NLP Technique: The Meta Model
Used for: Discovering and interrogating limiting beliefs
Nature: A way of looking at language patterns to discover unconscious deletions, distortions and generalizations. There are 12 such patterns, and for each there are set questions to challenge these and free up the client’s awareness of themselves and the possibilities around them.

NLP Techniques: Logical Levels Alignment
Used for: Reducing internal conflict
Nature: A meditation exercise that makes the client aware of each of six levels of motivation in turn

NLP Technique: Micro-muscle modelling
Used for: Establishing rapport
Nature: Mirroring a client’s gestures without apparent movement.

NLP Technique: The Well-formed Outcome
Used for: The classic NLP coaching NLP Technique for setting goals
Nature: The client is taken through a set of questions that lead them to establish a ‘SMART’ goal, and to understand their internal barriers to achieving that goal.

NLP Technique: The Permission Pattern
Used for: Overcoming inner resistance (often from an internalized ‘parent’) to a course of action.
Nature: A set of questions, leading up to an act of sponsorship by the coach.

NLP Technique: Mindfulness of Breathing
Used for: Establishing inner calm
Nature: A meditation exercise

NLP Techniques: The Meta Mirror (a.k.a. Integral Mirror)
Used for: Understanding and lessening external conflicts
Nature: The client uses spatial anchoring (in other words stands on bits of paper in different parts of the room) to examine a stressful situation from a number or viewpoints: theirs, that of their adversary and that of a detached observer.

NLP Technique: Pacing and Leading
Used for: Establishing rapport
Nature: Copying some aspect of a client’s external state, then leading them to adapt that state, in order to change their internal state.

NLP Technique: Calibration
Used for: Improving awareness of own and others’ states
Nature: Involves close observation of the client, and matching their physical condition with what they are saying (and behind that, what they are feeling), so you end up with a ‘dictionary of their body language’.

NLP Technique: Golden Light meditation
Used for: Establishing inner calm
Nature: A meditation exercise

NLP Technique: Somatic Syntax
Used for: Understanding one’s own body language and using it to communicate better.
Nature: Noting gestures and their meaning, then exaggerating them.

NLP Techniques: Eye accessing cues
Used for: Calibrating a client’s internal state
Nature: Noticing the direction in which someone is looking, and learning from that what they are thinking.

NLP Technique: Strategy analysis
Used for: Self-analysis and modelling others
Nature: Examining, in precise detail, the actual steps you and others take to get things done.

NLP Technique: Visual Translation Process
Used for: Helping clients address issues
Nature: The client creates a picture of the problem and of a desired solution.

NLP Techniques: New Behaviour Generator
Used for: Learning new behaviours
Nature: A simple self-training exercise using visualization.

NLP Technique: Mapping Across
Used for: Accessing useful states in difficult situations
Nature: An exercise using spatial anchoring to imagine and practice new ways of responding to stressful situations.

NLP Technique: Swish
Used for: Removing troubling mental imagery
Nature: Changing the ‘submodalities’ (ways) we represent things to ourselves, with a fast, dramatic gesture.

NLP Technique: New Light through Old Windows
Used for: Removing the power of troubling memories
Nature: A visualization exercise to distance ourselves from bad memories while retaining useful lessons from them

NLP Technique: The Circle of Excellence
Used for: Preparing for difficult situations
Nature: A way of combining positive memories and having them to hand in stressful situations.

NLP Technique: Anchoring
Used for: A key component of many NLP processes.
Nature: Creating easy-to-use triggers for desirable states.

NLP Technique: Collapsing anchors
Used for: Replacing a negative state with a positive one
Nature: Anchoring two states, one negative and one positive, and letting the energy flow from the former to the latter.

NLP Technique: Chaining anchors
Used for: Moving elegantly from a negative state to a positive one
Nature: Creating a line of anchors that take you on a journey from one mood to another, for example from hate to love via irritation, indifference and affection.

NLP Technique: Stacking anchors
Used for: Increasing the power of a positive memory
Nature: Anchoring other states to an existing pleasurable one.

NLP Technique: Spatial anchoring
Used for: Using physical space as a trigger for states
Nature: Creating a link between a space and a state

NLP Technique: Spatial anchoring in presentations
Used for: Using physical space to improve presentations
Nature: Anchoring states in an audience, then recreating those states in the course of a presentation.

NLP Technique: Disney Process (a.k.a. Imagineering)
Used for: Boosting creativity
Nature: Using spatial anchoring to access and integrate different aspects of the creative process. ‘Creativity’ is not just about arts, but about finding solutions to problems or new ways of doing things.

NLP Techniques: Change Personal History
Used for: Changing a current unwanted pattern
Nature: By going back into the past, and acting as if we had certain resources that we actually lacked at that time, we can lessen the negative influence that a past event has over our current self.

NLP Technique: Timeline
Used for: A key component of many other NLP NLP Techniques
Nature: A way of spatially representing time

NLP Technique: Fast phobia cure
Used for: Curing phobias
Nature: Discovering the traumatic event that caused the phobia and distancing our current selves from it.

