Transformational Presence Community Manifesto
The practice of Transformational Presence is rapidly expanding around the world through our graduates and Certified Transformational Presence Coaches. Since the founding of the Center for Transformational Presence in early 2010, so much has happened. As our community continues to grow, community members are stepping forward to ask how they can become more involved. We sense an emerging need for comprehensive, clear, and concise statement about who we are and why we are here, as well as guidelines for collaborations, partnerships, and for the use of content and materials created by Alan Seale and the Center.
In response to that need, we have created the first iteration of the Transformational Presence Community Manifesto to help us work together in the most effective and productive ways. It is our desire to encourage and support members of the Transformational Presence community who wish to include the Transformational Presence approach, content, and materials as a significant foundation of their work in the world, as well as those who wish to collaborate with us for projects going forward.
We often refer to the Center for Transformational Presence as a grand experiment. We don’t know of any other organization that is doing what we are doing with a similar approach – partnering with others around the world to share this way of living and leading, and developing and supporting our community members to make the difference they feel called to make.
Sometimes it feels as if we are “flying the plane and building it at the same time.” We don’t always know how to do what we are doing, yet we’re doing it anyway, and learning as we go. Many things work out wonderfully; some ideas or projects don’t turn out the way we had hoped. And it’s all OK. We are confident that if we keep listening to the future that wants to unfold in service of a greater good, we will find our way.
To that end, we will periodically update and revise this Manifesto as needed.
We hope you will join us in the ongoing evolution of this grand experiment. Together, we can create a world that works.
Intention of the Manifesto
The intention of this document is to articulate:
- Who we are as a community and our role in the world
- Why we feel that Transformational Presence is critical in today’s world
- A brief history of how the Transformational Presence approach has evolved to date
- Our Core Capacities and fundamental values
- The spirit in which we do what we do
- Ways that community members might get involved with and partner with the Center for Transformational Presence
- Guidelines for creation, use, and stewardship of content
- Guidelines for creative collaboration and delivery of programs
While it is not our intention to set hard and fast rules and policies, we recognize the need for guidelines for the application and use of the Transformational Presence content, frameworks, and tools by community members in their own companies and programs.
Our aim is to co-create a new paradigm of shared content and resources with you, our community members. That includes a spirit of open source with the Transformational Presence tools, frameworks, and materials, while at the same time, honor and respect the creative work of Alan Seale and the spirit of Transformational Presence.
We also wish to create possibilities for collaborative projects between the Center for Transformational Presence and our community members. Our aim is for this work to support and inspire our members as they continue to carry Transformational Presence out into the world through their work.
Who We Are
The Center for Transformational Presence is a discovery, learning, and transformation environment for individuals, organizations, businesses, leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches, visionaries, teachers, healers, policy makers, politicians, managers, parents, healthcare professionals, educators, artists, public servants, and anyone who wants to make a difference in the world.
We help you and your organization create wholeness, meaning, direction, sense of purpose, and sustainable action so that you can realize your greatest potential and make the contributions to the world that you are here to make.
Why—Our mission is simple: We create a world that works.
How—We offer a full Transformational Presence toolkit and skill set—simple and practical yet incredibly powerful tools and approaches that will build and expand your capacities for awareness, perception, understanding, compassion, and effective and sustainable action. As individuals and organizations develop these inner capacities, they increase their skills and capacities for navigating complexity and a rapidly changing world.
Philosophical Foundation of Transformational Presence
The philosophical foundation of Transformational Presence is rooted in three fundamental principles, three fundamental questions, and a simple model for the Transformational Presence Approach.
The Three Fundamental Principles are:
- Everything is energy in motion as well as a part of a larger process unfolding
- Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be transformed
- The world is built on a matrix of relationships
The Three Questions are:
- What wants to happen? Or, What is the opportunity right now?
- Who is that asking me/us to be?
- What is that asking me/us to do?
From the Three Principles and the Three Questions, the Transformational Presence Model emerges:
Opportunity → Presence → Action
What We Are About
The Center for Transformational Presence is a discovery, learning, and transformation environment supporting leaders and coaches in navigating today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.
There is widespread agreement in the conscious leadership movement about the new kinds of leadership skills and capacities needed to create a healthy and sustainable societies, businesses, education and healthcare systems, and governments.
However, there are actually very few people or programs today that provide the foundational intuitive skills and tools that are essential for transformational leadership in today’s complex and rapidly changing world.
This is precisely what the Center for Transformational Presence offers. And this is the great need that Transformational Presence is starting to fill and the role it is starting to play in this emerging conscious leadership movement.
Our work begins with helping individuals and organizations develop a skill set for being a Transformational Presence, for shaping a transformational culture, and for leading transformational initiatives. We begin with a set of tools, models, and structures that together form the Transformational Presence approach. As we put those skills and models into practice, they begin to build and expand our capacities for awareness, compassion, understanding, and effective and sustainable action.
