Landmark Forum teaches you to take your team along

Life is all about taking along people with you. It could be work or play. You should learn to take your team along with you. That is your measure of success. People love it when you do so. How do you do this in life? No school has ever taught you how to do it. Yes, you never learn these things in school. You have to attend a bigger school known as LIFE that will certainly teach you these aspects. You can also learn such things from psychological development courses conducted by Landmark Forum. This is how they drive home the point using short funny and inspiring stories.

Once there was a young boy in a village. He had the gift of running extremely fast. He had lots of stamina s well. He used to win whichever race he participated in. Naturally, people used to cheer him for that. One day as usual, he challenged people to have a race with him. Two men volunteered. They obviously lost the race. The crowd started cheering for him wildly.

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He wanted more, so he threw the challenge again. Two more young and fit men came forward to accept the challenge. They lost the race promptly. The crowd started cheering for him again. He threw the challenge again. He was addicted to people cheering for him. An old man was watching all this from a distance. He moved forward and got two new contestants, an old frail lady and a blind man.

The young boy protested that this was no race at all. The old man insisted him to run. There are no prizes for guessing who won. However, he found out that not a single person cheered when he finished the race. He was stunned. He looked behind and saw that the two competitors did not even start the race. He went to the old man as asked him what the matter was.

The old man smiled and asked him to race again, but with a condition. This time, he had to finish the race together with the two competitors. The boy understood and agreed. He gently took the hands of the old lady and the blind man and started walking at their pace. They crossed the finishing line together. This time, the flurry of clapping was unbelievable. The boy had never received such applause. He asked the old man for the reason for the same.

The old man replied that by taking the two contestants together with him, he had won much more than just the race. The crowd did not cheer for any winner in this race because there is no winner. You have left your ego at the sides and helped your team mates cross the line together. This is the biggest ever victory you will achieve in life.

Landmark Forum uses such beautiful snippets to drive home certain important lessons in life. People remember such lessons when you illustrate it with examples. Just giving out a lecture would never have helped at all.

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Landmark Forum makes you think

Which is more satisfying, ‘Giving or receiving’? This depends on the situation. However, one must say that being able to give something is always a more satisfying feeling than giving. Secondly, it depends on how much you give. Giving can give you an exhilarating feeling. It does not come on its own. One is born with this trait. It is difficult to learn something that one is not accustomed to their nature. Landmark Forum tries to drive this point home using some beautiful examples. We shall see some of them here.

There was a small boy who approached an ice cream parlor with the intention of having a Sundae. The parlor was crowded and many people were waiting for their chance to sit. The boy stood patiently in the queue. When his turn came to have a seat, he proceeded to do so. The waitress was working since morning. She was not is a very good mood. She asked the boy for his order.

He asked her, “What is the cost of a Sundae?” She said that a Sundae costs 50 cents. The boy started counting his coins. The other people were getting impatient. The boy went about with his job calmly and found out that he does not have enough. He then asked for the price of a plain ice cream. She was getting impatient, but she replied that it costs 35 cents. The boy ordered for the plain ice cream. She went about murmuring that people do not have enough money but still harbor great dreams.

She placed the ice cream on his table. The boy had his fill, kept the tip and walked off after paying the bill. The waitress started weeping on seeing what the boy had left behind. He left behind everything he had, 15 cents. The boy could have very well had his Sundae. There is no rule that says it is mandatory to tip the waitress. The boy could have had his Sundae and paid for the same without having to worry about tipping her. She cried because the little boy made the sacrifice of settling for the plain ice cream just to be able to tip her.

What is the moral of the story? People might argue that the waitresses do not need tips as they are paid to serve people. That is not our topic of discussion. Our discussion is about the joy the boy got on giving the tip. It is more commendable because the boy gave everything he had.

Now, we come to the statement that the satisfaction depends on how much you give. If a millionaire leaves a tip of $1000 and a poor woman $5 out of her meager salary, which one is more valuable? The second one is more valuable because the $5 might be the only money left with the woman. She has given more than what the millionaire has given. The quality of her donation is better.

You get to learn about such stories in the Landmark Forum courses. They can serve as an eye opener to all.

