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Have you ever thought about teaching mindfulness to corporations, small businesses or even your own company?  In this episode, Michael Taft shares advice that has helped him land work teaching mindfulness to Silicon Valley’s most well-known tech industry giants, where his practical, secular approach has been warmly welcomed.

Taft shares the keys to his success and in the process, addresses how to best train for teaching in corporations, how to market your services, and how to offer authentic, beneficial teachings in this uniquely limited setting.

If you’re looking to help people in the corporate world through mindfulness, this is the episode for you.

This talk is a brief excerpt of Michael Taft’s live presentation to those enrolled in our Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. Learn more about this unique, online, self-paced certification program at

Today’s Guest: Michael Taft

Micheal Taft is a teacher, best selling author, and the founding editor of the iconoclastic mindfulness meditation blog and podcast Deconstructing Yourself. Michael has been meditating for over thirty five years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist Vipassana and Hindu Tantric practice. He is also well known for his skill in presenting secular mindfulness to atheists, agnostics and skeptics.

Michael’s books include ‘The Mindful Geek: Mindfulness Meditation for Secular Skeptics’ and ‘Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept.’ He has served as editor-in-chief of Being Human, and was the long-time editorial director of Sounds True. He helped edit Rick Hanson’s Hardwiring Happiness as well as The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young. Michael is a senior facilitator in Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system and teaches meditation groups around the San Francisco Bay Area.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What companies care about most when hiring mindfulness teachers, and where you should place your marketing focus.
  • Why congruence matters. When you align what you teach with how you teach and who you are, people will respond favorably.
  • Why it’s important to be clear about what you’re offering. Is it secular mindfulness, spirituality, religion, or all three?
  • How being upfront and authentic will match you with the right employers, and an audience who will be open to hearing your message.
  • The importance of bursting the guru bubble and connecting with your students as a fellow human being.
  • The value of learning to teach by doing. How practicing with friends and family can help you find your voice and get more comfortable.
  • How to adjust your teachings to corporate timelines, which can be less than ideal.
  • The value of offering resources and ways to help people to continue to practice, with or without your guidance.

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