In short, the Transformational Presence approach can help leaders and coaches learn and develop:
- A greater ability to navigate complexity in our rapidly changing world
- Whole-Mind Thinking and Whole-Being Awareness skills that support a much greater ability to identify and connect the many moving pieces within emerging patterns and circumstances, even when the pieces are not so easily identifiable
- Models and structures for supporting those they serve in developing effective and productive approaches and actions
- Skills and tools for:
- Finding clarity within confusion
- Deep listening and awareness—for hearing beneath the words and observing beneath the surface of complex circumstances and situations
- Inspiring creativity and innovation within stuck or mired situations
- Discovering the next action steps for forward movement
- Reducing stress and increasing resilience in the face of uncertainty, hardship, and challenge
Transformational Presence is the foundational skill set needed for the emerging conscious leadership movement.
As individuals, organizations, and societies develop and refine this skill set, they begin to shape a transformational culture around them. As the culture transforms, people are more supported and encouraged to introduce transformational initiatives. And step-by-step, we begin to create a world that works.
Why Transformational Presence? Why Now?
A powerful conscious living and leadership movement is now emerging in many parts of the world. It’s a movement built on the conviction that, in any initiative, all stakeholders can be served, all people as well as the more-than-human world can be honored and respected, and economic models can serve something greater than our individual selves.
There is widespread agreement within this movement that, if we are going to lead the world forward in the most effective, impactful, and transformative ways, new skills and tools, as well as broader capacities for awareness and perception, are needed. These new skills and capacities require us to stretch far beyond the familiar, analytical, knowledge-based approaches found in traditional learning environments into more creative, discovery-based, transformational approaches.
The general consensus among authors and thought leaders within the conscious leadership movement is that we need leaders who know how to be present with “what is”—who can feel, sense, and listen to the energy of any situation or circumstance and discover what wants to happen next. We need leaders who can be comfortable in not knowing the answers—and maybe not even knowing which questions to ask. We need curious and imaginative leaders who are willing to explore without knowing what they will find, yet trust that clues for next steps will appear. And leaders who, when they sense these next steps, are not afraid to take action.
We need leaders who are “at home in their own skin”—who are comfortable with who they are, and who fully embrace their own talents, skills, and gifts. At the same time, they thrive on continued learning through their leadership experience. They constantly seek to broaden their horizons of understanding and awareness. As they continue to learn and grow, they also create the best possible conditions for the people around them to thrive and develop to their greatest potential—to experience their own breakthroughs in understanding, awareness, perception, and action.
We need leaders who recognize that everything is connected to everything else—leaders who embody the understanding that the world is built on a matrix of relationships, and that everything that happens is a part of a larger flow. Nothing exists in isolation. Everything exists within a larger context.
This is the leadership that will transform our world. And this is what Transformational Presence is all about.
Transformational Presence Core Capacities and Values
There are 13 Core Capacities that have emerged out of the Transformational Presence work. These Core Capacities also serve as guidelines for living Transformational Presence in your daily life and work.
- Know yourself. Know your soul mission or your life purpose and live it. This is the path of your greatest learning as well as the path toward your greatest gift to the world around you. Know who you are, who you are called to be, and what you are called to do. Stay focused and grounded in your essence. Keep an open dialogue going with your soul all the time and say “yes” to what it asks you for.
- Keep your own center and shine your light. Find your grounding and safety within yourself. When you look to others for approval, permission, or for your identity, you give your power and strength away. Developing and nurturing your sense of Self is a life-long journey. Stand fully in both your humility and your greatness and give the best of yourself to the world. Be true to your essence and shine your light brightly. The world can’t afford for you to hold back.
- Develop and nurture your daily reflective practice. Do it when life is good. Don’t wait until a crisis arises; it’s too late then. Whether your practice is meditation, prayer, yoga, journaling, walking in nature, or some combination of various things, make it a regular daily practice. Find what serves you and do it every single day. Every single day. When life gets tough, your practice will support you. It will see you through
- Listen deeply. Listen beneath the words. Listen to the energy behind what is being said and what is happening, as well as to what is not being said and what is not happening. Listen to learn and discover what is new rather than only to affirm what you already think or know. Listen from an open heart and an open mind.
- Develop your intuition and listen to it; trust your deep inner knowing. The intuitive mind is the larger mind. It is your bridge to the greater Consciousness and to higher wisdom. In Transformational Presence, we call it Whole-Mind Thinking and Whole-Being Awareness. The more you develop and refine these skills, the more you are aware of the messages all around you and within you. Those messages will show you your path forward.
- Remember that everything that happens is a part of a larger process unfolding. No circumstance or situation happens in isolation. Everything is a part of a larger flow of your life. And your life is a part of the larger flow of the world around you. The Principle of Correspondence says, “As above, so below; as below, so above.” Nothing is happening only to you. That same energy is manifesting everywhere in some form. So always look for the bigger picture. It will give you a clearer perspective on where you are in that moment and help you find your next step.
- Remember that “what is happening” and your experience of what is happening are not necessarily the same thing. The story you tell yourself and the relationship you choose to have with your circumstances determines your experience. You can let life create your experiences for you, or you can be proactive and choose how you wish to experience life. You can’t control your first thought about what is happening, but you can choose your second thought. And it’s your second thought that will immediately begin to shape your experience.
