Frequently Asked Questions

Does the PRESENCE Protocol replace mindfulness training?

The PRESENCE Protocol and mindfulness are complimentary, though not necessary, to each other. Mindfulness training helps individuals enter into Presence more easily while the PRESENCE Protocol increases the sustainability and benefits of mindfulness.

Is the PRESENCE Protocol workshop appropriate if we haven’t implemented a mindfulness program yet?

The PRESENCE Protocol does not require meditation. However we have found that those that complete this workshop will find Mindfulness easier to maintain. Also, Mindfulness training is included as part of the workshop if attendees have yet to receive this kind of training.

Are the PRESENCE Protocol workshops available for general employees?

The standard PRESENCE Protocol workshop is designed for general employees. We also provide workshops specifically customized for Sales, Leadership and Support Staff.

How do you help the attendees stay with the program after the workshop?

We provide written and online resources to help attendees retain and continually grow their ability to incorporate the PRESENCE Protocol in all aspects of their life, including professional and personal. The PRESENCE Protocol for Leaders includes four-weeks of live 1-on-1 web video follow up and support. This is also optionally available for the other workshops as well.

What do you mean by “transformational learning experience”?

Transformative learning theory says that the process of “perspective transformation” has three dimensions: psychological (changes in understanding of the self), convictional (revision of belief systems), and behavioral (changes in lifestyle). This is a fundamentally different process from instructional learning which is utilized in most adult training.

A transformational learning experience is one where there is substantial and often sudden shift in one’s fundamental world-view or context. This typically requires understanding the source of one fears and limiting beliefs and seeing a way, through a shift in world-view, how to no longer be controlled by them. Once this occurs, incorporating empowering behavioral changes are relatively straightforward.

The PRESENCE Protocol workshops are uniquely designed to create a safe container within which this powerful and empowering shift of world-view/context can occur, often resulting in a truly transformative experience for attendees.

What is the science behind the PRESENCE Protocol?

One of the foundational operating principles behind the PRESENCE Protocol is that at the core of every fear, limiting belief, disempowering habit and obsessive distraction is existential angst – the fear of non-existence (which is the basis for, and can exceed, the fear of death). Abraham Maslow, in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation”, underscored the supremacy of the human survival instinct via his Hierarchy of Needs. The shift in world-view offered during the workshops addresses this core fear head-on and provides a powerful framework to substantially diminish its impact on employee behavior.

Addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté’s research and extensive experience with various kinds of addiction has shown that at the root of all addiction is the desire to avoid something unpleasant or painful, that if left unresolved, leads to long-term harm. This is the very definition of employee avoidance behavior that the PRESENCE Protocol is designed to eliminate. The workshops help the attendees come to their own conclusions that avoidance behavior is a form of harmful addiction and how the shift in world-view mentioned earlier can help overcome them.

The structure and format of the PRESENCE Protocol workshops are transformational rather than instructional. Its pedagogy largely follows the process outlined by Jack Mezirow who is regarded as the Father of Transformational Learning. Typical instructional training methodologies rarely lead to profound and substantive changes in behavior since they are primarily cognitive-based. Using the transformational model, workshop attendees can often experience profound and lasting shifts in their inherent world-view leading to highly empowering changes in overall behavior and sense of personal fulfillment.