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My original objectives/goals for learning from the NLP Practitioner course were:
- Learn new interventions to support change in individuals whilst in the work place (coaching).
- To give me a new set of tools that could be used in the work place that would engage a person to want to do something as opposed to having to.
- To reinvigorate my own way of thinking by challenging existing processes and replacing them with new ones.
I wanted to up skill myself in NLP to support individuals in a coaching environment. I also wanted to explore new areas of undiscovered potential within myself that could be used both in work and in my home life.
I have been completely overwhelmed at how NLP works and the techniques used to enrich people’s lives, each exercise has allowed me to explore my own behaviour at the same time the behaviours of others.
NLP was initially more about enabling change in others, however it has been a real journey for me also.
It has been invigorating, mind-blowing, empowering and has given me a real sense of confidence as a result of being able to understand the human mind and how it can be influenced. To say that I have enjoyed this course would be an understatement; it’s been mind-blowing at every interval.
Have I achieved my goals?
I always wondered why some people have good days and other have bad days and now I know it’s a choice based on our internal representation systems based on Beliefs, Decisions, Attitude, Memories, Values, Language.
As part of this syllabus I had to carry out certain exercises on people and this was a great opportunity to evidence the new skills I had acquired, once carried out and being able to witness their effectiveness, a new sense of confidence had emerged.
What was also great for me to see was how I influenced people through my own projection creating a perception along with the words I would use. This was a real eye opened through presuppositions as to how I aided and both limited my colleagues in the past.
Having acute awareness of sensory acuity was fantastic, it was a great thing to learn how other people perceiving the conversation based on their physiology. This awareness enabled me to understand the effectiveness of my conversations and how well they were going.
Rapport was another great way to be able to influence people, I learned people like people like themselves, so how ironic would it be that in order to get into effective rapport you need to be like them. This is great as it can be used anywhere and with the ability to emulate through matching at and mirroring you can really engage a person.
I also like covering the representational systems and the way people communicated using predicates, it is this acute awareness that will enable me to really engage a person when emulating their preferred representational system. The eye accessing patterns are a real enabler for me, especially in a coaching environment. When communication with people it really enables me to understand a person and where they are at any given point during a conversation.
The Meta model is another fantastic enabling tool that allows me to go deeper with an individual. it allows me to give back responsibility and get the individual to really focus in on what they have said, it passes back control which is a great way to allow the individual to think about what they have said, the reason why, as well as looking at new perspectives.
Swish patterns and anchoring alongside metaphors for me were mind blowing, swish patterns allowed me to install new choices for a better life, whilst anchoring allowed me to anchor specific states in people which would be more resourceful. A Collapse anchoring was another great tool in which I could use to support people especially in a coaching environment. By being acutely aware of where someone is and where they want to be whilst being aware of how to move them away from or towards the desired state is a fantastic way to elicit a positive change. Previously in a working environment there was no room to listen to the individual, a lot of the time it was very much this is where you are and this is where you need to be. NLP uses techniques that re focus the mind, enabling change to encourage new ways of thinking to support a positive outcome.
The TOTE model was another great way of understanding people’s behaviours, so when asking someone to describe the last time they purchased something and getting them to talk me through the step is a great way to understand their buying strategy and what representational systems are being used.
Timeline therapy was another great way to enable someone to overcome emotions and limiting decisions within them self. These exercises allowed the person to identify the underlying cause, learn from it and overcome the emotional state and limiting decisions they faced.
The power of disassociation is an amazing tool and as previously used in swish, this is really where I can see the benefits for the people I work with as well as myself. When you look through your own eyes you re live it, when you disassociate yourself from the experience the feelings you experience begin to change.
I absolutely loved the ring of power exercise, this was extremely empowering for me, when I stepped into to it I felt empowered and I know this is something that I can use to empower others. I love the fact that you can take it with you where ever you go, and when you need to reclaim those feelings of positive resourceful states, the ring of power is always within reach.
What are the most valuable tools that I have gained from the training?
The most valuable tools gained from the training are listed below, it is these tools I feel will really enable me to create a positive change in other people as well as myself. Possessing the ability to engage someone through rapport, at the same time as possessing techniques to elicit change in people is a fantastic way to unlock people’s potential. The communication model proved a real eye opener for me as I now realise perception is not reality and although I probably knew this before, it is more apparent now as a result of learning how the mind filters information.
