Understanding And Using The Milton Model 5: Deletions

As well as Distortions and Generalisations, there’s another type of Milton Model pattern that we can class as ‘Deletions’. Why deletions? Because some information has been left out or at least left deliberately vague. In order to make sense of something that’s left vague or has some information omitted altogether, the listener has to fill […]

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 […]

Book Review: The NLP Activist by Richard Bolstad

Very occasionally an NLP book is published that it’s possible to get really excited about – this is one of them (the last one that caught my imagination in this way was Andrew Austin’s The Rainbow Machine, published a whole 10 years ago). I can imagine three audiences who will benefit from reading this book: […]

How To Tune Up Your Team’s Performance Using Levels Of Change

You can use the Levels of Change model (also known as ‘Logical Levels’ or ‘Neuro-Logical Levels’) to tune up the performance of a team, by asking the team members to consider the team in the light of the different levels. Here are some example questions for each level. Try this with your own team, or […]

We Are Terrible At Thinking About The Future. This Is A Bad Thing, But Here’s How To Get Better

A recent article by Jane McGonigal of the Institute for the Future in Slate magazine points out that the further out in the future you try to imagine your own life, the more that future self feels like a stranger – someone you don’t know and consequently don’t care about. This effect harms both ourselves […]

Emotional Intelligence And NLP: How They Are Related

Many people still think that emotions just get in the way of rational decision-making, and that they have no value in the modern workplace. It’s true that if someone isn’t managing their emotions, and they’re erupting with anger all the time they are at work, that could be disruptive to work with. At the same time, […]

Levels of Change In Organisations

How does the Levels of Change (also known as “Logical Levels” or even “Neuro-Logical Levels) model relate to organisations and businesses? (Note: this article follows on from Levels Of Change: The NLP ‘Logical Levels’ Model and The NLP ‘Logical Levels’ Model: Questions For Each Level) For me, the relevance of the levels of change model to business […]