KirkvGen.com and Gen are more about you than me, but I understand some people like to know who is behind the development of a transformational framework like Gen.
My name is Kirk Vandenberg but you can call me "Kirkv" if you like.
Q: How long have you been doing this work?
A: I’ve been coaching people in personal development, small business, and technology since 1975. Hundreds of clients, thousands of hours. Only seven of my work years were spent working for large corporations, so I’m a true small business entrepreneur.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: I’m a classic introvert who grew up trying to hide his shyness and self-doubt and eventually—with a ton of personal and professional development work—developed the ability to calmly extend, connect, express, and contribute.
Q: Have you always been successful in your endeavors?
A: No, far from it. I’ve experienced many failures in relationships, business, finance, health. The empathy and compassion I now feel for others, along with the desire to help people learn to self-empower using Gen, comes from facing tough times and never giving up.
Q: What are your educational qualifications?
A: After graduating from high school in 1974, I attended a small two-year vocational Bible school in California. After becoming a minister, I worked with young people for four years. In 1980, I left the church and the Christian religion behind. In my view, I grew out of Christianity and began constructing my own unique “map” of reality, a learning journey that will never be complete. I’m still very interested in the overlap between science and spirituality.
In the 1980s I began intensive studies in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, many “energy work” modalities, and a number of related therapeutic and human development techniques. I became an international trainer in these and related disciplines and also worked as a Registered Counselor in private practice for fifteen years.
I suppose my current client work could be characterized by some as “life coaching”. I have a passion for developing the Gen Framework as a transformational tool coaches can use with their clients without crossing the boundary into therapy.
Q: What are your personal interests?
A: Staying healthy—moving, breathing, eating good food, hydrating, playing, sleeping—movies, the beauty of nature, learning, and…lovebirds. I sometimes wonder if building an aviary and hanging out with 100+ adorable parrots will be part of my future… :-)
Q: What’s your relationship status?
A: My life partner, Sandy Breckenridge, and I became a couple on June 17th, 1995. We’re soulmates. That may sound sappy to some but it’s real for us. At the personality level, we’re as different as can be. At the core values level, we’re identical. Sandy is an intuitive cook, artist, and “maker”. She loves to make new things and make existing things beautiful.
Q: In what part of the world do you reside?
A: After living on exotic Kauai, Hawaii for seventeen years, we realized we missed the green (and sometimes soggy) Pacific Northwest. In 2013, we moved back to my hometown of Edmonds, Washington and we're delighted to be here now.
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