On this site we answer the key questions: What is Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP? NLP techniques? And What is NLP Training? We cover some of the key questions that we’ve been asked about each topic.
This site is a free resource for anyone interested in knowing more about NLP and its key techniques. It was originally a resource for our students, but is now available for everybody. You can access the full details of 85+ techniques from this site. For further details see our techniques index.
What is NLP?
NLP 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. NLP is also about the study of subjective experience: what we see, hear and feel, and how we create our individual realities. This is key in learning how to communicate, both with both ourselves and others.
Techiques are the results of modelling individuals who have achieved great results in a variety of situations, and then continually testing and refining these models to enable others to achieve similar and better results.
Answers to frequently asked questions
What is NLP in simple words?
NLP gives you models and approaches to help you achieve what you want by increasing how influential you can be – to yourself as well as to others.
What is it Used for?
To help you achieve what you want to achieve, and overcome any blocks that are getting in your way. It’s particularly useful for people in leadership, project management, sales, relationships, and coaching as well as many creative disciplines.
Does NLP work for anxiety?
NLP works for many blocks that may get in your way, including anxiey. Being clear about your direction and purpose, focusing more on what you want rather that what you don’t want, and learning how you represent anxiety and how to change that representation, are three NLP approaches to reduce anxiety.
How does it work?
In a sense NLP doesn’t work – you do! NLP is modelled from how how successful people get results in various situations, and you can use the models developed to increase your success and effectiveness.
What is an example of NLP?
Typical examples include connecting to or purpose/direction, setting outcomes, asking better questions, establishing rapport and trust, managing your emotional state, communicating and influencing more effectively.
What is the relationship netween NLP and hypnosis?
One of the initial models in NLP was using elements of hypnosis for communication, influence and connecting with resources that are already within us.
How to become NLP certified?
To become certified in NLP you need to attend a certified NLP training event. The key certification levels are: Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Trainer, although there are a number of additional variations. See more about NLP certification.
Is it easy to become really good at NLP?
In our opinion, to master anything really useful requires a touch of ambition, courage, discipline, and honesty (and love?) NLP is no different.
However, while a touch of these characteristics is still required, learning NLP is both fun and exceptionally useful, which is a great compensation for the work we need to do to become really good.
Why is Neuro Linguistic Programming so useful?
NLP can help you significantly improve your communication and influence skills.
Not only that, but practising NLP techniques will increase your creativity, 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, project management, coaching, 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.
See more. The benefits of NLP.
Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques
What are NLP Techniques? Answers to frequently asked questions.
Do NLP Techniques really work?
In many siuations they work exceptionally well. NLP is based on modelling people who have succeeded in various situations, and can dramatically improve the chances that you achieve the results you want. The actual results will depend on the situation, the practitioner and the client.
What are Neuro Linguistic Programming studies?
Practitioners have studied and modelled great performance in many forms of human endevour. We specialise in leadership, coaching, sales, project management, relationshps and managing stakeholders.
How many techniques are there in NLP?
There are almost an infinite number of techniques in NLP. It’s like an artist creating many different paintings from a limited number of paints. When we understand the key principles of NLP, we can create techniques and variations of techniques that meet the majority of our clients’ opportunities and challenges.
What are the top techniques?
The techniques we find most valuable are anchors, framing, hypnosis, mental rehearsal, modelling, outcomes, rapport, storytelling, state management and timeline,
Is NLP good or bad?
Like many powerful approaches for change NLP has a mixed reputation, mainly due to some practitioners over-promising. In our experience, enough people benefit from the approach that its worth testing it out for yourself and making up your own mind. If you really want to improve what you do, are prepared to find the right practitioner, and put in the appropriate amount of work, you will achieve a really high return from your investment.
Can you do NLP on yourself?
When starting, it’s much easier to have an experienced practitioner to help guide you through any technique. You can then fully focus on your experience and the practitioner can focus on the process. The more experienced you become, the easier it is to do NLP techniques on yourself. However, there will still be times when you’ll prefer to work with someone else. It’s also worth practising with a friend or colleague, you’ll both improve your skills.
NLP for coaching?
While NLP has many applications, NLP is particularly useful for coaching, in helping our clients get from A to B, turning theory into real world results, and amplifying performance. See NLP in coaching.
What is a certified Neuro linguistic programming practitioner?
Practitioner is normally first level of certification, to become a certified trainer you need to complete practitioner, master practitioner and trainer certification.
See our index of 85+ techniques and methods.
What is NLP Training? How to learn NLP?
What is NLP Training? Anwers to frequently asked questions
What is NLP good for?
Clarifying and achieving what you want to achieve and overcoming blocks in getting there. Amplifying your skills and performance. We work with clients to significantly improve their leadership, sales, coaching, project management and relationship skills.
Are NLP courses worth it?
Yes, very much so, but do your own due diligence. See more: Are NLP courses worth it?
What are the very best NLP courses?
There are a variety of NLP course formats: online live, online recorded, group face to face, and 1:1 training. All have advantages and disadvatages. However, we’ve found that our 1:1 training is the best for those that have the budget and who want to produce the strongest real world results.
