Interesting experience with PMG. I went through almost the same thing! I spent $7790. on Jay Abraham's Personal Mentoring Group (PMG) for coaching services, and did not receive anywhere near of what they promised.
My arrangement with PMG was that I'd receive a box of teaching materials (compact disks and books) and 12 talking sessions with one of their trained mentors (Proactive Phase) After that, I would be talking to their staff (Reactive Phase).
Each client comes into the program with different goals. My goal in working with the coach was to (1) secure a publisher for my book manuscript, and generate bulk and individual orders for my previously published children's book.
What happened? Basically, I talked to the coach five times over the phone. I was extremely disappointed because he had no knowledge of how to sell a book, and was pessimistic about me being successful at selling my book. My coach, Mike Ing, told me not to get my hopes up for selling my book, because most authors sell less than 200 copies.
My expectations for the program were high, and I was extremely disappointed. The original salesperson who signed me up, Cory Nichols, told me that I'd be working with the people who helped turn Chicken Soup for the Soul into a bestseller. Cory explained that the Chicken Soup book struggled to get published (no one wanted it) and then PMG helped the book sell millions of copies, and turn it into a bestseller.
PMG will do the same for you, promised Cory Nichols. We'll turn your book into a bestseller! Our coaches are experts at marketing books. Come into this program with high expectations; we'll exceed your expectations! said Cory.
In contrast, Mike Ing suggested that I go to Barnes and Nobles and ask how I could get my book on their shelves. That is not expert advice! I quickly realized that I was working with someone who hardly knew anything about marketing a book, much less turning it into a bestseller.
The reason I signed up with PMG is because I wanted results. I paid a lot of money, and was assigned to a coach that has virtually no knowledge of marketing books. I did not receive the kind of coaching that was promised to me.
I called PMG and asked for my money back. They apologized for what happened, but told me there are no refunds under any circumstances. They assigned me to another coach, but I have not talked to him yet. I postponed my coaching sessions until February 2005, because I wanted to talk to my credit card company and the BBB to see if I could get my money back.
I would not recommend PMG, the Private Mentoring Group, because they do not deliver the quality service for the money they charge. I have been ripped off. Don't let the same thing happen to you!
Greenville, South Carolina