Landmark Forum teaches you to make others happy

What is life without its problems? It would be as bland as tea without sugar. You need problems in life to bring in the spice factor. However, you should have the knack of solving the problems as well at the same time. That is the sign of fulfillment. Landmark Forum teaches all its participants the bitter truth of life. That is life has its share of problems. It depends on how you approach them. A session or two at the Forum courses can bring about a dramatic change in your approach. Let us see some small anecdotes that can drive home this fact.

The great Bill Gates had once remarked that he used to entrust the toughest jobs to the laziest people in his companies. He reasoned that the laziest people would find the easiest solutions to the problems. If this is true of an entrepreneur as successful as Bill gates is, then the logic should be true.

We shall look at another example where adopting a different way of solving the issue can help in resolving the toughest of issues.

There was a party going on in a hotel. There were more than 50 guests at that time. A motivational speaker was delivering a lecture on this aspect. He asked his assistant to count the number of people in the room and sent him to purchase one balloon for each guest.

On receiving the balloons, he asked each of the guests to write their names on it. He asked his assistant to collect the balloons and keep them in an adjoining room. He then asked the guests to go into that room together and search and bring their own balloon back to the main hall. He gave them only one minute to do so.

This resulted in a frenzy of activity. Within no time, the one minute passed away with not a single person being able to retrieve his or her balloon. They were naturally disappointed. The speaker then gave them another task. He asked them to go into the same room, pick up a balloon at random, call out the name of the person and hand it over to him or her. The time limit was again one minute.

It could surprise you that each person came back with his or her balloon within half a minute. How did this happen? They had been given the same problem some time ago but all of the failed to do it. How were they successful now?

This is the lesson you gain from this story. Every person in the world is searching for his or her happiness. The best way to be happy is to make others happy. You will automatically become happy. This also drives home the fact that adopting innovative ways of solving problems will definitely bring good results.

The Landmark Forum is all about sharing such beautiful experiences. Many people have the belief that the Forum courses are drab affairs without any charm. It is only when they attend them that they know its worth.

Landmark Forum advocates to look at problems from a different angle

Most of you would have read ‘The Merchant of Venice”. The story says that the moneylenders, irrespective of the place where they belong to, have the habit of squeezing the last drop of blood from their debtors. Being poor and indebted is a crime according to many. However, one can tackle the toughest of situations with a great deal of tact. This is what Landmark Forum explains to people when they enroll for their courses. Let us look at a simple way of tackling the toughest of situations in life.

The reason why we brought up The Merchant of Venice analogy is because this story is also based somewhere in Italy. This is a similar situation where a businessman was unable to repay the amount he had borrower from a sly moneylender from an Italian province. He expressed his inability to pay stating that he suffered a loss and thus, asked for an extension.

The moneylender was unwilling to give the extension and insisted on immediate repayment. Hearing the commotion, the young daughter of the businessman came out of the room. She was a beautiful damsel. Immediately, the moneylender had wicked plans. He offered an alternative.

He started to lay the trap. He offered to place one black and one white pebble in his bag. The daughter has to pick up the white pebble to free her father of all his debts. In case, she picked the black pebble, she would have to marry the moneylender. This option also allowed the business man to walk out free from his debts. In a way, both the options ensured that the business man would not have to pay anything, but he was putting his daughter’s future at stake.

They offered to carry out the challenge in front of the sheriff. The man did not have any option but to agree. The moneylender was a crooked fellow. He slipped two black pebbles in his bag so that the poor girl should not get a chance. The daughter saw this happening. However, she had to counter the threat. She had three options before her.

One was to expose the moneylender before the sheriff. The second was to refuse to pick up the challenge thereby risking sending her father to jail. The third was to swallow the bitter pill and take up the challenge and face the inevitable.

She had a plan up her sleeve. She put her hands inside the moneylender’s bag and pretended to tremble while taking out the pebble thereby dropping it intentionally. Now, the money lender was infuriated. However, the girl was calm. She apologized to the sheriff for her mistake, but suggested that they can very well check the color of the pebble in his bag. This will determine the color that she had picked. Now, the moneylender was cornered. He had to let go of his debt and freed the man and his daughter.

The lesson you learn from this story is that every problem has a solution when you look at it differently. This is the subject of many a Landmark Forum review.

