Examples of NLP in practice

NLP can be used everyday in practical situations; at work creating rapport with clients, in personal development by creating healthy relationships, in sales by getting a better understanding of customers issues and showing confidence. There are so many areas of life that can benefit with NLP, Robbie has outlined ...

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NLP, Charisma and “Successful” People

I’m not trying to say that you too, could have the charisma of Bill Clinton if you come on our three day NLP course. But I do find it interesting how successful people use, or have used, the skills we teach and reckon that we can all learn from them. Actually, ...

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NLP Techniques, what is the Meta Model?

What does this mean? One of the central presuppositions of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)  is that ‘the map is not the territory’. The territory is out there, we have the maps in our heads – our internal subjective experience. The maps are all subtly (or not so subtly) different, ...

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What is NLP and How did it Start?

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a set of tools for personal development, based on a study of how we access, store and express ‘information’. Much of the accessing is done via ‘filters’ that can distort reality, and the same is true for storage: what lessons do we learn and ...

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NLP Modelling Steps and Techniques Explained

Our Master Practitioner course begins on 1st March. Judith Lowe will be teaching part of the module on modelling, and will also run two optional one day modelling workshops, which will be free for attendees. This will be a great chance to work in small groups with one of ...

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Promises to Self

New Year is traditionally a time for resolutions. It is also traditional that these don’t last very long. But we shouldn’t short-change ourselves like this. If you made a lunch date with someone, would you show up? Of course. Yet when we make commitments to ourselves, we are often ...

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Drama Triangle and Relationships

Much of the material we work with as coaches ends up being about human relationships – at work, of course, but also at home. Drama-triangle Dysfunctional relationships eat away at clients’ time and energy.

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Belief Change Techniques

Belief Change Techniques - Learn how our beliefs held over years often turn out to be wrong. As such, they make our world a smaller place. They are a kind of internal prison that we carry round with us, a self-imposed yoke, a limitation.

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The Levels of Learning

Students of NLP will be familiar with Robert Dilts’ ‘Logical Levels’ (also known as the Neurological Levels). I have found this incredibly useful in all sorts of ways – it’s one of those concepts that seems to shed light on almost everything.

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What is NLPU?

What is NLPU? To trace its roots fully, one has to go back to the early days of NLP, when NLPU’s founder, Robert Dilts, was a student at Santa Cruz. He attended John Grinder’s lectures on linguistics – which turned into lectures on the Meta-model – and was hooked.

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Ego and Soul

Our Dilts/Delozier NLP University certified Master Practitioner starts in London next March. It’s still a while away, but the course is so full of good stuff that I’ll be sharing some material from it from time to time in these blogs. I’m also working on my leadership book at ...

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Learning from the Best

Judy was one of the original group who worked with Richard Bandler, John Grinder and Gregory Bateson when she was a student at the University of California Santa Cruz campus, where NLP was created.

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Advisor or Decider?

Having written two books on decision making, I often wonder why this subject gets so little interest. Good decisions are the key to a successful life. So is the avoidance of bad ones, which can destroy lives – stories of which go back far into history: Napoleon’s decision to ...

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Coaching Decisions & the Impact of ‘Black Swans’

Yet their own past experience tells them that if something has created chaos in their lives, it has not been some huge threat they have been worrying about for ages, but something unexpected. As my father used to say, “Always expect something from the left field”. Planning for worst-case ...

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Is There a ‘Fifth Way’ When it Comes to Coaching?

Coaching, psychology and philosophy Philosophy has for thousands of years, asked questions. Who are we? What makes us ‘tick’? What, if anything, can be done about the more painful aspects of human nature, and what is our purpose? Early answers to the big questions All cultures seem to have ...

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Using Synergy to Build Winning Teams

Modelling is a core NLP technique, whereby you look at people you wish to emulate and ask in precise and often very detailed ways how they do what they do. I was a participant on the course when it was first run in London eleven years ago, then presented ...