- Learn forward. Most of us have been taught to learn backward—to look at life through the lens of our past experiences and what we already know. However, in today’s fast-paced world, some of our past knowledge and experience is no longer relevant. Learning forward means letting life show itself to us on its own terms—meeting new experiences and information with an open mind and heart, and being ready and willing to follow a new path, a new way of engaging, and a new way of thinking when that is what the moment invites.
- Co-create with “what is.” Life is much easier when we work with whatever is in front of us rather than push against So trust that whatever appears on your life path, whether it feels like an opportunity or an obstacle, is there for a reason. You don’t have to like it, but it will be easier if you accept that, at least for the moment, that’s what you have to work with. Ask it what it wants you to know or what is needed in the moment. Treat it as a co-creative partner and work with it to create something new. Invite it to dance and see what happens.
- Follow the potential. Navigating life is fairly simple when you start with three simple questions: 1) What wants to happen? 2) Who is that asking me to be? 3) What is it asking me to do?The first question helps you find the greater potential waiting to unfold. The second question helps you discover how you need to show up—what qualities and characteristics you need to call forth from within yourself—in order to navigate what is happening. And the third question helps you know what to do. When you follow the potential, it will show you the way. The key is to ask those three simple questions in that order.
- Build and nurture a support system around you. Find those people and places that feed your soul and that support you unconditionally to be the best that you can be. And then stay connected with them on a regular basis. Do whatever it takes when times are good to keep that support system strong. These people and places can then be your lifeline when life gets hard. And life will get hard at times. That’s how we learn and grow and stretch into our greatest potential. So nurture those relationships. Take very good care of your support system and your support system will take care of you.
- Laugh every day. Laugh with others, laugh by yourself, laugh with your pets. Just laugh. Laughter is essential for a happy, healthy, abundant life.
- Be the Love that you are. Deep down at your core, you are made of pure Love. Sometimes we forget that. So get back to your essence. Just be Love. Stretch beyond the “verb” into the presence. Be Love. And all the rest will somehow fall into place.
Out of this way of living, leading, and serving, a set of values emerges:
- Stewardship of the greater potential and the gifts we have been given
- Claiming and owning your gifts in service of a greater good
- Generosity of spirit
- Holding life lightly and with love and care
Evolution of a Global Community
Transformational Presence is now finding its place within the larger developing conscious leadership movement. However, this global work began with one man clarifying his life purpose (what we now call “soul mission”) and committing to doing his part to expand consciousness awareness in the world.
Alan Seale’s transformational work began in the early 1980s through his unique style of teaching as a voice teacher for opera singers and singer-actors in New York. In the early 1990s, he began teaching classes and workshops for artists and performers in his New York City apartment. His audience quickly expanded beyond artists and performers to include spiritual seekers and people who sought more meaning and fulfillment in their lives.
In 2000 – 2001, Alan participated in his first training to become a life coach. By 2003, coaching, writing, and teaching workshops had become his primary sources of income. Since then, he has touched the lives of thousands of people around the world.
In 2009, he created the Transformational Presence Leadership and Coach Training, and founded the Center for Transformational Presence in 2010. His Transformational Presence philosophy, approach, tools, and frameworks have now become the foundation of the work of many people in our community—a community of more than 600 Transformational Presence graduates from over 30 countries.
Alan has always treated his work as a calling. His writing, teaching, and speaking, as well as the creation of the Center for Transformational Presence, evolved out of his commitment to service and to expanding awareness. He believes that when we empower people and organizations to live their greatest potential and help them free themselves from whatever may be holding them back, we transform our world. Therefore, he has generously shared his work and encouraged others to use his concepts, tools, and frameworks in their own work. He believes that if our community is grounded in ethical living, respect, trust, and commitment, we will find our way into a company model of collaboration and co-creation that supports the work in the best way.
As a result, Transformational Presence has taken on a life of its own, expanding around the world. What began as Alan’s work in the world has increasingly become the foundation of many other people’s work as well.
In 2013, the Transformational Presence community came together for the first time at a Global Summit in the Netherlands. Alan’s vision for the Summits was that they would be a gathering of wisdom keepers where we would learn from each other and continue to evolve the work of Transformational Presence in the world. The Summit has now become an annual time of reconnection, rejuvenation, new learning and development, and collaboration. In 2016, the Summit was held in North America for the first time. In 2017, the name of the event evolved to become the Transformational Presence Global Leadership Gathering.
To date, participants have joined the Summit / Gathering from 15 countries. The web of connection, co-creation, and collaboration within the community continues to grow.
There is a clear and dynamic relationship between the Center for Transformational Presence and the Transformational Presence community. However, they are not the same thing. It is our intention that the Center for Transformational Presence exists in order to provide an underlying structure, format, and framework for the continued development and evolution of what began as Alan Seale’s work in the world and now continues to expand as Transformational Presence. Some members of the community choose to become more actively involved with the Center itself through hosting programs, program development and collaboration, etc. You can read more about this in the section below on “Ways of Involvement with the Center for Transformational Presence.”
