Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
What is NLP?
In short NLP is modelling excellence in others.
Many people have heard of NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming Yet there seems to be many versions of what it is – but finding a simple, straightforward and Plain English answer to the question Just what exactly is NLP? Isn’t so easy.
Your personal ‘owner’s manual’
NLP is a bit like an ‘owner’s 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.
…and to run your own life more successfully.
…and to communicate with other people much more effectively.
NLP is an ever-growing collection of information and insights into how we human beings function. And this is backed up by a huge range of mental NLP Techniques that can enable us to improve how you think, behave and feel – and to assist others in doing the same.
Becoming skilled in NLP will enable you to:
- Think more clearly.
- Communicate more effectively with others.
- Manage your thoughts, moods and behaviours more effectively.
- 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.
NLP: ‘the study of success’
NLP has been described as the technology of the mind, or the science of achievement, and or the study of success. It is based on the study of the factors which account for either success or failure in human performance.
It is, more correctly, called the study of success. That’s because, right from the start, 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.
YOU LEARN IN HOURS what may have taken the experts years to discover by trial and error
How is it possible to be an idiot… or an expert?
In a practical and very down-to-earth way we are able to use NLP ‘model’ a person’s behaviour to:
- Identify the ‘ingredients‘ of excellent performance i.e. what it is it that they do that is different from less-expert people
- Systematically introduce these ‘ingredients’ into our own performance using NLP techniques and…
- …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!
An answer to the ‘what is NLP?’ question has to include an explanation of 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 person’s 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.
But the name Neuro-Linguistic Programming has been around for around over four decades 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 so popular it must be good – because the title doesn’t do it many favours.