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The Capability Sets of Leadership

This week I shall look at the skills behind these tasks in more detail. The capability sets of leadership My model began life in the business world. If you find the tasks a bit ‘business-y’ on first appearance, please bear with me. I have subsequently found that they actually ...

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The Four Qualities of Leadership

The four leadership qualities Today I want to look at the four qualities along the top, qualities that leaders need to bring to their work in each of the four areas: Thinking Sensing (energy) Feeling Vision Thinking is the world of the intellect, rational and dispassionate. Sensing is perhaps ...

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Coaching With Archetypes: The Different Leadership Types

The Leadership Matrix We worked with a model I have developed myself, called the Leadership Matrix (see below). Of course, I ‘stood on the shoulders of giants’ to create it. The idea of archetypes and archetypal energies has deep roots; in ancient Greek philosophy, in storytelling traditions around the ...

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What is Team Coaching in Business? How is it Done Best?

It is of particular use with international teams who meet infrequently and may have different cultures and approaches. How is team coaching in business done best? My preferred approach takes the following form: 1. The coach meets with the team leader and identifies the required outcomes and the main issues ...

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Coaching Emotions in Business – How Can You Do It?

However, it is also well known that people who repress their feelings totally can begin to behave bizarrely: this is often seen (and tolerated) in the pub or in social encounters outside the office. From the coach’s perspective, when a client has been over-stressed for some considerable time, there ...

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How to Coach Someone Who Says They Are ‘Trapped’

The model is particularly useful in testing whether a client has unwittingly trapped themselves in destructive thought patterns. How the Meta Model helps anxiety Clients are often extremely anxious, as if some major disaster is hurtling towards them. The Meta Model is often a great way to reveal the ...

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How to Use TA Drivers to Solve Boundary and Conflict Issues

Transactional analysis drivers One useful aspect of this material is TA’s concept of ‘drivers’. These are very powerful, deeply ingrained subconscious motivations that are picked up in early childhood. TA theorists believe there are five of these: ‘Hurry Up’ ‘Please People’ ‘Be Strong’ ‘Be Different’ ‘Be Perfect’ The problem ...

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The Art of Business Decision Making With NLP

It’s a subject I’m fascinated by – I’ve written two books on the subject – as the reality is much more complex than most ‘experts’ claim. The decision maker is perpetually having to strike a balance between decisiveness and subtlety. Channelling the Scarlet Pimpernel The best metaphor I can ...

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What is Mindfulness? What Are its Benefits?

In this blog I will outline some practical benefits of mindfulness for coaches and those using a coaching approach at work (with staff, clients etc). What is mindfulness? Let’s start with a definition of mindfulness. It is the practice of being aware of one’s experience in the present moment. ...

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How NLP Can Help Senior Managers Avoid Burnout

Talented people don’t just perform roles; they identify with them: “I am a manager, a leader, an accountant, a designer”. Jobs as identity Their skill, once mastered, stops being simply a competency but transcends to a higher level, that of identity. At this level, the person’s very sense of worth ...

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A Brief Introduction to Generative Coaching

Robert is the creator of many processes at the heart of modern NLP, such as the Logical Levels, Hero’s Journey and the Belief Change Cycle. He now runs and leads the teaching at NLP University in Santa Cruz. Stephen worked closely with Milton Erickson, the father of modern hypnotherapy, and ...

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NLP Happiness Techniques: Proactive Happiness Training

A history of happiness Happiness has been a topic of debate since the early philosophers. Aristotle For Aristotle, writing over 2,300 years ago, it was eudaimonia, often translated as flourishing. It meant doing what you do best, doing what your natural talents and nclinations led you towards. Seligman Philosophers ...

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Our NLP Courses Are Now CPD Accredited

I found that many professionals wanted to learn NLP and coaching, but were unable to because of CPD rules. Our accreditation will now open the door to them. This represents a substantial widening of the scope of what is available to professionals. Previously they had to focus on highly ...

