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Mark Braber (The Netherlands)
Working with Alan is a real privilege. His unique presence is purely authentic, powerful, and liberating. He has a way of intuitively asking the right questions at the right moment in the most appropriate way, often bringing transformation on the spot. For me personally, this has been extremely valuable in my search for fulfillment in the second half of my life. Specifically, it inspired me to found the Academy of New Leadership Quinter in The Netherlands in 2012.
There are a lot of books and theories about leadership and coaching. Alan has distilled the essence to create his extremely powerful approach, Transformational Presence. It is profound on the one hand, practical on the other.
I recommend any program or workshop with Alan without any hesitation to anyone who wants to live a more meaningful or effective life.
Mark Braber, Msc, CTPC
Founder and Leadership Coach at Quinter
Reverend Amy Gopp (United States)
Alan continually reminds me to pay attention to what is emerging, and to partner with that energy and possibility. Having claimed my own soul mission, accompanied by Alan, he has also offered me a different set of lenses through which to see the world and envision new ways of creating spaces for people to connect and love.
Working with him leads me to take my place on the center stage of my own life. Our journey together has guided me to embrace that big stage and to show up fully and wholeheartedly.
Reverend Amy Gopp
Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care, Church World Service
Alexander Ummels (The Netherlands)
During these courses, I received beautiful insights and flashes of awareness. Yet none helped me put the whole picture together until I met Alan. We began our work together in Spring 2020 through personal coaching, and I have participated in all of his four signature Zoom courses.
Alan has an amazing way of bringing universal teachings into presence and action with such simplicity that I hadn’t yet seen in other courses or with other teachers. Working with Alan and getting involved in the Transformational Presence community has brought me to my essence and full presence—not by my intellect alone, but through experiencing the whole of my being. He offers simple tools and frameworks that I work with daily.
As a result, I have been able to step easily beyond my former patterns into a field of potential and possibilities. Alan taught me how to approach things from an energy perspective—that we cannot get rid of feelings, beliefs, behaviors, or circumstances, but we can transform them. And then effective action becomes possible.
Through Transformational Presence, I have become a completely new leader, a transformational leader. My power and excitement are back in my work and in my life. And now I am guiding other leaders with the Transformational Presence approach so that, together, we can help to create a world that works.
Alan, I am deeply grateful for you coming into my life.
Alexander Ummels, Leadership Coach
Drs. Ian van Lidth de Jeude (The Netherlands)
The tools Alan has developed are invaluable. For me, he is the only example of a teacher who “walks his talk” and embodies the change that both he and I want to see in the world. Intensely and lovingly committed and involved, Alan has given me confidence to continue in this approach and has provided me with the biggest picture possible of the contribution I can make to others.
Drs. Ian van Lidth de Jeude, NIP, RL
Psychologist and Career Professional
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Suzanne O’Doherty (Belgium)
What I love about Alan’s work is the way he enables you to focus from different perspectives. He intuitively knows when you are at a breakthrough moment and supports you to move forward. One of the most incredible coaching sessions we had was on a painting I had created called “Windows on Change.” Alan coached me throughout the whole session by simply asking me questions reflecting on the energy of this painting and the messages it had for me. The painting and the energy of this session accompanied me on my own journey of change through the closure of the business site. It was extremely powerful.
As a result of this coaching journey, I no longer systematically “normalize” my capabilities. I am aware of my gifts and I use them. I went through the journey of change choosing how I wanted to be and knowing why I was doing the project. This has resulted in much more serenity for me as I now move on to the next chapter of my life and work.
Coach & HR Professional passionate about Talent Development
Marie Dancourt-Cavanagh (France/Belgium)
I still remember my first days of Transformational Presence and this feeling of finally finding what I was longing for. Alan’s work is truly remarkable and life changing. Beyond the many practical and easy-to-use coaching and leadership tools and frameworks, he has created this unique breakthrough approach that helps you see and sense with new awareness and clarity what is wanting to happen and discover the steps that follow. Truly leading your life from the emerging future.
One of the greatest gifts I received from this approach is nurturing the acceptance of being with what is, however challenging or turbulent my life circumstances may be. I now know the path that takes me to the place of Choice, and this is so essential!
I am also deeply inspired by the amazing coach and wonderful mentor that Alan is and, more than anything, by the wonderful person that he is: authentic, warm, caring, loving, highly supportive, and so generous in all that he shares. He embodies beautifully what he has been teaching us. It is a great privilege to know him.
