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Event Invitation – Everest Slideshow – Madison, WI – August 31st
by On August 9, 2011

On Wednesday, August 31st, Eric Plantenberg will share his experience of ascending and summiting the worlds highest peak, Mt. Everest. 

In addition to Co-Founding Freedom Personal Development, Eric is the founder of “We Climb for Kids” and has climbed mountains all over the world in an effort to raise money that is used to build schools for Pakistani and Afghani girls.

Come join us as Eric takes you on an adventure that only very few ever get to experience first hand.

This is an open invitation to a free event.  All you need to do is register.

Free Registration

Event Details

Wednesday August 31st at 7:00 PM

Marriott Madison West
1313 John Q Hammons Dr
Middleton, WI 53562
Map and Directions

We Climb for Kids

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Special Invitation for Freedom Personal Development Blog Subscribers
by On June 21, 2011

BOSI Networking learn with like-minded individuals from around the world. Think of BOSI as the “LinkedIn for entrepreneurs”. In addition to building your Rolodex and accessing great insight, you get your own personal profile page where you can highlight yourself and your business cialis nebenwirkungen to the bigger entrepreneurial eco-system.

Joining BOSI is absolutely free so make sure to create your profile there today! Prior to creating your profile, pharmacy online store you’ll be asked to take the free BOSI Test – a fun way to discover your unique entrepreneurial DNA. It takes less than 5 Minutes. As soon as you’ve taken the test, you’ll get a full report of your DNA and have the opportunity to join BOSI using your Facebook or LinkedIn account.

All Freedom Personal Development clients are tagged as such so we’ll be able to network, collaborate, and learn together within the system. Freedom Personal Development clients who join BOSI and create their profile this week also get a complimentary copy of Breakthrough Entrepreneurship (a $49 value). Breakthrough Entrepreneurship is an online video course packed full of insight and business development strategy specifically for your Entrepreneurial DNA. You’ll get more details on the course once you have created your personal profile.

Take 5 minutes right now and join us on this exciting social network!

Joe AbrahamJoe Abraham is the Founder & CEO of BOSI Inc.

The BOSI Networking Platform is built on the foundation of Joe’s new book: Entrepreneurial DNA. Order your copy today!

Memory Expert Roger Seip Interviewed on 1310 am WIBA
by On May 19, 2010

Listen to Roger’s Radio Interview (4 minutes)

Memory Training expert, Roger Seip, has trained thousands of people across the country on how to develop a more powerful memory.  He was interviewed on WIBA in Madison, WI and shares some insights on how to improve your working memory. 

A study by Rutgers University proved that improving your working memory will make you smarter.  The fact is, you are not born with a good or bad memory.  Learning to improve your memory is a skill that anyone can do.

The most common memory question?  “How do I remember names?!?!”

Here are some tips to help you remember people’s names:

1.  Slow down and listen to the name – it seems obvious, but if you forget someone’s name 5 seconds after you meet them, you probably did not hear the name to begin with.

2.  Repeat the name after meeting someone – do this conversationally, such as, “Dave, it is really nice to meet you Dave.”

3.  Visualize the name – this will help give you a visualize trigger when you meet the person in the future. 

Roger teaches a full 8-hour Memory Training Workshops in varies cities through out the country – view the national workshop schedule.  To learn more, call 888-233-0407 or enroll online.

Memory Training in Madison, WI

The next Madison, WI Memory Training Workshop will be on August 9 and 10 (Monday and Tuesday) from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Park Bank Plaza (2810 Crossroads Drive, Lower Level).  Roger Seip will be your instructor.  Hope to see you there!

Be Free!

Freedom Personal Development Has Moved
by On March 1, 2010

for 6 years, Freedom Personal Development has a new home. Our new address effective immediately is:

2810 Crossroads Drive
Suite 3100
Madison, WI 53718

Our phone numbers will remain the same:

608-268-2600 (local)

If you are in the neighborhood, stop by to say hello and enjoy some caramel chocolate brownies!

Be Free!

