Testimonials and Endorsements

I’m now able to secure contracts with the kind of people I love working with.

 
“Working with Alan allowed me to shift from having little confidence that I would be taken seriously to trusting 100% that I have something precious to offer. The tools and advice he shared with me enable me to have great conversations with potential clients: I am clear how I can help and they find that inspiring. I’m now able to secure contracts with the kind of people I love working with. Being clear about my life purpose and the gifts i am bringing to the world helps me stay in choice as to what I want and don’t want to take on. I feel privileged to have undertaken this journey of self-discovery and increased competency.
Alan has been a great guide! I’m recommending him without hesitation.

~Vérène Nicolas, Organizational Consultant, Coach, and CNVC Certified Trainer

“If you’re looking to bring your gifts to the world, but you just need a bit (or a lot!) more clarity and focus, I cannot recommend Alan enough.”

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“Going into my last session with Alan, I felt overwhelmed, stressed, and stretched thin…I felt like I was treading water and it was exhausting. Afterwards, I felt the most energized and excited about my life and my direction than I have in weeks (probably since my last call with him). 
Alan offers both his authentic presence and sincere empathy, AND his experience and ideas and strategies. I feel SO lucky to be working with him and to have his support while I journey down the path of starting my own business and bringing to the world what I care about most. If you’re looking to bring your gifts to the world, but you just need a bit (or a lot!) more clarity and focus, I cannot recommend Alan enough.”

 

~ Aimee Ryan, Entrepreneur, CNVC Certified Trainer, Facilitator, Mediator, Organizational Consultant, Yoga Teacher

“You think of things I would never have thought of myself…”

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 3.36.36 PM“Alan, your voice has a brightness to it that along with your easy laugh and insightful wisdom make it a pleasure to have you for a coach. You think of things I would never have thought of myself, which makes it very rich. Our conversations serve as catalytic action energy boosts…thanks so much.”

 

Marilyn Reed, Social Entrepreneur, Nature Educator, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Instructor

“With Alan I am clarifying my motivations, my life direction, and he’s helping me enjoy my ideal life.”

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“Working with Alan has helped me to become clear on my motivations and direction in life. If that wasn’t enough he is also supporting me to shorten my learning curve and enjoy my ideal life! These skills are proving to work not only with my private practice but also in school and with my family.”

Micah Shanser, Social Entrepreneur, Wilderness Therapy Expert, Graduate Student

“Alan focuses on catching customer’s conscious and unconscious needs to generate high impact.”

Paola_Valeri“Working with Alan as coach and mentor has been an amazing experience with positive and practical impacts in how I understand and focus my professional and personal life.
Alan knows how to walk the field that lies beyond the technical separations between coaching, mentoring, consulting, training and other related disciplines. He focuses on catching customer’s conscious and unconscious needs to generate high impact. I recommend Alan’s work if you want to generate changes and open new opportunities in any domain of your life.”

Paola Valeri, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Coach  paolavaleri.com

“Alan has a unique ability to understand and teach some of the most important ideas and practices of sustainability.”

vicki_robin“Alan has a unique ability to understand and teach some of the most important ideas and practices of sustainability. He is a visionary as well as a grounded, clear and engaging educator as well as walking the talk with real poise and integrity. If you want a powerful set of conceptual and practical tools to make your commitment to a sustainable future effective, I highly recommend his courses.”

Vicki Robin, Coauthor, Your Money or Your Life, Author, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us Cofounder, New Road Map Foundation, Conversation Cafe

“Alan represents the best of the next generation.”

LucyLeu“I have very high regard for Alan. My opinion is that he knows his stuff backwards and forwards, is creative in synthesizing understandings, and lives with ENORMOUS integrity. I find him to be very inspiring – and am encouraged that he represents the best of the next generation.”

~ Lucy Leu, CNVC Certified Trainer; Former President of the Board, Center for Nonviolent Communication; Author, Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group or Classroom Study

“True for all great teachers”

LairdSchaub“Alan, I was glad to have found the time (even at the last minute) to sit down and have a conversation with you about your work. You obviously love your work, and that love infuses what you do. In my experience, this is true for all great teachers and unsubstitutable.”

~ Laird Schaub, Facilitator and Facilitation Trainer; Executive Secretary, Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

“He will greatly improve any project he is involved with!”

