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Why do a NLP Master Practitioner Training with a focus on Modelling?

The reasons for attending a training course are as varied as the number of people who attend. Many people ask "What is the point of learning modelling?". We have several responses to this question in the form of what participants got from the training and what have they been doing since their training. It is very difficult to categorise the kind of applications modelling can have - each person finds their own unique modelling project. However, Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier, in the Encyclopedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding give five top level descriptions of possible applications:

  1. Understanding something better by developing more 'meta-cognition' about the processes which underlie it - in order to be able to teach about it, for example, or use it as a type of "benchmarking."
  2. Repeating or refining a performance (such as in a sport or a managerial situation) by specifying the steps followed by expert performers or during optimal examples of the activity. This is the essence of the 'business process reengineering' movement in organisations.
  3. Achieving a specific result (such as effective spelling or the treatment of phobias or allergies). Rather than modelling a single individual, this is often accomplished by developing 'techniques' based on modelling a number of different successful examples or cases.
  4. Extracting and/or formalising a process in order to apply it to a different content or context. For example, an effective strategy for managing a sports team may be applied to managing a business, and vice versa. In a way the development of the 'scientific method' has come from this type of process, where strategies of observation and analysis that were developed for one area of study (such as physics) have been applied to other areas (such as biology).
  5. Deriving an inspiration for something which is loosely based on the actual process of the model. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, which was based on the diagnostic methods of his medical school professor, Joseph Bell, is a good example of this.

PPD's Master Practitioner aims to train all the skills necessary to model any of these types of application.

So what have participants got out of the MP training? We asked: "What was good about the MP training and what it has lead to in their life and business and How it affected them? The following are a sample of the replies we had.

It Gave me the World by Christoffer de Graal

My Master Practitioner, quite literally, gave me the world. It paved the way to being awarded a Churchill Fellowship, which gave me this 'chance of a life time' and sent me around the world meeting and interviewing people who know the healing and transformative power of music and are using it to build community.

The modelling skills, enhanced sensory acuity and other awarenesses gained on the course greatly increased the value of this trip to America, Hawaii, Australia and Bali. NLP and and the modelling skills I learned on PPD's Master Practitioner in particular has given me the tools to develop a unique mix of training/consulting formats, which use sound, movement and metaphor. I use these creative elements within and as part of the process, which I call 'Moving sound'.

I have started my own company Infinite Source: Creative Projects Consultancy, to develop 'Moving Sound' in corporate businesses, community, healthcare and education situations and have taken this work into Senior Management coaching, schools, universities, drugs projects, and hospices.

The skills I learnt on my NLP training continue to support me to realise and take on to a greater and greater extent, the role of who I am in the world: an inspirer, challenger, pioneer, innovator, healer, and bridge builder. I continue to look for exciting and interesting people, places and situations to bring this work. So, if you know of anyone who would like some training input, or ways to enhance their trainings with something that is different and exciting, and which is participatory, rewarding and effective, point them my way. Contact me through me web site .

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I Re-modelled my Career to be as Busy as I Want to be by Maxine Bullen

I was a participant on the Master Practitioner programme four years ago. I chose the programme originally because I was curious to see some of the big names of NLP in action. Also, having done my practitioner training elsewhere in a small group, I felt ready to engage and learn with a more diverse group of people for Master Practitioner training. PPD offers both these things.

My personal objectives for the programme were to learn loads and to discover how I wanted to organise my life and work over the following five years. Well, I've moved house to take on a major renovation project with my family, I've positively re-organised my family/work balance and I've successfully re-modelled my career, after 24 years employment in the NHS to become a specialist, self employed consultant based at home. After a year of self employment I am still as busy as I want to be and for a lot of my time I feel happy.

And next? I'm going to retake the Master Practitioner programme starting September 2002 to learn loads more and to discover what I want my life to deliver over the next five years. I'm really looking forward to it.

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I Tripled my Sales Revenue by Jonne Ceserani

The master practitioner was a great opportunity to meet old friends from practitioner and a wonderful time to meet and work with some of the great names in NLP.

I had fun. I tripled my sales revenue, a crude measure that stems I think from having better relationships with my clients. I was always a reasonably effective consultant and now I am even better. I have spread the word so that many of my colleagues are now exploring NLP with PPD. I'm a partner in Synetics, a consultancy that prides itself in innovation: the learning on the Master Practitioner programme enabled me to run a greater range of Synectics programmes. I also find the knowledge is really in the muscle and notice the difference when I meet NLP trained people from other organisations who are still using it mechanistically. This depth of knowledge and deep internalisation of so much of the skills is a result of PPD's excellent master practitioner programme.

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I Modelled Career Boosting Presentation Skills by Alan Black

I found the Master Practitioner training extremely enjoyable, particularly the modelling project; preparing and presenting mine and watching others'.

