Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the study of modelling excellence in human behaviour. It is a highly powerful and versatile discipline that can be applied in practical and instantly effective ways in all areas of human experience.
NLP – a brief history
‘The study of human excellence’
NLP was founded in the 1970s by John Grinder, a Professor at UC Santa Cruz, and graduate student Richard Bandler. Having studied some of the world's most effective communicators, they arrived at the conclusion that all behaviour has a structure and, importantly, that by studying these structures it is possible to ‘model’ the way a person does things 'instinctively' and teach other people to do it.
Bandler and Grinder began by modelling outstanding communicators such as Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, Fritz Pearl and Gregory Bateson. They observed that all these people used highly specific – though mostly unconscious - patterns when communicating. Bandler and Grinder began teaching these patterns to other people, who in turn became effective communicators. NLP was born.
Today, NLP tools and techniques are used by countless people throughout the world to improve performance and build confidence in management and leadership, sales and marketing, personal and lifestyle development, negotiation and conflict resolution. NLP techniques are also extremely effective in the treatment fear, anxiety, addiction and phobias.
Who can benefit from NLP?
Anyone who wants to improve their understanding of human behaviour, communicate more effectively, help others, learn faster and take control of their lives at a fundamental level.
The people who attend our courses come from all walks of life – from those practising or interested in psychology, to business-people, entrepreneurs, coaches, trainers, sports-people, salespeople, carers, teachers and complementary health practitioners. It is our firmly held belief that everyone can benefit from learning NLP skills, no matter what field they are in.
The Four Principles of NLP
The presuppositions of NLP
NLP is underpinned by a number of presuppositions. These are things that are presupposed to achieve effective communication: