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The Beginning

The Beginning

Four full days… It takes a lot of energy and focus to keep up with participants throughout the four-day public MBTI® Certification Program, but the enthusiasm from participants to learn and to be part of this amazing experience fuels me each day.

We start off as a group of 10, 15, 20 strangers in a room. Many are from the city in which the program is being held…Kansas City, Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans…while others (like me) have traveled a day to be here. As people walk into the room, I make it a point to walk around and introduce myself to each person individually. This is an example of how I need to flex, since I tend to be Receiving and not Initiating (MBTI® Step II™ facets, covered on day 4 of the program). I know that by the final day we will all be comfortable with each other, but I still feel a bit nervous as I express my opposite preference one person at a time around the room. People find their seats, say a polite “hello” to their table mates and look up to me at the front of the room with “What happens next?” anticipation.

We start at 8:30. The room seems a bit quiet and tense as I go over our agenda for the next four days. When I talk about the exams that will be administered each day, the tension increases a bit more. I make sure to let participants know that the exams are not easy but that they are fair. “I will work with you fully each day and give you any time you need from me each evening to help you,” I tell the group. Before learning how to facilitate, I attended as a participant in more MBTI Certification Programs than probably anyone in the world, so I know what it feels like to be in their shoes. I offer a smile and reassurance that this will be an exciting, challenging, and fun four days.

Let’s begin!

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  1. Thanks for sharing your perspective as a trainer AND a student, Michael. It’s great to hear how you’ve been through the training as a student so many times and that you can really relate to the experiences of those going through the program. I was certified on the MBTI through AMA, and it was a great course, but I love how CPP’s program gives you the added benefit of your blog. Looking forward to reading your posts!

    • Thanks for your comments. Glad to hear the AMA program was great. I think very highly of their trainers as well as the people behind the scenes. I’ve worked with them for many years.

      I hope my posts live up to your expectations. I’m enjoying writing them.

  2. Michael,
    You are an amazing trainer and facilitator and I always enjoy your classes. Thank you for sharing your wealth of type knowledge (theoretically and practically) with me over the years. Keep up the great work with your blog. Cheers!

    • Thanks Heather for your kind words. I miss seeing you as often as I used to. Hopefully, we will cross paths again soon.

      I’m looking forward to writing some interesting and fun blog entries.

  3. I am certified, but I would be interested in different workshop designs. Who can provide them, in a way an ENFP would be happy with. So providing the timetable: what to do for how long time to get a wonderful dynamic in the group. Please inform about good practice and workshop designs.Thanks.
    Michael, I would like to know more about the experiences all over the world. The only book I know in this context is: Where in the world do I belong? From brent Massey. And I would be glad to hear from you if you share his results (what country – what type).

    • Hello Christa,

      Thanks for your comment. There are a few organizations that provide various workshop designs. I suggest you explore the organizations that provide MBTI(R) Master Practitioner training ( You will find lots there. Also, CPP ( and CAPT ( do a nice job of providing both online webinars and in person programs. Finally, CPP has a full range of training program binders and application resources.

      Regarding use of the MBTI(R) tool around the world, I will be writing about my own experiences very soon. I recommend you also take a look at Type and Culture by Linda Kirby, Elizabeth Kendall, Nancy Barger (

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