Possibilities For Involvement
Project and Program Collaboration, Partnerships and Alliances, and Succession of Leadership
If you could play any role in the Center for Transformational Presence or contribute your gifts and talents in any particular way of your choosing, what would that be?
The Transformational Presence community includes many gifted and talented people who are committed to making a significant difference in the world. They are working at all levels of society, ranging from family and small community systems to large corporate systems and global arenas. As the philosophy and work of Transformational Presence continues to expand and evolve, members of our community are increasingly asking to become more involved in carrying this work further into the world.
The fundamental nature of Transformational Presence work is that it is constantly evolving. It is a living and breathing energy that is ever expanding, shifting, and adapting to the conditions, needs, and emerging potentials of our times. Therefore, “Train the Trainer” and/or creating “duplicatable” programs are not appropriate in our work. Instead, we aim to support and nurture the evolution of Transformational Presence work in the world both through Alan’s continually evolving programs as well as through the creative and innovative pursuits and initiatives of our Transformational Presence graduates.
A significant purpose for this Manifesto is to articulate a philosophical and structural framework for ongoing graduate participation, collaboration, and partnership with the Center for Transformational Presence and create a plan of succession for passing on the work that Alan has begun through members of our community.
There are many ways for our graduates to be involved with the Center for Transformational Presence. Below, we outline these ways of involvement as they are showing themselves now. We also know that more ways of involvement will continue to emerge as time goes on.
1) Enjoying the Website, Blog, Newsletters, Webinars, and Books
Perhaps your first experience or interaction with the Center for Transformational Presence came through someone you knew or through an online search. Something they said, or something that you read, spoke to you.
This is all that some people are looking for—helpful or inspiring content that brings further insight or understanding to something in their lives. For others, the content resonates and inspires them to participate in an online or in-person program.
Examples of involvement through content:
- Informational Sessions
A typical series of steps:
- Interact with the content and if it resonates, reach out to us
- Give feedforward and ask questions
- Sense whether or not this way of being and working feels right for you
- Join one of our programs
2) Participating in Programs
A next step of involvement with the Center for Transformational Presence is through one of our programs such as the TPLC, TPLA, Soul Mission * Life Vision, the Manifestation Wheel, or any of our virtual programs. It is through one of these programs that many people find a deeper connection. Often people say, “It feels like I’ve come home.” Through these signature programs, participants discover (or rediscover) who they really are and why they are here.
Examples of involvement through programs:
- In-person programs, such as those mentioned above
- Our expanding virtual program offerings
A typical series of steps:
- Register for one of our programs
- Read the assigned book(s) before the program begins
- Attend the program sessions with openness and curiosity
- Connect with your colleagues in the program
3) Developing Community Relationships
After participating in either the Transformational Presence Leadership and Coach Training program or the Transformational Presence Leadership in Action program, many people find that they want further support in integrating their lives into their new levels of awareness, presence, and actions. They are eager to continue building relationships with fellow program participants. The Transformational Presence community can be an invaluable support. Over the years, many connections that participants have made with one another during the programs have blossomed into deep friendships, often across country borders and even continents, and sometimes have led to project collaborations.
Examples of involvement through community relationships:
- One-to-one relationships with community members (through Skype, Zoom, etc.)
- Participation in the free monthly community calls
- Participation in a free Coaching Circle (for graduates of the TPLC)
- Attending the annual Transformational Presence Global Leadership Gathering (for graduates of the TPLC or TPLA)
A typical series of steps:
- After completing a workshop or program, reach out and connect with the fellow participants with whom you felt an affinity or mutual interest
- Skype/Zoom/Email/Phone regularly with the new friends you are making
- Sign up and join in the Free Monthly Graduate Community Calls
- Join one of the existing Coaching Circles around the world or start a new one with your fellow TPLC program participants
- Ask yourself what wants to happen in your life and work in service to others. Follow through by sensing who it is asking you to be and what it is asking you to do, and then responding.
- Attend a Global Leadership Gathering to deepen your Transformational Presence relationships as well as continue to grow in your Transformational Presence work in the world.
4) Voluntary Service and Inspiration
An increasing number of Transformational Presence graduates are approaching the Center and asking, “How can I serve this work? How can I help?” As Transformational Presence more and more becomes how they live, they seek opportunities to support the expansion of this approach in the world through voluntary service.
If there is a particular way that would excite you to serve the Transformational Presence community and/or the Center for Transformational Presence, what would that be? What would inspire you and add to your own growth, development, and/or fulfillment?
Examples of voluntary involvement through service:
- Offering social media support
- Offering community development support
- Offering subject matter expertise and support to the community
- Offering service to a specific industry or group with our support (healthcare, education, non-profit organizations, etc.)
- Offering administrative support
A typical next step:
If you are inspired to serve the community and/or the Center in a particular way, please send an email to Kim and share your idea with us. In the subject line, please write: Inspired Idea.
Trace, Alan, or Kim will then be in touch with you to follow up and explore the possibilities.
