What Problems Does The Macklin Method Solve?

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How do I find my purpose?

A common thread that ties most of us together is a sense of wanting a greater purpose in life. We often associate purpose with an occupation, instead of a way to navigate life - or simply a way of being. Our workshop will give you the opportunity to reflect on who you really are and what you want out of life. You will learn about all of the stories in your head that dictate your choices and actions, and you will become better at recognizing and rewriting them. This self-evaluation will allow you to take ownership of your life. You will begin to realize that you are the author of your experiences and, from there, you can create whatever kind of life you desire to have.

Why can’t I get promoted?

If you feel like you aren’t being noticed at work, our workshop can help you build the confidence you need to start being seen for your contributions. We believe the key to success isn’t what you achieve on your own but how well you are able to connect with others, and our workshop will teach you exactly how to develop connections that matter. When you can create meaningful connections with others, you’ll stand out from the rest of the office. Throughout the course, you’ll also learn essential skills for thriving in the workplace, like the ability to communicate effectively and actually hear what someone has to say, resolve conflict, and make decisions you can be confident in.  

How do I lead my team?

Whether you are leading a team for the first time or have been leading teams for years, the most important skill you need is the ability to connect with others. Humans are designed to build relationships. No person can survive - or thrive - alone. Our workshop will teach you the steps for human connection and give you space to practice it by applying it in your everyday life. By building connections with your team members, you’ll be able to better understand their unique strengths and challenges. You’ll also learn how to lead yourself, which will allow others to see you as someone they want to follow.

Why am I so unhappy at work? How do I deal with stress and burnout?

How does it feel to spend time with people you don’t like (or who you think don’t like you)?  Is it exhausting?  Do you feel constant stress?  We spend more than a third of our lives at work.  Our ability to create better relationships with our colleagues is crucial to help us enjoy our work and lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Research shows that having meaningful relationships at work improves the work we do, boosts productivity, enhances innovation, and increases engagement. Having friendships at work also increases job satisfaction. 

Our workshop is centered around teaching you the steps you can apply to create and maintain connections. When you can connect with your co-workers on an empathetic level, instead of seeing them as parts of a transaction, you’ll have a more engaging, fun experience at work. You’ll also be able to better communicate when you need help and be able to build a support network to assist you when you start to feel overwhelmed.    

Why can’t I get a new job?

In today’s job market, it takes more than a stellar resume to stand out. Before you get a new job you need to connect to yourself and believe in yourself. Once you understand your worth and that you are good enough, it will radiate out of you and be evident even in documents like your cover letter. Having a better understanding of yourself and belief in yourself allows you to be authentic and real with others, and that is what is appealing to a hiring manager. People want to hire someone they can connect with and who feels trustworthy. When you are authentic, you come across as someone others can trust. When you appear fake or lack confidence in yourself, it is apparent to others. 

Our workshop will give you the chance to really get to know yourself and what you want, which will help you go after the right job opportunities. The workshop will also teach you the skills you need to create real connections with others that will allow you to be confident throughout the hiring process. When you understand you are enough just as you are, you can use that awareness to better connect with others and set yourself apart in the job search.  

How do I have more fun?

We believe having fun is always a choice. As humans, we often make up stories in our heads before we ever have an experience. We might spend all day dreading a meeting that hasn’t even happened yet, creating all kinds of stories about how awful it’s going to be. Likewise, we also have a choice to frame every experience as fun. In our workshop, you’ll learn how to identify your stories - including stories that are preventing you from having an enjoyable experience. Once you begin to identify a story that might be holding you back, you can create a different story around an anticipated experience.

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Who is "Macklin"?

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Ron Macklin realized early in his engineering career that he had a passion for building and leading teams. And he realized that to succeed, he needed to build a deep network of support. He needed to learn why people connect and how they create results together. This realization led him on a 30-year journey that culminated in the creation of the 7-step Macklin Method and the launch of MacklinConnection. 

Ron earned a degree in engineering from Kansas State University and quickly grew into leadership positions in his budding career. He went on to lead teams that set nine world records and won dozens of customer satisfaction awards. At Siemens, for example, Ron led a support division with 350 employees that worked over 5 million hours without a lost-time injury and was voted “the best place to work in Houston” by the Houston Business Journal. Twice Ron has created a growth culture responsible for increasing profits by $20 million, and he has led seven different groups from worst- to best-in-class. 

Today, Ron is the president of MacklinConnection, overseeing our programs and extending the reach of the organization worldwide. He continues to lead programs and coach teams and individuals. A Wichita, Kansas native, Ron and his wife Koni have three adult children, Garrett, Lorin, and Brennan.

