Learning Highlight: Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Photo by  Mari Helin  on  Unsplash

Photo by Mari Helin on Unsplash

Do you have a passion for communicating and helping people change their thoughts and behaviors to help them achieve their goals? Whether you want to be a life coach, motivational speaker, writer, consultant, counselor or just want to develop interpersonal skills; a training in NLP would benefit you.

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. According to a definition by nlp.com, “Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; and Programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, learning NLP is like learning the language of your own mind.”

NLP explores the power of subliminal thoughts, mastering the art of communicating with yourself and with others. NLP training is learning to be fluent in the language of your mind. There are many concepts, tools, and techniques in NLP. One common goal is aligning what your conscious and unconscious mind tells you about what you want to get out of life. 

Developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s, NLP aimed to identify and decode successful individuals’ pattern of thoughts and behaviors and teach them to others. Unlike hypnotherapy, NLP utilizes conscious language to spark changes in a person’s thoughts and behaviors.

An NLP practitioner has the mental and behavioral skills, linguistic tools and transformational techniques used to empower their clients. The NLP framework involves rapport and trust-building, information-gathering, and goal-setting. You will learn how to establish your goals and fine-tune your mind as well as get rid of your unwanted habits.

Last month, I got the chance to attend a learning session at the NLP Center of New York. The event was led by Steven A. Leeds, M.A. Established in 1986, the center also provides a variety of other trainings including individual counseling, coaching, and hypnotherapy sessions, however, I was particularly interested in their NLP Practitioner course. I checked out this session to decide if it was a good place to take the full NLP Practitioner course.

Surely it did not disappoint. Dr. Leeds was very credible and in fact among the people who first began studying NLP in 1981. It was a short session but I want to share some of my favorite lines that he said:

• For me to answer your question, i need to understand what you mean.

• Instead of saying i can’t, say I don't know how.

• I don't want to have power over you, nor you have power over me.

• When i asked you to think about what you want to change about yourself, i am imposing that there is a problem.

There are still many concepts I need to learn, but hey, maybe we can do it together. If you want to learn more about NLP Center of New York, check out their website. Also, there are many training sessions available all around the world, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one near you if you’re really interested.