Monthly Archives:March 2011

A guide to choosing an NLP Trainers’ Training

30 Mar 11
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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 the same trainer or different trainers to get a different perspective on things. You might also focus on applications of NLP – whether it be Robert Dilts’ session in Shenzhen on Sleight of Mouth in April, or Dr John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair’s course on New Code NLP in Taipei in May. Or you might focus on reading, practising and enjoying living your life.

But what then?

For some of us, the next step is their NLP Trainers’ Training. For me, it was like doing my Black Belt grading – challenging, demanding, and exciting. There are many places that you can do your Trainers’ Training… but which one to choose?

One of those places has just released a short document outlining some things to consider, and one of the authors, Chris Collingwood, has just authorized me to share this with China NLP. It is quite objective, and whether you end up training with them in Sydney (as I did), or NLPU in Santa Cruz, or NLP Comprehensive in Colorado, or NLP Academy in Brighton (as I also did), or Richard Bandler in Florida, it could be worth having a look at. You can download it here.

What is your Learning Rate Determining Step?

18 Mar 11
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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 I’d finished playing the first bar. But the experience was fascinating. Especially when you know how good some pre-school students are!

After getting bored with drills intended to train me like they might train a 3-year-old, who will take an average of 1200 hours of formal practice to achieve Grade 5 (according to Sloboda’s Leverhulme Project), I decided to just learn how to play a piece of music. I chose to play one of my favourites, Gymnopedie. It looked easy enough.

It wasn’t easy. To start with, it was hard. Very hard. And it was hard in very specific ways.

And it has already highlighted two key aspects of learning for me: One conscious, one unconscious. 

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