Communicate effectively using Landmark Forum techniques

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This is a rat race out there in the world. Everyone is trying to outperform the others. In this race, everyone is running as fast as he or she could. In the bargain, people are ignoring small things such as maintaining cordial relations with people, having effective communication with their near and dear ones, etc. The result is that people are moving further away from each other. This has brought out the selfish nature of the human being into the forefront. However, is there a way to rein in these things? It can surprise you that completing a course at the Landmark Forum can change your lives forever.

Lack of effective communication with our near and dear ones is what is costing us dearly. Of course, people do converse with each other but there is a difference between communication and effective communication. The Forum teaches you what effective communication is. Any young executive on the threshold of a great career in a corporate company should develop this skill of effective communication. He has to correspond with his bosses as well as extract work from his subordinates. This is a tough job. It is very easy to get sandwiched between the two. It is very difficult to manage both these sections simultaneously. Each one of them requires special handling. The executive who manages to do so goes a long way in his career. The Forum is always available to help you in this regard.

How do you develop your skill of effective communication at the Landmark Forum? The Forum encourages you to speak on the stage. When you do so you have to be extremely careful with the words you use. A slip here and there can spell disaster for you. The counselor is available on hand to correct you whenever you go wrong. This small story will explain the importance of using the right words at the right time.

An Emperor from India was discussing a dream he had with his council of ministers. He dreamt that he had lost all his teeth except one. He asked the ministers and astrologers present in the court to decipher the meaning of the dream. They discussed and came up with the explanation that the relatives of the Emperor will all die before he does. The emperor was naturally unhappy as no one wishes death on their relatives. The court jester was watching all this drama from his seat. During such times, the Emperor always used to rely on the jester’s advice. He veered towards the jester. The jester immediately got up and remarked that he had a different explanation to this dream. The Emperor became curious and asked him to spell out his version. The jester said that the Emperor will live much longer than his relatives. The Emperor became very happy and showered gifts on the jester.

The jester did not say anything different from what the others had said but he used the words intelligently. This is the secret of effective communication. Your words should make an impact. The Landmark Forum places great emphasis on this aspect.

Landmark Forum teaches you not to prejudge people

A human by nature is a very fickle personality. It is very difficult to predict what he will do at a given time. Hence, one has to be very careful while dealing with fellow human beings. It is east to tackle a tiger because you know that it will attack you. You can take remedial steps to thwart such attacks. However, you cannot say the same about humans. They may be docile one moment and aggressive the very next. Therefore, human psychology is a difficult art to master. There are organizations such as the Landmark Forum that teach you how to approach life in the right manner so as to avoid unnecessary conflicts with fellow humans.

This makes us prejudge people. This is the most dangerous thing to do. Appearances can be very deceptive. It is not necessary that whatever opinion you form about the other person is always right. He or she might be under stress at a given time. You never know what they are going through. Under such circumstances, prejudging them from their behavior can be disastrous.

The following example will clear up things for you. There was an emergency case in a hospital. A young boy was fighting for his life. He needed an urgent organ transplant. The replacement organ had arrived but the doctor qualified to replace the same was nowhere to be found. Naturally, you can expect the boy’s father to be wild at the attitude of the doctor and the hospital staff. After some frantic phone calls, they were able to contact the doctor who rushed to the hospital immediately.

He literally ran through to the operation theater when the boy’s father questioned him about the reason for the delay. Not having much time to reply, the doctor rushed into the operation theater stating that nothing can go against the will of the Almighty. This infuriated the person greatly but he controlled his anger because his son’s life was at stake.

After two hours, the doctor came out of the operation theater and started rushing out immediately. The boy’s father could not control his anger. He asked him how his son was. The doctor hastily remarked that the operation was successful and that the boy would recover in time. He then remarked that the man should put further questions to the chief nurse instead of asking him anything. Saying thus, he rushed out of the hospital.

The man formed the impression that the doctor was a haughty person and hence, he commented about this behavior to the nurse. He wondered if the doctor would have behaved in a similar manner if the boy on the operation table were to be his son. The nurse calmly told him that the doctor had just lost his son the day before in an accident. He was at the funeral performing the last rites when the emergency arose. He left it halfway and rushed to the hospital to save the boy.