As an Engineer, it was useful to have an insight into the world of Anthropology, which is where I see much of NLP's roots. Even though it concerns me that some of NLP's material has not been scientifically verified (VAKOG, eye movements, modalities etc.), I still find these ideas useful! The best aspects of NLP for me are the focusing on positive outcomes, the Meta Model, Re-framing, Metaphor, Neurological levels, Time-lining and chunking up and down. I use variations on these themes a lot in my work now.

Since completing my MP, I have started to combine my technical Engineering Design Management responsibilities and activities with the facilitation of Creativity, Innovation, Time Management, and Team-building sessions for my own staff and others in the company. I am now recognised as a good Facilitator as well as a Manager and Chemical Engineer. I believe that some of this success can be put down to my affiliation with NLP which has helped me to add these softer strings to my bow.

My presentation skills have also improved enormously since my Master Practitioner course, which I now realise are an important career booster. This was the subject of my modelling project.

Reading and learning from the world of NLP has also widened my interests in the fields of Philosophy and Language and I find these subjects really fascinating for exploration into the future. (You can discover more about Alan's modelling project in the book NLP Business Masterclass, edited by David Molden. His chapter on 'High Impact Presenting' appears on pages 240 to 246).

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I Found the Missing Link by Janet Evans

After working on myself for a long time the Master Practitioner program helped me place a missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle, meaning I became a more integrated person. The experience has also helped me move into the next phase of my life much more easily. I ceased my business at the end of December to take a new career in retirement and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I realise that I am more than the status work was giving me oh what freedom!!!

I would add that the quality of the trainers that PPD employ are par excellence which aids the whole experience. Thank you all at PPD.

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I applied my Generative Learning about Learning to Multiple Contexts by John V Killman

I experienced my NLP training over a number of years. My foundation training was in 1994 with PPD following a number of weekend workshops with other organisations, and then completed my Practiioner course in 1995. In 1997 I realised that I wanted to make some significant changes in my life and, after using some of the NLP techniques to determine my future options, I chose to continue my NLP training with the Master Practitioner.

I found the Master Practitioner training much more challenging than the Practitioner. On reflection I now realise that I had been delivering training (in Quality Management Systems) in a very regulated environment, with regulated inputs and expected outputs. The Master Practitioner course made me aware, as good exemplars always do, that this was very "outcomes" focused. This has subsequently had a profound impact on my approach to many things, including the design and delivery of my training courses.

The PPD Master Practitioner course uses the concept of "Modelling", both as a fundamental context in which the learning takes place, and for evaluating competency at the end of the course. I realised for the first time that my beliefs, strategy and state can be different for the same task in different contexts with drastically different results. I now realise that by self-modelling and/or modelling exemplars I have all the skills and resources to improve both my effectiveness and consistency. For me, this emphasis on the generative aspect of NLP has been significant. In how many different ways and contexts can my learning be applied? What did I learn form the Learning? This is beyond just learning a technique!

There have also many applications of my learning including coaching. My approach is very much based on "What are my outcomes for my coachees?" and how can I help them use their natural wisdom to achieve an outcome that is useful, appropriate and ecological for them? I know, from the feedback from my coachees, how effective this can be.

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I Developed Excellent Networking Skills by Margaret Walsh

Through the NLP Master Practitioner training I got to meet and interview: an author of a very popular book; a Lord, at the House of Lords; and a Chief Executive at a firm of Barristers. My Master Practitioner modelling project was on Excellent Networkers and I found that all these people were very keen to participate and share their wisdom with me. Whilst I could probably meet with these people anyway, there is something of the 'NLP magic' that meant that good things flowed easily. My work with Effective Networking continues today, and I am developing a skills-based course that teaches people the skills of excellent networking.

My interest in identity and human potential was something that first drew me to NLP. The Master Practitioner course helped me to gain further insights into this area, and also prompted me to explore related areas like psychotherapy, reiki and buddhism. Coming from a Human Resources background, this has broadened my understanding of the holistic needs of individuals at work.

Finally, I have met a great bunch of people through my training: fellow students, assistants and tutors. My network has grown wonderfully and I have some great, great, new friendships!

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I Achieved Top Grade in my Annual Appraisal by John Spiers

In the time I have been part of the NLP community, it strikes me that those who embark upon the practitioner/master practitioner route fall into two categories: those who go through the training over the course of a number of years, gently assimilating all it has to offer; and those who fall upon it like a starving dog upon a bone, who just can't get enough of it and want it right now. I fell into the second category with a vengeance. On finishing my Practitioner I had the distinct feeling that I had just tipped my toe into the water.

I began looking around. To stay with the same company meant experiencing the same trainer all over again, and I'd have to wait nearly a year! Inconceivable!

Trawling around the net (I don't surf, I trawl) I found PPD. The training was in Central London and it was almost immediate, perfect. But what really swayed me was the list of trainers! It was a list of the true greats in NLP. I didn't even know they were all training, let alone all on the same course. NLP is often about giving yourself more choices, but in this instance I only gave myself one - I had to go on this course.

