Skills & Experience Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
Framework of NLP
Representational Systems & Submodalities

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

NLP is the practical and pragmatic study of what produces all forms of human performance.

NLP examine and analyse the ingredients of excellent performance, by providing ways of transferring the skills of excellence to others.The essence of NLP could be expressed in the question How is it possible to be outstanding?

NLP studies the structure of how humans think and experience the world. Obviously, the structure of something so subjective does not lend itself to precise, statistical formulae but instead leads to models of how these things work. From these models, techniques for quickly and effectively changing thoughts, behaviors and beliefs that limit a person have been developed.

NLP is a set of procedures for personal development and performance improvement.

NLP is a model of effective communication

NLP is a way of modelling or developing a model of human behaviour

NLP is further a unique approach to personal change and development combines:

Framework of NLP Top

Below you see the framework of NLP from Nlp at Work : The Difference That Makes a Difference in Business (People Skills for Professionals) by Sue Knight


Often referred to as the technology of the mind or the science of achievement, NLP
(Neuro-linguistic Programming) was first developed in the U.S. in the early 70's from studying the thinking and behavioural skills used by particularly effective and successful people.
It is now used internationally by millions of people throughout the world in such diverse fields as business, education, therapy, the military and police, sport, and personal development.

Many of the models in NLP were created by studying people who did things very well.
Models such as meta-model, metaprogram,Milton-model, representational systems and submodalities among others, provide a diverse set of tools for creating change in in a person and others.

By understanding how a person perceive the world through the five senses, a person can then understand how some people can respond very resourcefully in a situation and others do not. Once a person learn how those who remain resourceful set up their representations, then it's a simple matter to teach others to do the same thing.

NLP is a model of what works in individual performance. It is based on the principle that if one person can do something then, given similar physical characteristics, anyone else can learn to do the same by modelling and integrating into their own repertoire the skills and attitude of the successful person.

NLP is 'an incredibly effective and enjoyable way to access more of the true potential of a persons's brain.

Representational Systems & Submodalities Top
The representational systems in NLP are simply enough the five senses. We represent the world using the visual (images), auditory (sounds), kinesthetic (touch and internal feelings), gustatory (tastes) and olfactory (smells) senses.

Metaprograms Top
Metaprograms are filters through which we perceive the world. The old maxim, is the glass half full or half empty is an example.

Presuppositions Top
NLP is based on many useful presuppositions that support the attitude that change is imminent. NLP is about what works, not what should work. In other words, if what a person is doing isn't working, try something else, anything else, regardless of whether what the person had been doing should have worked. Flexibility is the key element in a given system, the one who is most likely to do well responds to changing or unchanging circumstances.

Presuppositions are beliefs that someone practicing NLP will find useful for creating changes in themselves and the world, more easily and effectively. The emphasis here should be on "useful" not whether each one could be proven to be "true"


From NLP in 21 Days by Harry Alder, Beryl Heather (Paperback)

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