What is NLP?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming has many profound strengths, which have benefited
a great number of people over the last twenty-five years.
NLP can be defined as the study of excellence in human performance and
its translation into practical skills that other people can use effectively.
It was born when a linguist, John
Grinder, and a mathematician Richard Bandler, asked themselves a simple
yet fascinating question: What makes the difference between someone who
excels at a skill and someone with basic competence?
See also the extended article What is NLP?
Convention suggests that either some people have natural gifts or talents
or that practice and experience give results. NLP replies by identifying
"strategies" or patterns of thought and behaviour used by the expert that
the novice can readily learn. Benefit comes from turning the competent person's
performance into one of excellence.
These questions and the pursuit of their answers have evolved into a vast
body of NLP knowledge renowned for its effectiveness in achieving results.
The NLP "modelling" process has long been used in relation to the natural
world. Most of the science we now call engineering, for example, came about
by people studying what worked in natural structures, working out the principles
involved and then applying the same principles to new structures. See also:
Why do a NLP Master Practitioner training
with a focus on Modelling?
NLP courses teach the tools, techniques
and approaches that have been identified by these modelling processes. However,
NLP practitioners learn to apply them to the skills and behaviours of people
rather than the characteristics of physical objects.
The Benefits of NLP
Applications of NLP extend to all areas of personal and professional skills.
Here are just some of the benefits of NLP:
- Helps people to communicate effectively with themselves and others
- Increases choice so people can be free of negative states & behaviour
- Builds flexible belief structures to help people let go of non-useful
- Achieves desired outcomes by allowing people to become outcome-orientated
- Helps people to achieve excellence in whatever area of their life they
want to succeed through modelling