In the last NLP blog we talked about phobias – a little diversion today (then in the next NLP blog I’ll go back to phobias)…..
It seems to be everywhere now – attend a free NLP course! It reminds me of a story.
Have you ever read the story of Hansel and Gretel. They get enticed into a Gingerbread House with the offer of free sweets and food. After enjoying the delights of the free food, they suddenly find out they are being fattened up to be eaten by a wicked witch!
Most people know that nothing really is free – particularly with NLP. However the offer seems to be more and more enticing for people. Of course, people aren’t going to be eaten by a witch! However, they may easily be enticed into a training which may not be the best quality.
Trainings cost a lot of money to put on, and a day or 2 day course is also costly to put on. They also work very well at unconscious levels of influence. The law of reciprocity says that if you do something for someone else they will want to do something for you. Give them some free training and they are likely to sign up. But not necessarily for the best course for them. I don’t know any of the most established and quality NLP organizations that offer NLP trainings, so my advice is to be cautious. Only in January, I had 5 people contact me to retrain with me after a bad experience with other organizations. They had attended a ‘free’ training, and felt motivated to take the course after it. The thing with NLP is that the techniques can be so effective, that if someone has never experienced NLP, even attending a poor quality training can seem like a revelation. It is only when they attend an outstanding training they realize what they have missed.
So my advice is be a little cautious with free courses – if an organisation needs to put on free trainings of any length to put people on their courses, are they really established, or offering the quality of training that will really benefit?
It is a real challenge out there finding a good NLP course – there seem to be so many trainings, but only a few offer excellence. I little while ago I wrote a guide to selecting trainings, which you can find by following this link.
As I mentioned at the beginning, in the next NLP / personal development blog, we’ll go back to how to work with phobias.