What is NLP?
Or Neuro-Linguistic Programming? Or even Neurolinguistic Programming?
An owner's manual
NLP is a bit like an 'owners manual'
on how to use your brain!
At school and college we learned wonderful things like history and geography and algebra but we did not learn much about how to feel good or to have great relationships. That's where NLP comes in.
NLP is a set of insights and skills
You can use the NLP methods
and insights to be more in charge of your thoughts and feelings.
run your own life more successfully.
to communicate with other people
much more effectively.
NLP is an ever-growing collection of information
and insights, backed up by a huge range of mental
Techniques that can enable you to improve how you think, behave and feel - and assist others do the same. Becoming skilled in NLP will enable you to:
do whatever you already do reasonably well, even better
acquire skills and attitudes to do what you cannot do right now, but would like to be able to do
think more clearly
communicate more effectively with others
manage your thoughts, moods and behaviours more effectively.
We have an article here on the
benefits of learning NLP
here are details of our NLP courses.
NLP: the study of success
NLP has been variously described as the technology of the mind, the science of achievement, and the study of success. It is based upon the search for and the study of the factors which account for either success or failure in human performance.
For over thirty years NLP explorers have studied or modelled the behaviour and thinking styles of particularly effective and successful people in business, education, sales, therapy, sport, and personal development.
The results of this work are nowadays presented in workshops and extended trainings which, in effect, provide shortcuts to more successful living - you learn in hours what may have taken the experts years to discover by trial and error.
(We also have an NLP FAQ).
How is it possible to be an idiot... or an expert?
Pegasus NLP courses we consider that the question how is it possible to be an idiot or an expert? expresses the essence of the NLP attitude and skills.
because with NLP we can identify the attitude and the skills that produces either type of performance.
practical and very down-to-earth way we are able to use
NLP 'model' a person's
the 'ingredients' of excellent performance
i.e. what it is it that they do that is different
from less-expert people
introduce these 'ingredients' into our own performance using NLP
...equally important, we can look at the ingredients of
less-than-successful performance, in ourselves or in others, and
use NLP to change or replace these.
NLP - that name!
The name Neuro-Linguistic Programming was
invented in the early 70's as an attempt to describe in a
comprehensive manner the scope of this extensive body of insights and skills:
Neuro refers to how the mind and body interact
Linguistic refers to the insights into a persons thinking that can be obtained by careful attention to their use of language
Programming refers, not to the activity of programming, but to the study of the thinking and behavioural patterns or programmes which people use in their daily lives.
The name is a bit of a mouthful and is certainly not NLP's strongest asset. By trying to be too comprehensive it has ended up being somewhat off-putting, either because it sounds complicated or, worse, that it sounds sinister (many people initially think the 'programming' part of the name suggests that NLP has something to do with 'being programmed'!)
But the name Neuro-Linguistic Programming has been around for
around 40 years so it looks like we are stuck with it. Which is why it is generally abbreviated to the initials NLP.
You could say that NLP has become successful not because of the title but in spite of it:
let's face it - if something with such a weird name can become this popular it must be good - because the title does
not do it many favours. (See our article on
scary P word.)
Is all 'NLP' the same?
- which is unfortunate if you're trying to figure out where to learn NLP. The quality of NLP that you get is
dependent on with which organisation you learn it and
Even terms like
Practitioner or Certified NLP Master Practitioner are unreliable since there are no
Originally the title
Certified NLP Practitioner indicated that the person had
Participated in a
thorough hands-on training programme of at least 120 hours - over 18-20
assessed by a Certified NLP Trainer as having attained a certain level
Been observed to
consistently adhere to a range of NLP Principles in how the applied NLP.
Members of the
Professional Guild of NLP
adhere to these standards. And, as a Founder
Member of the Guild, so does Pegasus NLP.
In addition, and to ensure
impartiality and thoroughness, we have two certifying NLP Trainers on our
Practitioner programmes and three certifying Trainers on our Master
Anyone who have achieved
Certification as a Practitioner of NLP through the Guild process knows that
they have truly earned their certification.
