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What will I gain from my NLP Training?

As so many people from so many different backgrounds have used NLP to improve their communication and their lives, it is wonderful that you will find your own benefits uniquely to enable positive change in your life! The feeling of being able to appreciate someone's world-view, and talk deeply to it can touch your life in many ways, improving relationships at home, work, and in your social life.

Here are some of the benefits you'll see from learning to deepen your perception of the world and improve communication:

  • Freedom from Limiting Beliefs
  • Switching on a Positive Outlook
  • Ability to Negotiate
  • Ability to deal with negative people
  • Overcoming social fears
  • Presenting to groups
  • Voice skills for hypnotic language
  • Respectful questioning of other people's viewpoints
  • Ability to change someone's state quickly
  • Responding to other people's important values
  • Releasing past events for good
  • Motivation skills
  • Working with Phobias
  • Body Language Skills

When you see our syllabus, or talk to us, you'll discover many other benefits of this NLP training, in Sales, Therapy, Self-Development, Training, Coaching, Teaching - on our courses, Dentists, Jet Pilots and Horse Whisperers have taken these skills to whole new areas!

What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

You'll read on many NLP Training sites that Neuro-Linguistic Programming is all about the brain, language and change. Which is basically true. It is taken that how you represent the world influences your range of choices of behaviour, and that we can change that representation to create more flexibility and freedom of response.

We ensure on our courses that you get to appreciate the early development of NLP by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, two very different people who came together in the 1970's at Santa Cruz. They observed the magical work of Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir (Family Therapy) and Milton H. Erickson (Hypnotherapy) and developed their own model of how these excellent therapists achieved their remarkable results. That model includes language patterns, observational skills, and other communications utilising the unconscious processes that we all run in our brains!

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Our courses include an introduction to not only the 'basic' history of NLP, but also unique insights into the early days of NLP, the history of hypnosis, and most importantly the new developments that Bandler and Grinder are making in NLP - from my recent experience on their courses. Many NLP trainers have not trained with either of the co-founders of NLP, few train with both, and often miss most of the developments in NLP over the last thirty years!

What are some of the ideas in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Below are a few terms and a single presuppositon of NLP you'll hear, which is often couched in jargon, trademarks and Linguistic terminology. Ironic for a method of communication! However, on our courses you will be guaranteed to understand the application of these ideas in the real-world, often before the 'jargon' is given, thus leading to new skills and later the words to describe the skills!

NLP Terminology (a few examples)

Representation Systems can be described as the means by which the mind creates a map of its environment. For example, one person might *see* pictures of certain aspects of their world, whilst another might be more auditory in some situations. Often, a person's language will denote their major representation system in certain contexts, for example, "I *hear* what you're saying" or "Do you *see* what I mean?" Understanding this can help you achieve quick rapport and appreciation of other people's ways of thinking. It can also be turned on its head to give *you* totally different ways of thinking about and resolving problems in your life.

Submodalities refer to specific aspects of a representation, for example, if someone hears a sound when thinking of a pleasant memory, that sound will have tone, rhythm, location, volume, etc. By eliciting the submodalities of a representation, that representation can be changed effectively and permamently into a new state.

Strategies can be defined as a sequenced set of processes moving through the represntation systems. Such strategies can be elicited and mapped to other actions. For example, you may have a strategy for avoiding opening up to others. This strategy can be elicited and interrupted to allow such opening, and also be used positively somewhere else in your life - it may contain a useful way of becoming assertive for example. As Bandler says, "why waste a strong behaviour pattern?!"

Rapport is the ability to appreciate another's view of the world, allowing effective and open communication. Great speakers can often gain rapport with a whole audience of people in a matter of minutes, and this skill can be taught very quickly. It also improves your ability to listen and understand the language used by other people which in turn leads to a more effective use of language yourself to gain rapport and trust.

Presuppositions of NLP (one example)

"The ability to change the process by which we experience reality is more often valuable than changing the content of our experience of reality."

There is a statement, from the field of General Semantics, that "the map is not the territory". A classic example of this is 'mind-reading' when you assume that you know precisely what another person is thinking, and act on that assumption. The rigorous structure of language used by a Master NLP Practitioner can replace your map with a more accurate model of the environment around you, allowing you more freedom and better chances of success in your actions.

Two other principles of general semantics - not so often quoted - are that "the map is never complete" and "a map can be made of the map". In NLP terms, we use the "meta-model" of communication to assist you to find the "grey areas" in your map, and by clarifying these areas, give you more options for action. In Magick we present techniques for "stepping back" from your mental maps to gain an overview of your lifescript (often using metaphors) which can reveal surprising resources.

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Marcus Katz is a Licensed NLP Trainer, NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner, Therapist within the National Phobics Society, a member of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, the Hypnotherapy Society, the Association of NLP and the Society of NLP. He is an MBA graduate with global business experience, and has utilised NLP for twenty years in business and in theraputic work. He is currently completing a second Masters Degree, and commencing a PhD Study of Mesmer at Exeter University. He has recently joined the South Lakes Jung Reading Group.


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