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Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a way of thinking, and a set of skills which produce effective behaviours. These skills have been researched from, and mirror the characteristics of ethically influential communicators. NLP Practitioners use these easy to understand skills to generate creative thinking, better focus, quality decisions, enhanced productivity, and the confidence to make things happen.
NLP is an approach to understanding ‘how’ we get the results ‘we’ experience. My use of the word ‘we’ means you, I, and anyone else. NLP is about how we understand ourselves, others and our behaviours which generate the results we experience in life. The ‘field’ of NLP consists of a range of models and skills which when learnt, increase personal and professional effectiveness.
The letters ‘NLP’ simply relate to:
‘N’ for Neurology I.E Our nervous system with which we process ‘sensory’ based information. That simply means that we process what we see, hear, feel, smell and taste into experience. The fascinating thing is that because we all do this slightly differently, each of us come to experience the same reality, differently.
‘L’ for Linguistics I.E. How we convert sensory based experience and memories into words. We use the words to share (communicate) our interpretation of reality. This explains why we are often surprised when other people don’t see things the same way we do.
‘P’ for programming I.E. The fact that over time, we have become ‘programmed’ to automatically repeat certain behaviours. Some of these programmes are useful, some less so, others undermine our potential. The good news is that if we can become programmed, then we can re-programme ourselves to deliver the behaviours that get the results we want.
So NLP is very much about how we understand ourselves and others. How we communicate our understanding and ideas with others. And how we can manage those unconscious ‘programs’ that drive our behaviours.
A simple yet concise explanation of NLP would be this. “NLP is the study of excellence”
Given that NLP represents the “study of the structure of subjective experience”, it’s hardly surprising that there are many definitions and explanations as to what constitutes NLP. Truth is, NLPs a very diverse field that draws upon many other fields such as the behavioural sciences, linguistics, etc.
Perhaps I should explain what’s meant by the term “the study of the structure of subjective experience”. The simple explanation is that NLP seeks to understand the “structure” of how each of us perceives the same event in a way that is unique to each person. This is important, because behaviour is our response to the meaning we attach to the events that happen outside of us.
So what do we mean by using the word “structure” in this context. Structure refers to many of the things we process outside of the level of conscious awareness. By that I simply mean that we are processing and considering much more, than we are consciously aware off. The “things” (wonderful term) I am referring to include previous experiences, beliefs, emotional states, values, language patterns, stimuli that drive behaviours, habits and many other factors that influence our moment by moment behaviour and the consequential results.
Let’s turn this level of explanation into a practical example. Say someone consistently does something outstandingly well - relative to average performers. In this situation, you could use NLP skills to unpack the ‘structure’ and sequencing of their behaviour, replicate it yourself, and teach it to others. This approach is based upon the skills of what we call ‘modelling’. Modelling lies at the heart of NLP and its subsequential evolution.
NLP places equal importance on how we communicate within ourselves, and with others. You may have noticed how you spend a fair amount of time thinking things through by talking to yourself. Research has shown that highly effective people share certain language patterns which differ from others that have yet to develop these patterns. And yet language is just one of many areas in which learning NLP reveals the secrets of excellent communicators and influencers. People with vision, clarity of thought, and the ability to manage their emotional state and behaviour in order to consistently get their outcome, in a very ethical manner. NLP truly is, “The study of Excellence”.
If you like combining fun, amazing insights and confusion you will love it. You will find it helpful to be open to discovering and exploring new things, new approaches and simply seeing, hearing and feeling things from a very different perspective.
NLP has become popular for one simple reason. It produces results. People hear of it, read about it, become curious, want more, book on a course, experience the benefits, and tell others about it.
As NLP is all about how we do what we do, it’s a very practical field to learn. By that I mean you learn it by doing it. Your tutor will introduce a topic, demonstrate it, provide clear instructions on what to do, put you into small groups to do it, take feedback on what you learnt from the doing, finishing off with questions and how, when and where you can use it in the real world after your training. This is the explanation of the term “experimental learning”.
Learning NLP is a little like setting off on a rather exciting journey for the first time. It’s full of surprises, fun and a sense of adventure. Along the way you discover all manner of things about yourself as well as others. Many will find this journey to be unlike any you have set out on before, because it never finishes. There is always something else to discover, learn, understand, perceive and experience differently.
Others will simply want to take certain skills and apply them in a particular situation to get a particular result. For many this works really well and explains the phrase “NLP is like a box of tools and techniques”. Yet professional NLP companies will agree that NLP is so ‘much more’ than that. For those that truly learn and master NLP, you will come to recognise that the power comes through the collective functioning of the whole. i.e. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” - Aristotle
So to conclude, regardless of your reasons for wanting to learn NLP, you will almost certainly discover more than you thought you would, have more fun than you ever previously imagined possible on a training programme, and have sown the seeds for change and growth that offer the potential to incrementally accelerate both your personal and professional journey. NLP - for the journey!
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