experience more enthusiasm, confidence or inner peace?
be more successful at work?
be able to learn from those who already display the skills and strategies of excellence
and well-being that you would like?
enhance your life in almost any area?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) offers all this and more!
"NLP is the study of excellence and how to reproduce it”
John Grinder, co-founder of NLP
In a world of change, more and more people are realising that their success, satisfaction
and fulfilment in life, personally and professionally, can be influenced by themselves
and that the skills to achieve this can be learnt. And, when it comes to the field
of personal and interpersonal skills development, NLP is at the cutting edge. NLP
offers powerful yet simple and practical step-by-step methods for developing your
skills in communication, self-awareness and personal development. NLP can be used
for achieving positive results in almost any area of human experience.
By training in NLP the competency, self-knowledge and self-confidence you develop
gives you the freedom of choice to create your life as you would like it to be.
“NLP is an attitude and methodology that leaves behind a trail of techniques”
Richard Bandler, co-founder of NLP.
The attitude from which NLP grew, and continues to grow, is one of curiosity, experimentation
and openness to learning and perceiving the world in new ways.
The methodology of NLP is modelling - the study of someone's patterns of behaviour,
both externally, in terms of actions, language and physiology, and internally in
terms of beliefs, values and thought processes, so as to be able to elegantly change
or duplicate it.
The part of NLP for which it is usually best known is the trail of techniques which
the modelling process created. Some of the better known applications include the
‘10 minute phobia cure’, methods for rapidly overcoming habits, questioning skills,
influencing skills, ‘instant rapport’, walking on fire, the ‘good spelling strategy’
and an ‘effective meetings format’.
More important than the techniques though, are the underlying traits inherent in
recognition that everyone is unique and different;
awareness of what is going on, in ourselves and others;
the ability to learn from what is happening and to respond with choice and wisdom;
the belief that we all have unused potential;
the belief that by building on the resources we and others have, and by focusing
on the desired results, we can achieve more of what we want and become more of who
we want to be.
NLP offers an abundance of practical ways for changing and empowering one-self, and
respectfully communicating with, and influencing, others.
The name NLP describes the interconnectedness of our neurological processes (Neuro)
to language (Linguistic) and that these processes have a particular organisation
(Programming) that affects our behaviour.
"The most powerful tools, that I know of, for defining human needs and being able
to fill those needs quickly and elegantly come from the technology known as NLP."
A Brief History of NLP
NLP developed from the innovative work of Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the
early 1970s. They were fascinated with how some therapists could consistently achieve
outstanding results in an almost magical way. The best known people whose skills
they modelled, were Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir (Family Therapy)
and Milton Erickson (Hypnotherapy). They were also influenced by the systems thinker
Gregory Bateson. They and their students/fellow researchers then utilised the fundamental
communication skills they had learned from these studies to model examples of excellence
in many other fields, especially business, education, health care, sport and personal
development. Since the early days Bandler, Grinder and their students and followers
have developed their own styles and specialisations. Frank Daniels has studied with
many of the developers including Bandler and Grinder, Robert Dilts, Connirae Andreas,
Wyatt Woodsmall and Anthony Robbins. Frank Daniels Associates is one of the longest
established NLP training organisations in Britain.
Who Benefits From Learning NLP
A wide variety of people including: business people (from executives to receptionists),
health care professionals, educators, social workers, trainers, counsellors, students,
hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, lawyers, doctors, musicians, sales people, and
parents. In fact anyone who wants to work with others more effectively and anyone
who wants to more effectively work on themselves.
If you are interested in enhancing your life, personally or professionally, you can
benefit from learning NLP.
The following are examples of organisations who have either sponsored individuals
on our open courses or who have had In-house NLP training from us:
Amtico, British Gas, BT, DfEE, Egg, Inland Revenue, Leicestershire County Council,
Nottingham Treasury, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Police Chief Staff Training College,
The Post Office, Rank Xerox, Sheffield Hallam University, W.H.Smith, Toyota, Birmingham
City Council, Nottimgham NHS Trust.
"NLP could be the most important synthesis of knowledge about human communication
to emerge since the sixties."
Good introductory books are:
Introducing Neuro-Linguistic Programming, by J. O'Connor and J. Seymour. Comprehensive
and down-to-earth, written in a British, straightforward style.
Unlimited Power, by A. Robbins. How to have 'unlimited power' in your life using
NLP. Inspirational and American.
NLP The New Technology of Achievement, by Steve Andreas. Clearly written with emphasis
on personal development. A step by step guide to achieving peak performance in life.
NLP at Work, by Sue Knight, Clear, readable and comprehensive work. NLP applied to
Influencing with Integrity, by Genie Labourde. Long-standing classic of NLP applied
to the business world.
All are available from most book shops.
Note for Newcomers
If you are new to NLP then reading about it, here, or in one of the many books available
can give you some idea of what it is about. However, as the person who had only read
or heard about delicious food discovered when eating it for the first time, there
is a big difference between a description and the actual experience. The most direct
way to experience NLP is to attend some training.