Welcome to Leading NLP, your source for the finest NLP training in Brisbane

We are pleased to bring you the finest professional-grade training and experiences in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Our trainings are nationally accredited as the Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and led in intensive sessions by some of the best trainers from Australia and across the region.


Leading NLP was created to bring the finest NLP in the world to Brisbane. We partner with Inspiritive (an Australian RTO) to deliver the Graduate Certificate in NLP. You can register your place by following the link below.


If you’re after coaching or consulting with one of our team of skilled and experienced professionals, we have a number of options for you to consider.

Training fees

Just as a University can’t offer discounts, we can’t artificially inflate the value of our training. To make it more affordable for you, we have had our training registered for VET FEE-HELP so you can defer all the upfront costs of the course.


Each year we offer a select array of intensive experiences, each specifically designed to lead you and a small group of people like yourself to a higher level.

Some of our recent posts

Having been studying NLP since 1996 and working with it since 1998, I have seen some developments. Some developments are truly innovative, while others represent a renaissance, a rediscovery of great ideas that had been lost. We hope these posts are of interest to you.


With the recent changes to VET-FEE-HELP, we are strictly limited in our access to FEE-HELP. Please contact us for more details, as eligibility varies from one person to the next.

04 Mar 16 Daniel Smith
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Calibration, Sensory Acuity and Lie Detection

It’s really hard to tell whether someone is lying to you. You might know someone that has a characteristic ‘tell’ – a mannerism that lets you know that they are lying. Or you’ve heard about changes in the amount of eye contact that people make when they lie. Or you’ve been really studying hard to […]

07 Jan 15 Daniel Smith

Can I defer the training fees?

Taking professional standard NLP training is a serious commitment of time. And money. Considering that you get focused attention from trainers with 18+ years experience working with NLP for 40 days, it is currently $337.50 per day. Which you might recognise as being excellent value! But I know it is still money. When I started […]

21 May 14 Daniel Smith

Dates for 2014 Brisbane training released

Next event: Experience NLP Fundamentals in Brisbane 6-11 May (with Saturday off) Then we are offering our first Winter Intensive: The full 40-day Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming over July and August.

08 Jan 14 Daniel Smith

Well-Formed Outcomes: Getting Beyond SMART!

New Year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and where we want to go next. Many people will set ‘new years resolutions’. That they will break within weeks. If not days. There are many tips (eg here) on how to get better results. Here I want to focus on how […]

31 Dec 13 Daniel Smith

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your interest in China NLP. We have been working hard to bring world class NLP trainings to China, with events in Shanghai, Beijing and across Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region, and are pleased to welcome our new Practitioners and Master Practitioners. As a simple gift for this Christmas, I’d like to […]

24 Dec 13 Daniel Smith

NLP for increasing your Influence Quotient

Last Friday a small group of us were exploring how NLP can be used for influence. While the language patterns of the Meta Model, Milton Model and even Metaphor Model can be easily applied to increase your “Influence Quotient”, we were exploring this topic more comprehensively. The first way that NLP can help increase your […]

25 Mar 13 Daniel Smith

Making Couples Happy :)

Last night I stumbled across the ABC television show, Making Couples Happy, which explores: “What are the secrets to a happy relationship? Great sex? Never arguing? Keeping peace with the in-laws?” From the first moment, I was struck by the similarities between what was being offered to these couples and what we explore in NLP. Some […]

22 Feb 13 Daniel Smith

Vale Frank Farrelly, author of Provocative Therapy

Fed up with uncooperative patients, Frank Farrelly developed a method of challenge and provocation for jolting clients out of their existing mindset, and yielding significant ongoing change. While confronting for many, the results were clear enough to secure the attention of Bandler and Grinder; he is considered by many to be one of the original […]

12 Feb 13 Daniel Smith

From balls into cats

Free yourself: Your job is to convert people from balls into cats. John Grinder Many of us are trapped in our thinking. We allow other people to “make” us angry (or happy or sad). We respond predictably when people push our buttons. We fixate upon specific internal representations of events and people. A primary focus […]

18 Jan 13 Daniel Smith

Respect their Model of the World

My son politely asked me to feed him. Being very adorable, I’ve tended to agree to such requests; Though as he is almost ready to start kindergarten I figure it’s about time that he fed himself more and relied upon me less. I had just been pointing out the names of the different fingers and […]

11 Jan 13 Daniel Smith

Happy New Year!