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What is MacklinConnection?

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MacklinConnection is a community designed to help you understand how to create and sustain connections with others that matter. We believe developing and maintaining connections with others is the key to success in the workplace and is the foundation to creating a fulfilling life. Through our workshops and coaching offers, you’ll move away from transactional interactions where people are only seen as a means to end and begin to build mutually beneficial relationships.

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What is "The Macklin Method"?

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Based in biology, the 7-part Macklin Method explains why and how humans connect — then shows the steps required to create connections. It is a model anyone can apply and see results.  

Despite growing up in a culture that told us success is dependent on our own efforts, it is actually through our ability to create meaningful connections that we can truly begin to thrive.

The first part of the method helps you learn how to connect with yourself. You’ll evaluate who you are and what you want. By being able to better understand your own needs, fears, and wants, you can more easily empathize with others. This creates an ideal environment for connection. 

The method then teaches you how to notice when someone is ready to receive an offer of help. Often, when we are excited to connect or communicate with others, we jump in without considering where the other person is coming from. Even if you approach someone saying all the “right” things, if they are not in a receptive state, they won’t be able to actually hear what you have to say without running it through the filter of their own stories in their head. When you have observed that someone is open to receiving your offer of help, the next part of the method involves providing opportunities to connect and giving the other person space to accept your offer. 

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What is The Macklin Method Workshop?

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The Macklin Method Workshop teaches you how to create connections that matter. Each of us needs help. Not because there is something missing, but because humans are not meant to survive on their own. In the workshop, you'll discover the tools you need for building a network of help.

The workshop consists of 17 virtual calls with 6-8 other participants and a session leader. Your session leader will be an active practitioner of The Macklin Method and offer you support as you start implementing the method in your life. Each week, they’ll help guide you with thought-provoking questions and facilitate an interactive group discussion where you will learn by exchanging ideas and perspectives with others who are also learning and working through the method.  

First, you’ll discover how to connect with yourself and gain a more complete understanding of who you are and what you want. Then you’ll learn how to build relationships with others. Throughout the workshop, you’ll figure out how to create a support network by actually trying out the method and experimenting to find what works for you. 

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What changes do people who take the course experience?

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Our workshop participants consistently report feeling more confident in their ability to establish connections that matter. After taking the workshop, participants are able to create meaningful support systems and find it easier to trust themselves and others. They know who they are and what they want and have a network in place to help them get there. 

Companies who have had their teams take the workshop together have noticed that working through the course shifts their work culture into a more positive environment. When there are disagreements, instead of shouting matches, people are able to listen to each other and feel safe sharing their perspectives.

For more on how our workshops have changed people’s lives read:

Strengthening a Family Dynamic Through the Power of Communication

Repairing a Broken Relationship with Patience, Perseverance and Love

Building the Future of a Family Business with Communication and Trust

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How much does this cost?

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The workshop is $625 a month for six months ($3750). You can also pay the total cost of $3750 up front.

The biggest factor in the cost of our workshop is having a live instructor for each course. With our workshop, you will have access to a teacher who is an experienced practitioner of The Macklin Method. They can offer insight and support as to what you experience as you discover the method and begin to use it in your daily life.

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What is the format of the workshop?

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Our workshop is an online program and is an active, group learning experience. The workshop takes place on an interactive, live video call once a week for 45 minutes with 8-10 participants. In between calls, there are learning modules that provide you with opportunities to reflect on the method and apply it in your daily life. 

We ask that you spend about 45 minutes a week working through the course material. Some people want to spend more time on the reflection questions. Some people spend less time and still have a valuable experience. 

You’ll also be given opportunities throughout the course to practice the method in your daily life and report back on your experiences. This won’t require you to carve out any extra time in your week, as you’ll be applying the method to interactions you would have regardless of being in the workshop. 

For more about the time commitment check out: Why Does The Macklin Method Workshop Take So Much Time?

Why are there live calls?

Because our course is purposed in helping you learn how to connect, we believe working through the method on live calls with others who are also learning provides opportunities to start developing relationships and networks of help. Each call allows you to build your confidence as you are listened to and supported by your instructor and fellow workshop participants. You will be given space in a safe environment to figure out who you are and how you can better relate to others. With a live call, your ability to actively listen will also be improved (which is essential for effectively communicating with others), and you will be given access to multiple perspectives that can better shape your understanding of the method and how to put it into practice. 