EMCC Senior Practitioner, CTPC
Executive and Team Coach
Mieke Elekan (The Netherlands)
Mieke Elekan, CTPC
Coach, Trainer, Facilitator
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Valérie Freilich (United States)
Coaching with Alan is a transformative experience that I recommend to anyone who wants to grow, to learn, to be a better leader or coach, and to impact the world in a bigger way. Working with him will not only open a field of new possibilities; you will also find inner peace and joy as you move forward.
Leadership and Executive Coach
Jim Parker (United States)
Alan Seale is a truly remarkable coach, author, and leader. I first met him in 2015 when I participated in his Transformational Presence Leadership and Coach Training program as a part of my Master Certified Coach education. I have since also engaged Alan as my coach. He is an incredible mentor and facilitator.
Alan's expertise and knowledge in the realm of transformational leadership and coaching are second to none. His books are a testament to his depth of insight and understanding of the human experience.
Yet what really sets Alan apart is his ability to connect with people on a deep and meaningful level. His coaching style is both compassionate and challenging, pushing you to grow beyond your perceived limitations while always remaining grounded in a sense of empathy and support.
Alan’s commitment to his vision of a world that works shines through everything he does. I cannot recommend him highly enough. I’m grateful for all the support he has given me in my own journey.
—Jim Parker, Master Certified Coach
Asheville, North Carolina, US
Kathrin O’Sullivan (United States)
I had expected that we would do a lot more reflective or meditative practices rather than using “concrete” tools to get us into the intuitive mind. It is mind blowing how well they work. What we learned, we learned with our heads, hearts, and guts. Truly memorable.
Whether you want to get unstuck with personal challenges, become a more effective coach, or a more inspirational leader in service of making the world a better place—work with Alan. You are going to learn to touch the sacred in you and others and become a force that is truly transformational.
Executive Coach and Consultant
Former Head of Executive Development at Google
San Francisco, California, United States
Dan Johnson (United States)
Dan Johnson, Director
Association for Talent Development Chicagoland Chapter
Chicago, United States
Karl Van Hoey (Belgium)
Transformational Presence enabled me to evolve as a coach in 3 dimensions:
1. From "analyzing" to "exploring"
2. From "listening to" to "being together with"
3. From "conversing with" to "holding space for"
It turned out that the integration of exactly those 3 elements was the critical ingredient to grow my coaching presence to the MCC level. At that level, coaching is indeed much more about holding space for the coachee's own transformation and growth process rather than just listening and asking questions.
For me, the TPLC has also been about internal "cleaning" and finding new levels of personal maturity. Alan Seale's coaching, mentoring, and facilitating skills are—what shall I say—of an "extraterrestrial" nature. I have followed many, many coaching courses. Most of them were fine, a few were great, but TPLC was a life-shifting experience. I totally recommend TPLC for anyone wishing to self develop, and certainly for coaches wishing to attain the MCC credential through the ICF. Thank you, Alan.
Karl Van Hoey, MCC, CTPC
Executive and Team Coach
Nicki McClusky (United States)
Nicki McClusky, CPC, CTPC
Former President, ICF St. Louis
Voice and Self-Development Coach, Psychotherapist, LPC, LCSW
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Jo Boniszewski (The Netherlands)
The coaching tools offered in the TPLC are hugely powerful in their simplicity. Deep insights, new opportunity, and greater awareness emerge quickly, regardless of how complex or emotionally charged my client's issue is. Transformational Presence has resulted in significant and sustainable growth for me and for my clients.
Jo Boniszewski, CTPC
Barefoot Training & Coaching
Sandra Peeters (Belgium)
It is only through experiencing Transformational Presence in the way that Alan presents it in this course that I could really get it. I didn’t recognize how intuitive I am and how significant that would be for me. This was a turning point. Yet I was still hesitant to introduce this approach into my work. I work with entrepreneurs who are also often down-to-earth and rational types like me.
However, thanks to the TPLM [Transformational Presence Leadership and Facilitation Mentoring Program], I made a huge shift and really stepped into my full potential. Since then, so many incredible things have happened. I implement Transformational Presence into my work and life now as if I have been doing it for many years. There’s no more hesitation, only confirmation that this is the way forward, for me, for my clients, and for my family.
I now have a clear elevator pitch when I go out to network. I feel very inspired to talk about soul and ego to entrepreneurs and to see how much they are intrigued about that. I am showing up as a Transformational Presence Coach. Creativity is flowing and I feel so grateful for Alan’s commitment to my learning process and for the community he has built.
Thank you, Alan. I’m quoting you when I say: You truly are a gift.
Lloyd Wigglesworth (UK)
The programme looked good on paper, it was highly recommended by those who had been on it before but the experience exceeded both of those in spades. The frameworks are so well thought through and simple in application. However the magic of the 5 days came from your own true, magnificent authenticity. The real learning of Transformational Presence was in experiencing you.
