McIntyre might be a self-made millionaire, but he doesn’t look like one dressed in beige slacks and ill-fitting white T-shirt with an Elvis-inspired quiff and the slight hint of a harelip. But then Bill Gates and Donald Trump are no oil paintings and they’re billionaires.
Lacking Hudson’s boyish charm and Demartini’s charisma, McIntyre’s seminar is mind-numbingly dull. Rhetorical questions go unanswered by an audience that appears bemused, bored and wishing they’d seen a film instead. His anecdotes are neither funny nor insightful. His tone is condescending, if not insensitive.
At one point, he asks, “How do you know if Telstra really works on top of Ayers Rock?” suggesting it’s a crime if you don’t.
By his own standards, McIntyre was a loser. He says he was $150,000 in debt and sleeping on a friend’s couch in his early days. But rather than vegetate in front of daytime TV, McIntyre devoured self-help books and hung around rich people until he realised the surest path to wealth lay in talking about it.
He blames the education system for causing failure, frustration and financial disaster in our society. Rather than teaching students how to have money work for us, schools waste time with reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed, he says, “this type of information has been deliberately kept a secret, keeping many Australians constrained to a job and a slave to the banks”.
McIntyre also reckons many of us feel guilty about being wealthy. He’s not one of them since he applies “universal laws and principles and abide[s] by the laws of karma”.
Karma or not, listening to McIntyre won’t help your self-esteem. He says most Australians are dismal failures, pointing to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures that show 96 per cent of the population at age 65 end up dead, dead broke, pensioners or dependent on their families. A bureau spokesman says he is not aware of any bureau publication that contains this statistic, but McIntyre told us he read them in a newspaper article.
McIntyre says a mentor once advised him: “If you want to succeed, you need to figure out what most Australians are doing and do the exact opposite.” Like becoming homeless, unemployed, a junkie or going to jail?
McIntyre, however, says his adult education course, which promises to teach you all the money-making skills that school forgot, will do the trick. At a cost of $2995 for his home study program, it had bloody better. For $4995, you can study at home and join McIntyre for a three-day seminar in Fiji in October.
As tempting as it is to find out how to “generate an extra $4000 to $5000 a month for less than five minutes work” or score up to $35,000 tax-free every year, I’m a bit worried about what the Australian Tax Office will say about these newly acquired riches. In three hours of talking, McIntyre makes no mention of how to survive a tax audit.