One of the best choices I recall ever having made. Each trainer went beyond mastery of his or her subject to artistry. The structure of the course was excellent, guiding us through the modelling process, enabling us in our own modelling project. The assistants were invaluable in this context also, guiding, prodding, coaching, ensuring our projects were the best they could be. The project was a daunting prospect at the start, but with all the support PPD had to offer it was achievable. If the best way to learn NLP is by doing it, then the project endorses it.

Personally the course did a huge amount for my self-esteem and self confidence. A specific example involves the company I work for, the managers of which are very dismissive of "soft stuff" like NLP. However, since this course I have received the top grade possible in the annual appraisal; I've been awarded a performance related bonus that only the top 20% of employees get; and they've asked me to be a staff mentor during a massive change management programme they are going through. They know I've changed for the better, but are at a loss to explain it. I just think that my map of the territory is richer than theirs: thanks to NLP and PPD I discovered the world can be your oyster, if that's what you want.

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It's Taken Me to the Edge by Peter Hayward-Brewer

Master Practitioner continued the journey that practitioner started. This is my view looking back over the last two years now finding myself on the edge.

I first heard about NLP from a teaching colleague, who asked me if I had experienced or trained in it. Knowing nothing about it, I inquired more, and fascinated by it signed up for PPD's Practitioner course.

It turned out to be one of the best things I had ever done, the journey through the experience and techniques, was for me a magical one, learning so much more about myself, gaining skills and confidence and enhancing my existing skills. I also made some of the greatest and strongest friendships of my life.

The year flew by, and I found that every day, I was using these skills and life had changed for the better. Achieving Practitioner, the group I had shared the time with, then had to make the next decision that would affect their lives. Should we go on and do the Masters right away or wait a while for NLP to be more absorbed into the muscle.

For some they would wait, for me, it couldn't come quick enough. Embarking on this next step of the journey filled me with excitement, deeper learning, more exploration, being taught by some of the biggest names in NLP and the chance to do a modelling project.

Again it was a great experience, sharing with old friends and meeting new ones.

Each week-end brought new challenges and the modelling project built in stature and became the focus for a large part of the learning and my life experience.

The year flew past and here I am at the end of this leg of life's journey, standing proud from the achievement, armed with new skills and ideas ready to take on whatever I choose to let life throw at me.

A view from the edge? Certainly, the edge of tomorrow and the rest of my life. A great time and place to be!

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Seven Life Changing Weekends by Steve Cowie

The Telecom Tower is my anchor for remembering the experiences of the Master Practitioner program, instantly propelling me back in time a fourth floor in London's Malet Street. Upright, through a light oxygen blue haze, an appropriate sentinel of communications, on duty over a period of seven life changing weekends.

The course structure of having seven modules allowed me to start putting the skills to good use immediately after the first weekend. The cumulative results adding richness to the weekends that followed. The diversity of 'Top Flight' trainers certainly added to the depth of NLP covered from all the major schools. All the trainers and assistants were accessible and approachable if one got 'stuck' or wanted help with any aspects of the training. The course learning manual is also an excellent reference resource.

I certainly found that my life changed not only during, but continues to change even now, after the program. I found for example, that I am able to express myself in better ways with work colleagues, friends and relating to members of my family.

This may seem dramatic but the program may contribute to saving my life. I decided that as a non-swimmer, having used strategies to avoid the issue (successfully), this would be an ideal opportuity to start to learn new strategies on how to swim as part of my Master Practitioner Project. Well I can report that I can now float, even though I'm not quite an Olympic swimmer...yet! My overriding memory though, is of the sense of shared achievement along with other members of the program that will last a lifetime.

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It's Taken my Skills to a New Level by Paul Burley

I got so much out of the Masters programme with PPD - where do you start. One of the reasons I chose to do the master with PPD was the variety of trainers and who they were. I was not disappointed. It was just so great to see these true masters of NLP who have been immersed and practicing their skills for so many years. I learnt both how much I had learnt and how much there was still to learn.

A lot of the training focused on the production of our project. This was so worthwhile and would thoroughly recommend this to any true NLP practitioner. Through my project it was so neat to discover what people actually do. It was fantastic that what I learnt from completing my project I have used for many of my clients. They have successfully used the method I discovered and said how easy it was, they felt so relaxed about using this new way. Brilliant!

I know that it has taken my skill to a new level. This has had an interesting effect on my clients. We seem to be getting to the core issues much faster than I was able to do before. This means we are also getting to the desired changes much faster. I think I have gained a lot more confidence to move away from the techniques and to use my intuitive side to enable the client to go where they need to go. This has led to some interesting exercises from standing on tables looking down at those involved in their difficult relationships to being crouched on the floor as we went back to childhood. This has meant much more powerful and effective changes for the clients and is more fun to do.

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