I know I will not be alone in taking away the thrill that just a little bit of it may just have rubbed off on us as a group and individually.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The Alexander Partnership
Magnus Green (Sweden)
Magnus Green, Executive Coach
Gino Peremans (Belgium)
This program is a must for all who want to help organizations transform their culture and strategies towards their greatest potential!
Founder of Aspiria
Transformation Consultant and Executive Coach
Mary Ehrgood (United States)
Storyteller, Speaker, Witness
Walking beside you through all that life brings
Wisconsin, United States
Mia Petré-Lennerman (Sweden)
José Hendrikx (Belgium)
In these years what really stood out for me is Alan’s gift to mentor without judgement. He guides gently, he helps you discover, and he is there when you fall down to help you get up again. He really helped me to discover and grow as a person and as a professional.
Today I feel more in balance than ever before, more in the present than I could ever imagine, more able to make conscious choices and stick with them.
In these past 5 years, Transformational Presence has been life changing for me and for the people around me. Life changing from its power, from the positive impact that it can create for people, organizations, and other systems, and from the easy approach to accessing this potential.
I am proud that I could have this experience, and I am honoured to be able to share this with the people and organisations I can serve.
Strategic Ideator and Business Booster
Straight Business Partners
Brita Berglund (Iceland)
I liked the mix of theory and simple but powerful exercises, putting the theory into praxis. The basic Transformational Presence exercises and concepts offer endless opportunities for combinations and improvisations, and thus for working intuitively with clients in a way that serves them and helps them to their greatness.
What I find unique with the Transformational Presence work is the focus on energy and deeper levels of transformation, i.e. more on the “being” part than the “doing” part of our human lives, than other coaching teachings I have come across. And on serving a greater good. Alan himself “walked his talk” every minute of the program and was totally present with us. Thank you, Alan!
Brita Berglund, ACC
Coach and Environmental Communicator
Katarina Cars (Sweden)
Cars Consulting Group
Shane Peterman (United States)
I have been working with Alan since 2000 when I was a young singer/actor in my twenties in New York City. To say my life was merely changed through working with him would be to not fully recognize its importance.
Alan's work is truly transformational in every way. My soul mission is my compass. My life vision (I'm now on my 2nd 15 year plan) is my road map. My continued work with Alan has helped me learn to listen to the knowledge from within. Our work together is fuel that truly feeds my soul.
Every major decision of my life for the last two decades has been vetted through this work, be it personal or business, in a most loving and enlightening way. I recommend coaching and mentoring with Alan to anyone who truly seeks clarity and vision for whatever they may be looking toward.
Jen Sellers (United States)
Jen Sellers, MCC
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Lilia Dicu (Romania)
Lilia Dicu, MCC, CTPC
Daring Executive Coach
Michel Barth (The Netherlands)
Joanna Maria Zawada (Poland)
The Transformational Presence courses are for me much more trainings—they offer invitations, 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 Maria Zawada, MCC, CTPC
Executive and Team Coach
José Hendrikx (Belgium)
Today I feel more in balance than ever before, more in the present than I could ever have imagined, and more able to make conscious choices and stick with them. Transformational Presence has been life-changing for me and for the people around me. Life-changing from its power; from the positive impact that it can create for people, organizations, and other systems; and from how easy it actually is to access this potential.
I am proud that I could have this experience, and I am honoured to be able to share this with the people and organisations that I serve.
José Hendrikx, Strategic Ideator and Business Booster
Straight Business Partners
Maciej Szturmowicz (Poland)
Strategic Advisor, Change Integrator
Sander van Eekelen (The 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
Jayne Garrett (United States)
Beth Masterman (United States)
The work offered by Alan is alive and includes space for everyone to adapt the concepts and tools into their own practice. Alan offers a fascinating challenging body of work that requires practice and understanding, but not strict compliance. It’s a great blend of business, art, science, imagination, and humanity.
Alan and his team present with confidence and equanimity. The program offers challenging and yet surprisingly simple concepts for study and exercises for experience. Alan creates and holds a safe space for everyone to learn and discover how Transformational Presence techniques can be integrated into their own lives and their professional practices. What I learned will not be easily forgotten. My approach has changed because of the experience.
Masterman Executive Coaching, Inc.
Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Marjanke de Cock (The 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, CTPC
Partners in Leadership Facilitator
Petra Peltenburg (Belgium)
Alan's mentoring has taken my entrepreneurship, living, and coaching to a next level—the level of living and working inside out. Through our work together, I have learned to meet my life, work, and whatever comes on my path from a true and deep connection with myself and the potential that is waiting to unfold. Alan has the gift to put his finger on the right spot. He has helped me increase and deepen my awareness and get movement where I was stuck. Our work together has been so much more than coaching. He has helped me see and experience life from a different perspective.
