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NLP Practitioner(Combined)

NLP Practitioner (Combined)

Welcome, we offer three levels of NLP Practitioner course;
(1), NLP only;
(2), NLP combined with Hypnosis;
(3), Full 5 module Diamond Practitioner course.

All three are professional standard qualifications with the first two having a slightly different emphasis on approach.

The NLP Practitioner (Combined) is an excellent all round skill set blending NLP & Hypnosis into a powerful multi-model tool-kit.

The Diamond Practitioner (NLP coach) contains 3 modules of pure NLP. As the title suggests this course is a great coaching skill set and it goes deeper than the usual coaching models.

The Full 5 module Diamond Practitioner course is a Master Practitioner level course. It gives you both the insight to understand what NLP and Hypnosis are trying to achieve and the skills to actually achieve it.

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Author: Nicholas Evans. Active NLP Ltd (all rights reserved)

NLP - Coaching or Therapy?

Welcome and thanks for taking the time to read a fresh take on NLP
Firstly NLP is hard to define, if you think of it as therapy you get a sense that it's scope is too narrow; and if you think of it as coaching you are conscious of it being so much more. The stock answer of "nuro refers to the mind, linguistic to language and programming refers to the mind" doesn't help much either

There's more to it than meets the eye!
To be fair, NLP is rarely explained in such a simplistic way in face to face encounters person to person. That explanation is mainly used in the 'what is nlp? pages of webites (I've used it in mine). That is not to say there aren't some practitioners who are aren't interested in looking any deeper, even some NLP trainers have little motivation to go beyond a superficial understanding of their subject. In some cases they are just not interested and those that have looked into it more deeply are still unable to put their finger on exactly what it is.

Here's my understanding
In essence NLP is a core collection of patterns, skills and ideas created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s. Other developers, authors and trainers have since added their own variations to this core collection and now NLP can seem like nothing more than a huge collection of pre-defined techniques with strict rules about which step comes first, when to do this technique and when to that one.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The core patterns identified by mssrs Bandler & Grinder still define NLP today and in my opinion give it its strength. These patterns were the result of modelling exceptional people and adding on bits here and there, relating it to quantum mechanics or supernatural entities such as 'the universe' or any of the other spurious practices that it seems to invite is just diluting the unique and inspired work of genius that it is.

So what is it?
The twin beating hearts at the centre of NLP are the linguistic patterns "Meta Model" and "Milton model." Of those patterns that can be characterised as 'behavioural' rather than linguistic two stand out above the rest; "Spacial Sorting" and "Perceptual Positions."

Spatial sorting is taking mental concepts and giving them a physical location. The idea of time is a good example. Someone may have a concept of time that 'feels' like the past is behind them and the future in front. By drawing a physical line on the floor one is able to physically walk back into the past and consider previous experiences. A good practitioner uses NLP skills like 're-framing' and the Meta Model to guide their subject through this framework in a way that helps them to re-evaluate their past.

Huge 'Ah Ha moments' are very common in NLP.

Perceptual Positions describe the different perspectives we can take up when considering any aspect of human activity. We can see it through our own eyes, we can imagine what someone else sees and thinks about it like that and we can take up various levels of objectivity like a 'fly on the wall' point of view. The Double V-K dissociation process now known more populaly as the 'rewind technique' makes excellent use of this ability to evaluate events from multiple persepctives.
It involves imagining a large TV screen in fornt of you and seeing yourself up on the screen going through a past experience. Again, a skilled practitioner guides the person through the process, using NLP language skills and principles.

The terminology suggests that Perceptual Positions are part of our visual experience only but there are also common expressions such as; "Put yourself in my shoes." which mean the same thing and point to a kinesthetic experience

One can use these patterns and skills on self or others. To use them either way requires a good training. They are difficult to master from a book or DVD and should definitely be learnt in a face to face training environment, especially if you intend to use them professionally.

