NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming
NLP is short for Neuro Linguistic Programming.
NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s, though much of their work drew from earlier developments in hypnotherapy by Milton H. Erickson, as well as work by Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls.
Since the 1970s NLP has steadily grown in usage, with various organizations seeing its value. From a coaching perspective the linguistic patterns, especially from the NLP Master Practitioner level have been credited by many for their rapid changes. With 93% of coaching clients finding that significant issues such as grief, unworthiness and victimhood (acceptance of abuse) disappear within 4 hours of coaching.
NLP pairs well with other techniques including Time-Lime Therapy and hypnosis in various situations, helping to bring about rapid lasting change in those involved.
What Is NLP?
What is neuro linguistic programming? In literal form neuro linguistic programming is working with the unconscious mind through use of specific language patterns in order to change the programming which runs a person’s life.
There are various layers within the mind, with many people being aware that they have a conscious mind within which their thinking occurs, such as what they wish to do, where they are going to go, or how they will do something. While their unconscious mind runs their body and does its best to automate many tasks, breathing, beating your heart and so on.
Within your unconscious mind there are further layers, going through thoughts, experiences, belief structures into values at the deepest level.
NLP works through the various levels, right down into your core values for the most powerful and wide reaching effects.
What Is NLP Good For?
NLP has been widely demonstrated as being good for virtually everything since being first used in the 1970s.
Commonly NLP helps people achieve improvements in life and business through use as a mindset change tool. Releasing old limiting beliefs that held people back, with NLP practitioners then helping their coaching clients install fresh empowering beliefs, which help them achieve the results they desire with a degree of ease.
NLP has also been helpful in helping people improve their physical health, again through bringing about changes within the mindset in terms of what is possible with healing.
Core to all these things is the level of skill of those using the NLP techniques themselves. Level of skill in terms of certification is a good clue as to how skilled a coach or therapist is with NLP, though not all NLP Practitioners or Master Practitioners are equal, some are far better than others.
If you can think of a result you wish to achieve, or a problem you wish to get rid of from your life or business, NLP can likely be very helpful.
NLP techniques vary from being incredibly simple, to very complex.
All NLP techniques require one common factor when being used, precision.
As with all techniques it is largely the precision of their use which influences results gained. In tandem with this sits the mindset of the NLP practitioner using the techniques.
“Not not” patterns and double negatives can be very simple to employ. The can shake up belief structures, causing coachees to re-evaluate their model of the world, from which empowering belief structures can then be installed.
Going through NLP cartesian coordinates requires far higher precision though, with only those who are highly skilled in NLP being able to do it on the fly with clients. Speed of employment of NLP techniques is important, so high skill levels make a real difference. Especially with higher levels of techniques such as with the Master Practitioner level.
There is a wide gulf between how Practitioner level and Master Practitioner level NLP techniques work.
At NLP practitioner level techniques can be lengthy, with various steps to them, often requiring a degree of setup and time. With various techniques such as SWISH patterns often taking up to 15 minutes for various practitioners to use in helping their clients.
At NLP Master Practitioner level many of the Practitioner level skills are condensed to single sentence linguistic techniques, thus transitioning NLP to the level of conversational change. Something Milton H. Erikson was famed for.
That ability to condense techniques from the Practitioner level into single short sentences in numerous cases is what gives Master Practitioner level NLP techniques such incredible power. They can be woven seamlessly into conversation, often without the client being aware of what is happening, yet still receiving great benefit.
While at times this can yield big life changes which are consciously noticeable for coaching clients, often those receiving just transition so smoothly that they are rarely aware of their own internal changes.
Conversational change means that those life changing techniques from NLP can slip past most filters which people have protecting their mindset, which is good. It facilitates more effective mindset change. People often drop their defenses when listening to music, or watching TV, unfortunately allowing various negative, or disempowering messages to be assimilated by their mindset. Then when in conversation, their defenses are usually up, causing limited change from what is being discussed.
When creating life change, adapting a mindset for success, being able to bypass defenses so that the person can be empowered on the deepest level, is something which brings that person huge benefit.
NLP training is available in many countries, certainly in most major cities.
As with all things, including coaching, it has to be noted that not all NLP training is equal. There are some incredibly good NLP Master Trainers who lead classes that truly excel. While other trainers leave their students with limiting beliefs which affect both themselves and those they work with.
If you are planning on getting NLP training finding and then studying with the best is advisable. Online Coaching Coach recommends The Performance Partnership in London, David Shephard is an incredible NLP Master Trainer who induces magical results with his students.
As mentioned above there are some key differences between NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner, knowing your purpose for studying neuro linguistic programming prior to booking your training course is wise. For many NLP Practitioner level is good enough, giving grounding which helps with communication, negotiation and dealing with various situations. NLP Master Practitioner is good when you are planning on using neuro linguistic programming within therapy or coaching sessions that you facilitate. NLP Master Practitioner can also be very useful for high level negotiators.
Usually, NLP Practitioner courses are around 7 – 10 days in length, with NLP Master Practitioner training being around 14 days often with a day off in the middle.
Those are just the live parts of training though. There is much pre-study to be done.
Doing both NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner levels can require as much study as is required for some Bachelors Degrees. While the in class part of courses may seem short, they are very intense. With pre-study being far from optional, that pre-study for courses is essential.
There are four levels of NLP Certification:
- NLP Practitioner
- NLP Master Practitioner
- NLP Trainer
- NLP Master Trainer
Each level brings different degrees of skill and depth of understanding. Though the core NLP techniques only vary from NLP Practitioner to NLP Master Practitioner, beyond which it all becomes about how skilled the person being certified is in teaching others to use those skills effectively.
NLP certification varies between training organizations and membership bodies.
If you are planning on doing an NLP certification please ensure that your trainer operates a requirement of 100% correct answers for all tests in order to pass and certify. If you students are unable to use various neuro linguistic programming techniques correctly they can be limited in their ability to help people achieve results. At worst they could even cause greater issues.
Neuro linguistic programming causes changes within mindset, these then have effect on personality, relationships, thus all of life.
So for anyone using NLP techniques, ensure you can use them properly, thus can generate properly empowering results in those seeking change.
NLP Practitioner Near Me?
There are many skilled NLP practitioners around the world. You may be fortunate enough to have one near you. Most highly skilled NLP Master Practitioners, coaches and therapists choose to work in major population centers. So it can be challenging to find an NLP practitioner near you.
Thanks to Skype, Zoom and other such applications, along with mobile technology, having your NLP practitioner near you is unnecessary now.
Organisations such as Online Coaching Coach connect people worldwide with highly skilled NLP practitioners for coaching sessions.
Focusing on finding an NLP practitioner could limit your results. Find the best NLP practitioner that you can, and see if they do online sessions so that you can receive the benefit of high level neuro linguistic programming wherever you are.