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When evaluating whether a self help, self development or transformational program is right for you, there are many different things you can look at to help make your decision. We’ve selected the criteria that are the most important, in our experience, and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Since each one is highly subjective and warrants further explanation, we have addressed them in greater detail within the reviews. A low star rating does not necessarily mean a program is wrong for you, and a high star rating doesn’t always indicate that it is a match. What matters is what’s important to you, what you’re open to, and what kind of experience you prefer. We encourage you to read these definitions of each category and attribute used for the ratings, to understand them better and help you with your choices.

Integrity of Organization
Is this organization trustworthy? Honest? Does it keep its promises? Is it legal? Do the programs start and end on time?

Leader Training
Who trained the leaders how to lead? How long was the training? How effective was the training? What are they capable of? How impartial are they? Are they effective?

Leader/Participant Ratio
How many participants are there per leader, and does this take anything away from the experience or add to it? A higher star rating indicates that the ratio works optimally.

Popularity
How many participants have taken this program? How well known is it? Is it reputable?

Price/Value Ratio
How much are you getting in return for the money you pay for this program? Is it worth it?

Upselling Practices
Are the methods used to sell you on the next program appropriate? Are they effective? If so, a higher rating is given. If the marketing practices are high-pressure, invasive or overly persistent, misleading, or overboard, a low rating is given. An example of this would be if they say that participants must do additional programs in order for this program to work.

Marketing Practices
How do you usually hear about this program? Are the solicitations effective? Are they honest and appropriate? If so, a high rating is given. If the marketing practices are high-pressure, invasive or overly persistent, misleading, or overboard, a low rating is given.

Absence of Dogma
Is this program teaching a particular belief or belief system? If so, it gets a low star rating. If it is free of dogma, it receives the highest rating.

Transparency
Does the program deliver on its promises? If this is a for-profit business, are they clear about that? If so, a high rating is given.

Curriculum
Has great attention and care gone into creating the curriculum? Is it developed credibly? Is it tested, studied and refined? Is each program whole and complete, such that it doesn’t require another program to supplement it? If so, a high rating is given.

Ease
Can just about anyone understand and complete the program? Are the exercises relatively simple to comprehend?

Physical Comfort
Are there bathroom breaks? Meal breaks? Chances to stretch? If there is any physical hardship, the star rating is lower.

Psychological Comfort
Is this a psychologically confronting program that is hard for anyone to endure? Or does it vary depending on the level of personal participation? As all of these programs are psychologically uncomfortable for most people at some point, a low star rating is given only if it is unusually difficult all of the time.

Long-term results
Do the results of this program last a lifetime? If so, a high rating is given. If the programs  require additional programs to achieve long term results, a low rating is given.

Criteria0Eleanor2010-03-09 17:24:48When evaluating whether a self help, self development or transformational program is right for you, there are many different things you can look at to…
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