What is Neuro Linguistic Programming? NLP Techniques.

Neuro Linguistic Programming is a modelling approach that offers a toolkit of approaches for dealing with life’s opportunities and challenges. It is a very practical discipline, concerned with bringing results into the real world now.

It’s starts with an attitude of curiosity, we’re interested in how things work. This then leads us to model successful people in a variety of situations, these models are continually tested and refined.

This in turn leads to a number of techniques, so that what is learned can be repeated and passed on to others.

The test of a model is does it work in the context we’re working in. NLP is very much a ‘model, test, refine, test approach. It’s not a scientific discipline as such, as we’re focused on what works, rather than the theory behind it. However we keep up to date with scientific research  as it gives rich material to explore and test.

Good NLP training will not only teach how to use the techniques, but also the awareness and skill needed to continually adapt them and create new, ones based on the specific response from individual clients.

Why is Neuro Linguistic Programming so useful?

It can help you significantly improve your communication and influence skills. In addition, practising these techniques will increase your resilience and your ability to master change – like working out in a gym will build your physical strength, flexibility and endurance.

In business the approach  can help you significantly improve the results you achieve, by helping you improve your leadership, sales, management and relationships skills. In your personal life NLP can help you connect to your purpose, overcome blocks and help you navigate your own hero 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 what his profession was and came up with the name after glancing at the titles of the books he happened to have 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. This became the initial model of NLP.

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 it’s history NLP has had a number of strong advocates and a number of strong detractors. The detractors in the main mistaking NLP for an academic rather than a modelling discipline, and some trainers being a little too arrogant and too enthusiastic about the claims they made.

We therefore suggest you do on your own diligence before investing in  NLP, checkout whether it’s right for you you, and checkout any trainer or practitioner you might use.

How to access the NLP Techniques and additional content on this site

Techniques List. A full index of the 85+ techniques on this site. See links to the key techniques at the bottom of this page.

Questions. Short answers to some of the questions people ask about NLP.

The Adventure Starts. Preparing for your adventure.

Planning Techniques. If we want to be successful we need a plan. Ten posts that will help you develop a successful plan.

Coaching Techniques. NLP adds significant value to coaching. Twelve posts on how to use NLP for coaching.

Books. Our recommended NLP books

NLP in Business gives access to business essentials including leadership, management, careers, sales, and going solo and is recommended for anyone wanting to use NLP in a business context.

NLP Blog give a series of articles and posts of uses and applications of NLP.

NLP Training gives details of our online courses, 1:1 NLP training and coaching, access to NLP co-creator Richard Bandler’s streaming audio and video back catalogue.

You can also ask to join our Facebook NLP Discussion forum. It’s friendly, free, and you can make suggestions on how we can improve the site. Not only can you help develop this free resource site, you can also ask our growing community of NLP experts (and interested parties) any questions relating to NLP and its use.

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6: NLP Courses. We offer facilitated group online training courses
7: Richard Bandler Streaming. Access to NLP co-founder Richard Bandler’s audio and video catalogue.


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.

In addition for us to help our clients it’s useful to be able to access  (both in ourselves and our clients ) a touch of curiosity, humour, fierceness and tenderness.

About Michael Beale, Director Business NLP Ltd.

Michael is a Richard Bandler  NLP 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. You can find out more about Michael here.

NLP Techniques/Business NLP Ltd is based at 120 Porthcawl Green, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

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Key Techniques Section Index:

Techniques List. A full index of the 85+ techniques on this site.

1: Introduction (This page)
2: Affirmations
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 MP3’s
10: Luck
11: Mental Rehearsal 
12: Metaprogrammes, Profiles and Preferences
13: Modeling
14: Progressive dissociation
15: Self Compassion
16: Submodalities
17. Six step re-framing
18: Storytelling
19: Strategies
20. Swish
21: Timeline therapy
22: Visual Squash
23: Values and value rules
24: Summary

What is NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques






What is NLP? Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques