What is NLP and how can it help?
NLP is Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Neuro refers to our neurological system. Every waking moment, we take in information from the world around us. We receive that information through all of our senses (our neurological system). That information is then converted by our minds into our thoughts which generate our emotions and our behaviour. Our minds filter the information, removing anything that is irrelevant and generalising so that we’re not overwhelmed by the detail. Our minds also distort what is going on around us as the information becomes subject to memories of our past experiences. What we are left with is our mind’s eye view of the world. Our own internal representation.
Linguistic refers to our language. We use language in order to communicate and make sense of that world. Our language reveals how our minds work – whether we think in pictures or relate more to the feel about something for example.
Programming refers to the patterns of behaviour that we generate for ourselves. In order to operate day to day, these strategies and instinctive responses to events shape our experiences and responses. A lot of the time, the programmes are helpful and ensure that we achieve what we want. Sometimes there are programmes which we create which are unhelpful and hold us back. For example, a person may develop a fear of flying which stops them visiting places they would like to see or prevents them taking a job involving travel. In extreme cases, these fears become phobias.
The application of NLP helps us to become aware of our own ways of operating. We recognise what is helping us and what is hindering us. Then, we can choose what to address in order to change those aspects of ourselves that are unhelpful so that we become more successful at what we want to achieve.
As an NLP Practitioner, I work with clients to enable them to become aware of their own pictures of the world, to identify the changes that would be helpful and to develop new programmes for themselves.
Within a business context NLP has several helpful applications:
I work with clients who want to improve communication between colleagues and with external contacts. Understanding the power of different aspects of both verbal and non verbal communication helps clients to ensure that their message is clearly communicated and understood.
NLP is particularly effective at helping clients to develop strategies for coping with stress and to effectively manage their time. I specialise in empowering clients to change their reactions to difficult situations.
For example, how often have you planned your day only to have somebody present you with an urgent demand for something at the last minute? Remember those feelings of being annoyed at the interruption, frustrated at the disruption to your plans, irritated by the inconvenience and resentful towards the colleague or contact making the request?
How would it be if, instead of those feelings, you took each request in your stride with calm efficiency, knowing that you will still do a good job and that you are still in control of your day?
How often do you have to stand up and speak to a group of people? Either within your business or externally, such as at a networking event or pitching to potential customers? Do you recognise that feeling in the pit of the stomach, the nerves, the uncertainty?
Wouldn’t it be great to feel nothing but delight when invited to speak in public? To have all the butterflies flying in formation? To enjoy the opportunity of being able to share your knowledge?
The NLP techniques that I use with clients achieve these results.