5) Hosting Programs In Your Region or Country
Our programs are now being offered in different parts of the world because someone stepped forward and asked if they could host a program in their area or region. This hosting format has worked very well for carrying Transformational Presence further into the world.
When we partner with a host to present a program in a particular country or region, we create a very simple business partnership agreement for that program. We can support you in promoting and registering participants, or you can do that on your own.
The basic hosting responsibilities include finding a suitable location and handling all arrangements and communication with the venue representatives, promoting the program and gathering the participants, and hosting and assisting in the program itself.
The Center’s responsibilities include the delivery of the program (by Alan or someone who he has personally mentored to lead that particular program), providing master copies of supportive materials, and promotional support.
We offer two different levels of income sharing, depending on the level of promotional and logistical support you would like from us. We are here to support you in great appreciation for how you are supporting the spread of the Transformational Presence approach.
As these programs will be presented in partnership between the Host and the Center, promotional materials can be co-branded between the Host and the Center. This includes promotional materials for the program itself as well as for any promotional events such as a webinar or video. The promotional materials will be owned by the Center for Transformational Presence.
A typical next step:
- If you would like to host an in-person program in your region or country, please send an email to Kim and let us know of your interests. Please write in the subject line: Hosting a program.Trace, Alan, or Kim will then be in touch with you to follow up and explore the possibilities.
6) Becoming a Certified Transformational Presence Coach
If having a Transformational Presence Coaching credential would further support your professional coaching practice, you can become a Certified Transformational Presence Coach. The first requirements towards certification are the successful completion of both the TPLC Foundation Course and the Transformational Presence Supervised Mentor Coaching Course. The full requirements for certification can be found on our website (scroll down to the toggle box marked “Certification”).
When your certification is complete, you will receive a Certified Transformational Presence Coach banner with the Center logo to use on your website, emails, and promotional materials.
- Download the certification application. You will find the link at the bottom of the Certification toggle box mentioned above.
- Begin logging your Transformational Presence coaching hours along with client name, email address, and number of hours coached. (Their names and email addresses will be kept confidential. We only collect this information for verification of your coaching hours should there be any question. Their names and addresses will not be added to our database.) See the sample table for keeping these records in the application.
- Register for the next Supervised Mentor Coaching Teleclass series with Alan if you have not participated in that program.
- Contact Kim to schedule your telephone or Skype exam with Alan.
7) Content Collaboration and Virtual Program Delivery
You may wish to collaborate with the Center to create and lead a new virtual program. This program might be a single webinar, or it could be a series. The content and/or programs would be co-branded with the Center and your company. This can benefit you by offering your program on our global platform and can support the Center by adding to our expanding content and programming. Revenue from the programs would be shared between you and the Center.
There are no pre-requisites for content collaboration.
However, the pre-requisites for leading a program through the Center are:
- Successful completion of the TPLC
- Successful completion of the Supervised Mentor Coaching Teleclass series with Alan
- Become a Certified Transformational Presence Coach
- Completion of Alan’s “12 Keys to Creating Transformational Workshops” virtual program
Examples of content collaboration and virtual program delivery:
- Co-authored articles, blogs, or even books
- Collaborative Webinars on a Transformational Presence related topic
- Podcast series offering skills, tools, practices and learning that will further support the Transformational Presence approach to life, leadership, coaching, and service
Next steps might be:
- Consider the question: If you could collaborate with the Center on a particular topic or in working with a particular audience, what kind of collaboration and content would excite you the most?
- Send an email to Kim (email@example.com) describing your idea for content and/or a virtual program. Then Trace, Alan, or Kim will be in touch with you to explore the possibilities.
Note: Content created in this format is co-owned with the Center for Transformational Presence. If either party wishes to use this co-owned content outside of the partnership, approval from the other party is required. Full credit to the co-creators should be given when the materials are used outside of the partnership.
8) Full Embodiment, Mentorship with Alan, and Leading Our Signature Programs
If you are an experienced presenter and facilitator and you feel a particularly strong connection with the work of the Center for Transformational Presence, you may wish to explore the possibility of leading our signature in-person programs with the Center as a primary facilitator.
The same pre-requisites for leading virtual programs apply here. In addition, our signature program leaders must have participated with Alan in all four of our signature programs: TPLC, TPLA, Soul Mission * Life Vision, and the Manifestation Wheel.
Furthermore, it is important that anyone leading one of the Transformational Presence signature programs fully embodies the concepts, principles, frameworks, and approaches of Transformational Presence. In other words, Transformational Presence has become a way of life for you. How you live is how you will coach, how you will lead, and how you will serve. There must be congruence in who you are and what you teach or offer. Your ability to hold space for others in the most powerful way is rooted in your own authentic inner alignment.
This is the most intimate level of involvement with the Center and with Alan. It involves close collaboration and mentorship for leading these foundational programs. This is not a “Train the Trainer” approach, but rather a very personal mentoring approach, as the concepts and frameworks of Transformational Presence continue to evolve. This is living and breathing work that is ever-expanding and evolving.