- Rapport – Being able to engage people through effective rapport.
- Timeline – Overcome un resourceful feelings linked to a memory by re visiting your timeline.
- Anchoring – Anchoring states in people to make them more resourceful through collapse anchors, and changing a person’s state of mind using collapse anchors to make them more relaxed or confident.
- Swish – The ability to use swish pattern to disrupt a pattern of thought from one that used to lead to an unwanted behavior to one that leads to a desired behavior.
- Metaphors – The ability to use a story that references someone’s personal situation allowing them to directly learn from the story without referencing their own personal experience.
- Timelines – Being able to overcome limiting decisions and feelings such as anxiety, possessing the ability to enable people to learn from these past experiences to allow them to move forward.
- Meta model – The ability to use Meta which is a specific set of questions and language patterns designed to challenge and expand the limits to a person’s model or ‘map’ of the world.
- Future pacing Using this technique by asking a person to imagine doing something in the future and monitoring their reactions, this enables me to check that a change process has been successful
- Reframing – Changing the way you perceive an event and so changing the meaning. When the meaning changes, responses and behaviors will also change. This is a valuable tool as it can look at a positive meaning in a negative situation.
- Communication model – Understanding of how people filter information and how this has an impact on someone’s state and physiology which in turn can effect a person from being able to move forward.
The biggest impact
I was amazed how timeline work can enable someone to overcome limiting decisions feelings and emotions linked to a memory. This technique blew me away, we assume we don’t know why we feel a certain way however when you ask the unconscious you are able to discover what actual memory it was that caused that feeling or emotion.
The process of viewing the experiences from a disassociated perspective, and recoding them with new empowering resources enables the person to move forward. By facing your past learning from it, and embracing the learns allows you to move forward in your future, it allows you to take control and conquer.
It is amazing how this re-coding has positive effects upon our internal filters which enables us to achieve more positive behavior and results based on how it is now viewed in the present state as a result of the learns.
For me this completely blew me away, you can eradicate unwarranted negative emotions, limiting decisions and beliefs, anxiety and phobia that may have occurred years ago. The ability to recode the mind and to learn from these experiences allowing you to move forward is absolutely breath taking and this definitely had the biggest impact on my whilst completing my studies.
I used a timeline on a friend who felt feelings of anxiety when in water. The timeline was used to go back to the event that caused the anxiety enabling him to move forward and allow him to discover his past love for diving. The event that cased the anxiety was when he nearly drowned while on holiday. He was taken back to the memory and was enabled to learn from the event and move forward. This was a rewarding exercise and one which I know had made the deepest impact.
When I future paced the event by asking him to imagine that same thing in the future and monitored his reactions I was able to this see from his physiology that the change process had been successful.
My sister’s boyfriend was struggling in work and he felt like he could not talk to anyone about it, in his words “everyone just seemed too busy and involved in their own duties.”
He loves the water and enjoys sports so I used a metaphor of an Olympic rowing team. I used the example of an Olympic rowing team working in unison towards the same desired goal of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. One of the Olympic rowers had joined the team and the techniques they used to elicit speed was completely different from the way in which he had previously been taught.
The rower embraced the challenge but struggled to maintain the same speed and technique the rowers were used to, within a few days he began to experience sever pain in his wrist which began to slow the team down. Pressure mounted and the individual began to question his own ability on whether he had made the right decision to join the team, even though he was chosen based on both his skill and experience.
The Olympian had two choices, one to carry on or two to admit defeat and ask for help. The moral of the story was that he asked for help and was able to switch positions to allow him to observe the technique required to enable the change necessary to learn the required technique. His wrist repaired itself and the team as a result of his contributions won a gold medal in the Olympics.
I used a collapse anchor on a friend who experienced nervousness prior to doing presentations in board rooms. He knew what he wanted to say, he prepared what he wanted to say however no matter how much he prepared he experienced these nerves. I got him to identify what state he would prefer to have which was confidence, and from that he was able to list positive states associated with that desired state such as, assertiveness, engaging, calm, powerful. I stacked several anchors of positive re enforcements and collapsed the previous state of nervousness. After future pacing the individual went on to deliver his next presentation nerve freeHow are you going to use the training going forward?
I am going to use all the elements in this training in my everyday life when working with people. It will be a great advantage to me because I have several techniques that will enable people to be the change they want to see from anchoring, to swish patterns to timelines.
