An Exercise To Train Objective Observation

Here’s an exercise that I got from my colleague Elar Killumets’ ‘Clear Leadership’ course, modified slightly to introduce NLP distinctions. It would work extremely well early in an NLP Practitioner course or in an NLP practice group. Timing: 10 minutes altogether (can be longer, depending on the examples that come up and how you choose […]

Is The Idea Of ‘Genius’ Helpful? An NLP View

Note: this is a video from an NLP Master Practitioner course that I ran in about 2009. What follows is a tidied-up transcript. In Voltaire’s Candide, there’s a scene of a medical student being examined for his medical degree on the effectiveness of a sleeping draught. They’re asking the medical student what makes the sleeping […]

The Law of Attraction, Belief Systems And Waking Trances

Just in case you’ve never encountered the ‘Law of Attraction’ before, it’s a “New Thought” or (as the mainstream would think of it) new agey viewpoint popularised by the book and movie ‘The Secret’ which says that “people’s thoughts (both conscious and unconscious) dictate the reality of their lives, whether or not they’re aware of […]

Free Practical NLP e-book!

My well-reviewed little ebook Practical NLP: How to use NLP principles to improve your life and work, even if you’re not NLP trained is FREE today, tomorrow and Sunday! (8-10 February 2019) “I REALLY enjoyed this book! I’ve always had an interest in NLP, learning and using the techniques. In sales and in life, but […]

Introduction To NLP Anchoring 8: Chaining Anchors

Chaining anchors means building a chain or series of states that lead from a present state to a desired state. This is useful if the present state and the desired state are so different that it would be hard for the person to move from one to the other in one go. It’s particularly useful […]

Introduction To NLP Anchoring 7: State Elicitation

It’s worth saying something about how to elicit states in people, because this is one area that I think isn’t given enough attention in many NLP books and even courses. It’s important, because if the state isn’t strong, you’ve got nothing to anchor. The client might go through the motions because they think that’s what […]

Introduction To NLP Anchoring 6: Collapsing Anchors

My first experience of the powerful NLP technique known as ‘collapsing anchors’ was at an ‘Organisation Transformation’ retreat in Crete in the mid-90s. In fact it was the first time I had knowingly met an NLP Practitioner. On discovering that I was (at that time) a hypnotherapist, the NLP guy was keen to give me […]

Introduction To NLP Anchoring 5: The Circle Of Excellence

In the previous article in this series we covered the basics of how to set a resource anchor for yourself. That technique used just one resource state, but we can ‘stack’ resource states and bring in physical movement to feel even more powerful in situations you find challenging. Here’s how. This technique is called the […]

Can You Learn NLP From A Book (Or Online Course)?

A question that often comes up on NLP forums, especially those open to people who are just curious about NLP as well as NLP Practitioners, is: “Can you learn NLP from a book?” Often this gets a snarky reply, along the lines of “How dare you ask such a question, you ignorant newbie? Of course […]

Introduction To NLP Anchoring 4: How To Set A Resource Anchor For Yourself

Let’s set a resource anchor. Here are the step by step instructions (if you haven’t read the previous articles in this series, you may want to read those first). Step 1: What resource state would it be useful to you to have, any time you choose? Is it confidence, calmness, determination, curiosity, or what? Choose […]

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