What is Neuro Linguistic Programming?
Neuro Linguistic Programming is a modelling approach that offers a toolkit of ways to deal with life’s opportunities and challenges. It is a very practical discipline, concerned with bringing results into the real world.
It starts with an attitude of curiosity: we’re interested in how things work. This then leads us to studying and modelling successful people in a variety of situations, these models are continually tested and refined.
From this modelling comes a number of techniques, so that what is learned can be repeated and passed on to others.
The test of a model is always: does it work in the context we’re working in? It is very much a model-test-refine-test approach. It’s not a scientific discipline, as we’re focused on what works, rather than the theory behind it. However, we keep up to date with scientific research as that gives rich material to explore and test.
Good training will not only teach how to use the techniques, but also the awareness and skill needed to adapt them and create new ones based on the responses from individual clients.
We offer both one-to-one executive coaching using NLP, or a number of courses to train in using the approach yourself, leading to certification.
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Why is Neuro Linguistic Programming so useful?
NLP can help you improve your communication and influence skills quite significantly. Not only that, but practising NLP techniques will increase your resilience and your ability to master change – just as working out in a gym will build your physical strength, flexibility, and endurance.
In business, NLP can improve your results by helping you improve your leadership, sales, management, and relationships skills. In your personal life, it can help you connect to your purpose, overcome blocks, and help you navigate your own hero’s or heroine’s journey.
What do the words Nero Linguistic Programming mean?
The name neuro linguistic programming originated when co-founder Richard Bandler was stopped by the police for alleged speeding. He was asked his profession and came up with the name on the spur of the moment after glancing at the titles of some books in his car. Despite this, the name gives a useful description of what we do.
Neuro means relating to the nervous system. The information we take in through our senses influences our neurological function. If we improve the accuracy with which we take in information, i.e. we listen better and are more observant, so we are more open to our own and other people’s experience. This means our brains have better information to help make decisions.
We also increase our ability to communicate effectively – both consciously and unconsciously.
Linguistic is about language. As we understand and are more aware of language – the words themselves as well as their structure and the way they’re spoken (speed, voice tone, rhythm) – so we get better information for making decisions and communicating consciously and unconsciously.
Programming here refers to habits. We develop habits, some useful, some less useful. NLP teaches us how we can develop and encourage useful habits and reduce less useful habits.
So, there you go: neuro linguistic programming, – using language to programme our nervous system into more useful habits. Success is often about developing the right habits in any situation.
A brief history of Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Neuro Linguistic Programming was created more than 40 years ago by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. They studied and worked with some of the most talented psychiatrists and therapists of the day: Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and Fritz Perls. Contrary to the majority of the academics at the time, however, they took a different approach in that they focused on bringing about measurable change, rather than merely theorising.
Bandler and Grinder wanted to know the psychological strategies great performers used – what they did and how they did it. They devised ways of modelling these strategies so others could replicate their performance.
They then tested and refined the model with their clients. As different groups heard about its benefits it spread across a whole range of human endeavours, including coaching, art, sport, and business.
Throughout its history it has had a number of strong advocates and a number of strong detractors. The detractors usually mistake the approach as an academic rather than a modelling discipline, and this misconception is not helped by the way some trainers can be a little too arrogant and too enthusiastic about the claims they make.
We therefore suggest you do on your own diligence before investing. Check out whether it’s right for you you, and check out any trainer or practitioner you might use.
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What attributes are needed to explore and learn more?
You don’t need any special skills. However we’ve found that a touch of curiosity, ambition, courage, discipline and openness help us achieve really good results. You also need to commit the time and emotional energy to practice and test what we do.
As well as these, for us to help our clients it’s useful to be able to access (for both parties) a touch of curiosity, humour, fierceness, and tenderness.
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Questions. Short answers to some of the questions people ask about NLP.
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Planning Techniques. If we want to be successful, we need a plan. Ten posts that will help you develop a successful plan.
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Books. Our recommended NLP books
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Our Blog give a series of articles and posts on the uses and applications of NLP.
NLP Training gives details of our online courses, 1:1 training and coaching, access to co-creator Richard Bandler’s streaming audio and video back catalogue.
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About Michael Beale, Director Business NLP Ltd.
Michael is a Richard Bandler trainer, coach trainer and a Marshal Goldsmith certified leadership and team coach. He has 30 years of business experience and 15 years’ experience running his training and coaching practice. He embraces the business ideas of Marshall Goldsmith and Ray Dalio. He also runs coaching masterclasses at The Henley Business School.
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Key Techniques Section Index:
Techniques List. A full index of the 85+ techniques on this site.
1: Introduction (This page)
3: Amplify feelings
4: Bad memories (Dissolving)
5: Bad memories (Exploding)
6: Belief change
7: Perceptual positions
8: Fast phobia cure
9: Hypnosis and meditation and separately Hypnosis MP3s
11: Mental Rehearsal
12: Metaprogrammes, Profiles and Preferences
14: Progressive dissociation
15: Self Compassion
17. Six step re-framing
21: Timeline therapy
22: Visual Squash
23: Values and value rules