For me I have several techniques that I can use personally such as well formed conditions, presupposition when working with people, predicates to ensure I use the correct language when communicating my new found sensory acuity and rapport skills along with the knowledge in understand people’s eye patterns. I will definitely use the Meta model in coaching and chaining anchors is definitely a tool that I will use to move people from procrastination to motivation.
Reframing is something I absolutely love, often people always see the negative in things that happen however changing the context of sentence can definitely change the meaning of what has been said or how it has been perceived. This is defiantly something I will use along with being more acutely aware of how I phrase things to those around me avoiding negative connotations and meanings behind what it is that I have said. Presuppositions have made me become more aware of what I say and how it can influence the outcome, alongside a new found understanding of how protection is perception.
I am also going to use well formed conditions in both my personal and working environment. Previously when I wanted to achieve something I did not really know why I wanted to achieve or even impact that achievement could have on me. A lot of the time I would have one level of thinking with one way to achieve the outcome however after studying well formed conditions my way of thinking has changed. By realigning my way of thinking I have the awareness to see, hear, and feel what isn’t working, so I can modify my behavior to steer you towards the desired outcome without being defeatist, frustrating.
The cause and effect exercise at the start of the training was a great introduction to NLP, I had many areas of my life where I was experiencing difficulties in making particular decisions that were limiting my choices. The exercise where you identify what’s stopping you moving forward, and then identify the ways to overcome the obstacles was something I had not previously considered doing. My concept of not knowing what I needed to do was being challenge and I was beginning to understand the limiting decision I had been making by taking control. This is definitely an exercise I will use both on myself and in an environment where I am encouraging people to take control of their limited view of their own situation. We all have the answers and for me it’s like a locked door, dark at first but until the door is opened and light floods in nothing can be seen. This for me was about taking control and this will defiantly be enriching in a coaching environment.
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My original objectives for the online NLP Master Practitioner training were:
- To get more knowledge.
- To deepen the one I already had.
- To be more efficient with my clients and in my life in general.
- To get the Master certification in view to get a “stronger” picture for my clients especially for the seminars I am conducting and wish to promote.
I have achieved them, I have deepened my knowledge, feel more confident with my clients and with myself. I also know that the Mater certification will be a plus for building trust between me and the people to who I address my seminars.
The quantum linguistics is for me the most valuable tool as well as the strategies elicitations among many others.
The single biggest impact was to discover my levels of value. It made me understand better why I m doing the choices I do and why I am thinking differently from what I used too.
In my daily life I am more careful about the words I use (as why? Or you should…). I always keep in mind that it is not what I say which is important but the message that people get. This means that I am listening more carefully to the map of the people I am living or working with, seeking their values, beliefs and strategies. I am here and now, watching, listening, feeling and I do create rapport when I want or need (something I was not always doing in the past). I change my communication when I do not get the result I expected. I observe the values or beliefs which are making me to say or do something. Actually, I take the responsibility of my communication instead to blame the other not understanding me, for example.
In my work as a Yoga teacher, I use language with all the VAK so that each student can get an understanding of the posture. For example when they do the tree pose, I may present it this way: Move your weight on your left foot, feel the roots going deep in the hearth, listen to your body, see the line from your ankle to the top of your head, and from the top of your head to your ankle. Stretch your arms opening as the branches toward the sky. You are a tree now. How does it feel to be a three? What kind of tree are you? Listen the wind?…
Actually since I discovered NLP all is different to me. When I read a note from my teacher s son, when I see a commercial, I speak with someone and even in the metro (when I feel like) I am thinking NLP. It is like I am seeing the impact of the communication not the communication itself.
Today my focus is on what I create not on what I do, on the result I am expecting so that I can change how I do. I remember explaining to someone that it does not matter what is being said or done, the most important is the consequence of what is being said or done. The result is what has to inspire us so that it can attract the right action because if we do not focus on the result we may be blind by the action.
I am going to use the training to be more efficient during the private sessions, in building the seminars, advertising them and conducting them.
My main objective to continue developing my learning and skills in NLP, is to apply them as much as possible in my work and daily life. NLP is a way of thinking, seeing and listening. It is a philosophy of life, a choice. That is why, I will continue to read, watch and get informed (videos, seminars…) about NLP as continuing education. I will practice, practice and practice (as we say in Hatha Yoga, the experience is the biggest knowledge someone can get). I will stay as much as I can in what I call the: “I do not know state” so I that I keep learning and open.