NLP Technique: Metta Bhavana
Used for: Creating forgiveness and inner calm
Nature: A meditation exercise

NLP Technique: Hero’s Journey
Used for: Personal change at the level of identity
Nature: The exercise uses spatial anchoring to take the client on a change journey modelled on Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero with a Thousand Faces’.

NLP Technique: IDEAS
Used for: Decision making
Nature: A process that anchors various mindsets needed for effective decision making.

NLP Technique: Recoding decisions
Used for: Dealing with ‘unfinished business’
Nature: Revisiting the past with new resources

NLP Technique: Ericksonian hypnosis
Used for: Enabling clients to go into ‘generative’ trance states, where their unconscious is freed up and empowered to find solutions for problems – that’s right.
Nature: A way of speaking to someone that creates the trance state. We also discuss the ethics of hypnosis.

NLP Technique: Using stories and metaphors
Used for: Influencing clients towards healthy decisions.
Nature: A form of indirect communication (implication is more powerful than injunction)

NLP Techniques: Setting intentions
Used for: Ensuring you (or your clients) begin any task in the best possible state of mind.
Nature: A simple self-talking process.

NLP Technique: Rescripting
Used for: Helping clients ‘rewrite their life story’, to remove any double binds
Nature: A complex and powerful process where clients write, examine then retell a metaphorical version of their life, the first version of which includes a ‘curse’ that needs to be broken.

NLP Technique: Contracting
Used for: Setting clear boundaries when working with clients
Nature: A key coaching process where a number of parameters are agreed

NLP Technique: Reframing
Used for: Overcoming negative views of something or somebody
Nature: Looking at the subject in a contexts

NLP Technique: Belief change cycle
Used for: Changing beliefs
Nature: The process uses spatial anchoring to take the client through a set of mental stages

NLP Technique: Parts integration
Used for: Resolving inner conflict
Nature: A powerful process that identifies aspects of the personality, gives each one a voice and leads them through a structured interaction.

NLP Technique: Dancing SCORE
Used for: Problem solving.
Nature: A way of turning the problem-solving process into a set of physical moves.

NLP Technique: Releasing enmeshment
Used for: Dealing with ‘co-dependency’ or other kinds of unwanted dependence on someone else or on an addictive substance
Nature: A process using metaphor and physical gesture.

NLP Technique: The Seven Parallels
Used for: Both aligning our own levels of consciousness and motivation, and aligning these with organisations to which we belong
Nature: An examination of ourselves and the organisation using the logical levels.

NLP Techniques: The Five Aggregates of Clinging
Used for: Calm and self-awareness.
Nature: A meditation exercise.

NLP Technique: Three Mind Meditation
Used for: Inner alignment
Nature: Meditation exercise

NLP Technique: Implicit modelling
Used for: Gaining an intuitive understanding of how a master of something actually does what they do
Nature: Physically copying actions and examining accompanying thoughts

NLP Technique: Explicit modelling
Used for: Examining the mindset of a master before, during and after they do what they do
Nature: A set of questions

NLP Technique: Criteria exercise
Used for: Establishing the criteria by which an individual evaluates and decides
Nature: A set of questions

NLP Technique: Values hierarchy
Used for: Establishing clarity of motivation
Nature: An initial eliciting and ranking of values, followed by regular re-evaluation.

NLP Technique: Forgiveness pattern
Used for: Dealing with ‘unfinished negative business’
Nature: Exercise using submodalities and spatial anchoring

NLP Technique: Grief / loss pattern
Used for: Dealing with grief that gets ‘stuck’
Nature: Exercise using submodalities and timelines

NLP Technique: Core Transformation
Used for: Working at a very deep level to examine and, if desired, change values, perceptions of self and mission.
Nature: This very powerful exercise, working very intensely with the ‘parts’ of the personality

NLP Techniques: Compelling Future Process
Used for: Boosting motivation
Nature: Timeline exercise

NLP Technique: ‘Repair, Transcend and Include’
Used for: Understanding our (or client’s) personal evolution and where we (or they) are on the process
Nature: Exercise using timeline structured on Spiral Dynamics principles

NLP Technique: Integrating Conflicting Beliefs
Used for: Reducing inner tension
Nature: Exercise using timeline

NLP Technique: Embedded Commands
Used for: Influencing behaviour (Note: can be, and is often abused)
Nature: Hypnotic NLP Technique

NLP Technique: Instigating transderivational search
Used for: Freeing up client’s creative unconscious
Nature: Hypnotic NLP Technique

NLP Technique: Nested Loops
Used for: Presenting information
Nature: A way of structuring information to ensure it is memorable

NLP Techniques: Timeline visualization
Used for: Release emotional blockages from (often very distant) past
Nature: Exercise using timeline

NLP Technique: Re-imprinting
Used for: Dealing with impasses and double binds
Nature: Complex and very powerful exercise using timelines and working in a ‘gestalt’ way with people from the past