• Posted in March 2017
  • Article written by Michael Carroll

The New Renaissance in NLP

It’s official, NLP is now going through a renaissance that is unprecedented in the many years I have been in the field.  For years, I have tracked the trends in NLP including search engine activity, what NLP people who are interested in NLP are looking for and obviously the level of bookings on courses.  The level of interest from ‘new people’ is at the highest level in eight years.  I am enthralled that interest is on the increase and for a few years it was steadily reducing, especially in the UK. 

It is exciting times in NLP, especially for the person who is new to the business and considering an NLP based career either as a coach or trainer.  The opportunities are now greater than ever before, with businesses and the public generally open to person and professional development through Neuro Linguistic Programming and related disciplines.  The world is ready for the renaissance in NLP, are you ready to take NLP to the world?

So I looked around the NLP world, in the mid 1990s in the UK and was sorely disappointed at the levels of mediocrity I found.  Back then the web was in its infancy and the way to find an NLP course was to subscribe to NLP journals and look at magazines where NLP businesses were advertised.  I remember ‘trying’ to get information on courses, I left messages on answer machines and got no reply.  When I did connect with companies, the people I spoke to frequently had poor rapport skills and did not explain their courses very clearly.  They promised information in the mail, which never arrived.  The NLP was staid, the courses mainly theory based and if you did not have a therapy back ground, you were treated as an outsider who somehow had devious intentions for learning NLP.  What’s more the courses were much more expensive in today’s terms.

In 1996, I was so excited to attend a course in California with a well known (at the time) trainer whose office was in Hawaii.  This guy had got into practising what he referred to as white magic, he carried a wand and wore the Hawaiian flowers around his neck.  He frequently directed his hands at weird angles to the audience and in his world, he genuinely believed he was channelling magic spells at people.  Whilst I was assured the guy was sending us positive energy, there is something bizarre that an NLP Master Trainer genuinely believes he can use a magic spell to influence his audiences state.

The good news is, for the most part the mumbo jumbo that found its way into NLP has gradually faded out. The modern NLPer is far more astute to fall for wand waving and magic symbols passed through making unusual hand shapes.  In my experience the person who is now attending NLP courses is already successful and looking for new ways to compliment what they are already doing and/or are seeking new ways to increase their excellence.  The type of person who is coming into NLP in the current day, is looking at ‘real’ ways to explore their personal development and improve personal performance as well as helping others do the same.

A brilliant example of the NLP renaissance can be seen in Portugal, where ‘Coaching’ has a very positive image which can be directly attributed to the success of Portuguese National Football Team in beating France in the Euro 2016.  This was a major event as Portugal were the underdogs and the goal scorer, Eder was a substitute in the game as he had been throughout the tournament.  Eder had been working with a highly skilled performance coach, Susana Rodrigues Torres, who had taken her Coaching and New Code NLP qualification with the NLP Academy.

There are many other examples I could share of coaches who use New Code NLP to get amazing results with their clients.  Susana’s case made the international news and wow NLP in the news internationally in such a positive way.  In the new renaissance of NLP, the patterns in NLP are helping people make a huge difference in their lives.  A key part of this is New Code NLP and to borrow the words of a famous advert ‘New Code NLP reaches parts that other change practices simply can’t reach.’

If you are interested in joining the renaissance in NLP and making a difference in your community, business or even country, we would love to hear from you and help you so feel free to get in touch.


About The Author

Michael Carroll is the founder and course director of the NLP Academy and co-founder with John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair of the International Trainers Academy of NLP.

He is the only NLP Master Trainer in the world certified by John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair and he works closely with them in developing and delivering high quality NLP training.