NLP OVERVIEW

NLP, (neuro linguistic programming), is a collection of tools and techniques for the mind that develop mental agility.  They are easy to learn and can be used in everyday situations.  People who want to learn NLP are people who want to increase the control they have over their thoughts, their emotions, their behaviour, their attitude, and their state of mind in a way that gives them freedom of thought over their environment.

For example, in competition, in sport, in situations where performing at your best requires mental as well as physical control.  Equally in the workplace and in personal relationships, mental resilience, emotional control and calm assertiveness are the qualities that lead to the most effective outcomes.

People who don’t have these abilities find their thoughts and emotions are uncontrollably affected by events and experiences and people in their surroundings.  They are ‘at effect’ and may find it difficult to switch-off or to change particular trains of thought once they have started and this can limit choice, and ultimately personal effectiveness.

NLP techniques are taken from the behavioural and social sciences and are used in many walks of life to increase choice and effectiveness.   In sport they are used for mental preparation and control to enhance performance.  In particular professional golfers, tennis players, cricketers and athletes have benefited from mental preparation and most sports people would agree that the difference between winning and loosing is in the mind.  The same can be said in business, of commercial success and leadership.  Successful people for example hold beliefs that would differentiate them from others and this can be seen in their attitude.  The ability to deal with pressure and not let it become stress is a mental process that can be taught, as is building tolerance and an acceptance of others. Overcoming trauma, fears, compulsions, and so on are all techniques for the mind and NLP can be applied to all of this.

The techniques taught under NLP take practice, and over time will develop from being a series of techniques into being a positive attitide and a methodology that gives behavioural flexibility – the ability to choose your mindset, your attitude and your response and approach to situations.  For many people, me included, this process has been transformational.

The NLP qualification route begins with the Diploma (4 days) moves on to the Practitioner (a further 12 days) and then Master Practitioner (a further 16 days). These courses are available as an open route covering a wide range of personal development areas, or as a Business Communications route which is specifically focussed on business applications.  All courses are externally accredited by INLPTA (www.inlpta.co.uk)

Further details on each of these courses can be found on the accompanying menu.