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What is NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming, often known as NLP, is specific practice as part of business and life coaching.

NLP is Neuro Linguistic Programming.  'Neuro' refers to the brain and nervous system; 'Linguistic' is about how the our language, both verbal, and non-verbal is specifically 'Programming' our behavior via the five senses; visual, auditory, feeling (kinesthetic) including olfactory and gustatory.  Click below for short video: http://www.youtube.com/user/nlp az

About NLP:

The quality of your life is directly impacted by the quality of your communication.  Relationships, career, finances, and personal happiness all depend on your ability to communicate effectively within yourself and with others.  Now, you can learn to identify limiting behaviors, interrupt old habits and patterns, and integrate new choices, and you can, you know, do it quickly, easily, and permanently.

NLP involves powerful techniques to help you make profound change in your life.  NLP is effective for everything from eliminating phobias, to improving effectiveness in communication, and building better relationships.

Definition of NLP

NLP has been called the 'Neuro-Psychology of Achievement.'  It is also called the 'study of subjective experience' (Robert Dilts), and 'the study of human excellence' (John Grinder).  I prefer, 'the study and application of excellence.' If there is an official definition of NLP, it is this one. Richard Bandler, one of the co-founders of NLP, suggests that "NLP is an attitude and a methodology leaving behind a trail of techniques."  Bandler goes on to say, "the attitude is 'CURIOSITY' and the methodology is 'BEHAVIOR MODELING."

NLP is not a theory about human behavior.  It is a whole set of tools that work to help people perform better and live more productive, happier lives.  People report getting free of negative programming and limiting beliefs that used to hold them back from achieving what they dreamed of being and doing in life.

High Quality Information

The underlying technology of NLP is Behavior Modeling.  The primary belief of Behavior Modeling is that 'if anyone can create an achievement and I can get enough high quality information about how they do it, I can produce a similar excellent result. By eliciting enough specific high quality information about an individual produces expertise, genius, or any excellent results in their lives, the NLP Practitioner 'models,' or copies, these specific behaviors in themselves.  The NLP Success Coach is skilled at installing patterns of excellence in others.

The NLP Story

NLP started in the mid to late 1970's. Richard Bandler was a computer science major and John Grinder was a Professor of Linguistics in Santa Cruz, California.  In the beginning was the 'Meta-Model.'  According to Judith DeLozier, Richard went to John and asked questions about how he could 'model' language and behavior from the excellent results being produced by people like Fritz Perlz, the Father of Gestalt Therapy.  John asked Richard to, "Show me what he (Fritz Perlz) is doing and I'll figure out how he doing it (producing the results)."

The Early Days of NLP

At a recent NLP Conference in London, Judith DeLozier delivered a 'key note' presentation that frames where NLP is in the world today. Judith asked some great questions and she answered audience questions about the early days of NLP.

Judith DeLozier asked this group consisting primarily of NLP Practitioners, NLP Master Practitioners, and NLP Trainers, "What is our greatest asset?"  Participants of the conference gave several answers and then Judith gave her answer with the word 'diversity.'  Since the earliest days, NLP has grown and spread worldwide to people in all walks of life and among a number of different cultures.  In fact, she noted that NLP is currently more robust and well attended in England than in the US where it started all those years ago.  Judith went on to ask what is our greatest need.  Her answer; 'respect.'  To the question, "What is the greatest contribution she answered with a question, "Who are we becoming?" and added, "Who else could we become?"  Her point was instruction to the audience not to be too attached to specific outcomes and allow for the possibilities of what NLP becomes and what each of us individually becomes.  As Judith pointed out, the questions were not so much to be answered in the talk, but to be questions we all contemplate and answer over time.

Early History of NLP

Judith DeLozier then told us about the early days of NLP in Santa Cruz, California where Richard Bandler modeled Fritz Perlz and wrote the first draft of the manuscript for the book, Structure of Magic I.  Judith was there and spent time on the land with Gregory Bateson and others.  Bateson authored the book Steps to an Ecology of Mind and contributed greatly to NLP during that time.  As DeLozier reported it, Bob Spitzer, who owned a publishing company called Science Behavior Books, was there at the time and a couple of wonderful jazz musicians Judith recalled were there living on the land in those days.  Richard Bandler showed Gregory Bateson his manuscript and Bateson shared it with Margaret Meade, the famous Anthropologist.  They loved it and suggested that the group should go to Phoenix, Arizona and meet Milton Erickson, the foremost hypnotherapist of the time.  Of course, the group modeled Erickson's work.

According to Judith, Richard and John "...'did strange things' in those early days." It was a time when they were listening to the metaphors or stories contained in language.  If a person was expressing they were being 'martyred' or 'crucified,' someone would start collecting large boards and nails for a cross.  In a now famous story of that time, an in-patient in a local institution decided he was not Jesus after all when he became convinced the pile of wood and the nails had been collected just for him.

We Started with the MetaModel

As Judith reports it, the small group of students studying with Richard Bandler and John Grinder had only the MetaModel, a set of questions that helped people become more precise in their language and the representations that the language was reflecting. Since every sentence in the English language (and presumably other languages) is missing information, it can be said that 'language is imprecise.'  The MetaModel questions help people fill in or retrieve the missing information as in "Johnny went to the store."  Although, we tend to interact as if we know what that means, we really do not know which Johnny, how he went to the store, what store specifically, where the store is located, etc.  We 'fill in' or 'intuit' meaning.

Modeling Behavior

Toward the end of her talk, Judith recounted the story about going to the horse racing track. She reports sitting in the box area and noticing that her little pile of money was getting smaller with each race, but that a man at the next table seemed to come back with more money after each race.  So, she leaned over and began to ask some questions.  In the conversation, Judith learned that the man thought it was important that the conditions of horses were important.  He seemed to know what they were eating, how far they traveled to get there and how recently, how many races the horse had been in recently, and more.  After all the circumstantial factors, however, when it all boiled down, she learned that in the end, it was more intuition that actually determined how the man bet his money.  He made a statement that encapsulated the difference the makes the difference.  What she learned was, "You gotta hunch, bet a bunch."

Great communicators are great story tellers.

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