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NLP and Science

Published by in NLP ·
Tags: #NLPandscience
NLP has been with us since around 1975, and still has it's skeptics. I spoke to someone yesterday who said "There's absoluteley no science behind NLP". I didn't continue the conversation, as the outcome would have not been worth the effort, and i'll likely not see that person again any time soon. It always amazes me though, how people can dismiss something based on lack of scientific evidence, but won't pay any attention to anyone who has had great results through using NLP. I've seen/facilitated hundreds of lifechanging breakthroughs on Master Practitioner courses, and I couldn't honestly attribute any of them to science.

Applied Hypnosis

Published by in Hypnosis ·
Tags: #hypnosis
I'm often asked to explain what is "Applied Hypnosis". For me, hypnosis is not just about "fixing " stuff. As a generalisation, most people divide hypnosis into 1 of 3 categories. Stage, clinical, and self. Those definitions are okay up to a point, but they don't really portray how useful hypnosis is in a much wider context.
Hypnosis can be applied to any area where there is a thought process driving the outcome. Athletes rehearse a race hundreds of time mentally before getting anywhere near the track, golferes mentally rehearse their shots before hitting the ball. There's hundreds more examples.
These are all scenarios that require mental rehearsal, and are therefor perfect for the application of hypnosis. You'll find that a lot of people will just dismiss this idea and say it's "just thinking about it". Well, yes it is, and hypnosis can be used to direct that thought process, helping the unconscious mind to really prepare and achieve the outcome. So, applied hypnosis is just taking the conecpt of hypnosis, whatever your definition of that might be, and applying it to areas of your life that  maybe need a few tweaks here and there to achieve your goals.

NLP and Speaking

Published by in Public Speaking ·
So, here's a perfect example of the synthesis of public speaking and NLP. I recently delivered a 2 day presentation sills course to a group of 5 employees at a local company. Skill sets ranged from already comfortable to pure terror!
The student who told me at the start of the course "Whenever I have to stand up and speak in front of people I panic. My palms go clammy, I get bright red patches, my breathing rate increases. It's like a full blown panic attack". (Not the exact words, but you get the idea!).
I then delivered the section on the NLP communications model, about how we process information, and how our behaviours are influenced by our past experiences, memories, values and beliefs etc.
I then used a very simple version of perceptual positions with the scared student. I allowed her to experience what it would be like to be confident, control her breathing, feel comfortable, etc. To be honest, I was unsure how much of an effect the exercise would have. I knew it would help, but no to what extent.
To cut a long blog post very short, when she stood up and delivered her final presentation at the end of day 2, not only did she appear 100% confident, she had none of the symptoms she described to the group on day 1, and managed to sing a few verses of a song she had learned as part of being a drama student.
The group were so shocked, that it became quite an emotional event, and defintiely a great result all round.

Does it work?

Published by in NLP ·
When I talk to people about NLP, if theyve never heard of it I find that's the best response. If they have, then NLP is a bit like Marmite. They either love it, or they hate it. If they hate it, I don't generally waste much time trying to convince them. I know people who have spent around an hour trying to convince someone of the benefits of NLP, and failed miserably! In fact, in some cases it's made it worse. I believe that if NLP is "sold" in the right way, i.e. not pushy, not making it out to be a "cure all", and done in a way which invoiteds people to experience the benefits, then it then becomes soemthing people want, rather than reject.
I also believe that as you become more skilled at using NLP, it becomes an unconscious process, working for you every day, all the time, without you really having to consciously think about structure and process. I believe that if someone can detect you're "doing" NLP, then you need to practice some more, and then practice even more, until it bewcomes an unconscious process.  I know from my experience of delivering training at Master Practitioner level, when it becomes an unconscious process, it's like a light bulb moment. That doesn't mean that after you have achieved your outcome, you can't then review the process consciously. I often reflect on experiences and think "Oh, that was neurological levels", or whatever "technique " I think it was.

Stage vs Clinical

Published by in Hypnosis ·
I've seen a number of FB discussions aas to the benefits of using Stage hypnosis techniques in a hypnotherapy session.
Personally, I think that stage hypnotists have a distinct advantage over pure "clinical" hypnotherapists. I believe that there range of skills, ability to manage trance states, react and respond to feedback is developed to a much greater sense. There are 3 distinct areas to consider:
1. The outcome. This is a really easy one to address. Stage = entertainment, clinical = therapeutic intervention.
2. The ability of the practitioner. Again, stage hypnotists have to be skilled to a high level, as initially they're dealing with possibly 20 people at once, and thiining them out to arond 8-10. A clinical hypnotherapist only has to deal with the person in front of them.
3. The ethical and moral stance of the practitioner (Both stage and Clinical). I personally have refused to work with clients who I feel would benefit more from professionally qualified medical help. I know my own limits, and stick to them. I trust my unconscious to tell me if I can work with someone.

Some of you will disagree with me, (I hope so!). This is just my opinion and in no way meant to be factual.

Rapid or Not?

Published by in Hypnosis ·
Tags: #Hypnosis
I'm delivering a 4 day intensive hypnosis training course in London between May 11th to 14th. It's been running for bout 2 years as a 4 day course. What I've discovered is that what makes the course a success is the balance between using/knowing/practising a wide range of inductions, both progressive and rapid. Ive made a few enquiries of other training providers, who i'm not going to name, and 95% of them don't or wont teach rapid inductions as they say they're not suitable in a theraputic setting. Why not?  I teach that if a particular method works for the client, then that's fine. And the more tools and techniques you have at your disposal means you can continuosly adapt to the needs of your client.


Published by in Hypnosis ·
Tags: #Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a very powerful technique, accessible to everyone. Its had some bad press over the years, but is now becoming more accepted by corporate people, and individuals as a tool for achieving goals. It isn't all about fixing stuff. Most successful people achieve their goals in a way that most people can't seem to understand. It's really simple, they're using self hypnosis and visualisation techniques to turn their internal representations into actions. Of course, that's not how they would label the process. When you're really that good at something and people want to know how you do what you do, what do YOU say?


Published by in Excel ·
Tags: #Excel
As someone that hates maths, I really love the fact that Excel will carry out all the complicated stuff automatically. It took me a while to get the hang of all the functions and formulas, but now I deliver ttraining in Excel up to and including advanced. I really love the way that students see how much fun Excel can be, even though it's mostly work associated!
I'd like to use this blog as a central discussion point for anything Excel related, especially for students who have attended my XL training, at any level.
If you have a question/comment/solution then feel free to comment.

Personal Development

Published by in Personal Development ·
This is a big topic, and one which I hope will lead to many positive and useful discussions. I don't mind what your tool or technique is, or who you trained with, or what accreditation you have, I would like everyone to contribute to giving positive comments, suggestions, and help anyone that needs it.
Please be kind to your fellow practitioners. We are all aware of the good the bad and the ugly! My aim is to convert everyone to the good, at whatever their chosen discipline!


Published by in NLP ·
Tags: #NLP
I created a seperate category for NLP simply because most of my friends are from the NLP world initially, and have branched out into other therapies such as Hypnosis, CBT,EMDR,EFT etc. There seems to be a lot of negativity towards NLP, which I think stems from bad trainers, less than adequate training techniques and generally poor input.
My philosophy for all things, including NLP is that if it works for a person, that's great, no arguments. If you're woking with a client, friend, partner and they say "stop doing that NLP rubbish on me", then you've clearly not quite grasped the concept of NLP in that it should ideally become an unconscious process, not conscious. I'm being a little harsh here, as i know it took me about 3 years to really get to grips with Master prac techniques, and begin to use them on a daily basis at an unconscious level.

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