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Choosing an NLP course

There are lots of NLP courses being offered, so how do you choose the right one for you?

When I first learned NLP back in 1990, there were only 2 or 3 training providers over here in the UK. All Practitioner level courses were 20 days minimum.

Now there are dozens, maybe even hundreds of providers! And the training time has reduced in most of these courses to sometimes even less than 6 days.

Over the last 25 years I’ve sat on various different NLP courses to see how they vary. And the truth is they vary massively.

The biggest ‘myth’ that is told is that on a course of a week or less, you’ll cover the same content as on 20 days, but it is accelerated, often with home learning. I’ve been on over 3 different practitioner trainings and more than 5 different ‘accelerated’ trainings and there’s no way you’ll learn everything you learn on a longer training in 7 days or less.

You will learn the most popular techniques on a shorter course, but there is a lot missed out. Most importantly there’s a lot less time for personal growth on the shorter courses.

Shorter courses are easier to fit in though, which is why they’ve become so popular – in fact there’s hardly any longer courses around now because they struggle to compete.

Having run NLP Trainer Trainings for many years, I’ve always encouraged my students to spend time assisting on courses and getting experience before setting up their own trainings. I personally feel this is critical for a good quality course. However, many courses now focus on selling trainings and I’d say the majority of trainers have rushed through from Practitioner through to trainer level without gaining experience along the way.

As a result, a lot of people who attend my Master Practitioner courses having attended a Practitioner course elsewhere have realised they’ve missed out on a lot of things and end up redoing their Practitioner with me. I’ve even had people attend my courses who had a bad experience with NLP somewhere else and end up loving it.

So basically I’d recommend above all attend a training with an experienced trainer – there’s probably only a handful of trainers in the UK that really teach NLP to a good level.

If you’ve met people who say NLP doesn’t always work or it is superficial, they haven’t really learned NLP properly. NLP isn’t just about techniques and it is not primarily a therapy – it is a set of principles and techniques – an art and science that you can integrate into anything you do.

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