About NLP

What is NLP?

NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programming, is the ability to affect or change the nervous system through the use of language. It is a process of observing how people carry out their behaviours and uncover the drivers behind thoughts. It’s not magic, but it may look that way to newcomers. In many ways, it is a doorway into another world of understanding and knowledge. It is the ability to expand personal awareness to the point of being able to positively influence both self and others 
with a sentence or gesture.

Why NLP?

You will discover that there is no other training that gives you so many benefits. The long term benefits to your health, wealth and happiness will far outweigh the cost of your initial investment. Through our courses you will build an understanding of the inner workings of the human mind and nervous system, and how behaviour is controlled and created. These skills and techniques are readily applied in all areas of life, from the bedroom to the boardroom.

Who is NLP for?

NLP offers something for everyone! To any individual in positions that require that he or she influence the behaviour or thinking of others, like sales, marketing, teaching, business and law, it is essential learning. To the therapist/counsellor/coach, it is the difference between guessing and knowing the right thing to do to get that break-through or change of behaviour. To the natural therapist, it is a wonderful tool for bringing into alignment the mind and the body. To the parent, it is the operating manual for their child that was accidentally left at the hospital. To you, it holds the power to transform your life and the lives of those around you.


I have heard that NLP is a cult. Is this true?

The simple answer is, NO. NLP is not a cult, nor is it a religion. However, as I say this I am aware that many cult leaders use NLP techniques. You can think of NLP as a tool, and like any tool it can be used for good or not so good.

What type of person does this training?

A wide array of individuals attend this training, ranging from professionals looking to apply these skills at work to people who are just interested in how the brain works. People come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including sales, management, psychology, the military, the police force and massage therapy. The key thing that all of these people have in common is that they work with people and they need to understand them, as well as the relationships and behaviours they form.

How do I select the right trainer?

This is possibly one of the most important questions that you could ask. Selecting the right trainer for you and your needs is vitally important. There is no one trainer that is perfect for every student or every situation. Personally, when I am looking for a trainer, I look for a series of very specific things: Does the individual demonstrate competency in the area that I would like to learn? For example, if I want to improve my selling skills, can this individual sell? Do the values of this person inspire me? Is what they do in line with my own values? A trainer’s values are incredibly important to me. Do I like the trainer as a person? This is a person who I’m going to be spending time with and whose skills I shall be acquiring. In some way, it is going to take up residency on the inside of my head. Can I live with them inside of my head? Do I trust the trainer? Is the individual more interested in me or my wallet? Because of the very nature of NLP hypnosis if this trainer is really good at their job they can get your wallet if they want it. You have to trust the person you’re training with.

Will I be able to have access to the trainer after the training?

This is rather an important question and a very practical one. As you are applying what you’ve learned in the real world there is a high probability that you will generate questions and want them answered. Personally, I communicate with many of the past students by email and phone conversations on a weekly basis. Arrange to have a conversation with the trainer before you do any training. Have a couple coffee with them or spend some time on the phone. Personally, I organise one of these coffee appointments with 95% of my  NLP students just so that they can get to know me and, me them.

Do I have to do any prior training?

The simple answer is no. All of the initial training courses are self-contained. You may need to have done some of these initial courses to move on to more advanced levels that we offer.

Will my qualifications be recognised?

From the NLP side of things, yes, totally. I’m an internationally registered trainer of NLP. I’m also the founder and first chairperson of the Australian board of neurolinguistic programming (ABNLP) and now the Association for applied neurolinguistic programming (AANLP). So,all of the courses comply to the international standards and in many cases far exceed those requirements.

What types of things can I do after training has finished?

Communication, relationships and sales are the areas that we spend most of our time on and are the essential ingredients for being successful in virtually every aspect of life. I often ask the question in the NLP training, “How many sales people we have in the room?”, “How many people need to ask a pay raise from time to time?”, “How many people have ever asked someone out on a date?”, “How many parents need help convincing their kids of things?”, “How many people have tried to kick a bad habit?”, and the list goes on. It doesn’t take too many questions until everyone in the room has a hand up in the air. This is all sales. Breaking a bad habit is about selling the idea to yourself. Getting a date is a sales process. Getting a child to eat vegetables is a sales process. Getting a pay rise is a sales process. Managing people is about selling your concept so that others follow. In order to sell anything you first have to establish a relationship. In order to establish a relationship we have to understand the behaviours and values of another human being or group. Once you have achieved this you need to install hypnotically your objective within the individual or group.

So, what I be able to do after training?

Virtually anything you put your mind to. Truthfully, you won’t be able to do all of this immediately, it takes practise. But you will be able to understand the process of how to do it, what it takes to do it and you will have had first-hand experience of each of the exercises required to achieve this result on an ongoing basis.

Are you sure you’ll be able to teach me?

With more than 30 years worth of teaching experience, and 17 years worth of NLP-specific teaching experience ,I’ve never found anyone that could not learn. The human brain is a learning machine. Frequently, the issue is not whether a person can learn, but rather whether they can unlearn previous ways of thinking and doing things. We have all heard the saying, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. It’s not that you can’t teach the old dog new tricks, but that the old dog just likes the old tricks. However, I have a few tricks of my own to help people let go of their old tricks.

Should I train alone or with a partner?

Now this is an interesting one. Often husbands and wives, parents and children will attend a training courses. It is generally not an issue, but there is one rule. Within all of the exercises it is essential that you train with someone other than the person with whom you have a close relationship.

I’m very religious this affect my ability to train with you?

I’ve had the great privilege of teaching this material to a wide variety of people from many denominations and faiths. Christians to Jews, Muslims to Buddhist, even Aboriginal elders. Many of them have approached me quietly after the training to thank me because of new insights, understanding and clarity of their faith.

English is not my first language will this be an issue?

This might sound strange but having English as a second language may be an advantage. Often people with English as a first language can make the lessons more complex than they really need to be. So as long as you have the ability to hold conversation and put up your hand if you don’t understand something, everything will be fine..

Will my training be recognised in order to set up a clinic?

Yes, it is possible to become a member of the IICT.com.au and meet criteria to obtain their insurance coverage within Australia (Arthur J Gallagher, formerly OAMPS). If you are considering going into clinical practice, I would recommend that you participate in both the NLP practitioner certification and the Master NLP certification courses. If you are looking to become a coach, the requirement is the NLP Practitioner certification and NLC certification (Neuro Linguistic Coach ). What we have observed is that individuals who repeat these courses several times end up with the best clinical practices. At this moment in time, I believe the record is participation is in 9 practitioner courses. (Please note we have an open arms policy, this allows people to repeat courses at a fraction of the cost).

Why is NLP so precise and predictable?

The ability to predict a person’s behaviour with a high degree of precision is quite straightforward once you have observed them. The reason for this is because you’re not attempting to understand what they are thinking, only how they think. Every utterance is an expression of an internal pattern. Once you recognise a pattern of thinking, it becomes easy to predict the person’s next action.

We asked recent NLP Practitioner graduates what NLP is about?  How it works?  What changes it has helped them make in their life.

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