Luckily, my sister doesn't subscribe to Tony Robbins' seminars or products anymore.
I've always had a problem with people that give advice about life on one hand and then sell a product that goes with that advice.
As a registered dietitian, if I were to counsel someone in my private practice and then turn around and sell them nutritional products I would have my license taken away. Many people do not realize that when you do this, the emphasis goes away from helping the person and more towards pushing products. This is the very reason why doctors cannot dispense and sell their own medications!
This "conflict of interest" has semmed to have happened with Tony Robbins' empire. Many times people like this also play on other's lack of education on the subject by sounding educated on it when there is no solid research of their "solution" really working.
Hi Ang2BRD, I am glad your sister seems to be doing better. Good that you are looking out for her. (Also, there was a post at the Tony Robbins message board by some guy who said he went "manic" after being "too positive" after a Robbins seminar. Just search for the word MANIA at the message board, and you should find it).
As far as "conflict of interest" when I read that I broke out laughing! Tony Robbins entire business is BUILT on "Cross-Marketing" :D
He has DOZENS of very expensive products he offers. These days, basically anything people will buy, it seems to me.
He has always had weird dietary advice. Years ago, he sold the "fit for life" idea, and I was credulous enough to follow that, until one day I saw some good nutritionists, and they let me have it! So I did some research, and saw how erroneous that entire "diet" is. Obviously, diet is a very complex area.
BUT, Tony Robbins these days has a whole new dietary thing going! He gives a big unscientific talk about "acid-alkaline" in his recent program, and does this big build-up, as only he the Master Salesman can. Then at the end of the CD, a toll-free number for....GREENS...which is going to do everything for you. When I heard that, I laughed out loud. All I thought was one thing. Super-High-Margin Product. Just think, you sell a small can of mulched up "grass" product for like $70.00 US. That is for ONE MONTH!!!!
This is the guy he was in cross-partnership with. Robert Young. [www.greenandlean.com
And Tony Robbins has these new "cleansing" retreats, where people do this "alkalizing" thing, and then look at their blood under microscopes, and a bunch of other weird stuff.
This is what I mean by "culty". He always has Food Control, Thought Control, Emotional Control, Behavior Control, etc. He uses all the same "culty" techniques.
He has made outrageous claims, like "curing" a person with multiple personality disorder at a seminar, and reintegrating her right in the seminar in just a few minutes. Where's the evidence? Where are the woman’s psychiatric records?
Personally, until I see some PROOF, like a written statement from her psychiatrist, I am not going to believe those types of stories.
This is technique number 173. Make a HUGE CLAIM, so you can charge a HUGE PRICE.
Tony Robbins gives a bunch of Advertising, and Propaganda, and Mass Persuasion, and a few psychological tricks.
BUT, he knows how to "satisfy the customer", so most keep coming back to him.
One of his basic ideas, is to just list 4 things you are putting off, and then get off your butt, and DO them right now! Well, I have no problem with that! That’s just Behavior Therapy 101.
Its all the other stuff, all the Persuasion, Manipulation, and countless other things he is doing, that are just too powerful, in my view. I am sure he would argue, “well I am teaching people how to run their own minds, so the Advertisers don’t run their minds”. Well, he openly states in his Sales programs he want to “persuade without the customers awareness”.
I will give him this though, he is very talented at his job.
He knows how to persuade people that he can help them LIVE THEIR HIGHEST VALUES right away.
That is the pinnacle of his entire schtick. Making people believe that HE can help them, for a hefty fee, LIVE their Highest Values, and Goals, and Dreams, and Desires, whatever those are.
Basically to help each person get more of whatever it is that they WANT, at the deepest levels of their "being" and personalities.
But hey, how much are your dreams worth?
And the very fact you cannot afford to attend this program, shows exactly why you MUST figure out a way to get the money to attend it!
Or are you afraid of failure? Are you afraid of success?
Just COMMIT right now, sign here, and then you will FIND a way to get the money later. That's what it takes to Succeed. TOTAL COMMITMENT.
Sign here right now, and TOTALLY COMMIT to this program.
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What a bargain!