly how to find excellent people in sales and rapidly learn
at an accelerated rate how to be as good as they are. I already
have an excellent set of selling skills myself, and my new knowledge
of modeling will allow me extract additional distinctions from
others to take myself to an outstanding level in my life, in
our society, and in our world. I can see very clearly my future
many decades from now and it is great!
Thank you for putting together
and putting yourselves fully into this Rex, Carolyn, Tom, Erik,
Shamus Brown, Sales Entrepreneur/Eg.
Designer, San Rafael, California
"Dear Rex and Carolyn,
I want to take a few minutes to respond to your evaluation form.
Since I had to leave Cedar Valley early, I didn't get a chance
to finish it. I also wanted to say good-bye to Carolyn and to
thank both of you for putting together a really wonderful program.
I'm back at work, and I truly feel
that my life has been transformed in a very significant way.
It's hard to put my finger on it, but I think what has changed
is my attitude. Instead of feeling irritated at all the problems,
I now see them as challenges. I've adopted several of the strategies
we were taught as part of my daily routine: I do cross crawling
every day, I stop and remind myself to think of what is good
and new, and I use directed questions every morning to start
my day. I'm even beginning to use the language patterns with
colleagues and with my son. I find myself scanning for people's
meta-programs, and I am very aware of when people use complex
equivalencies. I'm also aware of when I need to chunk up or
down in presenting information, and I'm working on finding the
right level in conversations. I loved learning the sleight of
mouth patterns and find myself using them as well. In fact,
I am amazed at how much I was able to absorb in two weeks!
I am working now on finding ways
to help my teachers instill some of these practices into their
teaching. Perhaps the most important thing I learned is that
people learn best while they are having fun. I don't know why
it took me so long to realize the importance of that simple
fact. Adding the music and the cross crawling were also important
part of my learning. I'm trying to find a way to get this information
to teachers so that they really do it. I've already begun training
a group of about 17 of my staff in incorporating various NLP
strategies into their classroom, and so far, they really like
it. So I'm hopeful some of the information on managing states
and language patterns also helps them to become better communicators.
On a personal level, I have to
say that this seminar really helped me to continue integrating
spiritual components of my life. Building in the awareness of
living in the present (the good and new), writing all the things
for which we were grateful, reframing situations so that problems
become resources, going first, learning to model excellence,
and doing things differently - all of these practices are now
more entrenched in my consciousness and have helped to push
me to a new level of awareness. For this I am most thankful.
All in all, I have to say that
this seminar was one of the best things I have ever done. Many
thanks again for putting a lot of thought and effort into it."
Diann Richards, Supervisor
of English, Edison Public Schools, Edison, New Jersey
"(Rex is) down to earth, good
heart, caring, intelligent, inquisitive.
The 14-day modeling course was
wonderful! The course was an enjoyable blend of information,
exercises, and experiential processes. It was educational, I
developed skills and it was also a lot of fun. Rex sets a really
warm, humble and respectful environment that brings out the
best human qualities and connects the subject matter to our
lives. The physical environment was peaceful and beautiful as
well. I would highly recommend Idea Seminars to anyone that
wants to develop life changing skills based on neurolinguistic
John Paredes, Engineer,
"Rex continues to be the best
NLP trainer for anyone interested in self-improvement and a
full life. He has years of experience and that is reflected
in his trainings. He has gone beyond other trainers to provide
unique and useful advancements with compassion and genuine interest
in his students.
The master practitioner course
taught by Rex Sikes and Idea Seminars is just what its title
implies: mastery of the practice of NLP. Rex reinforces and
solidifies practitioner skills while going beyond with the advanced
skills for total mastery.
Rex Sikes' master practitioner
course is all about learning how to direct your mind and the
minds of others in useful and enriching ways. It is about filling
your mind with positive habits of questioning to cause your
mind to search for personally fulfilling answers. The addition
of Rex's 'MIND DESIGN' principles is a much needed extension
of NLP fundamentals.
The modeling, meta-model, meta-program,
sleight of mouth and language pattern drills and exercises are
an excellent way to make these skills your own.
Rex knows his stuff and is available
at meals and late into the night to answer questions or just
talk and share experiences.