57 Reasons Why People LOVE Working at Freedom Personal Development
by On February 16, 2010

Freedom 3CYesterday, on our blog, we announced Freedom Personal Development was hiring for sales / speaker positions.  If you are wondering what kind of people work here, and WHY they work here, we are proud to share with you the responses collected from our current team.  We asked everyone to submit a few bullet points on why they like working with this company.

You will notice our Core Values were a popular response – click here for more details on the values we anchor our decisions and direction to.

Here is what the current Freedom Team had to say about working at Freedom Personal Development…..

  1. Freedom Personal Development gives me the chance to impact thousands of people.
  2. It forces me to grow and be a living example of our core values.
  3. It allows me to live out what work is supposed to be – a vehicle for freedom in my Life and my family’s Life, while doing something that benefits society in a very direct way.
  4. It’s fun!
  5. I am working with a product that truly improves the lives of everyone who comes in contact with it.
  6. It is infectious – not only to me but to all of our clients – to be surrounded by co-workers who set and accomplish goals and strive to live life to the fullest with great attitudes.
  7. The company’s core values of integrity, joy, freedom, excellence, and profitability are in perfect harmony with my personal values.
  8. The freedom and flexibility it allows me in planning my own life.
  9. The joy and professionalism of the people at Freedom Personal Development make it a wonderful place to work.
  10. The company keeps me in touch with people who care about others and who are genuine in their desire to help mankind; while at the same time allowing me the opportunity to grow as a person through my friendships within the company.
  11. By associating with the right people, I am kept abreast of what is happening in the speaking arena.
  12. Most importantly, the company’s core values are in sync with my personal aspirations.
  13. It is an organization made up of people who actually live out the core values.
  14. As a former Olympic athlete, I love being part of a closely knit team. The Freedom Team allows me to maintain my my own personal identity and strengths while simultaneously feasting on the dynamics of a team with mind boggling core values.
  15. The leadership is savvy, the principles that drive the training and instruction are proven, and the customer service is poised to truly satisfy our clients. WOW. What’s not be juiced out of your mind about?
  16. It’s not a job, it’s your own business.
  17. There are no limit to what you can accomplish.
  18. Working with different people and places everyday.
  19. Everyone in the company shares the same values as I do.
  20. I am privileged to have relationships with this inspiring group of overachievers who are supportive and eager for my growth.
  21. I am surrounded by the best group of professionals in the world. I am honored.
  22. I am blessed to work and associate with the highest quality individuals who constantly challenge me to pursue my own personal freedoms.
  23. The opportunity I have been given to change others lives (hopefully profoundly) gives me great joy.
  24. I am working with the most amazing people both professionally and personally.
  25. The ability to change people’s lives with my career.
  26. Working with Freedom Personal Development is not just a career, it is a way of life.
  27. Freedom Personal Development allows me to achieve my life’s purpose, which is to help people achieve joy and success in the personal and professional lives.
  28. The people in this organization are literally the most inspiring, passionate, competitive and FUN group I have ever been around. It’s an absolute blessing to call them colleagues and friends.
  29. The company’s core values of integrity, joy, freedom, excellence, and profitability fire me up and continue to teach and guide me on daily basis.
  30. I am so fortunate to be working with a company that encourages and supports growth in every aspect of your life to achieve balance (mental, physical, financial, professional, spiritual).
  31. Everyone needs to be held accountable….FPD does that for me and it helps me succeed.
  32. I work with the most amazing and inspirational people I could imagine. Who could ask for more?
  33. I like working at Freedom Personal Development because of the values promoted and lived, the caliber of people I’m surrounded by, and the opportunity to have an impact in a very positive way.
  34. The core values are in line with my values and outlook on life.
  35. The products and services we offer truly enhance people’s lives.
  36. Life is too short to not surround yourself with positive, encouraging people. Everyone at FPD is a positive influence.
  37. I have never worked for an organization as dedicated to growth and development as FPD. Truly an outstanding group of individuals who consistently are there for each other and willing to help in every possible way.
  38. I have grown more as an individual in this organization than ever before. A true reflection of our core values, especially that of Freedom which I enjoy more and more each day. I am continually inspired by everyone in this organization and am proud to be one of the essential ingredients in the mix.
  39. I enjoy the enthusiastic and cultivating atmosphere of Freedom Personal Development.
  40. This is the first job where I can actually say I like going to work.
  41. I believe the products we offer and services we provide GENUINELY help people.
  42. The quality of the people, the values that this company has, the energy, enthusiasm, and ambiance these people exude keeps me smiling.
  43. The company lives by its core values.
  44. The flexibility of working from home.
  45. The positive work atmosphere helps me become a more positive person.
  46. It’s a training company that truly strives to be what it should be, consistent with their Core Values, and what they teach.
  47. Emphasis on Gratitude and the pursuit of Excellence…how cool is that!
  48. The people are terrific to work with and the positive energy is important.
  49. The company treats me with respect and it’s like being in a family atmosphere. Simply stated, all companies should be like this one.
  50. I love the work I do here and the rewards are endless if you put your mind to it.
  51. WORK?!? I have too much fun to call this work. Seriously, if you stopped paying me, I would still show up.
  52. I have the freedom to pursue and develop new ideas and products.
  53. The products we produce make a positive impact in the lives of our clients.
  54. The culture is focused on continual improvement, for me professionally, personally and for the company.
  55. Our Core Values and the way we use them to make decisions ROCK!
  56. The atmosphere at Freedom Personal Development and the attitudes of the people working with the company have provided me with an environment fostering growth in both my professional life and in my personal life.
  57. I am able to help people increase the quality of their lives, while improving my own self, and I can see immediate evidence of that every single day.

