The Six Step Reframe: Practical NLP Podcast 55

A useful way to look at ‘problem’ behaviours is to remember there is a positive intention behind them. Separating the intention from the results (which may be unwanted) opens up the possibility of change without ‘resistance’. John Grinder’s ‘Six Step Reframe’ process is an elegant format that uses this principle. You can use this format […]

The Coolest Meta Model Question You’ve Never Seen Before

Well you probably won’t have seen it in the context of the Meta Model anyway. Apologies for the attention-grabbing headline by the way, but I was *very* impressed with this question and I think you will be too. (For non-NLP trained readers, the ‘Meta Model’ is a venerable guide to a set of language patterns […]

What does it mean to focus on ‘structure’ rather than ‘content’ in NLP?

This article was prompted by the above question from one of my readers, a trainer based in Iran. In NLP we are told that they best way to solve a problem, whether it’s a problem that someone would bring to therapy, or the kind of problem that occurs in a work team, is to focus […]

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 35: The Meta Model part 1 – Distortions

In this week’s podcast we start exploring the set of magic questions called the ‘Meta Model’, which help you to uncover missing information, challenge generalisations, and straighten out distortions. These questions are going to be ultra-useful to you in all kinds of contexts therapy, coaching, business, and not least in your own personal development and aspects […]

Therapy Tips For Time Line Emotional Clearing

Here are some therapy tips for making clearing emotional clearing on the time line even more effective. Note: unless you have trained in Time Line Therapy (or a similar process like Time-Based Techniques), this post probably won’t mean much to you! I trained in Time Line Therapy (the trademarked Tad James version) when I was […]

Practical NLP 23: Unpacking The Swish Pattern

Following on from episode 22, which guided you through the NLP Swish pattern, this week we unpack it to see the nuts and bolts that you need to get right to make it work. We also look at how to adapt the Swish for use in informal business and training contexts (thanks to Peter Freeth […]

Practical NLP 22: The Swish Pattern

Now that we’re getting familiar with submodalities (you may want to listen to the podcasts about visual submodalities, dealing with the ‘inner critic’, and ‘mapping across‘ if you haven’t already), here’s a powerful changework intervention that uses them – the Swish Pattern. The Swish is great for defusing the environmental triggers for unwanted emotional responses or […]

Andy Austin – Metaphors of Movement at the Manchester Business NLP Group part 2

Here’s the second and final part of the evening that Andrew T Austin, author of the excellent book The Rainbow Machine, did for the Manchester Business NLP and EI Group in July 2009. Lots of good stuff here for therapists, coaches, and anyone interested in personal development and how the mind works. Students of Clean […]

Practical NLP 21: Mapping Across Submodalities

This week, ‘Mapping Across’, a simple NLP submodality technique that will help if you like a particular food too much and want to be able to leave it alone – or, more generally, if you want to move from a particular state to something more resourceful (e.g. confusion to confidence that you will understand). I […]