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Please Note
This page was written specifically for people who are signed up for a MindSonar Certification Training.

I am honored that you have chosen to take part in the Certification training and become a MindSonar Professional.  Welcome! In the upcoming training you will learn a lot about Meta Programs and Graves Drives. You will learn how to measure them and how to apply your understandings to coaching, team building, personal development and NLP for business. You will learn to get to the heart of people’s thinking…

The way the training is set up, it is important to do some preparation activities. We will be using the results of these activities during our training days.

Looking forward to meeting you and/or getting in touch with you on line!

Happy Profiling!














Jaap Hollander
MindSonar Developer

Activities before your first training day
To get started with your MindSonar training, there are a few things I would like you to do.
Please do these activities before the first live meeting of the training group.

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  1. Watch the MindSonar user panel movie (below).
  2. Get your license code.
  3. Set up a MindSonar project in your user panel.
  4. Make 4 MindSonar profiles.
  5. Save the reports to a memory stick and print the graphics pages.
  6. Read the e-book ‘Mastering Communication’ (or the equivalent in your language).
  7. Post a message at the bottom of this page.
  8. Read a number of posts/pages on this website.

1. Watch the user panel movie
We made a short movie that explains some important technical things, like logging in to your MindSonar user panel, downloading MindSonar profiles, setting up MindSonar projects, the codes you need, and so on. Before you make your first profile, please watch this movie. It is about 16 minutes. Please note: the design of the user panel has changed, but the functions are the same.

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2. Get your license code
To make MindSonar profiles, you need a license code. When you sign up for the certification training, the organization that is offering the training will send your name and e-mail address to MindSonar Central, and we will mail you:

  • Your Mindsonar license code
  • Your password for the MindSonar user panel.

What if I did not receive my license code yet?
If you have signed up for a MindSonar certification training and you did not receive a license code yet, please contact the organization that is sponsoring the certification training.

In case of an emergency, they can let you make MindSonar profiles under their license code until you receive your own license code. Please note, that in this case you will not be able to download your profiles directly. They will need to download them and then mail them to you.

Alternatively, in the unlikely event that you cannot reach the sponsoring organization in time, and you need to make your first profiles because the  training is about to begin, you can e-mail Pieter Wijtenburg at  jandirk@iepdoc.nl or call +31 24 3230837 to get your code directly from MindSonar central.

3. Set up a MindSonar project in your user panel
Go to your user panel and set up a project as explained in the movie.
Do not set a predefined context.

4. Do 4 MindSonar profiles
Now you are ready to do your first MindSonar profiles!
Before the first meeting of the certification training, I would like you to do these 4 profiles:

Profile 1: At my best
You are filling out this profile for yourself. For this profile, think of situations where you are at your best. You are in flow. You are feeling great about yourself. You are at your best!

Profile 2: Problem situation
You are filling out this profile for yourself too. For this profile think of a situation – or a type of situations-  where you were not happy with how you responded. You could call this a problem situation or, alternatively,  you could call this a situation where you did not reach certain goals or standards. Before you do this profile, note down the question – about this problem – that you would like to find answers to. “What I would like to understand is….”

Profiles 3 and 4: Other people
Have two other people fill out MindSonar. You might explain that you are learning to work with MindSonar and you need practice. There are 20 free profiles included in your Certification training.

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  • Before they fill out the test, talk to them about the context; the situation – or the type of situations – for which you are going to measure their thinking style.
  • Please remember that MindSonar is not a personality test. You can read more about that here. That’s why you need to choose a context. When they fill out the test, MindSonar will ask them for which context they want to have their thinking style measured.
  • Also, talk with them about the question they would like to answer with the MindSonar profile.
  • They will need your license code and the project name you set up in the user panel before. Direct them to http://www.mindsonar.com.
  • Explain to them that they need to use either a desktop or a laptop computer (no tablet and no smart phone) and that it’s usually better to use a mouse rather than a touch pad.
  • Ask them to switch on their speakers.
  • MindSonar does not work well on tablets and mobile phones, so ask them to use a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Download their profiles from http://www.mindsonardata.com, study the reports and then discuss the results with them. You can e-mail them the report to prepare them for this conversation. Then go over all the graphs with them.
  • Come back to the original question they formulated before the filled out the test. Historical moment: you are doing your first MindSonar interpretation session!


Who might you ask to do this?
For instance a colleague who is interested in psychology. They might feel nervous or frustrated with certain people or in certain meetings. They might wonder: How can I respond differently?
Or you might have a nephew who is very good at computer gaming but not so good at school work. His parents might wonder: How is he thinking when he’s gaming and how can he apply that kind of thinking more to his school work?
Or you might have a friend who wants to start a new business and who is wondering: “What are my strong points and what are my pitfalls as an entrepreneur?”
Or you might have two friends or colleagues who have questions about their relationship. You might profile them both and then discuss their similarities and differences with them.
You will be practicing with MindSonar, and at the same time you are providing these people with a valuable service.

5. Save the reports to a memory stick and also print the graphics pages
And please bring that memory stick to the training, so we can look at your profiles on a beamer. Also print the graphics page (the page with the diagrams) of each of those four profiles and bring those too.

 6. Read the e-book ‘Mastering Communication’ 
Please read the e-book ‘Mastering Communication’, or buy the original Dutch version if you are Dutch.
The price for the book is US$ 15,– Please click here to order it.









Alternatives to this e-book
Maybe there is a book in your language that you could read instead of ‘Mastering Communication”.

Dutch people, you can order the e-book in English or get this printed book (the original Dutch version):

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You can order this book here.

7. Read the following posts/pages and watch the following movies on this website
Please read the following pages:
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8. Post a message on this page
And last, but not least, when you have read this page, please post a message (using the input box below). You can simply say hello and confirm that you have read this introduction, but you can also ask any questions you might have about the preparation process or about MindSonar in general. You might even introduce yourself briefly.

Note about your 20 free profiles
Your certification training includes 20 free profiles which you may use up until a year after the first training day.

You will need some of these profiles for training assignments (like the 4 mentioned above). You may use the rest in whatever way you see fit. If you want to sell them as part of coaching or consulting services, that’s fine with us. Some participants earn back a part of their training fee this way.