My first next objective is to become a recognized professional NLP Master in my own country. Recognized not only by the title but also for the quality of what I do and the results people are experiencing in their lives.
My second objective is to take the NLP trainer training course.
I want to tell you a special thank for contributing in enhancing my self-confidence, for sharing what you share in a positive and encouraging way. I enjoyed every moment of the training and it felt great to have you as a tutor. Simple and deep is how I would describe the training. It changed me and I enjoy it!
Looking forward to meet you again for my next step.
My original goals were to understand what NLP was and how I can use the techniques to improve my Life Coaching skills.
I have certainly achieved them and more. I now use the techniques daily in working with people in addiction to alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and depression. The results have exceeded my expectations and those of my colleagues, to the extent that I have daily group sessions on NLP techniques and how to apply them in addiction recovery.
I am applying and learning more about the techniques daily.
There are several skills which I have learned and which are equally valuable. The eye patterns and body language in gaining rapport, the swish technique, the anchoring and collapsing anchors, the time line technique for depression and overcoming past cycles of relapse. The one that I found most valuable is the anchoring technique and I use it daily in my work.
The thing that has made the biggest impact on me is understanding how the mind works in filtering information and then resultant states that are produced as a result of our distortions and past life experiences.
I have been able to understand and overcome deep-seated anger issues in my life by using the timeline techniques to discover the timing and root cause of the anger. Using the collapse anchor technique I was able to reduce the anger I held to an acceptable “normal” level. I also used the visualisation/swish technique to manage chronic pain I have in my foot and reduce it to a level where I can play sport for the first time in 5 years. (I will be undergoing surgery in the new year to remove a trapped nerve in my foot.)
In my work I have successfully applied the anchoring technique to hold clients with psychosis issues prior to medications being prescribed. I have been able to get clients in to a good head space (positive) in the present here and now by using the anchoring technique. Thereafter I have used the time line awareness to help clients go back to the significant emotional event that has caused them to end up using alcohol/drugs to deal with the emotional turmoil they experience. This has helped them understand the root cause and triggers to using alcohol/drugs. Using timelines has helped me in leading them in to future planning and allowed them to develop hope for the future. Clients who have presented with several failed attempts in recovery and are stuck and don’t know what to do have greatly benefited from using the collapse anchor technique and have gained hope for the future.
I will continue to use the NLP techniques in both my personal life and in my daily work with addictions clients. Each day will bring fresh opportunities to apply what I have learned in both personal and professional spheres. I will continue to use the NLP techniques in group sessions and hopefully inspire my colleagues to study NLP techniques.
My objectives from now are:
- To continue to use the techniques in my professional life and become proficient to advance level in their application and use.
- To study hypnotherapy further and use it to help those who have had trauma in their lives to regain normality in relationships.
- Study the use and application, within NLP parameters, of clean language techniques.
- I will be studying Mindfulness in the near future.
I would like to thank you Anthony for a great course and helpful feedback. I have enjoyed this course and would highly recommend anyone to take it with you..
Goals met and exceeded – also an incredible result to report
I would say my goals for this NLP Practitioner course have been met and exceeded. My initial drive was curiosity. I felt NLP could help me improve as a coach and provide me with additional tools, but I didn’t know exactly how this would play out.
The most valuable tools?
For me the most valuable tools are understanding better what motivates and drives us and what stands in our way. How to communicate more effectively and how to understand people/myself at the subconscious level.
With clients I have used the cause/effect knowledge and also reframing. I had a client with confidence issues at work so we talked about a scenario where she was extremely confident and in control and brought this across. When an issue arises for her she takes a deep breath to breath in confidence and expel doubt and she gives her shoulders a small roll forward. She describes this as putting on her ‘coat of confidence’. This has had an incredible result for her.
I will continue to integrate my learning into the courses I develop for my coaching business. I’m currently finalising a nutrition course. The information content is in place and now I’m putting together the exercises and activities so perfect timing to integrate this learning. I have also just secured a part time role with a university in their Confident Futures team. We provide personal development workshops for students to complement and enhance their academic learning. NLP is used already in many of the courses.
I will also further my learning by progressing onto the Master Practitioner programme.