How To Choose The Right NLP Training For You
DEAR budding NLP Practitioner,
So, you’re thinking about getting into this thing called NLP, and you’re probably shopping around for the best package. There's so much to consider though, isn’t there? How long it takes, the cost (obviously!), the qualification at the end of it, if there's any support offered after the course has finished & you're back home, is there any kind of money back guarantee, will it be a nice venue...?
My name’s Jonathan Clark. I’m an NLP Trainer and I’ve been running these kinds of courses for 17 years. I certify people at Practitioner and Master Practitioner level, and I’m always trying to make my courses better and better. That’s my business.
I’ve personally attended several NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Trainers Training courses, as well as countless other seminars and workshops. I’ve invested tens of thousands in training, and I’ve been on all kinds of courses, from the really awful to the totally mind blowing!
Maybe you know someone who’s done an NLP training and you’ve noticed how much they’ve changed. Possibly you read an NLP book and like what you’ve seen so far.
In just a moment, I'll share with you six costly misconceptions about Neuro linguistic programming. Plus I’ll offer four recommendations. And I'll give you sixteen questions you should ask a prospective Training Company before you part with any money.
So I wrote this report to give you some advice, to benefit from my experience and hopefully to help you make the right choice for you.
In every course I’ve attended there was usually one or two things that could have been better – it would have made it so much easier if the parking was free, or if the venue hadn’t been so stuffy, of if the Trainers actually kept in touch after the course finished. There was usually a “hole” somewhere that hadn’t been filled, you know?
So let me give you some suggestions about what to look for. Think of it like buying a used car. It’s useful to get someone in who knows a bit about cars, who can give it a “once over” and point out the tricks of the trade, the possible repairs needed, how much is a fair amount of money to spend, and to point you in the right direction. You get the idea.
As I said before, NLP Training is a big investment of time and money, so you need to know:
- Where do you start?
- How do you know what to look for?
- What are the danger signs to look for?
- How can you be certain that you’re looking at a reputable company?
I wrote this guide to make things easier for you. With the knowledge you’ll gain from reading these pages
Ø You can be sure you’re getting the right course for you
Ø You will be able to tell the sharks from the genuine article
Ø You will know the right questions to ask
Ø You can be confident you’re making the right choice
7 Costly misconceptions about NLP Trainings
You can learn NLP from books and videos – in fact, there are CD courses galore on Ebay that GIVE you certificates just for listening to the disks. I wonder what they say on them? “I hereby certify that the above named knows how to press PLAY on her stereo”!?! Beware ANY NLP person who claims you have valid certification just because you listened to some CDs or watched some DVDs. I ask you – how did you get your qualifications? Think about it – can you learn to swim by watching the Olympics on the telly? No, didn’t think so…
All NLP Trainers are the same, and they’re all good at NLP – sorry, also not true. Unfortunately there are sharks in every industry, and personal development is no exception. Many teachers are up there because they need the significance and adulation of their “fans”. So it’s all about them, not about you.
“It’s a little advice I want really – I’m on my 2nd module of an NLP Practitioner course and today when I told the Trainer about a situation that happened to me, I said I tried to apply what I had been taught but it didn’t work for me and the event was quite upsetting. I was told I was lazy and trying to take the easy way out. This really upset me. Is this part of the training or is it time to find a new Trainer? I don’t know how much experience they have but they seem to be referring to books the whole time I am there.”
Do your due diligence and make sure you know how long they’ve been around, try and see them or listen to them in action first, talk to previous clients.
Different schools of NLP focus on different areas – most on business and influencing skills, many on communication, a small few on physical healing. Make sure you choose a company that deals in your area.
Another way of pulling the wool over your eyes is to have along list of impressive qualifications after their name. So I could use for instance
Jonathan M Clark, MLIA[dip], PNLP, MTLTA
Let’s decode that shall we? The MLIA[dip] is a Member of the Life Insurance Association, an old Financial Services qualification that I held as a Financial Adviser. NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT RELEVANT TO THIS DISCUSSION, but it sounds good!
PNLP is an abbreviation for “Practitioner of NLP”. Lots of people do a Night Class in NLP or read a few books then stick that right after their name.
MTLTA just means I’m a paid up member of the Time Line Therapy Association, and that’s because I paid my $60 and filled in a form. You sign the forms and send off the cheque -but it isn't a qualification.
Certificates can be printed on your printer in 5 minutes using Microsoft Publisher, with templates bought from Office World.
I think I’ll set up the Board Of Genuine Unique Shifts – or B.O.G.U.S. for short.
NLP is seductive and manipulative – So is wearing perfume or buying designer clothes to make you look good. There is a vast market for seduction and persuasion skills, and a number of NLP schools specialise in that.
In my experience a company that teaches Rapport skills will know that once you have rapport with a person, if you have dubious intentions towards them, they’ll pick that up.
Generally people who voice this concern are actually concerned about being manipulated, and that’s the student’s issue. Generally they have been duped before and are wary of it happening again. All the more reason to use Time Line Therapy or emotional clearance techniques to let that go.
It’s a cult! – cults generally are centred around one leader, demand total compliance and obedience, and if you show any resistance or disobedience you are excommunicated and made to feel like a heretic.
NLP is a tool – like a hammer, it can be made to smash things, or build things. The hammer itself has no ethics, only the person who wields it. NLP has never done anyone any harm or any good – it’s the people who use it.
Its all common sense – well if it is, it’s not that common. If this is old hat and everyone knows how to run their head, why are so many people still on medication, haunted by ghosts from the past and carrying around so much luggage?
Can’t I just skip Practitioner and jump straight to Master level? – Master Prac deals with such abstract concepts, quantum theory and deep interventions that without the fundamentals in place, you’d be lost. That’s like saying “let’s skip the flying lessons and let’s go right into landing the Space Shuttle”. You woulnd’t know where to start, or what buttons to press.
All NLP courses teach the same subjects – there is a core syllabus that the Practitioner courses have in common, but I’ve seen a wide variety even there.
So here are 16 guidelines about what questions to ask a Trainer…
How much will it cost?
How long will it take?
What qualification do I come out with?
What subjects will be covered?
Is there any support offered?
What about money back guarantee & refunds?
Is it a nice venue?
What experience do the Trainers have?
Is there the option of coming back to assist?
Is there a referral fee?
Is there an NLP Practice group?
Do they offer Free Introductory sessions?
Other costs or conditions to achieve certification?
Can I have Contact Names of referees to ask for their opinion of the training?
Are the Trainers insured?
Why do I want to learn NLP?
By following these four recommendations, you'll gain all the information you need to make an informed, intelligent decision. If you want a quick, cheap NLP course, many companies out there will sell you one.