Becoming involved with the Center at this level is by invitation. However, the invitation is two-way; it may be offered by the Center, or you may invite the Center to consider this possibility. Together, we will start with our three fundamental questions:
- What wants to happen with us together?
- Who is that asking each of us to be?
- What is it asking us to do as a next step?
If this deeper connection with the Center for Transformational Presence and with Alan and his work calls out to you to the point that it won’t let go of you, then send an email to Alan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Trace (email@example.com) and let’s begin a conversation.
Being a leader of one of our signature programs is a paid engagement.
Note: It is understood that all materials, content, promotional items and participant lists for the Center for Transformational Presence signature programs are solely owned by the Center for Transformational Presence.
Use and Ownership of Content
All programs and materials created by Transformational Presence community members and program collaborators remain their intellectual property and belong to them and their own companies.
All programs and materials co-created through collaboration between community members and the Center for Transformational Presence will be co-branded to both the Center and the community member’s company. The Center and the community member are joint owners of the content and materials. Both (or all) collaborating companies will be acknowledged as co-creators of the material, even if they are not present at delivery of the programs. As a professional courtesy, it is also agreed that no party shall present the programs and materials on their own without securing the permission of their collaborators first.
All programs and materials created by Alan Seale and/or the Center for Transformational Presence team remain the intellectual property of the Center for Transformational Presence. As a professional courtesy, when community members use this material in their own programs, Alan Seale and the Center for Transformational Presence are acknowledged as the source, inspiration, or seed idea upon which the new work was based. Please see the “Honoring the Source” Guidelines below.
As Alan begins to slow down his travel schedule, the Center for Transformational Presence may select a few community members to lead or facilitate his programs, working from his full program script. These facilitators will be Certified Transformational Presence Coaches who have remained very close to the work, participated or assisted in the TPLC more than once, have participated in the Supervised Mentor Coaching program, and have been personally mentored by Alan to carry on his work. In this way, the Transformational Presence work continues to evolve and develop and ensure its continuing power and effectiveness.
The Center for Transformational Presence is committed to the evolution of a new paradigm—a living and breathing organic and ever-evolving form—not just for leadership and coaching, but as an approach to life, family, relationships, business, government, healthcare, and education.
Therefore, Transformational Presence graduates are greatly encouraged to develop their own powerful and dynamic programs and materials that are inspired and informed by the Transformational Presence work. Within this context, the inclusion of Transformational Presence tools, frameworks, and concepts is not only welcomed; it is encouraged. Our only request is that when you share Transformational Presence content, you acknowledge the source of the material and share our website with your participants. Again, please see the “Honoring the Source” Guidelines below.
Our intention is that, together, we ensure the ongoing evolution and development of Transformational Presence for many years to come. Our aim is to play a significant role in creating a new and ever-evolving paradigm of leadership, service, coaching, and living.
“Honoring the Source” Guidelines
This section serves as a guide for “Honoring The Source” when using content, programs, and intellectual property that has been created by Alan Seale and/or the Center for Transformational Presence or for the independent creation and delivery by others of programs that rely heavily on Transformational Presence tools, programs, or intellectual property.
These guidelines apply specifically to workshops, lectures, trainings, and presentations in which the primary or majority source of the content, tools, and exercises is Transformational Presence.
Alan Seale and the Center for Transformational Presence have chosen to make their intellectual property available to the public as “open source” for general use. We offer this in the spirit of our mission: to help create a world that works.
Our request is that when you use our materials, you acknowledge the source of the work—that you state clearly this is work created by Alan Seale of the Center for Transformational Presence. Please do not use our tools, exercises, concepts, or materials in workshops, lectures, presentations, or training programs without acknowledging where they came from.
In lieu of a cumbersome licensing or intellectual property agreement, we invite a contribution or honorarium to the Center for Transformational Presence in recognition and respect of the time, energy, and creativity, as well as the lifetime experience and expertise, that has gone into creating the original source material. We suggest that an appropriate contribution or honorarium could be 5 – 15% of the income before expenses for your program. Your honorarium goes to support the ongoing evolution and development of Transformational Presence work in the world.
Please note that the suggestion of an honorarium or contribution is only for workshops and training programs. This does not apply to your use of Transformational Presence tools, frameworks, concepts, or materials in your ongoing leadership, coaching, or consulting work with individual clients or teams.
These guidelines have evolved out of our invitation in all of our programs to use the work freely and give reference to the source of the work. At the same time, when we offer that invitation, we do ask that you honor and respect the creative source when you are building a program or content that relies significantly on material and content created by others. We are committed to finding a balance between generosity and sustainability in all of our work and encourage you to do the same. When there is any doubt about whether a particular program or materials should be respected through an honorarium, we invite you to talk with us so that we can discover together what feels fair and appropriate for all.
Use of Our Name, Logo, and Banners
While we encourage your use of Transformational Presence concepts, tools, and frameworks in your workshops and programs, the name “Transformational Presence” may not be used in your workshop, training, or program title. The name “Transformational Presence” may only be used in workshop, training, or program titles for programs that are created, sponsored, or authorized by the Center for Transformational Presence, or with specific permission from Alan Seale.