This opened the eyes of the man. He understood that it was wrong on his part to prejudge the doctor without knowing the situation he was in at that time. The Landmark Forum courses are full of such interesting examples.

The Landmark Forum has courses for all ages

1769.jpgWhat is the right age to learn about personality development? In fact it is better if you start as early as possible in life. This is because your mind tends to absorb more when it is young. You do not get to learn these aspects of life in your university level education. You have to learn human relations by experiencing situations in real life. There are organizations like the Landmark Forum to help you out.

What can the forum do? Landmark Forum conducts specialized personality development courses in all the major countries of the world. The Forum conducts various courses at various levels and for different age groups as well. You have a special Forum course for school children. Naturally, the problems that school children face will be different from what adults face. Similarly, there are specific problems for teenagers. The teenagers have issues of the own. They usually consist of one sided love affairs, drugs abuse and alcohol abuse.

The young corporate professional is also a very favored candidate for the Landmark Forum. He is the in fact the right person to attend these courses. He faces the music in his office as he is sandwiched between his domineering bosses and the rebellious subordinates. It is very tough for him to handle both these extreme situations in life. He has to develop special man-management skills to handle these diverse situations. The Forum teaches him to develop an open mind. It believes that the normal human mind is full of prejudices and pre conceived notions. These pre conceived notions make it difficult for him to accept the right solution.

By developing an open mind, the young professional learns to absorb the various nuances of life. He learns to look at problems from different angles thereby improving the chances of finding the right solution to the issues.

The Landmark Forum aims to remove the fear of the unknown from the minds of the participants. This fear is the main inhibiting feature in any individual from being able to express himself in the best manner possible. The Forum encourages the participants to speak out in public by airing their grievances. In doing so, you spell out your problems. When you do so, there are chances that you might find a small link that could lead you to the right solution. Secondly, you discuss these problems in public with absolute strangers. This gives you the courage to interact with people who you do not know. These people might have experienced the same problems in their lives. They might have found out a way to solve them as well. Hence, they are in the right place to help you out of the mess that you are in at present.

The program coordinator is an experienced guy who keeps on listening to all that you say. He interrupts you in between to clarify certain doubts. You invariably find that these doubts are in fact links to solve your problem. You can just add up the links and find the solution on your own.

Top four benefits of the Landmark Forum for corporate candidates

Is your superior compelling you to attend the Landmark Forum? Do you see people who have attended this forum bragging about its benefits and the magical transformation that it made in their lives? If yes, you are not alone in this. This forum has been getting immense popularity all over the world among individuals in various fields. This is because it helps you unleash your true potential and change the way you talk, think, act, react and behave. This brings about a great change in your approach towards your life. Here are some of the top five benefits that this forum gives for people in the corporate sector, according to many a Landmark Forum Review.

Empathy

Irrespective of whether you are a superior or a subordinate at your workplace, you need the quality of empathy. This is when you put yourself in the shoes of another person and think from their angle. At the forum conducted by the Landmark Education, you are doing exactly this. The forum leader encourages you to talk about your problems in a public forum before a group of strangers and analyses you on the way you behaved in these situations. When you hear similar stories from strangers, you get to learn a lot from their mistakes as well.

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Positive thinking

One of the most important lesson that the Landmark Forum teaches you is to let bygones be bygones and to focus on the future. This helps you in a great way when you are working with your team towards a common objective. You don’t hold personal grudges or anger anymore. This is because, in the forum, you are made to pour out all these emotions against a particular person. Once you speak out what you think, you feel free and light. Thus, you develop a positive approach towards work and your team members.

Accept new challenges

When you attend the forum, you will see that you have developed a new sense of confidence that you never knew you had. You would have hesitated to accept new challenges at work because of the fear of failure that is deep inside your heart. In the forum, these deep feelings are addressed and you are made aware of the sub-conscious emotions that you have been battling with all these years. Thus, the fear inside you is broken apart. When there is no room for fear, there is no stopping you from accepting new challenging tasks at work and succeeding in them.

Owning up for mistakes

Irrespective of the field that you are in, it is very important to own up for your mistakes in a responsible way. Not many people have the courage to accept that they have erred or that they have hurt somebody in the process. They live with this guilt till the time they attend the forum. At the forum, one of the most important courses is to call up people whom you have wronged and apologize to them. The candidates are made to call up every single person whom they have hurt in the past and talk out their problems with them. Thus, they come out with a clearer conscience and with a renewed attitude.

