Frequently Asked Questions about NLP
Define NLP succinctly!
This is a
common request and not an easy one to fulfil because NLP covers such a wide
field and has so many diverse
applications. The following are a few ways of defining it:
NLP is collection
of personal development tools -
methods for improving your own
and others' performance
It is also a
collection of tools form effectively communicating with others:
a practical and
pragmatic collection of insights and methods that can enable you to
improve how you communicate with yourself and others
It was originally
designed as a means of
'modelling' or creating
very precise models of how people do things.
NLP is a simple yet
powerful approach to personal and professional development. It is based on
the study of successful human performance in which the
skills of very
effective people are studied and then made available to
others through NLP
easily learned ‘techniques’ are presented in
live interactive workshops.
This means that a good NLP workshop is
a valuable short-cut to more effective and
In a few hours you can learn what may have taken others years to
discover in a trial and error manner.
There is more information about
what is NLP
Why is it called
The name was originally an attempt, about 40
years ago, to come up with a name that would comprehensively
describe the scope of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
It may not have been the best choice (one of the
reasons why it's usually referred to simply as NLP) because while it
is comprehensive it's not necessarily comprehensible. And it has
resulted in much misunderstandings, especially because of the
inclusion of i.e. the word 'programming' in the name - many
people are put off because they perceive this to be about
programming peoples' minds!
in the name refers to the mental and physical programmes which we
use to do everything we do. This is
more fully explained on our about
what is NLP page and you can read
an article on
NLP and that "P" Word here.
What's in it for
NLP provides you with
a means to make changes in your own life and to assist others in doing the
same. It provides you with
insights into how people think and behave
dynamic personal change techniques
advanced communication skills.
There's more information here,
Give a few examples of how I could
benefit from learning NLP?
find more information about its applications
Does learning NLP involve
lots of study?
NLP is not an
intellectual process. On the contrary NLP is very behavioural. It is about
what you do with what you know rather than
with what you know.
For example, you can do the entire 20 day
NLP Practitioner Certification Training without reading any books
on the subject other than the training manual.
However becoming skilful with NLP does require lots of
practise. And you can do this in your everyday activities and interactions
with friends and colleagues.
necessary to attend a 'Practitioner'
No. You can obtain lots of benefit from attending a shorter training such as
our NLP Core Skills
as long as you recognise that merely attending is not enough - you also have
to practise what you learn.
introductory workshop you learn techniques and you practise them. This is
useful and interesting but if you want to gain maximum value from attending
determine that you will devote a few minutes daily to applying what you have
Has it been scientifically
No, nor does NLP make
any claims to be scientific or to be based on studies that compare the
average behaviour of one group with the average behaviour of another.
NLP is a model of what works in individual performance. It is based on the
working principle that if one person can do
something then, given similar physical characteristics, anyone else can
learn to do the same by modelling and integrating into their own repertoire
the skills and attitude of the successful person.
working principle may or may not be literally true
it leads to some quite remarkable improvements in personal performance.
More information about NLP
NLP - what's
in it for me?
How to learn NLP
7 tips for
choosing an NLP training provider
NLP Core Skills - our course in the New Forest
What people have said about
By Reg Connolly,
Director of Training, Pegasus NLP