The Center for Transformational Presence burst logo is to be used only by the Center. Specific banners have been created for Certified Transformational Presence Coaches and for Strategic Alliance Partners. Those banners may only be used by our certified coaches and by graduates with whom the Center for Transformational Presence has entered into a strategic alliance for a particular program.
Future Programming Created in Collaboration
We encourage all jointly created content to be “open source” and to be offered as such with the request for acknowledgment of the source or sources to event participants. We also request adherence to the guidance of the Center for Transformational Presence Manifesto (found in the About Us section of the Center website), specifically as related to respecting co-creators and the use of content outside of the collaboration.
Thank you for “honoring the source” in all of your work, no matter whom or what the source may be. This helps all of us maintain a high level of integrity in our work.
Strategic Alliances, Agreements, and Models
As the Center for Transformational Presence partners with collaborators from within our community, lightly structured collaboration agreements will be created as appropriate.
Transformational Presence graduates are also welcome to invite Alan and/or members of the Center core team to support or be a part of their Transformational Presence-based programs. Alan and Trace are available to step in as guest keynote speakers or be guest presenters for one or two days within larger projects that have been created and are being delivered by Transformational Presence graduates.
What People Are Saying
Jo Boniszewski (Netherlands)
With Transformational Presence, I find myself in a completely non-judgmental and open place of discovery with my clients. The (self) coaching tools offered in the TPLC are hugely powerful in their simplicity, inviting deep insights, new opportunities, and answers to quickly arise, regardless of how complex or emotionally charged my client’s issue is. Utilising the intelligence of both the intellect and our intuition and combining exploration and reflection with action, Transformational Presence has resulted in significant and sustainable growth for me and for my clients.
—Jo Boniszewski, Owner at Barefoot Training & Coaching
Magnus Green, Executive Coach (Sweden)
Joanna Zawada-Kubik, PCC (Poland)
TPLC is for me much more than a training—it is an invitation, once and for all, to declare who I choose to be in my life and what I want to support with my energy and actions.
—Joanna Zawada-Kubik, PCC, Executive and Team Coach
Marja Sas, CTPC (Netherlands)
Alan respects who you are and where you are in your process. He does not push you, yet he challenges, invites, and encourages you, creating a space where you can explore, discover, and learn—a place where transformation can happen.
TPLC and working with Alan has impacted my life and work magically. I now live my essence and work from there. TPLC has become a way of living and working. Do you live what you know? Do you live your essence?
—Marja Sas, CTPC, Coach-Therapist
Gijs Dullaert (Netherlands)
More and more, I’m able to be a “vessel” for the things that need to happen. Most important to me is that I’m feeling much more at home in myself. My internal fire is so much stronger than ever before. I feel so privileged to have been introduced to Transformational Presence and to continue receiving its incredible gifts.
—Gijs Dullaert, Entrepreneur and CEO at AIMMS
Jim Parker, MCC (USA)
—Jim Parker, MCC, The Mentor Connection, Inc.
Patricia Koster (Netherlands)
The Transformational Presence tools are hands-on. I use them in the groups of frontline workers (midwifes, general practitioners, community health workers, youth workers) I work with. Together, we create and hold space for transformation in systems that no longer serve. Shifting from chaos, drama, and exhaustion to a grounded path connected through collective wisdom.
My personal path with Alan and the Transformational Presence community is a great inspiration for which I have an incredible flame of gratitude. It’s all about creating a world that works.
—Patricia Koster, Management Consultant, Participate
Mary Riley, CTPC (USA)
—Mary Riley, CTPC, Founder and Director, Center for Non-Profit Coaching
Nienke van Dijk (Netherlands)
Transformational Presence has deepened my relationship with myself and I feel more grounded. The TPLC brought me so much more than just the training itself—I learned so much from Alan and so much about myself. The new friendships that I developed and the connections with colleagues there continue to support your journey. You feel the understanding from them. And they also give you a kick in the butt if you need it! This is all thanks to Alan. He creates a circle of trust from the moment you step into his presence.
—Nienke van Dijk, Freelance HR Director and Coach
Sander van Eekelen, CTPC (Netherlands)
What has helped me in particular is, simply put, Alan’s presence. In an open, totally non-judgmental way, he invites you to explore whatever is arising for you so that you can understand or receive the insights that are waiting for you. He effortlessly creates an environment in which you can easily tap into more intuitive sources of knowing. His unique approach to coaching and leadership creates a strong interconnection between “being” and “doing” that has enabled me to fully enjoy life with a quiet mind, a relaxed body, and an inspired heart! Integrating Transformational Presence into my work has brought an ease and acceptance to my coaching that allows me to be present with my clients on a very deep level.
—Sander van Eekelen, CTPC, Transformational Coach
Jayne L. Garrett, PCC (USA)
The uniqueness of this program is the offering of experiential learning with inter-developmental conversations, which result in building a powerful connection with colleagues and peers. These connections of diverse styles and expertise attract and feed the strength of the Transformational Presence community by offering opportunities of development and collaboration. The methodologies offered in this program are relevant to both clients and your life.