I recommend this course to any
serious student of NLP. There is no better way to study and
learn NLP than through Rex' Practitioner and Master Practitioner
Kurt Arbuckle, Attorney,
"(Rex is an) excellent communicator,
trainer, teacher, good friend. Totally dedicated, funny. A joy
to learn from him, brilliant, articulate.
Fantabulous! Rex is the elite of
the elite in the areas of communication & learning. I've
attended all different types of training. Rex & Idea Seminars
has put together a learning experience that is unsurpassed.
His dedication, commitment & caring that you understand
and absorb the material shine through in his every word, thought
& action. If anyone were to ask me who they should see in
regards to NLP, hypnosis, communication skills or what they
could do to get more out of their life, I would point them in
the direction of Rex & Idea Seminars.
I will be applying so much of what
I've learned from Practitioner and Master Practitioner workshops
to my hypnosis shows & hypnosis business, and I am very
excited about starting Trainers Training. I see only success
after success in my future
Dan Pollack, Master Hypnotist,
"Rex is a bright mind and
even more than that a human being with a great heart. A teacher
of NLP with the heart of a father and a brother. Perhaps the
best NLP trainer in the world!
Up to this point, I have never
laughed so intensively, honestly and consistently through any
process of learning. This I'll take with me & share with
other through the rest of my life...and beyond.
Beyond developing an inner laughter
that allows me to be respectful of myself and other when faced
with difficulty; the chance to become a living breathing metaphor
of NLP was the best gift I have given to myself (and others)."
Leamsi "L J" Collazo,
Network Engineering Consultant, Annapolis, Maryland
"The program has just been
teaching new ways of lighting the candle of my life. It has
allowed me to change to resourceful states in seconds and adopt
new beliefs about how I can go through life however my past
may have been.
What has helped me most is to experience
the change by myself. It was me who did the changes, who chose
to. What Rex did was to show us how to reach the resources in
ourselves in an elegant, wonderful & delightful way. He
managed to put/inject fun in every minute of the training, challenging
Having been through many years
of therapy I was used to rely on the therapist. I didn't have
many tools to introduce & maintain fun & delight in
my life. Here I have been able to do it & experience &
not only these are new tools to consider my own life a blessing
but as well tools I can teach to my clients when my work with
them is over.
I have learned new resources &
how to get in touch/reach these resources instantaneously and
that has made a major shift in my perspective of life.
This seminar has been like a school
recess, having so much fun while learning major things to go
Rex, Carolyn & Sydney, thank
you, you have been resourceful & allowed me to feel at ease
and in friendly atmosphere.
I would advise anybody to take
this training because you will learn so much about communicating
with others & with yourself that will enable you to bring
fun & delight in your life & in the life of others."
Caroline DuBois, Psychotherapist,
"Rex obviously cares very
much about people and his use of rapport is excellent. Rex also
knows the material he teaches exceptionally well and he teaches
in a manner that causes you to learn very quickly. Rex is a
YES! YES! YES! The training I received
was excellent. Imagine your future...the best future ever...Then
imagine that you have found the key to that future....And know
that the key is the ULTIMATE MODELING PROGRAM taught by Rex
Steven Sikes. A future filled with more joy, more peace, more
laughter, more excitement, more love, more money, more friends,
more of whatever you are wishing for.
By taking this program I put the
key in the door and have made my future even more certain than
The goals I cam here with have
all been met. The comedy skit that I did is a much more powerful
resource than the firewalk. The resource triangle is a wonderfully
powerful tool that also teaches courage, it will definitely
be a tool that I will continue to use daily.
The MIND DESIGN that Rex uses to
teach is a stroke of genius. I have taken other trainings and
will recommend Rex to the people that are interested in moving
forward in their lives in even more dynamic ways.
Taking Rex's training has also
helped me to integrate my Practitioner Training.
The surroundings at Cedar Valley
Julian Siwek, Oracle
Database Administrator, Waynesburg, PA
"Rex is one of the most interesting,
funny and kind people I have ever come across. He really is
driven by helping people to learn to create the type of life
they want -- a life filled with love, joy, passion, excitement
and a sense of humor. Rex, simply put, is a wonderful and beautiful
person. Thank you Rex.
The 14 day practitioner training
that Rex and Carolyn put on for their student is wonderful.
