If you are only beginning to explore the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, I’m sure you’ve got a few questions about NLP and, perhaps, even a few misconceptions. Having trained NLP for so many years, we’ve heard and answered hundreds of questions about NLP and it’s applications. So, here’s the list of the most frequently asked questions by novices that will help you gain clarity on some of the questions you have.
1. So, what’s NLP all about?
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming™, and studies how our mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) affect our emotions and behaviours (programming). Also known as “the science of human excellence”, it is comprised of concepts, tools and skills for achieving personal peak performance. It is a method which, enables you to manage your mind, your emotions and your body to run your own life more successfully. It is also a practical study of communication and how we can enhance and utilize language to communicate with extraordinary effectiveness and to influence others.
NLP focuses on producing immediate and long lasting change and by far, provides the most advanced and comprehensive set of interpersonal skills available today. It’s effectiveness and applicability has made it popular in almost any field you can think of: education, coaching, management, negotiations, sales, marketing, sports, health, parenting, politics and the list goes on.
2. Will NLP Make Me “Superhuman”?
Is NLP really that effective and powerful? Yes, it is! Well, it CAN be and it depends on YOU. If you are in a possession of the best car you can imagine, but you never drive it; will you get any benefit from possessing it? No, you won’t get anywhere until you start driving it. The same is true here, in itself it’s just a method to change yourself and improve the quality of your life, but if you never apply it, it will only remain dormant data in your brain. Even if after attending an NLP Practitioner course and learning all the skills and techniques, you choose to act the same old way, you’ll keep getting the results you’ve always gotten and nothing will improve. However, if you choose to practice what you have learnt in your Practitioner course and apply it in real life situations, then everything is possible for what you can achieve. That’s why I said ‘what You can do with it’ and not ‘what IT can do for you’.
3. Is NLP for everybody?
Basically yes, it can be for anybody. It can be applied in any area where there’s a factor of human interaction present. Let me give you a few examples to help you relate it to your own life.
Perhaps, you have a certain habit you wish to get rid off, for instance, constantly shaking your leg when sitting down, chewing on pens (even if they are somebody else’s), getting very nervous when you need to talk to your boss, procrastinating until the very last moment and then dealing with the stress of having too little time to finish all the tasks and so on and so forth. Most likely you have said to yourself dozens of times that you should quit doing it, and perhaps you have even tried to change, but old habits die hard, right? So this is where Neuro-Linguistic Programming™ comes in. Habits are programs run by your unconscious mind; they are difficult to change, because you do most of the things unconsciously and you need to ‘speak’ the language of your unconscious mind in order to make a change.
4. How can I benefit from learning NLP?
If you were to compile a list of all the possible benefits and outcomes, the list would be endless… Some of the most common ones would be:
Or instead of reading all the benefits you can simply imagine this:
Imagine you could learn to be in charge of your thinking, emotions, and behavior at any given moment in life? Imagine you could master your use of language to become a charismatic and influential person. Imagine learning this would allow you to find a way to unleash your full potential to find out who you truly are and what your life purpose is!
NLP truly can transform your life, like it has done for thousands other people around the world who decided to learn it and make use of it.
5. What is the best way to learn NLP?
Attending a licensed Practitioner course is the best and the only way to obtain the fundamental NLP skills.
Our 7-day Licensed Practitioner of NLP® program provides you with fundamental knowledge – great insights into how people think, feel and process information and the differences in our communication styles. It brings you to a completely new level as a communicator and equips you with highly effective people skills.
During the program, various NLP concepts and techniques will be introduced and presented by the trainers. You will subsequently practice them with your fellow participants. This way, you will be given the perfect platform to apply and experience the skills and techniques first-hand, to learn from this process and get real-time feedback from the trainer and facilitators.
The NLP Practitioner course is at the same time a journey of self-exploration, that will enable you discover and harness your strengths, to identify your hidden potential and to get rid of self-limiting beliefs and unwanted habits. Throughout the entire course you will be applying NLP to work on your own goals, creating a positive change in your life already in the training room and by doing so you will learn how to use NLP to assist others in getting the results they want.
6. Do I need a prerequisite to learn it?
Not at all. No matter your age, culture, education, profession or life experiences, all you need is to be willing to learn and grow, be open to new ideas and concepts, to be ready to experiment and have fun.
7. Where can I apply my new NLP skills and techniques?
NLP is being used in most fields. You can apply it management, finance, HR, consulting work, coaching, training, teaching, parenting…. one of our graduates applies it in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a holistic approach to health.
Proper skills will allow you to be flexible in the application of the techniques. The beauty of it is that you can adjust any technique to appropriately fit into any context.
Basically, there is an opportunity to apply NLP wherever there is a human being with a mind who communicates, behaves, and wants to be in charge of themselves and the way they interact with others. After all, NLP is about you and how you can be more successful in the way you create success for yourself.
8. Can I learn NLP from a book?
Just like trying to learn swimming by reading a book, you won’t be able to swim until you find yourself a swimming instructor and a swimming pool.
Yes, reading books may provide you with information. But when you go out there and start applying it, you will naturally make mistakes and you will have questions. True learning comes through face-to-face interaction, when you can compare what works better for you and others. After all, there’s always a difference between theory and practice. Especially when it comes to Neuro-Linguistic Programming™, person-to-person interaction is the key aspect and no book or any online course will give you the same learning as a quality NLP training program.
A practitioner course will provide you with the best platform to explore, learn and apply the skills and techniques first hand. It is a safe environment to make mistakes, receive feedback and have your questions answered by qualified licensed trainers and program facilitators.
9. What is the difference between NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner levels?
The Practitioner course will equip you with a solid foundation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming™ – Covering all the skills and techniques that are necessary to succeed as an NLP Practitioner. You will be able to apply the skills in any daily situation in your life, be it at work or in private. Successful completion of the Practitioner course makes you eligible to attend Master Practitioner course.
The NLP Master Practitioner course, as the word implies, will bring your NLP skills to a new level of mastery. You will deepen your knowledge and harness your skills; in addition you will gain new perspectives and acquire more powerful and advanced tools and techniques to integrate all the previous learnings and produce desired results with more ease and mastery. After the successful completion of the Master Practitioner course you become eligible to attend the Licensed NLP Coach® program or attend the trainers’ training to become a trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming™.
10. Are NLP and hypnosis the same?
They are not the same, but closely related. All change happens on the unconscious level and hypnosis is a way to create an altered state in a person, also known as trance, to make use of the power of their unconscious mind. As such, hypnosis is part of Neuro-Linguistic Programming™. Also in our practitioner course, participants learn how to induce trance and use hypnotic language patterns to greatly accelerate and harness the transformational effect.
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