I mentioned a few keys for selecting NLP training recently and just thought of a few more points…
With an NLP Training course scheduled to run in about 2 weeks time, I like to take time to reflect on how I can improve upon previous trainings. Having run over 50 Practitioner trainings I’ve been privileged to work with a huge range of people and issues.
What’s important to me is running the highest quality programmes that I can. NLP has become so popular in the UK over the last decade, that there seem to be trainings popping up all over the place! But with quantity, there’s often a challenge with quality!
I thought it would be good to talk about choosing NLP training in this blog.
So how do people know the best training to take?
I sometimes suggest that people think about choosing NLP training a little like choosing a surgeon for critical surgery!
Would you want to put your life in the hands of the nearest surgeon to you because it was convenient, even if they had only been practicing NLP for a short time?
Would you put your life in the hands of an inexperienced surgeon just because they offer surgery at convenient dates?
Would you take surgery just because the surgeon has glossy brochures that make it look nice?
Would you risk your life to a surgeon who had completed a commercial, short medical training and is offering ‘accelerated’ operations! J
I’d imagine that your answer is no to all of the above, however people all too often fall into the trap with NLP training.
So what should people look for in an NLP training?
Well, be prepared to invest time to train properly. Although a lot of places are often offering ‘accelerated’ training in a short period of time, accelerated trainings are usually shorter because they cut out some content. Some of the content is actually really key to being an effective NLP Practitioner.
Often the accelerated format involves installing a lot of confidence, but is lacking in competence. Being confident without being competent can be dangerous.
A good trainer will have experience. Find out how long they’ve been involved in NLP.
When I first started in NLP back in 1990, I attended several Practitioner and Master Practitioner trainings and then assisted on course for several years before thinking about becoming a trainer.
It’s become a lot easier to become a trainer more recently, but that’s not necessarily a positive change.
Experience makes all the difference.
Be cautious about the certificate trap….I’ve seen more and more courses offering several different certificates in just a few days of training – NLP, hypnosis, coaching and other certificates in just a few days!
Just because you get a lot of pieces of paper doesn’t make it worthwhile!
You can print certificates on you own printer!
But becoming good at NLP, hypnotherapy and coaching all takes time. I studied hypnotherapy over a couple of years when I started. It certainly takes more than a day or less on an NLP course.
If you want to be competent, you need to put the time in.