This video introduces strategies in NLP.

In exploring strategies, we recreate the sequence we go through in performing actions, big and small. In NLP, we include our internal sensory experience (state management, anchoring etc.) within these strategies.

Not only do people have strategies for success, but also, for failure. Panic attacks, for example, can have a step-by-step build-up that always involves the same thoughts and observations (and so, they can be disrupted.)

Strategies are usually below the level of our conscious awareness.

As an example of a successful strategy, someone who enjoys presenting may have a strategy like this :

  1. Notice who is already smiling.
  2. Feel encouraged by it.
  3. Project this good feeling to the whole audience.

Whereas someone who hates presenting may, unknowingly, do the reverse:

  1. Look for someone who looks disinterested or critical.
  2. Feel bad.
  3. Reflect that feeling back on the audience.

By recognizing the the pivot-points in strategies, and copying the successful inner strategies of others, we can significantly improve our performance.


Suggested Exercises.

Think about something you do frequently -it could be as simple as cleaning your teeth. Write out the sequence of what has to happen for you to feel: Ok, I’ve done it.

Think of a reaction or habit that you would like to change. Break it down into as minute detail as possible. What is the smallest change that would completely disrupt the chain of events that would normally follow?

Now, think about something you want to improve and write out the sequence of the steps you currently take. What are the trigger points? What are some simple things you could change that would give you a better results?

How senses appear in our memories and imagination.

NLP Strategies help us find out what people do to get the results they get. We can improve them and share what we’ve learnt. They are a part of the NLP Modelling process.

We’re particularly interested in the sometimes neglected sequence in which sensory information presents itself when we imagine and recall past events. This includes our internal thoughts, the pictures we see, what we say to ourselves, and what we feel, as well as what is going on in the outside world.

We can use symbols to record our findings:

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Useful questions to elicit strategies (they may be repeated several times).

“What happened before that?”

“What happened next?”

“What does that mean?”

“Tell me more?”

“How do you know?”

Using this approach, we can identify the triggers and anchors that will encourage or discourage specific behaviours.


Suggested Exercise.

Chose a behaviour that you want to change.

  1. Work out the sequence you go through to achieve that behaviour.
  2. Identify the triggers that encourage the behaviour.
  3. Make some small changes to your strategy so that you get a more useful result.
    • For example, if we want to try eating more healthily, we may have a trigger that when we see a chocolate trifle that we’re drawn to eat it. We want to change the result of the trigger and, for example, drink a glass of water instead.
  4. Future pace. Imagine that some time in the future when we see a trifle we hesitate, smile, and then drink a glass of water.
  5. Test it.  Purposely find a trifle and see how easy it is to drink a glass of water instead.


The next section is Profiles. Our preferences in how we think and act.


KEY NLP Techniques Section Index

NLP Techniques 1: Introduction
NLP Techniques 2: Beliefs
NLP Techniques 3: Values
NLP Techniques 4: Perceptual positions
NLP Techniques 5: Senses ans Sub-modalities
LP Techniques 6: Strategies
NLP Techniques 7: Profiles
NLP techniques 8: Time and timeline
NLP Techniques 9: Hypnosis and meditation
NLP Techniques 10: Storytelling
NLP Techniques 11: Modelling
NLP Techniques 12: Fast phobia cure
NLP Techniques 13. Progressive dissociation
NLP Techniques 14. Six step re-framing
NLP Techniques 15. Swish
NLP Techniques 16. Visual Squash
NLP Techniques 17. Summary


NLP Techniques | Strategies

NLP Techniques | Strategies