• Posted in November 2013
  • Article written by Michael Carroll

Typhoon Haiyan – NLP Action

From Michael Carroll

As an NLP Trainer in December I will be going to the Philippines to offer my experience to provide training & coaching in the area of ‘trauma relief’ to a group of support workers who are offering ongoing help to the survivors in the aftermath Typhoon Haiyan.  Some of support workers have already been trained in NLP by Carelle Mangaliag an ITA Trainer (Grinder,Bostic, Carroll), others have zero NLP experience for example the Philippine National Police Special Action Force.

The dates of my visit are the 12-22 December. I am volunteering my time on the basis these people can do much good. I am raising funds for my expenses which in essence the primary cost is airfare.  I am calling this project NLP Action, on the basis we are taking direct action to engage and support the survivors of this tragedy. My main way of raising the funds will be through short workshops in the UK, however generous people can make a donation, details of my first workshop are at the bottom of this page.

It’s been a little more than two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban in central Philippines, killing more than 5,000 people and leaving thousands missing. The carnage is simply awful. While survivors struggle to pick up the pieces, various government agencies, as well as international aid organisations are working hard to provide the survivors with the basic requirements a human being needs to live – food, water, shelter, sanitation and medical supplies. With such devastation the organisations involved in the immediate support are stretched to their limits.

The Philippine government is rightly so estimating the rebuilding costs. Based on early estimates, a government spokesperson says reconstruction costs could come to as much as $6bn (£3.7bn ). This is both an enormous amount of money and work and maybe the government can even think about ‘how’ the rebuilding can be done in such a way to minimise damage and human loss in the event of another natural disaster.

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There is another rebuilding process that cannot be quantified in financial terms that is as important if not more important than the physical reconstruction in the disaster zone and that is helping the survivors rebuild their lives having incurred such terrible personal losses. People have lost their entire families and sole survivors are now experiencing extreme trauma. The more they regain so called ‘normality’ through shelter, food and standard provisions the more their trauma will emerge.  It is likely the levels of post traumatic stress cases will be off the scale.

My work is to share what I have (NLP Skills) with the wonderful people on the ground supporting the victims. It is estimated a 100 volunteer workers will be in my class, if those 100 people reach out and support a 100 people each in the months ahead that is 10,000 people NLP Action has engaged with, I like that idea, I hope you can help.

I have organised a one day fundraising workshop called The Discovery which will take place on the 8 December. Where you will discover a number things about yourself in this explorative workshop, which has the sole intention of self understanding as to what you really want in life , true satisfaction and fulfillment as to why you are, where you are going and perhaps key moments of clarity as to what you can do to get there. The event has a minimum donation of £60 though you can of course contribute more, to do this please contact the Academy.

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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.



  • An awesome 11 days. The most profound change I have ever experienced in such a short space of time. A fantastic experience.

    Mike Jackson
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