You probably have your own way of bringing in the new year. Maybe you watch the fireworks, or a movie, or get together with friends. Some people like to set “resolutions”. I find the notion of re-solution as being a bit too close to repeatedly solving something, but I do like to prepare for the […]

01 Jan 13 Daniel Smith

Success through NLP using Points of View

While NLP can be used to achieve many things, sometimes it is useful to have a concise explanation of what NLP does and can do for you. With this in mind, I produced this article: Success through NLP. Please enjoy!  

25 Jun 12 Daniel Smith

How can I close the deal?

One of my participants recently asked me: One of the challenges I’m having is in the area of closing in business… how does (present) a context that is comfortable and not overly aggressive (but that still gets the deal done)? And it is a challenge for many people. What do you think? You might try putting […]

01 Mar 12 Daniel Smith

How are you? How do you feel? How do you want to feel? How do you want to be?

We are training our son to sleep in his own bed at the moment. Having grown accustomed to having his mother beside him, always ready to sooth him back to sleep, it has been a challenging transition for him. And he isn’t afraid to share that he’s upset, so our whole household has shared the […]

14 Jan 12 Daniel Smith

Getting what you want

Earlier this week, I was asked whether I could share a secret for successful negotiations and “getting your own way”. As I replied, the most important ‘secret’ is to know what you really want. In other words: Know your outcome. It’s the first step of the old USF (Ultimate Success Formula) or NSF (NLP Success […]

20 Dec 11 Daniel Smith

Conversational Reimprinting

Earlier today I was speaking with a woman about a conversation that she had with her father many years ago. In the conversation, he told her that he was proud of her – that she was so smart that she could have been a doctor or a lawyer or anything, and that she chose to […]

07 Dec 11 Daniel Smith

When goals can fail you: Pursuing purpose above profit

Satisfaction depends not merely on having goals, but on having the right goals. Failing to understand this… can lead sensible people down self-destructive paths. Daniel Pink in Drive Goals are powerful and useful. They can help move us forward and create a whole new world. Yet they only give us fulfillment to the extent that […]

17 Nov 11 Daniel Smith

Cocktail Party effect

With a sea of information around us, it’s important to learn to chunk and filter. We do this automatically of course – we learn to focus on the voice of the person in front of us, rather than listening to every sound from any direction. We learn to focus our vision on what is most […]

31 Oct 11 Daniel Smith

What Went Well – and Why?

One of the exercises from Flourish is something that Seligman calls “What Went Well”. Here’s how Marty explains it: Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well… The three things need not be earthshaking in […]

15 Oct 11 Daniel Smith

Flourishing: Positive Psychology, Well-Being Theory and NLP

What do we want? What do you want? Happiness? Success? Love? Peace? A sense of purpose and meaning? Intention is an important part of NLP. From “old school” techniques like the 6-Step Reframe (or N-Step Reframe), Grinder’s OIC Pattern, Dilts’ Neurological Levels, to the Virtual Question/ Primary Question process, Values and Logical Levels, getting beyond the surface to the […]

06 Oct 11 Daniel Smith

Recoded Neurological Levels: The How and Why Model

Many trained in New Code NLP are interested in recoding existing patterns. Existing NLP formats can have great value when we can distill their underlying pattern rather than slavishly sticking with a preexisting rigid format. Here is one attempt at recoding Robert Dilts’ Neurological Levels prepared by Daniel Smith: If you can imagine holding a […]

30 May 11 Daniel Smith

禪/ 禅/ The Zen of NLP?

The other night, after the best part of a pitcher of a surprisingly tasty peach whiskey drink, I was speaking with a friend about music. Yihan is an accomplished musician, who was telling me about how she experiences a very interesting altered state when she is playing sometimes. She described it as being a state […]

09 May 11 Daniel Smith

New Code Games

Being “in the zone” can be an incredible feeling. Whether it’s that feeling of making a presentation “just right”, or being in a negotiation when things “just work”, or hitting the golf ball “perfectly”, when things work for us, when we are at our very best, it can be amazing. New Code Games are typically […]

24 Apr 11 Daniel Smith

A guide to choosing an NLP Trainers’ Training

The first big step into NLP for most of us is our NLP Practitioner training. This is an important and powerful experience, perhaps only matched by our Master Practitioner training. But what then? Personally, I was immersed in the world of Anthony Robbins events and trainings. You might repeat your Practitioner or Master Practitioner training with […]

30 Mar 11 Daniel Smith

What is your Learning Rate Determining Step?

Just over a month ago, I had my first piano lesson. It was very hard. The teacher kept trying to teach me about “Middle C”, a term that had little meaning and even less perceived value to me. And she taught me to play music that was so inanely simplistic that I was bored before […]

18 Mar 11 Daniel Smith

Iconoclast: What does it take to be extraordinary?

