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Monday, 12 October 2009

Choosing an NLP Trainer or Training

How to choose an NLP Training or Trainer?

There is no such thing as an unbiased view on how to choose a training, however we've kept it as unbiased as we can.......

NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a way to understand your own thinking, values and aspirations. When an individual knows what’s important to them, it instinctively improves their communication and their ability to achieve what they want. Furthermore, it is a holistic set of tools to help you communicate, influence and persuade.

For the right person at the right time, an NLP Practitioner course will have significant positive impact for them and their lives. For this reason, it’s important that you choose your NLP Trainer with care. Here are some important aspects to consider when choosing an NLP Trainer.


It’s useful to understand something about NLP in advance of looking for a trainer. Having a basic knowledge about the subject, will make it easier to select the trainer that can deliver what you want to get out of NLP. There are a number of great books available about NLP, so take the time to read around this new subject matter. However don’t be concerned if they don’t make total sense. NLP is a ‘live’ rather than ‘theoretical’ discipline and to many people it only makes sense after they’ve experienced training.


It’s important that you have an idea of what you want to achieve from your training. Having a purpose will help you get the most out of NLP and help you to find the right NLP course for you – one that will help you to get what you want. A good trainer will help you refine and develop your purpose as they work with you.


It’s essential to understand that NLP training is unregulated in the United Kingdom. On the whole this is a positive thing, because it means that NLP training companies are not hindered by regulation that promotes uniformity and standardization. However, it’s critical that potential clients are able to find out the calibre and quality of their trainer before commencing their training.

To ensure that you don’t end up with a poorly qualified trainer, we suggest that you look for those NLP trainers that have been recently accredited by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, the co-creators of NLP. They’ve both developed NLP significantly over the past 30 years and made it far more effective.


Professional training is measured by the quality of the course content and the skill of the trainer. You need to know in advance whether you want to buy training on the basis of ‘quality’ or ‘price’. Buying on price alone is fine, but don’t expect the quality of training to be in the same league as the more expensive NLP courses.


NLP is about your development. Speak to potential trainers in advance about what you wish to achieve. The focus should be on you and not the trainer, or in fact about NLP itself. NLP is an enabler to help you achieve what’s important to you.


Another important aspect of NLP training is that you trust your trainer. Your learning will be accelerated if they put you at ease. One of the essential elements in the training relationship is that the trainer allows you to be yourself and has no problem if you hold differing beliefs to them.


Large training groups are more like a lecture and it’s easier for you to ‘hide’. Smaller training groups require more courage and openness, because you cannot ‘hide’. However, the smaller the numbers, the greater the focus on your own agenda will be and the more potential for a powerful outcome.


Don’t just choose the first person that you find on Google, instead make a short list of potential trainers. Compare their approaches and speak with them via telephone or email. Assure yourself that you are making the right decision and the best investment of your time and money.


Once you’ve chosen your NLP trainer, it’s vital that you maintain an open mind during the training process. The training is experiential and requires that you reserve judgement until you discover the results. This way you can make your own decisions based on the outcome. Some of the most powerful learning experiences occur when what you believed to be ‘impossible’ is revealed to be ‘obvious’.

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