What is NLP and how can it help you?
NLP studies brilliance and quality and how outstanding individuals and organisations get outstanding results. It gives you greater control over your ability to be at your best more often. NLP was created in 1972 in America by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. They set out to identify the difference between the behaviour of people who are competent at a particular skill and those who excel at it. NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Neuro – our mind and how we think
Linguistic – how we use language and how it affects us
Programming – how we take particular action steps in order to achieve our goals.
There are three legs to NLP as follows:
1. Know what you want – have a clear outcome of what you want to achieve
2. Be aware and alert
3. Show enough flexibility to be able to keep changing your behaviour until you get your outcome
NLP is many things. It is also about building rapport by establishing and maintaining a relationship of mutual trust and understanding between two or more people. Rapport in NLP begins with the non-verbal actions of matching and mirroring body language, whether it is posture, gestures, facial expressions, eye contract, blink rate, breathing rate or the volume, tone and pitch of the voice. When you build rapport you enter into the other person’s model of the world.
How can NLP help you?
What we think about affects our feelings, our feelings affect how we behave, so if you want to get better results you change the pattern of your thinking.
Build better rapport by understanding the world as others do.
We experience life through our five senses which are seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting. As you become more aware of other people’s senses you can join them in their world to fine-tune your communication and deepen rapport by listening to the language and words they are using.
NLP also helps you in creating empowering outcomes. Many Senior Leaders, Politicians, Athletes, CEO’s, etc use NLP as a tool in ensuring they reach their goals.
NLP is about modelling excellence. We already model ourselves and people around us unconsciously. Modelling is how children learn. Think about some of the mannerisms you have – do you also see those mannerisms in your parents? You can model people that inspire you by finding out what they did and then model it.
Being an NLP Master Practitioner, I help my clients model the success of their peers.