This is because:
- we spend more time exploring what you want as an individual,
- we’re there when things don’t work, and can help you put them right, and
- success is about establishing good habits. It’s much easier to establish good habits over the six months of our programmes, than it is over a much shorter course.
As 1:1 training is different to others trainings, we offer a 3 free session discovery phase for serious potential delegates to find out that it’s right for them. If you have a touch of ambition, courage, discipline and honestry you’ll get significant benefit from our training.
Also, If you want the most authoratitive and best NLP training, choose those that are certified by either of the two co-creators of NLP – Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Richard countersigns the certificates on all our certified NLP programmes.
Are you curious about our unique 1:1 Richard Bandler and SNLP certified NLP Training, designed for professional and business people? See our full training offer: NLP Training Courses Index
If you’re genuinely interested in training and/or coaching please contact us for a free 30 minute video / phone session.
What are the key pillars or principles of NLP?
When we’re able to apply these pillars or principles, we’re able to create our own techniques to meet our, or our clients’, needs:
Acuity – We have the ability to ‘shut up’ and focus on what we see, hear and feel. The more accurate the information we take in – the more effective we are. Meta-model questions are useful for this.
Association / disassociation – Sometimes it’s really useful to see (hear and feel) things from our perspective, from anothers perspective, or from a neutral observers perspective. This approach is a key part of a number of NLP techniques
Beliefs – What do we believe about ourselves, the people we work with, and environment we’re in? Are our beliefs useful to ourselves and others? There is more to this than most people realise. NLP’s presuppositions are a great start with this. If we believe we can’t we probably won’t – whether we can or cannot.
Direction and outcomes – We can help our clients clarify where they want to get to, and the value they’ll get out of doing so.
Framing – What we say and do at the beginning and end of any session can significantly amplify the positive impact of what we do. The beginning frame will effect what the client focuses on, and therefore change their experience, the end frame will change the story they tell themselves about the session, and change both the conscious and unconscious impact we have.
Hypnosis – Hypnotic approaches can help align our clients conscious and unconscious thinking, which will make them more effective at whatever they are doing.
Mental maps – Our brains are delightfully small compared to the size of the universe, the chances of us consciously understanding how the universe works is very small, however we create mental maps to guide us. The better our mental maps the more fulfilled our lives will be. We improve our maps by having new experiences and learning from them – which is not always a comfortable experience! Many NLP techniques, particularly the meta-model, and really good at helping us improve our mental maps.
Modelling – Modelling as a key NLP skill. We can model both good and bad performance, which helps help our clients know both what to do and what not to do!
Rapport and Trust – Rapport and trust can help us create an environment where transformational change can spontaneously occur. Curiously, there are also times when we want to break rapport, as well as create it!
States and anchoring – The state we’re in impacts both how we come over to others, the internal resources we can access at any time, and significantly impacts how well we perform. Anchoring is a way to access great states consciously.
Timeline – While there is great merit in being able to stay in the present (‘being present’), it’s also really useful to plan a great future, and to fully benefit from all our past experiences, (including taking the learning, and reducing the emotional impact of bad memories – Sometime bad experiences are exceptionally powerful opportunities to learn.)
Storytelling – The stories we tell ourselves can have a significant impact on our lives, the stories we tell others can significantly influence them. It’s good to ensure that the stories we tell take us and others in a useful direction.
Values – What’s important to us? The more we understand and are connected to our values, the more effective and fullfilled we’ll be. The more we’re able to connect to others values, the better and more satisfying relationship we’ll have.
Where we are now – Ideally we want to fully connect to, appreciate and be grateful for where we are now, (and create an empowering direction for the future.)
This may take some curiousity, ambition, courage, discipline and honesty. Again, the meta-model in conjunction with KPIs, daily questions, feedback and feed-forward routines can help us.
How to access different NLP Techniques and additional content on this site
What is NLP – 10 posts on basic NLP principles including: What is NLP? Mental maps and world view, confirmation bias, what does NLP offer?
Questions answered – More short answers to commonly asked questions
NLP for success. – What leads to success? Top success systems and models.
Plan. – Basic ideas to help you plan your life and success, Includes: Why plan? Self sabotage, success quiz, feed-forward.
NLP Coaching. – NLP adds significant value to coaching, what’s important? Frames, states and anchoring, rapport, end goals and direction, future pacing.
Top 10 NLP techniques +. – The key change techniques. The most useful approaches that haven’t been included in the coaching section. Includes: Affirmations, belief change, perceptual positions, hypnosis, storyteling and more.
Business. – Techniques used in NLP for business: leadership, career, sales, going solo – starting a business.
Books. – Our recommended NLP, coaching, sales and seduction books.
NLP Training. – Links to our unique international training programmes.
See our full index of the 85+ NLP techniques on this site.
NLP Techniques is run by 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.
Business NLP Ltd is based at 120 Porthcawl Green, Milton Keynes MK4 3AL, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.