Do you know what NLP is? If not, don't worry. Not too many people know what NLP / Neuro Linguistic Programing actually is. Some people think it is about persuasion and influence, others think it is about communication while others simply have no clue what it is.

So what is it?

In simple terms, it is the study of excellence.

At the heart of NLP is the process of modelling. Modelling is about finding people in the world who are exceptional at what they do and learning how to replicate their excellence in ourselves by modelling their strategies. Little kids do this from birth, while adults have a tendency to forget this process as they go through the "education" system.

The NLP modelling process leaves behind a trail of techniques. NLP modellers take the modelled strategies of the people they have modelled and break them down in to steps which can then be taught to others. A lot of soft skills techniques taught in the fields of sales, negotiation, leadership and coaching training have been derived from the modelling originally conducted by NLP modellers in the field of human communication. So if you've every been on a communication skills training, there is a high chance you have been exposed to techniques created by the NLP modelling process.

The trail of techniques derived from modelling are commonly taught in NLP programs as "patterns". NLP patterns are taught within NLP trainings because they are useful strategies that can be applied to enhance your life and because they help people to develop increased behavioural flexibility, so that they can ultimately become better modellers.

Unfortunately, it is a common mistake made by the uninformed and by poorly trained NLP "trainers" that the patterns are "NLP". They are not! The process of modelling IS the heart of NLP.

It is my opinion that if you only learn the techniques of NLP but not the process of modelling; then you've missed a fundamental element of going to an NLP training program, and you've been short changed by the organisation you've trained with.

So why would you want to learn how to model others?

The process of modelling enables you to become incredibly self empowered and amazingly flexible in how you learn how to learn. Children naturally model, until they become "educated" by the school system on how to learn. The video below is a great example of a young boy who has modelled Bruce Lee from the film footage left behind of Bruce.

Did he learn NLP? No.

However, he has modelled Bruce's movements using principles we teach in NLP. This child has modelled Bruce's movements, rhythms, timing, eye movements, facial expressions and breathing so well, that you can see he has developed exceptional skill that goes beyond his years. He now has a great base of embodied skill to build on as he progresses as a martial artist.

At the age of approximately 6 years old he is doing things Bruce was doing in his 30's and without decades of formal training. Stop and ponder the implications of that for a moment........

So you are faced with a couple of choices in your life. You can continue to try and change your life the long, slow and hard way by doing what you have always done. Or you can learn how to shortcut your personal growth and development by learning the methodology that gives you the keys to accessing the brilliance of others.

If this little boy at approximately 6 years old can learn so much of what Bruce Lee was demonstrating in old movies; what do you think you could be capable of doing if you learned how to model successful people you have daily contact with?

This process of modelling is what I teach in my NLP training programs and this is why you should click here (…) and learn more about The Corporate Warrior NLP Practitioner training program.

My next NLP Practitioner training will be in Adelaide commencing in August. Details of the event can be found here -

If you would like to learn more, then feel free to message me via Linkedin or call me on the telephone numbers listed here

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