When I did my first NLP Practitioner training, people asked me what I was doing and I told them as best I could. If they hadn’t heard of NLP they would have an air of puzzlement or disbelief. “What are you doing that for?” seemed to be the unspoken question. At that time I found it a very hard question to answer.
I’d first been introduced to NLP about 20 years earlier on a teacher training course and had been intrigued. It kept surfacing from time to time down the years but it took me until 1999 to attend my first NLP training. I attended a weekend introduction to NLP (a lot like the IntegrityNLP Introducing NLP course) in London to find out at first hand what it was all about.
I was astonished. Up until then I thought the furniture of my mind was fixed in place and I was stuck with it. After two days I realised that a lot of the limiting and negative thoughts I experienced were optional not obligatory. I had to find out more.
If you think all the thoughts, feelings, ideas, memories that rattle around in your body and mind are fixed this is probably difficult to imagine. If you have not attended an NLP training take a moment to imagine that you can quickly and easily change the way that you think and feel, that old hurts can be healed and old reactions dissolved. It’s a very different way of thinking about the world.
I think that contributed to my difficulty in explaining what the training was all about and what it meant to me. This experience prompted me to start the “So, what is it you are doing?” book project, where participants of past and present NLP Practitioner trainings share their thoughts on what it means to attend an IntegrityNLP NLP Practitioner Training.
Here are some of their thoughts about why they chose to do an NLP Practitioner Training
Actually ‘doing’ something concretes my learning. Books have their place, however it is only when I practice and experience skills that I find true value in them. Having considered a certain missing something from my Humanistic counselling approach I decided that this was the next step for me, to sign up for the NLP course and learn new skills.In a nut shell experiential learning floats my boat and for me NLP is all about jumping into the deep end and immersing myself in valuable learning and personal development
So I enrolled on a weekend training course, the results of which shifted my perceptions of how to deal with people, I was suddenly provided with a framework in which I could fit my years of observing peoples behaviour and use of language.This led me in to doing the full practitioner course, and I will never look back as it compliments all of my other interests and has woven itself into my life journey, allowing me to develop the confidence in myself that I have always felt was lacking, through the key thing that I have needed, which is understanding.
Over the past 15 years or so I have heard the term ‘NLP’ bandied about, it must be said, with some derision and suspicion from various colleagues. Then about eight years ago I met someone, who has since become a good friend who had trained with Bill O’Hanlon, and who appeared to achieve dramatic results with his clients. (I work for the Probation Service, incidentally) In my pursuit of delivering the best service possible I asked many questions and sometimes received straight answers. And, slowly, the door to the power of language was delicately unlocked and allowed to glide open…
...Then I read ‘Frogs into Princes’…
…And I’ve had the hunger ever since…
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