Important aspects covered in the Landmark Forum

While reading a Landmark Forum Review, there are many questions that come to your mind. Some people believe that the forum helps to improve relationships; some believe that it is useful for personal and professional development; some others believe that this forum is great for improving interpersonal skills. What does the forum actually cover as part of its schedule during its duration of three days and an evening of four hours? Read on to know more about this. Our thoughts and how our past rules us

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During the first day of the forum, the leader gives us an overview and prepares us for what lies ahead. He tells us as bluntly as possible as to how we think we are very open-minded and practical but we are not like that in real life. This is where we get introduced to the term, “already always listening”. The leader teaches us that the way we react to a certain situation is ruled by filters that are set by us based on our past experiences. We are introduced to the new meaning of contexts and possibilities and we are able to think and act in a way that we would have never imagined before. Further, the leader tells us how we always tend to confuse between what actually happened and the stories of what happened. By the end of the first day, we get to confess about our rackets (mistakes) and call up people whom we have hurt and apologise to them for dumping our rackets on them.

Self-realisation is the key

During the second day, we get to realise about our actual personality traits and unlearn the myths that we had formed around ourselves. We learn that we are the only ones who are responsible for our actions. We are educated about the reality of our lives and encouraged to let go of our inhibitions and express our thoughts freely. The forum leader keeps reiterating that he doesn’t teach you anything new; he only brings certain contexts from the background to the foreground so that you understand them better and appreciate them in a way that you have to. We learn to come free of our fears so that we rediscover our passions and pursue them in the right way.

Understanding change and transformation

During the third day, the forum leader helps us to understand the major differences between change and transformation. When we understand that change has something to do with the past whereas transformation has something to do with creativity and our future, we realise a sudden shift in us and we realise the true value of the Landmark Forum. Through this refined learning that has opened up new possibilities, we tend to think beyond levels that seemed possible and redefine our overall identity. The leader also emphasises to us about the freedom of choice and how important it is to be able to choose. When we are given this power, we act more responsibly. We get to realise the importance of language and communication and the art of listening as well, in this forum.

Landmark Forum teaches you to adapt to the situation

Managing human relations is the toughest job for any budding corporate professional. He is just out of college and trying to find his feet in the corporate world. An assignment in the junior or middle management grade in a corporate entity is a literal trial by fire for this young professional. He has to contend with his superiors at the higher end of the ladder. At the same time he has to handle the people below him in the hierarchy as well. He is at real crossroads in his life. The situation demands that he use a lot of tact. At such a juncture, the young professional could do well to have a crash course in human relations. The Landmark Forum provides just such a course that can help him immensely.

The problem with the education system worldwide is that it does not prepare the young professional for such a situation in life. One has to learn from experience or by reading books on human psychology. However, that does not give him practical knowledge of the subject. At the landmark Forum, he gets a feel of the real situation in life because he gets a chance to share his experiences with other participants. Everyone would have gone through such a situation in life. They might have learned to tackle the problem in the hard way. Such people would love to share their experiences with others. You can learn a lot from their experiences.

At the Forum, the coordinator encourages the professional to come on the stage and highlight his problems in front of the audience. Many people try to avoid discussing their problems in public but this is one of the best means to solve the issue. You do not have the solution on hand. Therefore, it does not do you any harm to try to find a solution elsewhere by utilizing different means.

One has to admit that the professional has to walk a tight rope balancing his relations with his subordinates and his superiors. They require diametrically opposite type of handling. The superiors have a tremendous ego. The trick lies in pampering their ego. However, the subordinates need a different type of handling. The problem with the subordinates is that they might not be used to report to an immediate superior much younger than they are. It will take time for them to accept your leadership. However, once they begin to realize that you have the potential to lead them, they can be easy to handle. The trick is in giving the credit where it is due. A few kind words of genuine praise can do the trick. You might just not be able to do so with your seniors. The situation might demand you to resort to flattery at times. However, if you have to move up the corporate ladder, you should not hesitate to do so either.

Reading a couple of Landmark Forum reviews before enrolling for the course can ease up the pressure a great deal.