In the pursuit of excellence and freedom, there are a few domains to consider. One is the field of expertise, a major contribution of which, Deliberate Practice, I have discussed elsewhere. Yet what about those unique individuals who really change things? Those people (‘freaks’ – in a good way!) who change the world. What is different […]

01 Feb 11 Daniel Smith

How would a chicken act?

“Hypnosis doesn’t exist. I bet you can’t make me act like a chicken!” “How would a chicken act?” What followed was a hilarious few moments when the participant on the public speaking workshop that I was leading stood up on a table, flapped his arms and started clucking loudly like a chicken. The room was […]

07 Nov 10 Daniel Smith

Faking it really works!

Why is it that sometimes you can feel powerful, confident and certain about what you’re doing, though other times you don’t? And, more importantly, what can we do about it? If you have an important presentation or interview coming up, how can you get yourself into state quickly and on demand? By taking on the […]

28 Sep 10 Daniel Smith

Excellence: Do you just go there or do you live there?

Over dinner with an Aikido Master last week, discussions lubricated with plenty of Tsingtao and sake turned to the founder of Aikido. Morihei Ueshiba, known as O’Sensei, developed Aikido through last century, as much a philosophy as a martial art that has experienced spectacular success around the world. And yet it was noted that none […]

15 Sep 10 Daniel Smith

Who says the earth revolves around the sun?

On The Genius Project, I wrote the following: In the past two weeks, I watched my four-month-old son learn to blow raspberries. Inspired by reading that this would be good for his language development (seriously!), and knowing that his mother can’t blow raspberries, I made the sacrifice and regularly blew raspberries at him. He was […]

19 Apr 10 Daniel Smith

Types of NLP training

A few years ago, I completed an MBA. It was hard work but the path was pretty straight-forward, with a number of compulsory subjects and some electives. And once I finished, I graduated and could put “MBA” after my name. There are three basic levels of NLP training. The first basic level of training is […]

12 Jan 10 Daniel Smith

Alec Baldwin’s film career is a failure

Alec Baldwin is a well-known actor. Many would consider him successful. He has starred in many moves and appears in popular television shows. Yet he sees himself a failure. Just recently, he said, “I consider my entire movie career a complete failure.” I couldn’t help but ask myself, “How?” Rather than trying to reassure him […]

01 Dec 09 Daniel Smith

Richard Bandler’s Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning

One of the first things that stands out to me as I watch Richard Bandler training in Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning is just how similar it is to New Code NLP. Richard and John worked together for about seven years at the start of Neuro-Linguistic Programming before moving in their individual directions. Richard went onto brand his […]

24 Aug 09 Daniel Smith

What is New Code?

I’ve had a few people asking me, “What is New Code” and while I’ve given answers in the past, it’s a good time to answer it again. Dr John Grinder and Dr Richard Bandler developed NLP together through the 1970s. They discovered (and created?) many fantastic skills and opportunities for change, learning and growth. After […]

06 Aug 09 Daniel Smith

Should I train in NLP? Can’t I just read books?

Training courses can be expensive. They can cost a lot more to attend than buying a book on the same subject. Earlier today, was asked, “What is the difference?” And it’s a good question to ask. A book costs a lot less than a training course – and is far more convenient to read – so if you […]

28 Jul 09 Daniel Smith

What is New Code?

It was great to have Elsie and Marc able to attend the session with Dr John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair a few weeks ago, and I’m hoping to post a review from them here shortly. The training was focused on “New Code”. While there are many forms and styles of NLP training in […]

31 May 09 Daniel Smith

Creating Therapeutic Change – Richard Bandler in April 1989

In Neuro-Linguistic Programming, “the techniques are an outgrowth of a technology that is about asking questions.” I just came across a set of classic Richard Bandler videos. 11-and-a-half-hours of Richard actually, recorded in a training with NLP Comprehensive in Colorado. With an array of topics covering layering responses, propulsion systems, attitudes, perceptual grids, nonverbal amplifications, […]

21 May 09 Daniel Smith

The Art of Reframing

Last weekend I was speaking about Reframing – especially content and context reframes. This morning, I came this great example of a reframing. Celine Dion’s song, “Because You Loved Me” seems to be about how the singer’s success depends upon their lover… a very common yet somehow unhealthy sentiment. But it turns out that the […]

10 Sep 08 Daniel Smith

Strategies of Genius – article by Robert Dilts

All of us at various points in our lives behave and respond masterfully. However, many of these unique and rewarding instances seen to be a function of our level of inspiration. mood, number of hours of sleep, etc. and are not available to us at will. NLP has developed many tools an skills to help […]

29 Aug 08 Daniel Smith