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Both my partner & I felt scammed. He was never on time, came late & left late. We had 4 appt's with him. 1st one was get to know us, 2nd was with me alone & 3rd was with my partner alone. The 4th was all of us together. He gave us each a Book HE wrote & promoted it for 30mins! He gave us another book on how to fix relationships. He told us to read them & if we still needed help to make another appt with him. WHAT IS THAT!!? He did NOTHING FOR US!! We were both so angry & disappointed! He wasted our time & money!! Couldn't believe he is a PASTOR at a Church!! We are waiting to see what God's plan was dealing with this!Apr 6, 2017VerifiedEncourage and Equip's reply
Dear Nicole, I am truly sorry that I have disappointed you and that you feel that I did nothing for you. I do apologize for being late for our appointments. I am trying to improve. Beyond that, your review seems to focus on two key areas. First, that you felt that I did nothing for you and secondly that you felt scammed. First, perhaps, I did not clearly explain my recommendations to you at our last meeting. Instead of any “quick-fix solution”, I recommended a two-fold strategy which I detail below. Second, since I met with you folks for over seven hours and only charged you for three hours and gave you three books without charge, I am at a loss to understand how that appears to be a scam. Please allow me to reply to both concerns. FIRST: Regarding what I tried to do. Based on our times together, I recommended a two-fold strategy. 1. to build up the spiritual strength using a combination of Scripture readings and my book designed to develop a more consistent prayer experience. 2. to develop practical relationship skills using a program comprised of a hardcover book, a video series and discussion of each chapter. I offered to meet with you folks weekly but also suggested that if you wanted to save the expense that you could work through the program on your own. I offered to be available for phone or email conversations or monthly meetings if that would be helpful. As I understood, we agreed that you both would follow my recommendations for two weeks after which we would meet again to evaluate progress and effectiveness. During that time, I said that I would continue to review my notes to see if I might have other recommendations or insights worth sharing. I must admit that I felt hurt by the comment that I did nothing for you when my recommendations were not even given a chance. SECOND: Regarding my integrity. I attempted to provide excellent care without undue expense. Although I was more concerned about your relationship than my own finances, somehow, I gave you the opposite impression causing you to feel that I scammed you. 1. I quoted an hourly rate and then offered a package deal of four hours for a little less than the cost of three. We actually spent more than seven hours together and I never even hinted at any additional fees. Beyond that, I offered to meet for a two-week follow up without charge. 2. I’m not sure how I offended you by giving you both free copies of my book. I spent time going through the contents of the book to explain why I was recommending it for you. Somehow that felt that I was promoting the book. 3. I also left my copy of the other book—again without any charge. I even suggested ways that the accompanying video series might be accessible without charge. CONCLUSION: Your initial quote listed your counseling goals as “Communication, Conflict resolution, Trust”. Relationships are messy. No quick fix will effectively address those goals. The program that I recommended is aimed at achieving those goals and has a very impressive track record. If you and Steve are willing to give my recommendations an honest try, I am willing to keep our next appointment (at no charge, as agreed) to discuss progress toward those goals and to assess the program as we had agreed. If you feel that this is all a waste of time or a scam, I will initiate a full refund. Please let me know if this is acceptable. If you would like to talk privately about any of this, please feel free to call or email.
Kevin did a great job as MC at my daughter's quinceañera. He was flexible and professional, and really listened to what she wanted.Nov 17, 2016
Kevin is a gifted leader who is able to quickly discern organizational challenges and communicates possible solutions in an engaging & encouraging manner.Nov 17, 2016
Kevin's writing has greatly encouraged me. I'm grateful for his heart and willingness to share.Apr 7, 2017Encourage and Equip's reply
Russell, thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the time to leave a review. I greatly appreciate it.
Kevin is a patient cheerful teacher and an inviting facilitator for group discussions and exploration of ideas.Nov 20, 2016
- What types of customers have you worked with?I have been fortunate enough to have worked with a very wide range of people and organizations. I have worked with people who've spent their entire life here in New England and those who were born in other lands. I've filmed a Haitian wedding where I only understood every twentieth word. I worked with a couple from Sierra Leone and another couple from Rwanda.