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NLP basics 4

How can NLP be useful to me?

People choose to learn NLP for many different reasons, and so one of the very first things we do is to ask you what would make the course the very best learning you had ever done. There are two extremely good reasons for doing this. The first is perhaps obvious, its so that we can understand what you really want to gain from your learning, and tailor the course accordingly. The second is based on NLP itself, its so that throughout your learning you are going to be following your goal, always moving towards the thing you want, listening out for all the aspects that meet your criteria.

NLP is taught using the principles of NLP. You begin goal setting, anchoring, communicating using different representational systems, right from the very start. The courses are designed to set you up to succeed. And really importantly you learn most of all about yourself. Feedback from students that this is universally the thing they found most surprising and infinitely useful. Sometimes is not about how you go on to use it with others, as much as it is about how you use it to live your best life.

We take a look at how you prefer to receive and process information. Perhaps you have had the experience of being with someone that has a very different accent to you, and you find yourself struggling to catch what they are saying? Representational systems are similar to accents. Learning to understand which system people find easiest allows us to choose language that they feel most comfortable with, making it easier for them to understand.

Understanding how we store information is another fundamental skill. Many of the practitioner techniques make use submodality work. We store information in the form of pictures, sounds and feelings, what we refer to as 'modalities'. Submodalities are simply the finer detail, for example whether a picture is in black and white or colour, moving or still. By altering these submodalities your love of chocolate can become ambivalence, or dislike. Really useful if you are trying to achieve a healthy weight, and for disrupting pain, or perhaps to deal with that anxious feeling that creeps in.

The NLP Business Diploma is designed for those people who want to know how to communicate really effectively, and work with others to help them achieve their potential. If you are a manager or leader, or aspire to be either, then this is one of the most practical and insightful courses you could choose to do. It pays attention to the key skills of understanding and communicating with others, including how different personality traits affect how people behave at work, and how, as their manager, you can get the very best from them. Whatever level of management you find yourself, this course is perfect.

NLP Practitioner also covers the basics, as you would expect, before moving on to many of the techniques of NLP. If you are interested in Life Coaching then NLP will add indispensable skills across a range of areas. Working therapeutically with people to achieve goals, address limiting beliefs, gain confidence and more. Learning the basics of the linguistic skills developed from the family therapists Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls, as well the hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, leads to more effective coaching questions, as well as the hypnotic language patters that have a range of uses.

The techniques at NLP Practitioner level are not necessarily all aligned to classic coaching, but are a necessary requirement before moving on to Master Practitioner level. Here we develop the linguistic skills to a very advanced level which underpin the conversational change work that does sit perfectly with coaching. We also cover in detail values and meta-programme work that has a 'light touch' in the Diploma as they are so important in leadership and management. There are as many students as the Masters level seeking to use the skills in leadership and management as there are in coaching.

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