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 […]

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 […]

Introduction To NLP Anchoring 3: How To Set An Anchor, Plus Key Success Tips

Four steps to Anchoring This is the overall outline of the anchoring process, without specifying any particular context, purpose, state, or stimulus. Step 1: Elicit a powerful desired state. Actually the best time to anchor a state when working with someone else is when the person is in that state naturally, but otherwise, or if […]

Introduction To NLP Anchoring 2: What Is Anchoring?

In which we find out how and why anchoring works, and look at some commonly occurring natural anchors you might find in everyday life. Definition of Anchoring “Anchoring refers to the tendency for any one element of an experience to bring back the entire experience. You have all had the experience of walking down the street and smelling something, and then suddenly you are back in another time and place. The […]

Introduction To NLP Anchoring 1: Identifying States You Want To Change

Let’s look at how the NLP method known as “anchoring” can help you manage your emotional state so that you can respond more appropriately and successfully in situations where you face challenges, and then go on to consider how you can use it to inspire, evoke, and manage emotions in others. Emotions change from moment […]

NLP: How To Improve Your Anchoring Skills

If you’re an NLP Practitioner, you’ll know how important continued practice is to keep your skills fresh and improve them. Here are some ideas for practicing anchoring and sharpening your anchoring skills: Make a list of the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and olfactory and gustatory anchors in your life. Use associated recall for resource anchors, dissociated review […]

What NLP Can Learn From Appreciative Inquiry

Recently I was interviewed by Robyn Stratton-Berkessel for her ‘Positivity Strategist’ podcast about the links between NLP and Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry, if you haven’t come across it before, is a method for bringing about change based on finding what’s working and building on it, rather than trying to analyse and fix problems. During the […]

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