This is the second year in a row I have trained with Idea Seminar's
and my experience over the last 14 days has been life changing.
If you are looking for ways to become more happy, alive, caring
and full of 'zest,' then training with Idea Seminar's is the
place for you!"
Trent Woodward, Property
Manager, Minnesota City, Minnesota
"Rex Sikes is a master at
what he does. He seems to know exactly what his students need
and want and shows them how to achieve it. He makes learning
fun and exciting. Rex was there for all of us from the beginning
of the day until the last student went to bed. Thank you Rex
for your Love and Caring!!!
Wow! What a joyous, delightful,
funfilled learning experience. This seminar was much, much more
than I ever expected it to be. Not only did I learn useful NLP
skills and techniques but I also took away something I believe
to be much more important. A new view of myself and the world
I live in. Everything was absolutely wonderful, the rooms, the
food and the peaceful surroundings of Cedar Valley. I met wonder
people who I now consider to be my personal friends. I believe
this experience has made deep and profound change in my life
and in doing so will allow me to help others to become all they
can be. I will definitely be back!!!
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!"
Michael McCarthy, Saugus,
"(Rex is) funny, challenging,
respectful, creative, smart, spiritual, and honest.
You may be looking for something
that gives you an edge in business, or that helps with your
relationships, or just something that makes you feel better
about yourself. I wanted all of those, and I have found them
in the training at IDEA Seminars. It is not a magic bullet,
except that it does bring things into your awareness that are.
The content of the Master Practitioner class contained much
that was new to me, even though my introduction to NLP was years
ago. There were days when my head seemed ready to burst with
all the stretching and new learning that it was doing. Things
I had studied in other classes three years ago suddenly became
clear to me. All of the participants brought special talents
which became clear as we progressed, learning to give to and
receive from each other.
As I look forward to returning
to my business life and personal life, or even my spiritual
one, I know that the skills and learning I have acquired here
will help me to understand others and myself, to influence and
appreciate them, and to have a life rich in tangible and intangible
rewards. I have specific plans for the next two weeks, and an
outline for the rest of my life, and I also have the flexibility
to change them and adapt as appropriate. Thank you, Rex, for
a terrific experience!"
Jim Bondelid, Philadelphia,
"(Rex is) very very knowledgeable,
presents the information in different ways so that you really
get it! Warm -- caring -- respectful.
Second helping was better than
the 1st! I took the 14-Day Practitioner in 1998 and by taking
the next step and doing Master Practitioner in 1999 not only
did I get to strengthen and enhance my Practitioner skills again
I got it at a much deeper level along with Master-Prac. I was
again reminded of how powerful what Rex teaches really is. I
believe that the environment of total immersion for 14 days
makes the changes even more powerful. Rex's teaching style incorporates
a fun learning environment along with a healthy dose of stepping-up
and doing on your own. I made my decision to return for Master
Practitioner because of Rex's style of teaching, along with
his respect to me on my challenges and stretching me past what
I thought was possible. One of the best values for my investment
Greg Hillman, Vice President,
Mullins & White Energy, Allen, Texas
"(Rex is) cool, fun, neat,
wise, monumental, knowledge, caring, touching, kind, understanding.
As I write these comments I find
tears coming to my eyes. I don't know what to say. How can I
use words to describe the most profound improvement in the quality
of my life that I've ever experienced. I wish there were a way
for others to really come to know how their experience of life
can be changed. This program has really allowed me to let myself
out from inside. Its made me a more expressive musician in many
ways & have a better stage presence. I guess part of it
was being ready finally to change but most of it was Rex. If
people learned these skills & ideas in school, the world
would be a great big grand playground for them & everyone
around them. I thought I made some big changes from practitioner
1 month ago, but this has allowed so many new & good changes
in myself. I'm not that religious but I thank the universe for
bringing me to Cedar Valley for 14 days of more new ideas &
integration. I am captivating, charming, funny, kind, gentle,
I guess I always was, but never let it come out because I was
afraid. I didn't learn here, rather I became something new &
wonderful. Something I'll look back on when I'm 80 yrs old as
being a turning point for many of my future successes. I found
out lots of New NLP stuff, but more importantly I learned how
to be happy, & how to let myself feel good more often. I
hope you can tell I'm speaking from heart about my experiences.
