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"Landmark Forum" awful experience.

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"Landmark Forum" awful experience.

Figure I would warn anyone thinking about trying the Landmark forum, here's my limited experience....

A year ago I had a conversation with an acquaintance who talked to me about the Landmark Forum. I put it off and put it off but eventually I was talked into a free "introduction". The introduction was well run and I thought about trying it out. 4 or 5 people who had experience kept pushing and pushing me into signing up. VERY AGGRESSIVE. I was still interested as I trusted the person who talked me into coming.

I didn't want to try register that night because it would require a commitment months in advance. I asked if I could just register online and the people at the event told me no (a lie). Then I was told that I could change locations (as I was unsure if I would be in Detroit or Toronto at the time) so I agreed to register. The next day, after a very busy day at work, I get home to check over 5 calls from a Detroit number. All were from some lady from the Landmark forum asking me to call her back as it was urgent for me to confirm my Detroit location. I thought I could switch and had time to choose, I guess not.

I call her back the next day, 4-5 times to no answer. She calls me a few times and I miss each call, you know, because I work.


I try again to get through the next day and do. I talk with a lady, whose name escapes me, telling me I HAVE to do the Detroit one and can't switch. When I tell her that's not what I was told, she goes off on some rant about how "I don't do things I don't want to do", not sure what the hell that means. Then she proceeds to tell me I was avoiding her calls, even though I tried 4-5 times to reach her one day. The lines she were using made two words pop into my head: "brainwashed" and "cult"

Instead of apologizing for the poor advice I was given she tells me I'm stuck with no flexibility at all, trying to make it seem like it was my fault for getting the bad advice. I still don't cancel, I want to give this forum thing a shot as everyone at the introduction seemed sure of it.

A few days pass and now I start getting calls to complete my registration, months before my forum date. At the introduction I was told I would have until a month before the event to do this, more bad advice. The calls keep coming. I look into the website and it says I can cancel my attendance and my money (except for a $35 cancellation fee) would be returned to me. I decide to just cancel, it had been a very obnoxious few weeks since registering.

After that was done, guess what, no refund. Shocker, goodbye $200.
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Deal Guru
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Mar 14, 2005
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Haven't been to their sessions, but have heard stories. I get the impression that they are scammy and prey on weak minds in order to squeeze cash out of you.
Deal Guru
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Aug 2, 2010
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I have a few friends who took the landmark forum and every single one of them has become extremely obnoxious. They all got in my face and confrontational about how I have to go to the forum in order to do this and do that in my life. They all pushed me to take the forum. I do quite well on my own without needing that bull crap. Other people I know whose friends took the forum have said the same thing. The forum is for weak people with no direction in their life. Don't get sucked in.

I even have a couple of friends who spend about $20,000 a year going to Landmark forum 'vacation' courses. They are currently on one in Costa Rica as we speak.

It's a cult and worse than many religions. At least with religion you don't have to put something in the collection plate!
Deal Guru
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Oh wait, I vaguely remember attending an information session a long time ago. The recruiter got snarky when we were leaving, saying, "You have blindspots." I guess that is his response to skeptics of the program, ha!

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