Why can’t I just watch a video? 

We believe an active learning environment is ideal for developing a new skill. Research has shown that interactive learning where students are engaged through discussions and feedback results in a better understanding of the material compared to more passive methods like lectures or assigned readings. Active learning also has been shown to provide increased emotional and social support. You are also more likely to actually remember what you learn long-term through an active learning experience with a live instructor. Research has shown that active learning is better for retaining and understanding new information. 

Participating on our live calls holds you accountable for actually trying out the method instead of simply receiving information without any practical application. You’ll be able to engage in discussions each week that help you improve your critical thinking skills and actually process and retain what you’re learning. And, if you ever feel stuck or need clarification, you’ll be able to get the help you need each week on the live call. 

Even though it is possible to learn from a video, it won’t give you real-time feedback or the opportunity to exchange ideas and work through challenges with others. Instead of watching someone teach, you’ll have immediate access to an experienced instructor who can answer your questions and offer different perspectives on what comes up for you as you start to go through the method. 

What happens if I miss a call?

Each week’s group call is recorded and then posted to the course portal. If you miss a call, you can go into your course materials and watch the recording at your convenience.

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Who teaches the course?

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The Macklin Method Workshop is led by instructors who are experienced in working with The Macklin Method and actively practice it in their daily lives. To learn more about our teachers, see our Session Leaders page. To read articles from our session leaders about what they’ve learned in the workshop, check out our Leadership page.

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How do I know this is right for me?

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The workshop is ideal for anyone who is open and curious. If you are feeling stuck in life - whether it is in your job, relationships, where you live, or any other aspect - and you are ready to make a change and try something new, you are more than ready to participate in our workshop. 

The method was designed so that anyone can easily understand it and immediately begin to implement it. The workshop has been created to facilitate actual, practical learning. The material is not too complex or academic. Instead, the course relies on real-world application and self-reflection to create a practice for you that becomes a part of each interaction you have throughout your life.

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What do I have to do to take this course?

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The workshop will meet once a week for a 45-minute interactive video call with your instructor and other participants. We also suggest that you set aside about 45 minutes to complete the reflective questions for each week’s call, which will be available on your virtual course portal. Additionally, you’ll be encouraged to practice the method in your daily life and to engage in 1-on-1 calls throughout the workshop with a member of your class. Aside from your group call and prep work each week, you can incorporate the method into your everyday interactions as much as you feel comfortable. The more you practice, the more you’ll begin to make it a normal part of your life and the quicker you’ll begin to see results in your ability to build networks of help.

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When can I start?

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Our workshops take place throughout the year. The next workshop will be held in September 2022. You can sign up to take the next workshop here. If you want to take a team through the workshop together, we can work with you to arrange a course around your company’s schedule. Connect with us to learn more about how we can build a workshop around your company’s schedule.

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What is the taking the workshop like?

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After you sign up for the workshop, prior to your start date, you'll be given log in information for our course portal, as well as the details for your weekly group session. In the course portal you'll find reading and questions for each week of the course. You'll also be given a calendar invite to meet with your session leader and the other workshop participants each week on a zoom call.

Here is what you can expect every week as you complete the workshop: 

1. Weekly reading with self-reflective questions located in the course portal
Each week, you'll have some reading and questions to answers to help get you thinking about what is working for you and what hasn't been so successful. You'll be given the opportunity to start to work through your limiting beliefs and identify the stories in your head. This is meant to help you really start to evaluate who you are and what you stand for. As you continue through the course and learn about The Macklin Method, you'll also start to reflect on how you connect with others. You'll be able to review your interactions each week to see what is working and what isn't.

2. Zoom call with other workshop participants and your session leader
You will meet with your workshop group once a week on a zoom call. During the call, the workshop leader will ask you questions about what you are experiencing with the method. They will also share their own experiences and stories about the method. You will also get to practice actively listening to the other workshop participants as they discuss what they are discovering. This allows you to have access to multiple perspectives, which helps you actually learn and implement new behaviors. 

3. Practicing The Macklin Method
As you learn about the method throughout the course, you'll be encouraged to practice it in your daily life. Each week, you'll report back on your experiences in the course portal and on the zoom call. The more you practice, the more you will start to see changes in your life and how you relate to others.

Throughout the course, there will be some weeks when you will be matched with another participant to have a 20 minute call sometime during the week. Think of this as a more focused version of your weekly group call. It will give you the chance to connect with someone one-on-one to share your experiences and troubleshoot together.


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What topics are covered in the workshop?

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