Different from other trainers who solely feed your mind with knowledge and skills, Alan's energy and style are inviting, experiential and uplifting. You leave the gatherings he leads and facilitates with a renewed sense of purpose as well as tangible new tools and techniques. These takeaways are immediately applicable to your work and your life. Passion for this work beams through Alan with laser focus and pure intention, which maximizes the learning experience.
—Jayne L. Garrett, PCC, Human Development Expert, Author, Facilitator
Monica Rodriguez (Singapore)
Making changes and creating a new professional/personal life can feel like a mental exercise or hard work. However, through TPLC and Alan’s approaches, realizations naturally arise. Space is given; outcomes are not forced. From that space, shifts in perspective and strategies simply flow. Clients go deep in their process, but it somehow feels effortless. Subtle, powerful, and practical.
Personally, since participating in the TPLC three years ago, I’ve been able to better align how I live, work, and play: creating energetically as well as physically, plugging into something bigger than me to seed possibilities and make them a reality. Transformational Presence has enabled me to live the way I coach, and to coach the way I live.
If this resonates with you, then you’ve found your coaching tribe!
—Monica Rodriguez, Corporate Trainer/Facilitator/Coach
Eleonore Karimoen-Fleur, CTPC (Netherlands)
—Eleonore Karimoen-Fleur, CTPC, Trainer and Kidscoach
Mark Vandeneijnde (Switzerland)
After my first workshop with Alan, I could sense that Transformational Presence would play an important role in enabling this major transition. In the following years, I joined the Transformational Presence Leadership and Coaching Program (TPLC) and became an active participant in the Transformational Presence community. I developed the skills and confidence to anchor the next phase of my work around my deeper calling, while creating an effective connection with the realities of today’s world.
Working in this space between “what is” and “what could be” comes with many creative tensions for which traditional problem solving skills no longer work. With Alan, I have learnt to tap into the “energy of potential” that is contained in these tensions and become a steward for the new opportunities to break through. What started off as a coaching tool or mechanism to change my work has now become a natural and very fulfilling way of life.
—Mark Vandeneijnde, Co-Founder, Being at Full Potential
Lilia Dicu, PCC (Romania)
—Lilia Dicu, PCC, Daring Executive Coach
Marjanke de Cock (Netherlands)
In addition to my personal growth of feeling more confident and grounded, I am able to support teams and organizations much more easily now—to help them get out of being stuck in their challenges and situations and moving them towards their greater potential.
The additional Mentor Coaching Class with Alan was spot on my potential in being and coaching, and it deepened my focus on transforming the client’s relationship towards the issue or topic that we are working with rather than just trying to “fix” the issue. This makes a huge difference in our work. What a great and inspiring coach you are, Alan. A big thank you!
—Marjanke de Cock, Business Coach, Partners in Leadership Facilitator
Rajesh Vaidya (India)
TPLC has a strong theoretical core, which finds its validation in ancient wisdom as well as modern-day quantum physics. Even more useful, though, was the application part of the theory, which came through simple yet profoundly practical techniques. The best part of the techniques is their instant demonstration and to see them delivering results! I now use the TPLC concepts and techniques in my coaching sessions. They work very well and help my clients.
Alan is a warm and authentic person. He has a personal understanding and special connection with every participant in his programs. His work is incredibly important in today’s world. It offers fresh perspective, energy, wisdom, and hope. I am extremely happy that we met!
—Rajesh Vaidya, People and Organiznational Development Pvt. Ltd.
Kate Harper, PCC (USA)
—Kate Harper, PCC, Executive Coach
Margreet van Persie (Netherlands)
Thanks to these experiences, my way of perceiving has changed and, as a consequence, my working in coaching and organizational training have fundamentally changed. Moreover, in the TPLC program (Foundation program and the Supervised Mentor Coaching teleclass series), I have learned many new coaching tools. Alan offers them in abundance! However, TPLC is much more than a set of tools. It is a way of perceiving—an approach that opens up the potential in myself and in my clients. I feel great gratitude for the gift that Alan shares.
—Margreet van Persie, NOBCO EMCC, European Master Practictioner Coach
Phil Knapp, CTPC (Canada)
—Phil Knapp, CTPC, Coach
Ineke Raaijmakers (Netherlands)
—Ineke Raaijmakers, Coach/Advisor, Maxima Medisch Centrum
Niklas Lindvall (Sweden)
During the months after the TPLC, people started coming to me for coaching. It was the first time I could be myself and speak about who I really am. At work, I finally had he courage to start experimenting with the new exercises and tools that Alan taught us. People didn’t always understand how they worked, but they were very happy with the results! My courage grew and so did theirs. All of this has helped me to trust following the energy and using my intuition in my work.
Alan helped me to connect to my heart and to follow the energy of what wanted to happen. As a result, I have a new worldview about how I can influence my life path towards happiness and freedom and now am helping others to do the same.
—Niklas Lindvall, coach, Coaching Without Borders