The history of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is an interesting one. Simply put, NLP is a collection of communication, personal development, self help and analysis tools created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s.
Looking at google trends you will notice there has been some decline in the interest of NLP over the last few years, with the last major peak in 2013, here in Australia.
Some quick research and you will find two very distinct camps, when it comes to NLP. People that love it and 100% believe in it, then those that do not.
My suggestion to you, while you are on your personal development journey is…“Be like a sponge, take everything and squeeze out what doesn’t matter to you”. If you find something that works for you, use it. If you check out some of the NLP techniques and they do nothing for you, squeeze them out of your mind.
So why would some one be interested in NLP?
- They are interested in personal development
- They are looking for tools to implement changes in their life
- They are curious about how to understand others more effectively
- They want to improve their ability to read people
- They want to understand how better to communicate to others
What is NLP really about?
For me, it is ultimately a set of tools that enables you to make changes in your life, it helps you understand your self and others. It can covered by reading (a lot), attending courses, or be a coaching session you receive by a trained NLP practitioner.
Some of the tools or techniques you might learn about when studying NLP include:
- NLP Logical Levels
- Goal Setting
- Communication and behaviour Model
- Sensory Awareness
- Preliminary Assessment
- Representational Systems
- Eye Patterns
- The Behaviour Replacement Pattern
- Like to Dislike
- Neurological Repatterning & Precision Repatterning
- Linguistic Assumptions and Presuppositions
- Language of Specificity
- Hypnotic Language
- Anchoring (more here)
- State Elicitation
- Framing and Reframing
- Strategies (Eliciting Strategies)
- Time Streams (more here)
- Tips for successful learning
- Learning Barriers
- Inductive and deductive learning
- The Learning State
- Change Model
- 4-Mat Communication
- Effective Presentations
- Hierarchy of Ideas
- Advanced Metaphors
- New Thought Model
- Momentum Pattern
- Embedded Commands
- Intonation Patterns
- Values & Beliefs
- Advanced Reframing
- Meta Model III
- Language of Specificity
- Strategies Expanded
- Meta Programs
- Perceptual Positions
- Tailoring Linguistics
- Time Streams
- Stage anchoring
- Imbedded commands
- Multiple imbedded metapors
- Carisma Patterns
- Group Rapport
- Quantum Linguistics
- Bio Feedback
How do you learn NLP?
If you want to learn NLP, the majority of courses you will find in the world today are generally a 7 day face to face course, or an online, self paced course.
How is NLP used?
- People trained in NLP will offer NLP coaching, where they apply the tools to enable a person to make positive changes in their life
- Applied in business to enable people to make changes in organisations
- Effective delivery of training from a stage
- Help individuals break down personal barriers and build confidence
If you are curious about NLP, have more questions (that google is not answering for you) or think there is a technique that is missing from PDBOK, please reach out.