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What is NLP Coaching?
NLP is an approach to model great performance. NLP coaching uses appropriate NLP models, together with models specificlly developed from top coaches, to enable you to significantly improve your results.
What do clients use NLP Coaching for?
Our client use NLP coaching to move from A to B, turn theoretical learning into real world results and improve their performance in the areas that are important to them. The areas we work with clients include:
- financial freedom,
- career, professional and business success,
- improved leadrship, sales success, managing projects and managing stakeholders
- improved coaching skills
- significantly improved relationships,
- clarification of purpose,
- improved health
- overcome blocks and challenges in achieving the above
The NLP community has modelled useful strategies for all of the above.
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Is NLP good for coaching? – Yes, NLP a really good discipline for coaching and personal change. NLP originated from modelling people who were exceptionally good at helping people change and develop, and this has led to some excellent coaching models.
How effective is NLP for coaching? – Very, NLP is a modellling approach and we are continually developing our models to be exceptionally effective in the context that we are using them.
How much does an NLP coach charge? – It varies. We’ve seen charges from free to £100+ an hour for personal coaching, and from free to £50 an hour to £1000+ an hour for business coaching. The important questions for a client is “What might this change be worth to me?” “What guarantee does the coach give?” “How does the coach reduce any risk in being coached?” “What do I need to do to to ensure I’ve chosen the right coach for me?” “And am I prepared to take the responsibility and do the work required to make any change?”
How do you become an NLP coach? – There area number of routes. Becoming a certified NLP practitioner is an excellent starting point, as this includes many approaches that are useful for coaching. In addition, we offer a principles of NLP coaching programme for those with no NLP experience and NLP coach practitioner certification for existing NLP master practitioners.
What are the best NLP coaching techniques? – Almost all NLP techniques are for coaching. Our favorites are framing, state management, setting outcomes and direction, developing rapport, meta model (and other questioning skills), stortytelling, mental rehearsal, and belief change.
How important is the coachability of the client – Very, choosing the right clients is one of the biggest measures of success for a coaching business.
When is coaching more effective than training? – Coaching is the best option where active follow up makes a significant difference to performance. This includes goals such as financial freedom, starting and growing a business business, improved health, or winning at a sport.
What is the difference between between coaching, consulting, teaching, mentoring and councelling?
- Coaching – we help the client find their own answer (so they’re in charge). The client implements it, albeit with our help.
- Consulting – we complete a research / discovery phase and give the client the answer. We may be asked to implement it.
- Teaching – we tell the client the answer.
- Mentoring – we’ve been there before and the client can learn from our experience.
- Counselling – helping clients resolve experiences that they had in the past, where those experiences are negatively impacting them in the present.
While an NLP coach will mostly using coaching, they will include other interentions in order tohelp them help their clients the most.
Choosing the right coaching clients?
In any coaching engagement there are (at least) three key influencers:
- the client,
- the environment, and
- the coach.
It’s important to acknowledge the importance of the environment. The environment can undo the benefits of being coached, so I often coach our clients to create an environment that supports any change they want to make. This means the client not only benefits from the coaching, but has those benefits reinforced by their environment.
The coach is important, however, the attitude of the client can be even more important. In our view the client needs at least a touch of:
- openness/honesty, and
In addition the following states are useful for anyone working with NLP:
- tenderness, and
As well as all this, the client needs to accept ownership and commit to a certain amount of time, energy and focus to achieve what they want.
Being coached requires effort and persistence, however the rewards can be significant and genuinely life changing.
Why do some coaching clients give up? How can we reduce this?
Marshall Goldsmith, one of the very top businesses coaches, has identified a number of reasons why clients sometimes give up.
- Ownership. The client doesn’t take ownership of the problem/challenge and the search for an effective solution.
- Time. While some interventions are very fast, others take time and follow up. The client need the persistence to stick with it.
- Difficulty. Ambitious goals, such as setting up a successful business or winning a gold medal, aren’t always easy.
- Distractions. We live in a distracted world. Ambitions require focus.
- Rewards. We’re in a world of instant results. Our client may have incorrect expectations of the practise required.
- Maintenance. Clients may not accept that high performance requires maintenance.
We can reduce the odds of a client giving up by ensuring they realise the true value to them of what they want to achieve, and giving them a realistic expectation of what is required from them right from the start.
We need the client to fully ‘buy in’ to the programme, the benefit they’ll get, and the action they need to commit to. Clients need a certain amount of ambition, courage, openness and discipline to succeed. We can’t do this for them them, however NLP has a number of approaches to help them develop these characteristics.
NLP has many approaches to help our clients connect with their values and purpose, and in doing so reduce the chances of them giving up. I’ve found that when they connect to what they really want, commit to doing what is required, and take a realistic view of their own responsibilities – they may be surprised by how quickly they start achieving what they want.
It’s an active relationship. The client needs to choose the coach, and the coach needs to choose the client.
Interested in coaching or coaching training?
Useful Coaching links:
- NLP coaching model
- Beginning frame
- States and anchors
- End goals and direction
- NLP Meta Model – where are you now
- Getting to there
- Mental rehearsal
- End frame