Understanding And Using The Milton Model 4: Generalisations

Another set of Milton Model patterns can be classed as ‘Generalisations’. These are statements about the world, or about relationships between things, which are spoken as if they are true. We can use the questions in the Meta Model to ‘challenge’ or at least investigate these statements it they are not helpful, but in the […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 3: Distortions

Many of the patterns in the Milton Model are just Meta Model patterns ‘in reverse’ – chunking up for abstraction and vagueness, rather than questions drilling down to specifics. This article considers the patterns we can class as ‘Distortions’. Mind Reads And I know you remember that ‘mind reading’ in NLP describes when someone is […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 2: What It Is And Why You Need To Know About It

Introduction to the Milton Model In episodes 35, 36, and 37 of the Practical NLP Podcast we learned the Meta Model questions for getting more specific and for, if you will, ‘challenging’ vagueness. Now it’s time to go the other way – communicating at higher levels, vaguer, more abstract levels of the Hierarchy of Ideas […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 1: The Hierarchy Of Ideas (‘Chunking’)

The ‘Hierarchy of Ideas’ is something you need to get your head round before you can really understand how NLP language patterns work. Luckily it’s easy to understand. The concept is to do with how abstract or specific your language is, which of course indicates where on the spectrum between overall ‘big picture’ and fine-grained […]

Three Easy Ways To Generate Embedded Suggestions

‘Embedded suggestions’ are suggestions to the listener’s unconscious mind, embedded within a longer sentence that on the surface may be saying something quite different. Embedded suggestions are a concept borrowed from the hypnotic techniques of the ‘father of indirect hypnosis’, Milton Erickson. If you subtly emphasise some parts of a sentence (by tone, or pausing, […]

Peter Capaldi’s Message To Bereaved Boy With Autism: NLP Language Pattern Analysis

Dr Who actor Peter Capaldi’s heartwarming video message to a child with autism who had lost his grandmother has been all over the internet this week, and rightly so. If you’ve not heard about it, here’s a report from The Guardian which is representative of the many that appeared in the English-speaking press. Thomas, who is an avid […]

Metaphors: Practical NLP Podcast 44

This week’s podcast is a quick guide to how metaphors are used in NLP and how to create them. Featuring: How metaphor is fundamental to how we think and express ourselves Why an angry person is like a volcano and a relationship is like a journey How talking about hummingbirds could resolve a conflict with […]

Practical NLP Podcast 43: Milton Model part 5

The final part in our epic series on the Milton Model covers some patterns with offputting names! But they are easier to understand and use than the names would suggest. So find out about: Examples of ‘Switching Referential Index’ you can actually use How to make the ‘Selectional Restriction Violation’ feel more user-friendly And of […]

Practical NLP Podcast 42: Milton Model 4 – Embedded Suggestions

Continuing with our exploration of the Milton Model and how to use it, this episode covers ’embedded suggestions’ – a way of embedding a word or phrase within a longer sentence that your listener’s unconscious mind will hear as a suggestion, without their conscious mind noticing. This is useful for changework and coaching, for encouraging […]

Practical NLP Podcast 40: Milton Model part 3 – Ambiguities

This week we go deeper into the Milton Model, considering Pacing, Utilisation and Ambiguities. Includes: How to communicate directly to the unconscious mind so the conscious mind doesn’t notice How to use ‘pacing’ to influence a meeting Four types of ambiguity … and some funny newspaper headlines Listen and/or subscribe to this podcast via iTunes […]