• Posted: April 2013
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The differences between a NLP Premier Practitioner & a NLP Business practitioner

The differences between a NLP Academy Premier Practitioner and a NLP Academy Business Practitioner
This is a great question and one that I’m asked regularly hence my blog post today. Hopefully by the time you’ve read this you’ll have a much clearer idea into the similarities and the differences between the two courses.

Firstly let’s start with the similarities, with any of our specialised programs there are a number of foundation patterns that are essential in any context of application whether that be coaching, business or more personal applications of NLP. This list includes:

-NLP rapport building techniques such as mirroring and matching.
- NLP Language patterns (meta and Milton model)
-NLP epistemology
-Representational systems
-Content Free NLP
-New Code NLP
-Anchoring and Submodality formats
- Personal development patterns

Though these are set foundation patterns which are covered in both courses, what is different is the way they are taught, the applications you practice deploying the patterns in the course itself and the analogies delivered by the trainer and ones that you use yourself for formal contexts.  For example a parent may choose to use the Meta model as a tool for getting more clarity of their child who is expressing a lack of resources in a specific context in school ect… However a Business Practitioner may use the meta model in a Business setting as a method for getting more detail of an ambiguous team member about a particular deadline or task that they have been set. The structure of the technique is the same, the application and way of going around it is completely different.

The Differences:

There are a number of key differences between the two courses, I’ve bullet pointed them for each course for added clarity.

NLP Premier practitioner:
-12 day intensive
-Trained by Michael Carroll, John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair
-Heavier focus on coaching others formally as a career
-Work in groups of 2 – 4 in exercises
- A larger group of students

NLP Business practitioner
-Modular program: 12 days teaching over two months
-Trained by Michael Carroll
-Work in groups between 2 – 8 dependent on exercise
-Distinctive coaching models for a corporate setting.
-Presentation skills
-Specific sales and marketing models using NLP

Of course there are other similarities and other differences though these are the main ones that come to mind right now. Both courses will give you the foundation skills along with a heavy focus on self development where the differences are is how these techniques are applied. The way you use NLP in an education different is very different from a coaching or corporate setting.

If you have any specific questions feel free to get in touch with me or another member of the team.

Until next time,


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