Thank you Rex. Thank you Carolyn. If you want to make permanent
wonderful changes in your life & experience 14 playful,
joyous, wonderful life-changing days Decide Now & Go. Nothing
is more important than what you will learn with Rex. I am privileged
to know them. I'm sure I will continue to thank you into the
future as the changes continue to bring me everything I always
Ken Hoffman, Copywriter/Musician,
"It is really difficult to
find the accurate words (at least in English). Rex is incredibly
good. An outstanding trainer. In my opinion, he has improved
a 1000% since 1994. I'm really happy for having taken the decision
It's really delightful to have
had the rare privilege of have participated in this 1999 NLP
Modeling Course. I feel very happy and lucky that I decided
to attend this seminar!
And being a participant of the
1994 Master Practitioner and a trainer with 25 years of experience
and five working with NLP, I can affirm that Rex has improved
a very big chunk since my last time. I learned a lot!!
This seminar has been of a great
impact in my life and in my future, and the possibilities are
Pedro Henriquez, NLP
Trainer, Caracas, Venezuela
"Rex is a great teacher who
seems to be focused first and foremost on creating an environment
for learning that's fun and filled with laughter.
I learned more during the Master
Practitioner than words can describe. The wonderful people,
great environment and superb teacher all helped this experience
become one of the best I have ever had! From the moment I arrived
at the Cedar Valley Center and saw the huge smiles on everyone's
faces all the way through the end of the incredible program
I was in a constant state of happiness. Everything we learned
and every exercise we did was amazingly fun. So when you attend
an IDEA Seminar be ready to laugh more than you have ever laughed
before while learning naturally and easily. As your sitting
there, reading about this seminar, don't take my word for it,
find out for yourself."
Charles Johnson, Student,
St. Paul, Minnesota
"Rex is the great trainer he is because he
give fully of himself & because of the principles he lives
& teaches by. Rex teaches by example, & the best example
he gives is his deep love for his wife & daughter & his
respect & love for each & every one of his students. And
his natural skill in all that he teaches shines through &
sets a wonderfully high standard for all of his students.
After having gone to IDEA Seminars
last year for Practitioner Training, I already knew the joyful
experiences I would have & the wonderful connections I would
make when I came back here. Yet, part of me felt that I already
knew the material & didn't necessarily need to be exposed
to it again. What I didn't realize fully at that time was the
new connections & 'a-ha's' I would make upon being exposed
once again to skills, strategies, principles & techniques
that I perhaps I had awareness of already, but had not yet fully
integrated into my life. And the wealth of new material &
models we learned extended my knowledge, skills & awareness
in directions I could not conceive of previously."
Dave Miller, Vice President
of Host Product Development, Teaneck, New Jersey
"(Rex is) the warmest, most
loving and experienced trainer I have met. The quality of your
attention to each individual, the special way you have of relating
to your students and validating our progress has turned this
experience into a unique adventure! Thank you for being you!!
Experiencing this training has
brought me more than any of the many seminars I have ever attended
and believe me, there were very wonderful ones! Where do I begin
to express the gifts I felt blessed with over and over again
during the programme? Laughter, delight, joy, fun, caring, warmth,
total acceptance, humour, emotion, sharing, unconditional love
were part of the every day package...And they were offered as
a 'perk,' freely, on top of all the meaningful, insightful and
profound learning opportunities which composed the 14 days we
Top quality training, very knowledgeable
trainers (including 1 year old precious Sydney from whom I learned
the art of letting go & being totally uninhibited!) and
an extremely well structured programme made this a special time
that I want to take with me and that I know will there for me
to remember wherever I go.
Having been in corporate training
for many years, I had tended to evaluate trainers during their
'performance' --at the risk of losing focus on the teaching...This
time however, I was so taken by the way Rex offered me his gifts
and encouraged me to gently consider new and loving ways to
look at life, that I dropped my 'training hat' on day one and
it's still off!
Learning, growing and feeling empowered,
knowing how naturally and easily I will find myself integrating
all that I have experienced since the day I got here makes me
feel rejuvenated, energised, loved & loving.
Thank you Rex, Carolyn, Sydney,
Erik, Jerry & Tom"
Monique Tritten, Training
Consultant & Future Therapist, Geneva, Switzerland