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Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 13
Daniel Smith
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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 mention to you something related to the concept of framing. Like the subject line of an email, framing sets the context, expectations and biases for communication. One of Bandler and Grinder’s earliest books, Reframing, focused on how we can change the meaning of something by changing its frame. After all, what meaning does something have, other than the meaning that we give it?

In framing, we often talk about “Outcome frames” (What is my outcome here?), “Evidence frames” (How would I know if I got it?), “Backtrack frames” (Let’s just review: So far we’ve talked about what you want and how you would know if you got it.) and a few others. These framing devices shift our attention and direct our focus. It’s simple. We do it almost continually. But how well are you doing it?

Here is a simple frame for you to consider:

What do you feel grateful for right now?

And if it’s hard for you to answer that question for whatever reason (and we’ve all got reasons), maybe you could try this one:

What could you feel grateful for right now?

It’s a simple question (or questions). But I bet if you take just one minute to answer these questions you’ll experience something interesting. Come on: What do you (or could you feel) grateful for right now?

Christmas means many things to all of us. Growing up in sunny Australia, Christmas means big lunches, hot sunshine and a game of cricket in the backyard and Mum and Dad’s. Having lived in China for most of the past decade, it’s taken on more meanings again. Last night I drove my four-year-old son around to look at the neighbourhood Christmas lights – which is a very different experience again! Through it all, I’m noticing how much there is to feel grateful for right now.

Although our trainings are on hold until after Spring Festival, we are still having regular practice sessions over the winter. These are designed as practice sessions for those familiar with NLP but please let us know if you’d like to join us.