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These are the key NLP books we recommend for our practitioner, master practitioner and coach practitioner certification.

We all have our own preferences when it comes to NLP books. These are some of my personal favorites.

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The Ultimate Introduction to NLP

This an easy to read introduction to NLP, told through the eyes of an attendee at a seminar.  The book gives practical tools to change and develop our lives.

The Ultimate Introduction to Nlp: How To Build A Successful Life: The Secret to Living Life Happily. Trade Paperback

NLP: The New Technology of Achievement

NLP: The New Technology of Achievement














Magic in Practice

Magic in Practice: Introducing Medical NLP: The Art and Science of Language in Healing and Health

This is an excellent book about NLP and health written by Richard and Garner Thomson. It’s the official handbook for the ‘Society of Medical NLP’.

Monsters & Magical Sticks

Monsters and Magical Sticks: There’s No Such Thing As Hypnosis?

One of my favourite hypnosis books. Written delightfully hypnotically.

Monsters and Magical Sticks: There's No Such Thing As Hypnosis? by [Steven Heller, Terry Lee Steele, Joyce C. Mills, Richard J. Crowley, Robert Anton Wilson]

Richard Bandler’s Guide to Trance-formation

Richard Bandler’s Guide to Trance-formation: Make Your Life Great (Book with downloadable content)

Next Generation Entrepreneurs

Great NLP and business book.

Next Generation Entrepreneurs: Live Your Dreams and Create a Better World Through Your Business (Success Factor Modeling): 1

The Hero’s Journey

The hero’s journey: A Voyage of Self Discovery

Transcript of a Robert Dilts and Stephen Gilligan seminar. The Hero’s journey is a great metaphor for the challenges and opportunities we all face in life. Great for self discovery and change.

The Master Seducer’s Handbook 

The Master Seducer’s Handbook: Secrets of the Art of Smooth Seduction

I was surprised how good this book is, both for seduction (yes really) and hypnosis.

The Master Seducer's Handbook: Secrets of the Art of Smooth Seduction by [John Cliff]

Presenting Magically

Presenting Magically: Transforming Your Stage Presence With NLP

Practical and effective book on NLP and presenting. A very good practical application of NLP.

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Recommended Non NLP Books


Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine

A journey and learning through all the approaches to lead a fulfilled life through Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Epicureans, the Stoics, Christianity, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the romantics, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud up to today.

I found it really useful. Compliments NLP really well.

The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

Written by psychiatrist Howard C Cutler based on conversations with the Dalai Lama, great compliment to the Derren Brown book. Appreciate more what we already have as well  as what we still want. Life includes pain and suffering, develop the disciplines to make these easier to deal with, happiness is our birthright if we work for it.

A very practical book.


Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits: The life-changing million copy bestseller

Developing great habits that are useful and reducing the ones that are less useful for us is a great way of moving forward ….

Brain Reboot

Brain Reboot: A Change of Mind Will Change Your Brain

Keep up to date on the latest neuroscience, see how it fits and complements NLP.

Brain Reboot: A Change of Mind Will Change Your Brain by [Dr. Justin James Kennedy, Marshall Goldsmith, Frank Wagner]


Rip It Up

Rip It Up: Forget positive thinking, it’s time for positive action by Richard Wiseman (2015-01-15)

Taking action is a great way to encourage personal change. This book gives some practical actions that we can all take.


By Mark Williams Mindfulness A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World Includes / Paperback 5 May 2011

MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It’s the kind of happiness that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage.

The Hero Within

Hero Within – Rev. & Expanded Ed.: Six Archetypes We Live By (Revised & Expanded Edition)

A book developed from Jungian archetypes. The innocent, the orphan, the wanderer, the warrior, the altruist and finally (after revisiting innocence) the magician. Fits well with the hero’s journey. Great for self discovery and change.

Self Compassion

Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

How we relate to ourselves is key to our success and fulfilment. This book gives us a roadmap.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

While outcomes are a useful concept, systems get us results. A great book on developing success systems. Direction + Success System = Results.

Win Bigly

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter

How Trump won. A book that explores hypnotic principles and how we can significantly become more influential when we use them. (Assuming we want to!)

Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America


We can get caught up in our own mental prison due to mental bias and a number of other very natural processes. (And the media often encourages this ‘loser’ thinking.) This make us losers opposed to winners. Scott Adams gives us some approaches to thinking more appropriately and  break out to personal freedom. Scott also gives some strong reasons to be optimistic about the future.

The Luck Factor

The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind

A practical (and research based) approach to increasing our luck.

Predatory Thinking: A Masterclass in Out-thinking the Competition

Predatory Thinking

‘A brilliant advertising copywriter and a great team leader. His ideas are equally applicable to writing a novel, making a film, launching a product, managing a football team, instituting life changes and any activity you can imagine. Genius’ –  Sunday Times

Trade Mindfully

Trade Mindfully: Achieve Your Optimum Trading Performance with Mindfulness and Cutting-Edge Psychology (Wiley Trading)

Overcome psychological obstacles to increase trading success Successful traders need to be well-versed and skilled in a wide range of business and economic areas. But now, in addition to effective trading strategies and sound money management techniques, traders need to possess the know-how to handle the mental and emotional challenges of working in a highly volatile environment.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing (Second Edition)

Thinking in Bets

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts

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