So why do some call NLP new age pseudo science?
Probably because it is a victim of its own success.
Think of it like this, lets say there are 8 core patterns to the NLP model (along with the supporting principles called (presuppositions).
  • Anchoring
  • Spatial sorting
  • Reframing
  • Perceptual positions
  • Meta/Milton model
  • Sub-modality mapping
  • Parts work
  • Chunking
Only 8 elements but you could get over 40,000 different permutations with just those (I'm trusting McDonald's math equations here as they did it for their 8 item menu).
Anyway it's a lot. This I believe is what has happened to NLP over the years, techniques and processes have been drawn up on paper that are logically sound, BUT, when you come to use them in the real world they don't work. It is very seductive to think that all you have to do is change an internal picture from colour to black and white and that will make everything OK, especially if you have no experience of coaching or therapy and you want a guaranteed result. It must seem like a dream come true, the ability to 'heal' emotional pain and bad memories in 20 minutes. Who wouldn't want that? However, the reality is that "sub-modality mapping" is an art and a skill like everything else in NLP and getting the person to a place where the mapping has a chance of being effective is a skill too. Exaggerated claims of 'quick fixes' do us no favours. The techniques may be magical but the skills required to pull them off require hard word, study and practice.

NLP techniques, when used as frameworks (patterns) by skilled practitioners create a space in which people can learn and change, sometimes in ways that completely transform their lives and the lives of those around them. To use NLP in this way requires wisdom, intuition, passion and flexibility, all of which you will find highly valued on any of my trainings.

NLP has no theoretical foundations?
Again not the case! But is a common misconception. One argument is it's because NLP had such charasmatic developers who remain unchallenged. I don't think so. Maybe, back in the 70s the young developers of NLP proudly asserted that their aim was to create effective models without reference to theory and truth. But it is a sophisticated argument they make not the blunt point many take it to be. Unfortunately there are a lot of practitioners who do take it at face value, their most common response when confronted by contradicory evidence being "It doesn't matter if it's true or not, just act as if it is". This is actually a very sensible way to proceed in a contingent world where you can back up pretty much anything with 'science' but it must be tempered with common sense. And yes, it does leave NLP open to criticism that it is anti intellectual, part of the human potential movement, a cult, and not least that all its practitioners, teachers and leaders are ignorant of the most basic theoretical foundations of psychology. But that is certainly not true of the early developers. They couldn't have made those early discoveries about subjective experience without knowing what they were looking for or explained it without reference to existing terminology.

Miracle cures?
Unfortunately, I've met many, many practitioners who seem oblivious to the body of work and theoretical foundations that NLP can be identified with. For some being told truth doesn't matter and to 'just act as if it's true' soon becomes constricting and they turn away from NLP. Others adopt it with ferocity (I was at a practice group several years ago being shown a technique that would make me feel differently about someone in my life. I stood in one corner of the room and thought about the person, then stood in a different corner and was told to think about them differently. When I said I still felt the same I was told it that was because I hadn't believed hard enough that it would work!).

I'm a big believer in the power of belief but just standing in a different spot on the carpet and wishing it was so is going too far. The person running the group was guilty of the elementary NLP schoolboy error;

putting all the credit and power in the technique itself.

This kind of practitioner treats NLP techniques like Chinese herbal medicine, selecting the appropriate "cure" for a presenting symptom. The first thing to realise is that the techniques are nothing without a skilled practitioner. It is you who effects the change on others not the process on its own and if you want to make amazing changes in self or on others then invest in a course with some depth rather than one that promotes a kind of 'emporers new clothes' atmosphere where you get at least one miracle cure a day perfomed on a delegate. Miracle cures may look great in the classroom but not so much when you get out into the real world and realise you can't replicate any of it.

A final Note
If you want to understand what NLP is and what it isn't, and get that information straight from the horses mouth as it were, then please the article by Richard Bandler.

For more information on any of our unique coaching & training formats such as;
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You can visit the following pages or contact Nick Evans direct using our enquiry page

1.Click◀ Takes you to Richard Bandler's article on NLP.
2.Click◀ Takes you to the full article on responsive training design
3.Click◀ Takes you to the full article on Deep Change Coaching
4.Click◀ Takes you to the full article on six-step-hypnosis

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The NLP Practitioner(Combined) course is comprised of three modules.
  • Module 1. NLP Foundation Diploma
  • Module 2. NLP Practitioner Patterns.
  • Module 3. Hypnosis patterns.

This RNLPP Certified course is the perfect entry level course if you want to use NLP Professionally.

It contains the most powerful NLP patterns to be found anywhere and teaches you how to use them alongside hypnotic techniques and language.

This is a highly practical course and if you have accumulated skills via management, coaching, therapy, self-employment or in another people development role then our unique Diamond Design™ training format ensures everything you learn can be used alongside your existing skills.

