What Is NLP?
NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) is the most powerful approach I’ve found for communications, change, and excellent performance.
It has been widely applied,with often astonishing results, in fields as diverse as:
- Coaching Sales & Influence
- The list goes on…
These days, most books on personal development will include at least some NLP techniques, and it has been incorporated into most persuasion & influence trainings on at least some level. Some of the most dramatic accomplishments of the field include:
- A fast (one session) phobia cure
- A learnable model of the skills of exquisite communicators
- A spelling strategy to transform the abilities of poor spellers
- A functional model of the skills of great visionaries
One of the most profound ideas of NLP is that, if one person can do something, it should be possible to find out what they’re doing and replicate it. NLP modelling is a unique approach for identifying and replicating the unconscious skills of excellent performers (Eg. the ‘naturally talented’) then teaching them to others.
The name of the field refers to (Neuro) the human nervous system, including the brain and the five senses, (Linguistic) the verbal & non-verbal languages with which we communicate and (Programming) the ability to structure our neurological and linguistic systems to achieve desired results.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed starting in the early 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, when they set out to model the work of geniuses in the field of human communication and change. The term NLP is used to describe both the approach to modelling that they used, and the powerful models of communication and change they created (and have continued to develop.)