Ok, so in this blog I’m going to have a little rant on what’s happening with NLP 🙂
When I first learned NLP way back at the beginning of the 1990’s, it was on a Practitioner course over about 20 days. I then did a Master Practitioner training, again about 20 days. Before even considering becoming a trainer I attended a couple of other Practitioner courses and Master Practitioner courses with different International NLP Trainers and then assisted on dozens of courses to build up my experience.
Now I look online and see people are offering shorter and shorter Practitioner courses (even less than 6 days) and I’ve even seen a lot of trainers who have been doing NLP for only a few months themselves!
I think it’s good to distinguish the ‘hype’ NLP from the ‘quality’ NLP! Many people go on a short NLP course and get ‘hyped’ up with a quick fix of basic NLP presented in an entertaining way. But they don’t ‘know’ NLP.
A lot of people are after the quick fix. But it’s a little like slapping some wall paper over a house that’s falling apart.
It looks good – but just because you can’t see the place falling down, doesn’t mean it isn’t!
Ask yourself this question – if you were going to have brain surgery, would you want to see a brain surgeon who did a short training over a few days, or someone who had lots of training, practice and experience?
NLP is a little like brain surgery – except you’re working with peoples’ minds and not their physical brains!
If you want quality, you really need to put the time in.
People will never learn as much in a few days as they would on a 15 or 20 day course. Even though there’s the cds and home study work – people will still only cover a fraction of what is taught on the longer trainings.
The truth is that many trainers have only been through the rapid trainings themselves and don’t realise that there’s a lot being missed out. So they’re just passing on what they have experienced.
But some of the things not being taught at the majority of places really are vital techniques.
That’s why I offer a core 7 day course, but highly encourage students to take the extra modules to cover all the content for the 15 day NLP Practitioner course.
So if there’s anything I could advise, these would be some vital steps:
Be prepared to attend a longer training if you want to really be good at NLP
Be prepared to travel to do a good course – because it’s local doesn’t mean it will be good
Don’t get fooled by freebies – free offers, free diploma courses etc are all hooks to get people to sign up. They involve special techniques of influence that unconsciously motivate people to sign up
Find a trainer with lots of experience
Do attend a training – you can’t just learn NLP from videos, cds or books – the classroom is a totally different experience!