• Posted: October 2011
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Mastering NLP

The notion of mastery is an interesting one. I took my first Master Practitioner course as student 16 years ago, I have since taught and coached thousands of people in NLP, and the current course I am teaching is my 49th Practitioner course. So when did I gain mastery, after my master practitioner course 16 years ago or now? The answer is neither, I am still developing.

So a good question is what actually is a Master Practitioner? The answer is a Master Practitioner is NOT the product of course, a Master Practitioner is a person who has embodied NLP to the extent they have integrated NLP skills seamlessly into their everyday life. The course is a means to an end;  the Master Practitioner certificate has value to you in how well you can naturally apply NLP skills for excellence in your professional and personal life. So if you are Change Agent, not only are you excellent at helping people breakthrough the limitations that block them, you use NLP to break through your own barriers achieving high performance in all areas of your life.

When considering a course, it’s useful to be clear about your outcomes for being a Master Practitioner and then choose wisely. Not all courses are equal, there is a huge difference in what is offered and the experience of the trainers who are teaching the material. I really like teaching Master Practitioner courses because I draw upon 16 years of experience in working with clients with deep rooted psychological and health issues. I have always enjoyed variety, so I am equally at home working on a one to one basis with a person with cancer or some other health issue as I am in designing corporate interventions. This is the experience I bring to the NLP Academy Master Practitioner.

Through the years, I have always enjoyed updating the courses, so at the NLP Academy Master Practitioner course you are getting all the updated material. I have re-worked Timeline processes to be far cleaner and effective; I have learned and developed highly effective processes for dealing with physical issues. The Master Practitioner course comes very much from a New Code perspective. Saying it another way, at the NLP Academy Master Practitioner you get the core of most other people teach, PLUS A LOT MORE!

Modelling is the mother skill in NLP, a Master Practitioner course without modelling is like a house without a door, you can’t get to what’s inside. At the NLP Academy Master Practitioner course, modelling is central to the whole experience. You spend a lot of time learning how to assimilate patterns of excellence that are natural in another person’s behaviour. You will also learn to code and present modelling projects. This a great skill to have and can propel you from a regular ‘NLPer’ to a pattern developer and modeller.

I could write much more about courses and the processes of mastery; however I will close on the theme I presented in the second paragraph. A course is a means to an end, a Master Practitioner is NOT the product of course, a Master Practitioner is a person who has embodied NLP to the extent they have integrated NLP skills seamlessly into their everyday life. The course is just is a few steps in the journey that goes on for many years, and it is a journey to be relished.

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