BC NLP Practitioner Training
Written by Valerie Hansen, Lifestyles Columnist. NLP Prince
George, BC, Canada.
Published in 'Prince George This Week', Aug 14, 2005.
As my regular readers know I have recently taken the Neuro-Linguistic
Programming (NLP) and hypnosis course here in our own beautiful Prince George.
I must admit to being a little shell-shocked after eight intensive twelve-hour
(minus breaks) days. Some people have been surprised that world-class training
is available here. The logic is quite simple though, the trainer - approved
by Richard Bandler, creator of NLP - is here, why hold the course in some
exotic, expensive locale when twelve-hour days preclude seeing the sights
I say bravo to trainer Steve Boyley for bringing a little
extra tourist money into the local economy. Even I experienced a few downtown
restaurants that I hadn't previously, and have made mental note of my favorites.
The class was an interesting mix of shapes, sizes, professions,
ages and homeports. As you might expect in a communications course, there
were a few (American) actors and a (Canadian) lawyer, but who expected a college
kid from New York or a Chinese Medicine practitioner from Australia? That
Ozzie was most particular about choosing this particular training course I
might add, he told me he did some shopping around.
It was interesting to watch the interaction within the
group and how a few uptight folks quickly loosened up. Contrary to the idea
of some educators that, "learning isn't supposed to be fun," this course incorporates
a lot of laughter. My kind of teaching indeed.
I think you learn much more if fun is part of the mix and
it's something I incorporate into my own courses. NLP is a way of understanding
communication, unconscious and otherwise that can be used in sales, therapy
and other situations. I found it, as did others, a revelation of my own deep-seated
reasons for how I approach the world and more importantly, how I sabotage
myself. Having seen my stumbling blocks clear as crystal, I am now in the
process of applying learned techniques to banish them. I already see how imbedded
anchors (of my choosing) are speeding me towards success and I am preparing
self-hypnosis tapes to strengthen my motivation.
I can see where the skills I've learned can be applied
to helping clients move towards your best possible future. I'm brimming with
ideas for workshops and classes. I'll definitely be doing some workshops and
private sessions on past life regressions, and perhaps I will join forces
with the herbal and nutritional consultant - opening in my building in September
- to create a workshop for weight issues. I think that combining positive
hypnotic suggestions with proper and easy nutrition is a winning combo. We
can release pounds together. Heaven knows I'm not happy carrying around the
equivalent of a small child, are you?
What I already knew from my own experiences and was reinforced
by this course is that hypnosis is not scary, nor do you give up control to
the practitioner. You really hypnotize yourself and allow the practitioner
to lead you. If an attempt to lead you in a direction against your morals
is made you'll pop the trance. Nor can you get lost in trance land. If you
go deep you'll merely fall asleep and awaken as any sleeper does. I was happy
to see that an important part of the creation of hypnosis scripting and using
NLP is an "ecology check". In other words, the practitioner and client must
always check to see how changes will affect you as well as those around you,
your family, coworkers, friends, etc.
Communication cues can be subtle. We can win people over
or drive them away by the way we communicate. Effective communication can
calm an explosive situation, teach, entertain or save you money. It can also
teach you respect, flexibility and caring for those you encounter by understanding
how others communicate. For instance, those who speak very slowly, are not
necessarily stupid, it may be a cultural or geographical affectation. By understanding
and respecting this and slowing your speech to match you're more likely than
your fast talking friends to make the sale or gain a new friend.
Look up the Performance Institute at
www.nlpmind.com and drop by my office to
see how we can improve your life.
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