 
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“We have known Alan for more than a decade as both a workshop leader and marketing consultant and we have always ben impressed with his clarity; his professionalism; his deep understanding of the people as well as the issues of a project; his ability to see what is needed in any given situation; his generosity; and, not least, his care and love. If you need help with creating or marketing your workshop Alan is your man. He will greatly improve any project he is involved with!

~Roberto Rodriguez & Ronit CorryConnectionWorkshops.com Founders

“My friendships and business relationships have been strengthened as a result of Alan’s teachings and insights.”

 
“Working with Alan Seid has made a significant difference in how I present myself to the world. I used to avoid certain conversations that were tough for me, which in turn would cause friction or distance in that particular relationship. Since learning about presence, empathy, connection and how to focus on each other’s needs in a given situation, I have learned to approach those tough conversations from a place of love and connection. My friendships and business relationships have been strengthened as a result of Alan’s teachings and insights.
Alan is not only a great coach and trainer, but he is an amazing role model for what he teaches.”

~ Kim Reddington, Entrepreneur, Technology Expert, Business Coach, Mom, Wife, Daughter

“Alan established an environment of peace, calm, non-judgment, and freedom…”

“This was the first time I have ever taken a workshop focused on feelings, empathy, and communication. I had previously felt uncomfortable and anxious at the thought of talking about feelings with a group of strangers. But Alan established an environment of peace, calm, non-judgment, and freedom in this setting, which allowed me to feel very comfortable, and which allowed me to really enjoy this workshop. And Bodhi Creek is an absolutely beautiful and relaxing setting in which to have a workshop.”
 

~Greg Rhodes, Husband, Father, Air Traffic Controller, Musician

“Useful in my relationship with my partner and at work.”

 

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“This weekend’s workshop will improve my communication skills and will be useful in my relationship with my partner and at work.”

~ Martin Adams, Engineer & Consultant

“My experience has been profoundly deep and very practical.”

Cindi_Landreth“Alan is well studied and well practiced in his work. I probably learned as much from observing and sensing his energy when he interacts and talks with people as from his 6 week course. What an inspiration! I often hold Alan (with his calm and intentional way of being) in my mind when I am getting my creative juices flowing on how I might approach a communication challenge – and it has always helped. I thought I would get something from the course that would help me on a ‘surface level’ but my experience has been profoundly deep and very practical.  I am very grateful.”

 

Cindi Landreth, Vice-President A1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio; Transition Whatcom, Live Workshop Series Participant

“This was the most useful training we did.”

TomAnderson“When I debriefed the staff at my retirement, to a person they strongly indicated that the Empowered Communication (NVC) training was the most useful, both professionally and personally, of anything we had done during their time there. It was clear after the first training that there was a real positive shift in how people in the office interacted. I highly recommend Alan’s NVC trainings in an office setting.”

~ Tom AndersonGeneral Manager, retired, Public Utility District #1 of Whatcom County

“My personal relationships have been able to blossom.”

Carly_Heying“I never thought that 24 hours would have such a great impact on my life. My personal relationships have been able to blossom as a result of my NVC training. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who values personal connection as well as internal clarity.”

~ Carly Heying, Live Workshop Series Participant

“Our workplace culture is more harmonious and positive than ever before.”

photo of Stephen Trinkaus“The interpersonal dynamics of our store were transformed by the NVC workshop that Alan led. The result is that our workplace culture is more harmonious and positive than ever before.”

~ Stephen Trinkaus, Owner & General Manager, Bellingham Public Market and Terra Grocery Store

“Find out why folks say so little while talking so much.”

Tip_Johnson“I never thought that 24 hours would have such a great impact on my life. My personal relationships have been able to blossom as a result of my NVC training. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who values personal connection as well as internal clarity.”

~ Tip Johnson, Live Workshop Series Participant

“Your workshop helped immensely.”

Tom_Brenton  “Alan, my sincerest appreciation for you and your abilities to provide me with some skills to more effectively, healthfully communicate with my children. Your workshop has helped immensely. After only 6 weeks I am more aware of how I experience the world, people, and myself in a more healthful, positive and intelligent manner than before your class. Compassion and empathy has always been difficult for me to express and provide. Your experience and crafted guidance along with the support and security of the group has helped me transition my perspectives and approach, in general, and with some serious immediate issues. I feel motivated to integrate NVC more fully and deeply into how I relate and communicate with myself and others. NVC appears to me as one of the best strategies for the most potential of positive social change. Thank you again for all you do, have done and the social changes you are creating. I’m impressed.”

