"The session went well beyond what I expected - people were far more energised than usual! "

Claire Butler, HR Manager,
the Wales Office

About NLP

 

 

Where did NLP come from and what can it be used for?

NLP was founded in the 1970s by a mathematician Richard Bandler, and a linguist John Grinder in Santa Cruz, California. They had wanton curiosity about how some people were able to have fantastic results. They asked "what is it that makes the difference between somebody who is merely competent at any given skill, and somebody who excels at the same skill?"

So they modelled three experts; Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson, each pioneers and experts in their fields. They studied their physiology, their thought process and the structure of the language they used. NLP was uncovered, with a growing range of transformational skills and techniques.

In the years since NLP came about, many people have researched a multitude of topics to add new techniques to the field; taking what works from a broad range of sciences and arts. What remains true, however, is that all the techniques and methodologies in the world are no substitute for the requisite underlying attitude that the human potential for excellence is boundless.

NLP has been proven in many fields - anywhere communicating and excelling are important:

  • Business – the largest companies in the world frequently utilize NLP techniques to get the best out of their people and to maintain their competitive market position. NLP is used to improve sales, to engage staff, to ensure management communicate business strategy effectively, to motivate staff and to support lean and efficient operations
  • Relationships – by understanding yourself and others better, we can build stronger relationships that are fulfilling and rewarding; whether personal, work or parenting relationships
  • Sports – Timothy Galwey wrote about the 'Inner Game of Tennis' and top flight athletes have used NLP modelling techniques to hone their performance and win, including Olympic champions
  • Health & fitness – by harnessing the mind-body connection and listening to our body, we can optimize our fitness and support the use of traditional medicine and therapy to name but a few.