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Key Features of this course:

  • Perfect all round skill set for new Practitioners
  • All the NLP & Hypnosis needed for experienced coaches
  • Works alongside & enhances existing work & life skills
  • Access our unique Six Step Hypnosis™ format
  • Prove you have the skills you say you have with verifiable RNLPP certification
  • Relevant to any professional who wants to turn their life & work experience into a powerful tool-kit for change; including coaches, therapists, teachers; trainers, business professionals, managers, sales personnel, public sector workers, community leaders, youth workers, probation officers, police officers, forces personell and more
  • Entry requirements. No previous experience or qualifications required
  • Training structure. 9 days face to face training (75 hours). There are distance learning assignments of 55 hours. Assessment is on your ability to perform NLP patterns and knowledge of NLP structure
  • Upon successful completion of the course you will be issued the award of 'Certified NLP Practitioner (NLP Prac, RNLPP)' & ‘Certified Practitioner of Hypnosis (Cht, RNLPP)’
  • Investment. £1,797 (standard booking). There is no need to pay for the whole course at once, you can pay for individual modules as you take them. Investment for each module is £599

Whatever my future holds, these techniques will always be applied in some form 'out there'.M, Ivybridge





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5 questions you need to ask before choosing a course or practitioner

Whether you're looking for a course, or an individual Practitioner, asking these questions will you save you time and £ £ £


They believe that techniques and scripts are like magic spells you pick from a book.

What technique is best for this? Or
What script is best for that? are valid questions if the technique or script is seen as a guide or framework, BUT, not if they are seen as guaranteed " cures and fixes ".
Techniques and scripts come in all shapes and sizes, some of them are good, some are bad, some are devised by experienced practitioners, some are created by people who know little or nothing about NLP & hypnosis.

The trouble is, because the techique or script is considered infallible, if it doesn't work; for example, doesn't help you feel confident, then you could get the blame for being ‘ resistant ’

Solution: Choose a professional who uses scripts and techniques as frameworks and tailors them to your individual circumstances.


They make people fit techniques instead of making techniques fit people.
I'm afraid anyone taking this approach is simply following instructions without any understanding of the patterns at all. They've learnt a hundred techniques for a hundred possible scenarios,

''' BUT ''' you wouldn't learn French by memorising a hundred sentences for a hundred encounters. That's the beginners way AND

It's the same with NLP & Hypnosis.

Solution: Choose a professional who can explain why they choose one technique over another and how it produces the effects it's supposed to. This will demonstrate a deep understanding of the technique or script which means they can adapt techniques to you...not you to techniques.

No interest in wider subjects that concern the human condition.
NLP & hypnosis are just as much Art as they are Science.

If your trainer∕practitioner is not versed or interested in wider subjects, art, history, philosophy, spirituality, and clings instead to reports, data and statistics then they will be unable to create simple, effective and user friendly ways of facillitating change in the real world. You'll be seen as a "Human system" and be expected to behave as one.

Solution: When making your enquiries drop some references to wider subjects into the conversation and see the response. The ability to see multiple perspectives is an essential skill for a Practitioner and you only get that if you educate yourself as to what those perspectives are.

Using venues that re-enforce your existing habits, thoughts and feelings.
Fundamentally, the reason you are engaging with NLP & hypnosis is to learn about yourself and explore your potential.

If your learning environment is essentially the same as your work environment, even if it's an upmarket hotel, then it makes it harder to try out new ideas and new ways of doing things. Worst case scenario; you retreat back to the safety of old behaviours and ways of being in the world.

Solution: Ask why they use the venue they do. If it's obvious that it's chosen for it's feel good factor or sense of affluence rather than its suitability as a learning environment then I would choose someone else.
Don't value real practice and one on one engagement.
The most obvious and the most important

the more face to face time you get for your money....the better.
Just think about anything you've ever learned. Wasn't it easier when you had someone to show you how it's done, someone to answer questions as they come up and point you in the right direction?

It's harder and takes longer to work it out for yourself, hours searching the internet or 30 seconds asking a real person? We know this, but we also weigh up the costs.

Trouble is "Certificate issuing" is big business these days and you might end up with a bunch of certificates but no real skills.

Solution Don't be dazzled by impressive looking logos, crests and seals. They are all private companies and they need to make a profit or they go bust. Look beyond, who is doing the actual training, how long have they been doing it, how much one on one time are they willing to invest in you.

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