“There are four ways to become wise. The nicest is conversing with good friends. In fact, one of the top benefits of live training is meeting new friends and learning from them. You put into action the theory, and get feedback. Live training beats online training, audio, video, or self-study which all seem similar, but don’t give you the benefit of feedback from your friends.
To be clear, I love all the different ways you can learn. Conversing is my favorite, but to really master NLP, or any other subject, those other three are critical to our success, too.
Like travelling to many lands. Or living a long life. And then using what we’ve learned.”
Take every opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt, because the more you use your skills the more natural they will become. It’s good to set time aside for NLP study; however, what I am talking about here is the ability to incorporate learning into your everyday life.
Let’s take the example of being able to master ‘sensory-based language patterns’. What do we mean by sensory-based language patterns? We take the world in through our five senses and in any given context a preference will show up in our language patterns:
e.g. “The way forward is bright and clear” – ‘bright’ and ‘clear’ denotes a visual preference.
Now put a day aside to learn to spot visual words and phrases. Once you feel you have mastered that you’ll be ready to move on to auditory and then kinesthetic words and phrases. Sounds like a good idea and you’ll soon get a feel for it, because you are then taking what you have learnt from everyday situations and that learning then becomes dynamic.
So, how would reading books, listening to audios and watching videos fit into ‘live training’ learning.
Read good books, listen to great audios and watch worthy videos
We are lucky enough to live in an age where the publication of information has never been so easy. You can access books, films and audio material via the Internet…it’s all at your fingertips. How wonderful is that? But the downside is that much of the content produced is not regulated and consequently there is a lot of incorrect information available that can be misleading and factually wrong.
Therefore it’s worth ensuring that you access good, reputable material as this will give you the underpinning knowledge and theory to NLP. I would recommend:
- ‘Using Your Brain For a Change’ – Richard Bandler. This will give you a flavour of the early days of NLP
- ‘Transformations’ – Richard Bandler and John Grinder. You can never have enough of Milton Erickson.
- ‘Encyclopedia of Systemic NLP and NLP New Coding’ – Robert Dilts. A great online resource
Just when you think it can’t get any better…..it does! NLP Training for Training Excellence is a superb source of regular learning material and we now produce:
Videos: Youtube Channel – ‘nlpcourses.com’ – free to subscribe via Youtube – watch on the go!
Audios: Podcasts – ‘NLP Courses Show’ – free to subscribe via the iTunes store –listen on the go!
Sharing your learning
One of the best ways to learn and to better understand a skill in detail is to teach it. Share your NLP skills with the world.
Caution – Caution – Caution!
A point of caution when sharing what you have just learnt. On returning from our NLP training courses people inevitably become quite excited having discovered its potential – this is because NLP then takes on a greater meaning and the topic comes to life. Unfortunately, many will quickly go out into the world to find willing and not so willing subjects and aim to push NLP onto people around them. Quite often this may alarm or even deter these people who may know little about NLP. They may feel threatened that the person will try to do something to them, to teach them or even fix them. My advice would be to use your learning on yourself first and then when they ask, “Wow, how did you make that change?” you can share your knowledge with them in a supportive way.
- Live training is key
- Use what you learn by traveling and living
- Read and study good learning materials
We’re always here to support you with your continuous learning and development. Just let me know if you are having any problems or issues when using your NLP skills and I will happily offer advice and guidance to help keep you on track. Just post your query to me below.