Roy MacDonald has been the target of numerous articles that have appeared in this online collection – articles written almost entirely by persons with a grievance against him. As CEO of ‘Strategic Mangement Works’ he came under much criticism for his seminars and conferences that supposedly teach participants how to turn one dollar into one million dollars. MacDonald’s company has now been renamed as ‘Onelife’. While the name changes though it seems that the grievances remain the same.
I attended one of Roy Mac Donald’s free introductory seminars where he offered his book how to turn $1 into $1 Million.
At this introductory seminar he discussed his $9600 seminar but also offered a $200 strategic planning consultation as he said he had a financial licence. I thought it would be good to get some advice from someone that appeared so successful. This $200 consultation is just a scam to get people on a one on one and pressure them into signing up for his $9600. I fell for this and feel the need to warn others.
I attended the Onelife office in Crows Nest, Sept 15th 2008, for my meeting with Roy MacDonald. During this time I was told that my investment strategy was costing me money and I had taken all the wrong advice, and during this meeting I broke down in tears. In my emotional state he talked me into signing over a deposit of $4600 while stating it had a 100% money back guarantee. After signing I said to Roy ‘I feel overwhelmed’. He said, ‘this is normal. It’s your fear and saboteurs coming up’ and then convinced me I had done the right thing.
After leaving the office I felt very uneasy re my decision and rang the one life office to cancel the seminar 2 ‘ hours later. The person that took the message said someone would call me by the end of business that day. No one did. I also sent an email that night and the following morning and eventually got hold of one his people the next day who said I cant get my money back unless I do the course.
She said there was no cooling off period and I would have to do his course to get my money back I told her I don’t wont to do your course.(this was Sept 16th 2008)
I told them I do not wont to do their course and want all my money back since I tried to cancel 2 ‘ hours latter and I signed due to his pressured sales techniques.
They made me this offer:
- I can do the course for the price I paid in the deposit ($4600)
- I attend the course with the option of getting my money back afterwards, minus a $1250 fee.
My response was ‘As stated before and in my many emails I do not wont to do your course and want my full refund of $4600’, They refused.
They said that I had to pay $1250 for admin cost, the booking fee, and for the extra time Roy gave me in his consultation .
I refused, as I could not see that why I should pay $1250 for Roy swiping my credit card through a machine, and what other admin work was there, since I tried to cancel this 2′ hours latter. They refused to give any of my money back and still have my $4600
I contacted the Department of Fair Trading, and they recommended that I take the matter to a Tribunal, which was scheduled for Feb 26th 2009. Prior to the matter going to court though, Roy sent one of his workers, Tryone, to have a formal conciliation meeting with me. We could not though come to any concillation, as Onelife still would not give me my money back. I decided to let the judge decide on Feb 26th 2009
Outside the tribunal rooms, near the lift, Tyrone stated “You will regret this. Roy has never lost a case yet, you should of taken our offer”. This made me wonder how many times has this guy fought with people in court.
I have to wonder why Roy MacDonald writes a book on how to turn a $1 into a million and states how wealthy he is and successful yet goes all this way to fight me over my money, for which he has provided no services as I hadn’t done his course!
So I want to warn others not to sign up for any of Roys courses at the time they are pitched to you. Take the form away and seek advice re his contract
Other seminar companies offer a few days cooling off period. I rang the other companies and they all said that they would have given me all my money back if I had wanted to cancel only a couple hours later. My question is why doesn’t Roy do this????
Heather (y2001newlife AT hotmail.com)