Tag Archives: Richard Bandler

A guide to choosing an NLP Trainers’ Training

30 Mar 11
Daniel Smith
, , , , , , , , ,
No Comments

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.

How would a chicken act?

07 Nov 10
Daniel Smith
, , , ,
No Comments

“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 silent for a few moments when the others understood what had just happened – and nobody challenged me on hypnosis again!

That was late 1999… in a public speaking course – long before I was teaching NLP formally.

At the moment, I’m in Brighton for NHR training. Yesterday, I enjoyed an entertaining morning with Richard Bandler overloading us with stories, demonstrations and exercises, and an afternoon with John La Valle. During that afternoon, John La Valle mentioned that someone had once asked Richard how they could hypnotise someone to act like a chicken, to which Richard responded with “how would you act like a chicken?”

But hang on just a minute: That’s my story!!!

I have often told the story of when I did that, though now I’m wondering how Richard Bandler and I had almost precisely the same experience and offered almost precisely the same response to get a near-identical outcome. And a very cool outcome at that 😉

I was pretty sure that I’d just come up with that response on the spot, though I had trained with John La Valle in Design Human Engineering two years prior, so maybe he’d told the story then, and I’d just responded accordingly. It’s possible. Though as I recall no such connection being made at the time or at any stage in the intervening decade, I doubt that I had conscious recollection… and I don’t know whether it would be more amazing that I had unconsciously yet precisely replicated something I had hear about in a story in May 1997 two-and-a-half-years later, or whether I had just created the same response from a similar situation since I had studied quite a bit of Richard Bandler by the time. Either way, I had to chuckle 😀

Who says the earth revolves around the sun?

19 Apr 10
Daniel Smith
, , , , , , , , , ,
No Comments

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 surprised at the start, then he started laughing. Then he started trying it out for himself. It took a while, and he ‘fell over’ a bunch of times. Even now, his raspberries are particularly sloppy. But he watched me and he did it – today, he can reliably exit a room and blow me a raspberry!

Interesting skills are usually the most difficult to transfer. We can learn Newton’s Laws, but it’s another story entirely to learn to think as Newton thought. Those tacit and almost invisible skills that sometimes leave behind traces of brilliance are the ones where we lack the language to teach the skills. Often we lack the explicit knowledge as to what is being done at all. Yet an infant can learn without language. They just look out at the world with eyes wide open and a willingness to explore, experiment and experience.

In NLP terms, we could call this modeling. Modeling is how Dr John Grinder learned to do Gestalt Therapy from Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik, the process yielding what we now know as the “Meta Model”. Modeling was then applied by them, and the original study circle, to learn from Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, Frank Farrelly and others, thereby creating the original foundations of NLP.

NLP Modeling (or NLPModeling) is more than just Strategies, and seems mostly taught explicitly and comprehensively as part of New Code NLP trainings.

Types of NLP training

12 Jan 10
Daniel Smith
, , , , , , , ,
No Comments

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 “Practitioner”. An NLP Practitioner will typically have been exposed to between 7 and 18 days of NLP training, focused on learning the fundamental patterns, techniques and attitudes.

The second basic level is “Master Practitioner”. Building on the Practitioner, Master Practitioner usually involves an extra 6-18 days of training. Sometimes this is focused on learning additional “advanced” patterns, while other trainers will focus Master Practitioner on Modeling.

The third basic level is “Trainer”. NLP Trainers Trainings are usually conducted over about three weeks, and is less focused on improving “NLP skills” and more focused on how to present NLP material.

In a sense, the fourth level would be the Graduate Certificate of NLP.

Read More…

Richard Bandler’s Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning

24 Aug 09
Daniel Smith
, , , ,
No Comments

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 work as Design Human Engineering™ and Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning™ (and at one point launching litigation in a failed attempt to register a Trademark for NLP as a whole). John has been very active in continuing to develop NLP, the product of which can be labelled as New Code NLP, working with Judith DeLozier initially and more recently Carmen Bostic St Clair. While New Code NLP and “Richard Bandler NLP” are very different on many levels – and each is in the pursuit of modeling excellence – there can be some striking similarities. For example:

Read More…

Creating Therapeutic Change – Richard Bandler in April 1989

21 May 09
Daniel Smith
, ,
No Comments

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, playing with problems and weaving complexes, I really appreciate Bandler’s insights and the sheer entertainment value of his style.

One of the things that always stands out to me when I spend time watching or listening to Richard is the deep similarities to John Grinder. It’s easy to get lost in the wonderful techniques, but despite their overt differences, Bandler and Grinder’s approach and focus on the underlying technology rather than the superficial techniques is remarkably similar.