So you want to learn NLP
A quick search on the Internet for NLP and NLP Trainers will provide you with a dizzying array of courses, offers, training gurus and promises of personal power. With such a bewildering range of choices how will you know who to train with and where to get honest information about the real value of the courses on offer?
Here are a few things to help you in your decision.
1) What do you want from NLP?
Not the most obvious of questions to ask, but one that is crucial to helping you get what you want. Some people simply want to know more about NLP and what it can offer. If this is your need there are some excellent resources on the internet which can give you a sense of what NLP is and what it does.
Try to avoid the more hysterical websites with promises of personal power, mastery of the mind and compelling conversations. Look for quality blogs and websites. Inspire NLP, SNLP, Institute NLP, NLP Coaching Academy in dubai McKenna-Bandler-Breen, John Seymour Associates are some of the established training organisations and of course Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Steve Andreas, Judith DeLozier are names to research
If you want a little more information try to attend a one day seminar or introductory workshop. This will give you a real sense of what NLP is all about. If there are no workshops in your area then contact a local NLP Trainer or Registered Practitioner they will almost always be willing to answer your questions or at least point you in the right direction.
If your aim is to use NLP as a part of your work or business or if you want to become a Coach or Therapist of some description then you will need to attend a Practitioner Training course.
2) Not all courses are created equal
You need to understand that there is, at the time of writing, no single accrediting body for NLP. This means that training bodies can be a law unto themselves in terms of what forms the basis of their training. Having said that the three levels of training recognized with NLP Practitioner Certification Training Master Practitioner and Trainer) do have agree minimum standards in terms of content – the things that need to be taught and understood at each of the levels.
The big disagreement seems to come from the style of delivery and length of each of the courses.
For example you will read about ‘on-line’ and ‘correspondence’ courses.
On the plus side they involve a relatively low level of personal investment but on the downside how can you learn communication patterns, intervention techniques and rapport building skills if you’re not working with other people under the guidance of a trainer?
You will read about ‘intensive courses’ running from between 1 and 7 days.
On the plus side you will cover the core elements of the required training. On the downside where do you have the space to reflect upon the patterns and ideas you have learned. Let alone be able to implement them with any degree of confidence? Trainers who offer these ‘intensive courses’ often make much of the support materials. The pre-learning and the ‘speed at which the unconscious mind can learn’.
This author and trainer would argue that even with the best materials the personal transformation, internalization of approaches and re-evaluation of personal values and attitudes is something that requires support, care and time. True the NLP techniques can be learned quickly and easily. But the heart and soul of NLP is something that develops from sharing and exploring experiences with others.