Leadership & Career Coach, Entrepreneur
Gabriella van Rooij (The Netherlands)
By embracing this work and collaborating with Alan Seale in bringing his work to Europe, I learned who I truly am and discovered my ability to bring others to their own talents and gifts. Because this work has brought so much to me, I set up the Seale Foundation in 2010 to support and promote Alan Seale and his work, initially in The Netherlands and Belgium, and now throughout other parts of the world.
Gabriella van Rooij
Director, Seale Foundation
Kate Harper (United States)
The Transformational Presence courses are for everyone—coach, leader, facilitator, human beings called to co-create with what wants to happen from the largest perspective and potential and make a real difference in the world.
Kate Harper, PCC
Luc Limère (Belgium)
Alan's authenticity and calmness are unique. Next to the nice, linear build up of a deep awareness and consciousness of the working tools.
Through the beautiful variety of connections with Alan, the participants and myself, I was able to fully enjoy the depth of the programme. I did not feel any disadvantage of the online form in any way. On the contrary, I was able to experience extra surprise and diversity in the break-out sessions. In addition, Zoom lends itself very well as a programme to easily facilitate this size of group [approximately 40 participants].
A warm and grateful thank you to the whole team and Alan in particular.
Svetlana Pitkianen (Russia)
Department Manager, IKEA Russia
Ineke Raaijmakers (The Netherlands)
It’s hard to explain in words how Transformational Presence has enriched my life and work. To put it simply, it reduces drama and brings a lot more choice, commitment, and vitality. So necessary in these times.
Maxima Medisch Centrum
Carrie Doubts (United States)
Alan blends wisdom with curiosity and invites the participants to interact with the information in ways that support integration. He is masterful at explaining complex concepts in ways that inspired me to go out and use what I'd learned immediately with my clients. At the same time, Alan is so down to earth and likable, and a wise soul at the same time. He is able to step forward and step back with humility and create a safe space for learning. His is a very rare skill.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to step into greater leadership in their lives, both professionally and personally.
Carrie Doubts, Owner
Life's Next Chapter Coaching
Gijs Dullaert (The 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.
Entrepreneur and CEO AIMMS
Daniel Karslake (United States, Germany)
Award-winning documentary filmmaker
United States and Germany
Lieve van de Walle (Belgium)
This online programme with Alan Seale came at the right moment for me. Over the past few years, I had read a lot of Alan's work, but these sessions brought his teachings to life. This was a whole new level of experiential learning for me. Zoom did not get in the way, quite on the contrary I would say. During the exercises you could choose to turn the camera off. I felt free to experiment with posture, movement. Whatever I needed to get clarity on my chosen topics. It was very private and yet you could feel you were guided and supported by someone who can hold the space for you.
In breakout sessions, we then talked about what had come to our awareness during the exercise, what we learned. Suddenly, there were words for the embodied experience – it was shared and thus reinforced. Amazingly, we never felt compelled to talk about the issue itself, just our discoveries and the process. Wow.
It will take months to compost all that I learned. The course is a gift that will keep giving. I feel privileged. Thank you.
Lieve Van de Walle - Executive Coach and Consultant
Gwen van Valkengoed (The Netherlands)
Gwen van Valkengoed
Coach, Trainer, and HR Consultant
John O’Neill (United States)
Since those initial changes took place, my work with Alan has deepened to a greater focus on the beauty, constancy and unlimited potential of my soul. He has helped me open doors that I never dreamed possible. I am amazed and excited to watch my career and life get better and better as my life becomes more and more a reflection of my being.
Broadway Music Director, Composer, Arranger
New York, United States
Mariëlle Slierendrecht (The Netherlands)
After a session with Alan, I am brimming with energy and have a clear picture of my next step. The stormy dark cloud of time pressure, complexity, or the tangle of inextricable questions that I sometimes bring along, opens up to a clear horizon. Spicy challenges suddenly become beautiful adventures to fully enjoy.
Alan's coaching and mentoring have given me the courage to take on challenges that I would have otherwise avoided. As I step into my own learning edges, it becomes easier for the people I work with to do the same.
What I love about working with Alan is that his invitation to grow is so warm that you almost don't realize how incisive and effective he is in guiding you, as well as your projects, to the next stage. His coaching and mentoring make me a better professional and a more lighthearted human. I highly recommend working one-on-one with Alan!
Mariëlle Slierendrecht, Emergentia
Partner in change, development, and collaboration