However since the late 90s
standards have changed. In order to make NLP training more profitable
lots of organisations began providing 'practitioner
certificates' with less regard to skill achieved and more regard to hours or
days spent in the training room.
A Google search provides
interesting insights into this new approach of what
constitutes an NLP 'practitioner'. You achieve a piece of paper announcing
that you are and NLP 'practitioner' merely by sitting in a hotel room for a
few days - without having to go through any form of skills' assessment.
In fact, you can even get such a piece of paper
through online or distance-learning.
fast-track' or 'accelerated' NLP training courses are popular because
people believe that because having the piece of paper means they have the
same skill as someone who has done a longer, and possibly more expensive,
course. They don't.
Skill with - or information about?
term NLP Practitioner has traditionally referred to the level of
skill demonstrated by the would-be practitioner.
Sitting in an audience of dozens or hundreds of people provides information
- as does a book or online video.
Skill with NLP, as opposed to information about NLP,
requires practice and personal hands-on guidance and feedback from a
qualified NLP Trainer - so this skill can only be acquired in a small group
which is allowed time and space for hands-on experimentation, discussion and
Learning to drive a car from a lecture
Let's say two
friends announce that they have just learned to rive. And they each offer to
take you out for an afternoon in their new car - a trip that will involve
in-town traffic and fast motorway driving.
has been reading about driving, watching some videos and had a few days
of lectures. She has not actually trained in a car and with a qualified
instructor. She has not been assessed on her level of skill. But she has
does have nice piece of paper which say she is a 'qualified driver.'
has had 120 hours of driving experience with a qualified driving
instructor - who has guided her through the process from start to
finish. She then did a driving assessment and was awarded her licence.
It's now your
choice. Who do you trust with your life?
The Professional Guild standard
We are offering a
completely biased view!
These are not objective
comments because here in Pegasus NLP we are, of
That's because we train people in the thorough manner -
and we do this because, even though it is not nearly as profitable, it
results in our Practitioners and Master Practitioners being highly skilled -
proud of having earned their certification. (You can read
what people have said about
our courses here)
That's why we are Founder
Members of the
Professional Guild of NLP - we helped form the Guild back in 2003 to fly
the flag for uncompromisingly high standards of NLP.
The fast track people will counter this quality argument by telling their customers that they
will learn from extraordinarily wonderful trainers, that they will learn
through hypnosis(!), and they they will learn a special 'advanced' form of
Our customers see
through this form of marketing. As a result they tend to be a pretty savvy
bunch. They are, as one Pegasus
NLP by-line suggests, people who like to think for themselves!
also this article 'not all NLP is the same!'
What people say about our courses
didn't know anything about NLP before the course. I found the
whole experience constantly enlightening, fascinating,
stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable. I met new people who
helped broaden my knowledge and outlook and attitude. It was a
truly changing experience in a wonderful and non pressurised
Really made me think about me and how I react to others and
I am a better person for it ... and hopefully people around me
will benefit from that!
It will complement my coaching perfectly.'
Vivienne Goldstein, Personal Development Coach,
UK (3 August 2009)
is the first course that I did not nod off on or get bored and
after the first few days - I switched off my blackberry. A major
result. The course was thought
provoking, stimulating -
life changing - not
in the dramatic 'ride off in to the sunset' sense but in terms
of how I perceive myself, how I perceive others, my personal
beliefs and desires, my general well being and my work/life
The first comment I have already received is that I
seem calmer - that is excellent progress when you consider my
high stress working life and busy personal life.
Charles Buckingham, UK (3 August 2009)
'It was the best course that I have
ever been on (and I have been on a lot of courses!). I have
learnt more about what motivates me and others whilst on this
course than any other previous course or study. The team
activities really consolidated my learning in a way that
surpasses any other learning that I have undertaken.
Four weeks after the course I feel
refreshed and invigorated. I returned to work full of optimism.
I strongly believe that by participating in the Core Skills
course I gained a new perspective about how humans think and
communicate. This will help me become more effective in my
personal and and my working life.Gail
Sherwood, Tutor, UK (8 August 2009)
Click here for
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