The following articles were written over several years, mostly during my NLP education from beginner to NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer.
These NLP articles cover many NLP issues in areas such as business and education, and miscellaneous pieces that were written in response to forum questions about NLP. I have also written extensively about choosing an NLP Practitioner which can be a difficult decision for someone who knows little about the subject of NLP and has little idea of how to judge whether a practitioner is right for them.
General NLP Articles
These general NLP articles were written in response to questions from clients and from people posting questions in various online forums. If you are new to NLP, then this is a good place to start your education:
While this sounds like a simple question no two NLP trainers give the same answer.
Ok, now before I get all ranted up it's probably clear that my answer is going to be yes, NLP does work otherwise why have I wasted my time writing on PlanetNLP? But let's start by taking a step back because it's really a somewhat stupid question.
I have met NLP practitioners who are scared of hypnosis and give it a very wide birth, even though both of NLP's founders use hypnosis constantly. I have also met NLP practitioners who do not believe they use hypnosis, but if I watch them for five minutes, it becomes clear that they obviously use NLP and Hypnosis together
New Code NLP was developed by John Grinder, and is John's response to an issue within the NLP community that he felt was a problem.
Can NLP be learnt for free? What is the most effective form of free NLP training? Which NLP resources are the most useful for free information on NLP?
NLP is well known for dealing with issues such as phobias and compulsions, but it also provides many techniques that are useful for generative changes such as confidence building, or motivation.
Depending upon the issue you are trying to resolve its fairly common to come up with the three options of Hypnosis, NLP, and EFT, and unless you have experience of any of them, then it's difficult to know which direction to head in.
Do you want to know the NLP secrets? The secret techniques that will give you all the skills you desire?
What are they and what can you do with them?
What are they and how are they used?
Should you use them? How do you avoid them?
I have used affirmations in the past, and I believe that they do sometimes work, but compared to the NLP techniques I use now, it's like trying to cut down a tree with a paper knife.
If you're looking for an NLP Practitioner to deal with a particular issue then I'm sure you have plenty of Questions. Unfortunately most potential clients do not feel comfortable asking them. Maybe because they don't want to look stupid, or risk offending the Practitioner.
In my conversations with potential clients, these same questions come up time after time, so here are my responses to these questions. If you have any other questions not covered here, then please feel free to contact PlanetNLP and I will add them to the list.
Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Coach, NLP Trainer - what does it all mean?
You don't want to get home wondering if you were just cured or conned. How can you tell if your practitioner is working for you?
Can an NLP Practitioner help solve your problem?
Single session or sign up for a block? What are the pros and cons?
What should you expect from your first NLP session?
Some NLP Practitioners talk openly about using hypnosis. Some shy away from the subject. What should you expect?
Is it important to feel comfortable with an NLP Practitioner to make good progress?
The Business of NLP
In many peoples eyes, NLP started life as a form of therapy, more recently becoming a tool for business leaders and educators. Within this context, does NLP work? Does it have any business benefits? Are practitioners well trained? Is NLP useful for education? These are the kind of questions that I am attempting to answer in the following articles:
Before deciding whether it's worth spending money on NLP training, it is important to work out which of the NLP techniques are going to have an impact on the running and profitability of your business - what are the tangible NLP business benefits in your business or sales environment?
The difference that makes the difference
During my Practitioner course, a show of hands survey was performed to gauge the background of the course members. Within the entire room, there was not one person from the teaching profession - not one person who was planning to use NLP in education.
Look around a room of NLP practitioners and what do you see?
The following NLP articles are all related to specific NLP techniques and provide the background information related to many of the exercises and techniques explained elsewhere on PlanetNLP:
What are anchors and how can they be used?
Are they what you think?
What are they, and how do you use them?
What are they how can they be used?
The Ethics of NLP
Since the beginning, NLP has had its share of controversy. In these NLP articles I will be attempting to answer questions concerning the ethical issues for practitioners and for NLP in general such as whether NLP is manipulative and whether NLP's use is ethical for particular applications:
Hell, Yes. And why not? But seriously, can people really be manipulated against their will using NLP Techniques? Is NLP Manipulative? ...
Having been on the end of a really badly read telephone script, I have mixed feelings on whether people should use NLP for selling ...
NLP has quite a mixed reputation. As a model for change it is absolutely awesome. Unfortunately (for its reputation) it is marketed ...
NLP Masters - Top NLP Trainers
The following articles relate to specific NLP Trainers who could be considered to be NLP Masters:
Paul McKenna has done more than any other hypnotist in the UK to popularise the subject and sold more books than all other hypnotists added together.
Richard Bandler - cofounder of NLP and it's most colorful and controversial character.
After sex, humor is probably the most enjoyable human activity - during sex, humor is usually frowned upon. Hopefully I will find my muse soon and write more:
I used to think it was only me. Was I really the only person who was uncomfortable around a certain segment of the NLP 'community'?