Sunday, February 27, 2011

What is the benefit of knowing about NLP for you as a trainer or facilitator?

The book 'Unlimited Power - the new science of personal achievement -' - Author: Anthony Robbins (Dutch version - 'Je Ongekende Vermogens) gives an insight in the world of NLP.

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)? What can you do with NLP as a trainer or facilitator?
Neuro = 'Brains'; Linguistic = 'Language'; Programming = 'Planning or Procedures'
NLP studies how language (non-verbal & verbal) influences our brains. Our capacity to take action in our own lives depends on our ability to manage our brainsystem. The ones who gain successes have an ability to manage and direct their system effectively. Antony Robbins, author of Unlimited Power, mentions 7 characteristics of successful people which are based on a research of Bandler & Grindler in the '60s and '70s of the last century.

Successfull people have;
1. Passion; 2. Beliefs and ability to convince; 3. Strategy; 4. Clear values; 5. Energy (through maintaining a good health), 6. Ability to connect and build relationships; 7. Effective communication skills.

How to apply NLP as a trainer or facilitator?NLP is an effective tool which can make your work as trainer or facilitator more effective. Following are some six hints:
1. Identify the communication behaviour of your group (or individuals) and adapt your strategy to itHas the group (or individual) a visual approach? (seeing), or an auditive approach? (hearing) or a kinetic approach? (feeling). The challenge for you as a facilitator or trainer is to fine tune your communication to the behaviour of your group. What do you see yourself doing in 3 years from now? What images come up to your mind? are appropriate questions for a visual person. What music comes to your mind when are you visualising your future? What noises are you hearing? are more convenient questions for an auditive person. Touching, warmth and a feeling of companianship are part while communicating with a kinetic person. How do you feel in your ideal situation 3 years from now? What kind of relationships will you have? How will the atmosphere look like? are effective questions for a kinetic person. Use visuals and music in your sessions and stimulate a safe and warm atmosphere.

2. Check and challenge beliefsThere are certain beliefs, we have adapted since our own childhood. There are beliefs we can change, or look from a different perspective. Help the group to look at things from a different perspective; Example: 'Our director is not willing to listen to us' - change to a new perspective: 'We are good listeners - we even make time to listen to him'. Challenge; 'how can we make it both ways?'

3. Take care of yourself, maintain and ensure a good healthSleep enough, eat and drink healthy and use your breath optimally. Just take every day a quiet moment to do some breathing exercises. All measures will give you as a facilitator or trainer enough energy for the day. The group you can help by building in meditation sessions or give them the opportunities to do some reflective exercises in a physical healthy environment (forest). Ensure that there are healthy drinks (water, fruit juices) and food (preferably vegetarian or light).

4. Help the group to make from a drawback an opportunityEach obstacle is a source for change or creating an opportunity. Has the group missed some opportunities, help the group to draw the lessons and stimulate them to do it differently the next time. Or help them to change the perspective. If our clients are not willing to buy our products, we can use the opportunity to ask them 'why they don't buy our products?' or 'it gives us information to change our products'.

5. Make the group to take lead of their own destinyStimulate the group not to wait for others to decide for them, but to take steps to give direction to their own destiny. Include the what? who? when? where? how? in your facilitation or training sessions. 6. Build in opportunities to relate to peopleBuild in moments in your sessions that people can relate to each other, or think about on how they can expand their networks. Or invite outsiders (experts, people with network value) to your events. Build in enough moments for informal exchange (coffee, lunch breaks, walking in the forest, or just fun in the bar) or do some relaxing sessions (party, right brain exercises) .

The book 'Unlimited Power ' - Anthony Robbins is easy and fun to read. NLP is strong related to Brainlearning. The tips and hints which have been given in the article BrainatWork are covering the principles of NLP.

Other interesting handbooks which are useful for you as facilitator are:
- Title: Coaching met NLP - Author: Paul Kerr- Title: Het ABC van NLP - Authors: Yoka en Dick Brouwer

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