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How to Make a Decision Under Pressure

One aspect that particularly concerns people is having to make a decision under pressure, especially when someone is pushing them to say ‘yes’ and to do so right now! It often feels easiest to give in. Doing so is, of course, a decision in itself, though it might not feel ...

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How Can NLP Help In The Caring Professions?

We have had: Social workers Police, probation and prison officers People who work with children Drug and alcohol dependency counsellors Delegates from charities working with stroke victims and autistic people Many of these individuals arrive at the courses quite sceptical. They want new, useful tools, but they’ve tried a ...

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Can NLP Build Self Confidence?

NLP has a range of techniques to help us find out, and to boost what we find. How to regain self confidence The simplest of these is anchoring, a core NLP practice to summon up resourceful states. It’s based on our simple mammalian ability to link stimuli and responses ...

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How NLP Helps Project Managers in the Workplace

Modern management is largely about winning people round to your point of view. The old ‘command and control’ model taught on managers training courses is on the wane. An understanding of NLP for project managers will make you a 21st-century leader like Jose Mourinho – a good influencer as ...

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How I Became an NLP Coach

But here’s my story. I started out on a journey of personal discovery after finding myself stressed by running a business. This led to my studying NLP. As part of the training, I was given the opportunity to coach people and to be coached myself. It was only after ...

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Can You Hypnotise Yourself?

Hypnosis is a part of modern life In my view we spend much of our time in a light state of hypnotic trance, anyway. Some of these are pleasurable, for example when listening to a favourite piece of music or staring out of the window in a moving vehicle. ...

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What Are Values in NLP and Why Are They Important?

Robert Dilts’ Logical Levels Essentially, these levels are a tool for ‘targeting’ interventions, to help people understand where to make changes to fix a problem. Where is it best addressed? Is it just your environment? A habit you’ve picked up? A life-skill you need to learn? An unhelpful belief ...

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How Will NLP Help With My CV?

To start with, it makes a clear statement that you take the business of developing yourself seriously. It sends out the message that you are a thoughtful person, keen to become better in both your personal and professional life. Many people in HR have studied NLP, and they will ...

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Is NLP Rubbish or Real?

Here are some of the criticisms of NLP – and what I’d say in reply: “NLP is a ‘pseudo science’” NLP is sometimes accused of being a ‘pseudo-science’. However, most humanistic approaches to psychology can be, and are, criticized in the same way. But so what? The study of ...

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Can NLP Really Help You Quit Smoking?

Using Robert Dilts’ model of the Logical Levels, we can look at smoking and the various ways it exerts a hold on the psyche. The levels are: Spirit Identity Beliefs & Values Capability Behaviour Environment At one level, the smoking habit is just that – a habit, a set ...

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How to Get Over Anxiety Using NLP Techniques

What light can NLP shed on this? Perhaps the most important light is that of context. Anxiety is a state; we have other states we can choose to be in. This is not to say that we ‘should’ never be anxious: sometimes that’s a helpful response to a situation. ...

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Golf and NLP: Can You Use NLP To Improve Your Swing?

With NLP being all about mental programming, it’s not surprising that many golfers turn to the discipline for techniques to improve their performance. In this brief blog I will cover three useful ones that can help you raise your game. #1 – Positive visualisation The first is positive visualization ...

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When NLP Isn’t the Answer

Maybe some delegates are dealing with tough personal issues – troubled relationships, difficulties at work, loss of energy or self-belief. Over the year that it takes them to reach Practitioner status, most will make amazing leaps forward – it’s a real joy to see this happen, and one of ...

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How do You Know When Your Career Has Stalled?

A quick look at the real world tells us something different. Organisations – and fields of expertise – are pyramid-shaped, with a tiny top and big base. If everyone at the base is trying to get to the top, it ain’t gonna happen, however hard we all try and ...

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Which NLP Course is For You?

At NLP School, we run a range of seminars, workshops and events based on NLP, the ‘art of modelling excellence.’ NLP Taster Day Are you curious about NLP?  Our NLP Taster Day in Central London is created for people who like a no nonsense approach. Over the course of a working ...

