NLP – Manipulation, or could it just be the best self-awareness tool EVER?

August 22nd, 2014

Inlp have to admit, I was cautious. Cautious and mindful of the stories I had heard about NLP and its ‘manipulation’ and ‘hypnotherapy’ type techniques to ‘seduce’ people into an alternative way of thinking. Oh what I closed mind I actually had.

I had decided that this year, as part of my development plan, I would seek more information about NLP. Despite some occasional negative vibes (maybe by individuals who hadn’t seen it for themselves?) there were also many people who had had positive outcomes as result of programmes they had taken part in – e.g. different ways to look at values, beliefs, intent and purpose. I was convinced that I needed to see this. I was so impressed by local firm JSNLP’s structure that I took a weekend out to join them on a 2 day course.

The first aspect that struck me was how much detail was paid to the environment we were learning in. As Farscape had recently pointed out, getting the right coaching environment is vital to its success in delivery. The room was relaxed, open and calm – perhaps a deliberate reflection of the programme that we were about to embark on.

It turned out to be one the most enlightening, positive experiences of my life. A key to a toolbox that I have always owned but I never knew what was inside, nor how to open it. There were many well thought out practices to ‘use’ in everyday situations, offering me the ability to take a different angle on mind-sets and possible barriers in front of me.

It evoked an emotional response, and a realisation that everybody possesses the ability to choose their path and to strive for more, for better. If one tool wasn’t right for you, there were many others to try out, it really was down to the individual how much we each took away and got out of the course.

The tools have helped in everyday situations and I would whole heartedly recommend anyone to give it a chance, bring an open mind and be inspired.

I’d like to leave you with a couple of great notes from the weekend itself…

There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.

And my personal favourite…

All things are ready, if our minds be so.

By Matt Elson