~ Tom Brenton, Principal, Azimuth HomesLive Workshop Series Participant

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“Highly recommended for anyone who speaks.”

~ Diane Lookman, Live Workshop Series Participant

“This NVC workshop joined us deeply.”

“As a male from the East Coast I sought a more compassionate style of communication in my relationship with my flower-child partner from Maple Falls. This NVC workshop joined us deeply. Coastal difference vaporized. Alan is stellar at what he does!”

~ Rick Dubrow, CEO A-1 Builders, Live Workshop Series Participant

“I learned to communicate with more presence and empathy.”

“I learned to communicate with more presence and empathy through the honest practice sessions and internal clarity of how I am feeling and needing.”

~ Leslie Brown, Massage Therapist, Live Workshop Series Participant

“Thank you.”

Alan Seid is very committed to NVC and can be depended upon to bring heartfelt compassionate communication skills into probably any setting. Thank you, Alan, for your energy, organization, heart & soul. Thank you for your stories.

~ Reis Southworth, Live Workshop Series Participant

“Alan presents this work with great skill, fun and compassion.”

“The structures of our thinking and our language are rooted in a power-over world view. Nonviolent Communication gives tools and practices to help us reframe our communication within a win-win, power-with worldview. It goes way beyond resolving conflicts. Alan presents this work with great skill, fun and compassion.”

~ Angela MacLeod, Live Workshop Series Participant

“Totally necessary.”

“NVC is totally necessary in this day and age for it’s ability to establish connection between people.”

~ Scott Milam, Contractor and Permaculture Practitioner, Live Workshop Series Participant

“Takes communication skills to a whole new level.”

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“Alan’s NVC workshop takes communication skills to a whole new level!”

 

 

 

 

~ Carl Oekerman, Instructor of Interpersonal Communications, Bellingham Technical College,
Live Workshop Series Participant

“After speaking with you I am feeling confident, clear and determined.”

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-3-32-13-pm“Thank you SO much for your support for this ‘radically cooperative’ concept! When our project happens you will be one of the reasons that it does! After speaking with you I am feeling confident, clear, and determined…”

~ Charmine Mallipudi, Changemaker, Healer, Bodyworker, Entrepreneur

“You up-leveled the experience for us all!”

Sandra_Poulson“Alan, your lucid presence (which called us all to greater presence) combined with your command of the concepts and your ease/simplicity in presenting them were not only a pleasure to experience. You up-leveled the center of gravity of the entire conversation/experience for us all. When that happens, I believe the material gets in deeply and really works people over time. They contemplate it more afterwards because it penetrates their inner life. A deep bow to you….I so see and appreciate how you have developed yourself to be the great teacher I beheld. I loved presenting with you as well, AND I learned so much from who you are..”

~ Sandra Poulson, Organization Effectiveness Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency; Co-Presenter, Integral Sustainability 101, presented for the EOS Alliance, Seattle, Washington.

“Instrumental in helping me retrain my perception.”

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 4.12.37 PM“Finally I got it down! Alan has been instrumental in helping me retrain my perception and communication away from what had become self-destructive thought patterns and practices.”

~ Jay Darling, Live Workshop Series Participant (5 years before joining the Cascadia Workshops team)

Knowledge, Clarity, Integrity

Wes_Taylor“Possessing an intellect and wealth of knowledge that doctoral students would envy, Alan Seid brings a quality of clarity to his work and training that is a rare commodity. I know few people who live so completely in harmony with their espoused values.”

~ Wes Taylor, CNVC Certified Trainer, Organizational Development Specialist, Service Excellence Coordinator, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

“This is one of the best presentations I’ve ever attended.”

~ Caroline Estes, renowned consensus facilitation trainer, and founder of Alpha Farm community in Oregon, after an 8-Shields Model presentation for the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) Board.

“It was fantastic to see.”

“Thank you Alan for your expert facilitation, I think it was appreciated deeply by all. There were a number of openings that occurred of which I am aware and it was fantastic to see.”

~ Bill Stanley, Maxwelton Creek Co-housing

Discovering competence & safety in speaking & acting that felt joyful & fulfilling

tanyaAlan’s generous, humorous, playful approach to practicing NVC & facilitating learning delights me and I heard folks “new” to NVC express delight & pleasure at discovering new to them sources of competence & safety in trying out ways of speaking & acting that felt joyful & fulfilling. The beauty of the location & tastiness of the meals seemed the definition of generosity & bounty.

 ~ Tanya Lasuk, Software Engineer, Agile Coach