Be Free!

Visit our Career Opportunities page if you would like more information on how to join the Freedom Personal Development Team.

Freedom Personal Development is Hiring
by On February 15, 2010

Freedom Personal Development is hiring for multiple speaker/sales postitions in major cities across the country. If you are looking for a career where you are your own boss, have access to the best coaches in the country and live a life of freedom all while helping people better their lives, this is the job for you.

Here is more information about the position and how to apply:


• To sell and teach the most sought after business skills in America.
• To give high impact presentations to groups of 5 to 150 people.
• To develop and maintain relationships with our training clients.

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Attitude of Gratitude – Happy Thanksgiving
by On November 25, 2009

We are thankful and grateful for our clients, friends and families that make up Freedom Personal Development.

“We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
~ Author Unknown

Have a joyous Thanksgiving Holiday.

Be Free!

Happy 13th Anniversary Freedom Personal Development
by On November 20, 2009

Freedom Personal DevelopmentToday Freedom Personal Development celebrates its 13th year in business!  It seems fitting that today’s post takes a look at where we have been and where we are going.

The Freedom Personal Development Story

In November of 1996, Eric Plantenberg and Roger Seip had a vision to take their passion for helping people succeed and turn that into a company. At first, Eric and Roger weren’t sure how they would improve their client’s professional and personal lives or what service they would offer. What they did have was a tremendous conviction and a burning desire to help people achieve more at work and in life. Thus, Freedom Personal Development was born in a small two bedroom apartment.

With solid backgrounds in sales, sales management and training, Eric and Roger began a two person training company working, with The Memory Training Institute, to deliver Memory Training Workshops in Wisconsin. In conjunction to the memory program, Freedom Personal Development opened a speaker’s bureau and Eric and Roger started presenting their own training programs to companies across the country. Increasing in size and staff, the operations moved into an office building.

After experiencing a few years of success with this business model, the two decided to teach their memory selling system to other speakers around the area. At the same time, Freedom Personal Development took over the operations at The Memory Training Institute, the company that they, only a few short years before, had worked for. Seeing there was more potential in selling these programs exclusively, the speaking bureau component of the company was closed.

After working out some of the early bugs in their selling model, the system had been perfected and Freedom Personal Development has continued to hired and train speakers nationwide, offering classes in 20 cities nationwide..

The Freedom Team continues to grow each year as new markets are launched and new programs are developed. Most recently, the Reading Smart Workshop was introduced nationally and has been receiving rave reviews from participants.

