Before I get started there are a couple of things I need to say about Landmark for preface and transparency.

  1. I have taken the first two Landmark curriculum classes.  The Forum and The Advanced Course.  I also signed up for and completed the first work day of the third and final course (Self Expression and Leadership Program – SELP) before ending my relationship with Landmark.
  2. I got it.  Landmark transformed me just as promised.
  3. I think that Landmark has a lot to offer just about everyone.

Ok, now that that is out of the way I also have to say that I strongly disagree with many of their practices.

The teachings are incredible and if you can give yourself over to the process then amazing things can happen in your life.

  • I have found and asked for forgiveness
  • I have released a ton of my baggage and see my past for what it was and not what I made it into.
  • I have new clarity on why I have acted the way I have, chosen the relationships I have chosen and made the choices I have made.
  • I can see what is holding me back and where my failures have come from.
  • I have learned how to express gratitude and ask for help.
  • I am more comfortable with discomfort.
  • My fear is subsiding.
  • I have joy in my life.
  • I have a new level of confidence  and know that I am fully prepared for whatever lies ahead and that what lies ahead is whatever I dream it could be.
  • So so much more.

You would think with all that and more I would be shouting from the rooftops that everyone should absolutely stop whatever they are doing right now and sign up to take these courses.  Unfortunately every time I speak of Landmark I have to add a ton of caveats about the downsides of this company.

Along side a very good curriculum is a very poor marketing plan.  They are constantly pushing you to bring people to the program.   And the further you get in the better the curriculum gets and the more they push bringing people in.   It is distracting and unnecessary and I have told them so.

I spent a lot of time during the Advanced course being angry about this, but I also try to remind myself that everything they do is orchestrated to bring up certain emotions and help you face your fears.  And the expectation of bringing people to the program definitely did that for me, ultimately helping me break my cycle with expectation and failure.  So, it’s not all bad.

But, I think all that could be accomplished without pressuring me to market the program for them.  I had serious work to do and all that bullshit was distracting from that.

The thing I don’t think they realize is that our stories are their best marketing tool and if they just gave us room to tell our stories to those we think might benefit from their program without any pressure or deception they might open up new space for themselves and be able to take their company to the next level.  Seems like they need to take some of their own advice.

If you are considering taking these classes please be aware of these tactics and just put them aside.  If you just let it go, give yourself over to the process and don’t take it too seriously there are tremendous benefits to be gained from taking this challenge on.

Always best to know what your getting into, I think.

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3 Responses to Landmark Education – My Personal Opinion and Experience

  • heather says:

    I agree with a lot of what you say with the marketing tactics. I’m on the Introduction Leaders Program right now and really coming up against it. I’ve dropped out of the program 6 times since 1996 because I get angry at it, but I’m actually following through and getting through the program this time, and seriously embracing it rather than just surviving it. It’s over on March 19 and man, am I excited. But for now, I am getting lots out of taking this on – sharing myself on a deeper level, being more vulnerable, etc. But I definitely always have to put aside my pissed-offedness and wonder why they aren’t just up front in seminars ie “the last half hour of every seminar will involve coaching in how to invite people, and you will be asked to invite people. If that bothers you, you should know it up front…”

    Thanks for your fair review, though. Landmark is great, and in the end it’s been worth it for me even with all that, but still, it’s a constant exercise in letting it go and finding the good…hey, maybe that’s the whole point?!?!

  • Ariel says:

    I’ve had lots of friends complete Landmark programs, and I’ve learned the hard way that when I get a call from someone who’s just started doing it, to say “I’m so excited to talk to you about everything that you’re learning, but if you try to recruit me to join the program I’m going to have to end the conversation.” Thankfully, everyone has been able to respect that.

    It’s too bad, though. Landmark does seem to contain some hugely valuable lessons, but the structure of the business is pretty frustrating.

  • Susie says:

    Just came across this post and your other regarding the Forum. I went through these two programs about 10 years ago. The experience was life changing for me as well. I also struggled with the constant push to “enroll” others. I do believe in the idea that if you create a new possibility for yourself, it is essential to share that with others. It is important to enroll them in your new way of being so that they will see you in that way now and can hold you accountable to being that way. And I definitely wanted others to experience the same life altering thrill that I did, so I told everyone I could about it. But at the same time, I felt a bit like a cheap whore being sent out by my pimp to drum up more business. Anyways, glad you found your way there.

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