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NLP For Dummies – The Basics

What is NLP? NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. Our brain and nervous system are programmed by the language we learnt as children. Many of our responses are unconscious or programmed, and NLP can help us to understand which programmes are positive and which are holding us back. Also, ...

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More about Stephen Gilligan’s coaching course

I wanted to combine the idea of ego states (Parent, Adult and Child) from Transactional Analysis into my practitioner course, but was concerned that it wasn’t NLP – the idea of ‘parts’ and that ‘NLP is a model not a theory’ seemed to contradict these more concrete concepts. We ...

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Stephen Gilligan – An Archetype Master

There are twelve archetypes in her model, based on the work of Jung: Innocent Orphan Warrior Caregiver Seeker Destroyer Lover Creator Ruler Magician Sage Fool The idea of the model is that human development needs us to pass through all of these stages. The ultimate goal is for each ...

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Receiving Criticism

People often react badly to criticism and the reasons can be complex, according to therapist Dr Harville Hendrix. 1. The criticism might be true 2. The criticism might actually apply to person doing the criticising 3. The criticism might be a secret wish that they would like to be ...

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Choose your own metaphor

I was demonstrating a process which uses metaphor when a student asked if they could put all the positive qualities in their life into a large pearl held in their hand.  (I said ‘yes’). As the number of qualities increased, the pearl seemed to get increasingly heavy, so they asked ...

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The teacher and the taught

While teaching NLP Master Practitioner training in Malaysia – I shared an important principle from Eckhart Tolle, that ‘the teacher and the taught create the teaching.’ What I discovered was a very engaged group of students who took responsibility for their own learning and provided some very insightful questions. ...

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Holding Difficult Feelings

Preparing to teach NLP Master Practitioner in Malaysia this week, I have been practicing some of the processes on myself. One I have not used for a while is Robert Dilts’ ‘Holding difficult feelings pattern’.  This uses Virginia Satir’s question, “How do you feel about feeling that way?” – ...

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NLP in Shanghai

My expectations of a huge city with an amazing skyline and a dynamic economy with highly motivated people were met. What surprised me was their enthusiasm to learn ancient Chinese ‘spiritual practices’! A process I created maps the three archetypes of Strength, Softness and Playfulness onto the three Dan ...

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“We all create our own cage”

A few weekends ago I finished teaching my 10th year of Practitioner training and was reminded why I started NLP School.  I remember hearing the phrase on my own NLP training, “We all create our own cage.”  That thought really stuck with me, as I realised that so much of ...

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Work: are you enjoying the journey?

Although I did not come close to the extreme hours of the young trainees at these law firms, my early twenties involved some long hours and lots of adrenalin doing big deals. As time passed, I found the emotional energy I committed to ‘pushing these deals over the line’ ...

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Curiosity and courage

I’ve been dipping into one of my favourite books, ‘What Do You Say After You Say Hello” by transactional analysis founder Eric Berne. One of the concepts is pre-destination; does our childhood gullibility set up beliefs that lead to an inevitable, at best mediocre, life? The people I have ...

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The Bank of Mum and Dad

Take a look at a video clip from Shelle Rose Charvet.  Shelle is an expert in expert on influencing and persuading; and what motivates and demotivates people. How many times has your child stood on their feet, provided for their own needs and made good decisions? And how many ...

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Stephen Gilligan: London Workshop Announced

His approaches have influenced Robert Dilts to create some interesting new techniques and approaches to NLP and the course is based on their forthcoming book, Generative Coaching. Steve has a wonderful mixture of deep personal development and healing, along with a good sense of fun. One of my key takings ...

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Do you dislike selling?

Question: “I’ve bought your book and I must say it really struck a chord with me because it really explains, word-for-word, what I’m feeling right now. In Chapter 1, in “Do a deal as quickly as possible”, you talk about ‘What is the worst that could happen?’ when you ...

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