What the Future Holds for Freedom Personal Development

Our purpose has always been clear: we exist to serve by Delivering Freedom. By our definition, this means delivering, “the capacity to exercise choice,” to ourselves, to our clients and to our partners.

As history has shown, growth is an important part of the Freedom Personal Development culture. In fact, in all aspects of the business, whether it’s adding speakers and trainers in new cities or expanding the variety of course offerings, growth is a number one priority, for the company, for the team members and for their clients.

Today, we are continuing to help thousands of companies and individuals achieve their own levels of personal success. When we look ahead, we see ourselves offering programs in 50 markets throughout North America and expanding our business internationally. 2010 will bring our training programs to a broader audience by offering online training.

Firmly rooted in our core values of Integrity, Joy, Freedom, Excellence and Profitability, the future looks bright indeed.


PS – Wishing a very happy birthday to our president, Eric Plantenberg, today too!

Happy Halloween from Freedom Personal Development
by On October 30, 2009


Have a Happy Halloween! 

Be Free!

Special thanks to Jaren Christianson for donating the pumpkin, his time and carving talents.

 Happy Halloween  
Top 10 Reasons to Subscribe to Freedom Personal Development Blog Updates
by On October 27, 2009

Freedom Personal DevelopmentIf you are not subscribed to Freedom Personal Development Blog Updates, you are missing out! To subscribe, all you need to do is type your email address in the upper right corner of this page where it says Enter Your Email – pretty self explanatory.

For this Tuesday Top 10 List, we are listing the top 10 reasons you need to subscribe to our blog updates and all of the great resource you will receive – all for free!

  1. A Daily Dose of Personal Development
    We post a new article everyday, Monday through Friday. Is there a better way to start your day than reading an article on personal development? On top of that, we have the top instructors and trainers in our company and the personal development world sharing their experiences on goal setting, time management, personal freedom just to mention a few!
  2. Contests!!!
    Every month we host a contest that is free to enter and have prizes such as free coaching sessions and Freedom Gear. Past contests have included:

    What is the Best Answer to “How are You Doing?”
    What Would You Do if Time and Money Were No Concern?
    What is Your Favorite Business Book?
    Be the first to know when a new contest is posting by signing up for our Blog Updates (type your email address in the upper right corner of this page where it says “Enter Your Email” and you are signed up!)
  3. Personal Development Videos
    Every Friday we post a video related to personal development. Learn from the masters in this field including Tony Robins, Brian Tracey and Stephen Covey.
  4. Goal Setting Tips
    Your passion, drive and determination can be dramatically increased when directed towards a focused goal. These posts focus on accountability, best practices in goal setting, discipline, growth, motivation, peak performance, success and turning your dreams into realities.
  5. Time Management Articles
    If you’ve ever felt there just aren’t enough hours in the day, these posts are for you. Best practices for scheduling and time management techniques are focused on.
  6. Sales Training
    In sales, you sell products and services, but most importantly, you sell yourself. These articles and audio trainings addresses the key elements of the sales process and teaches you how to succeed at any level of sales.
  7. Attitude Management Advice
    Learn how to manage your attitude to increase your daily energy level, gain confidence, deal effectively with change, overcome fear and raise your self-esteem.
  8. Personal Development Book and Product Reviews
    What you read and listen two are the top two factors that influence your success and life. In this category, the Freedom Team reviews books and products that have had an impact on their career, personal development and life.
  9. Personal Freedom
    Learn how to add more freedom to your life. We define freedom as the capacity to exercise choice. With these articles, discover how to create the life of your dreams.
  10. Top 10 Lists
    Every Tuesday we post the Top 10 Tips for a particular personal or professional development topic. Past Top 10 Lists include:

    The Top 10 Traits of Leadership
    Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective People
    7 Lessons from Kids on How to Be Happy

Sign up for Freedom Blog Updates and start living a life of freedom and personal development. In case you forgot how to sign up, simply type your email address in the upper right corner of this page where it says “Enter Your Email”.

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Katie Brandt
Director of Marketing