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Personal Development for Groups and Individuals
Alicia L Ben Hamou
NLP Master Coach Practitioner
Tel: 01621 741390
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What is NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming?

Neuro - The neurological system
The way we use our senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell) to translate our experiences into thought processes, both conscious and unconscious. These thought processes are reflected through our physiology (affect our body).

Linguistic - Language
The way we use language to make sense of our experience and how we communicate that experience to ourselves and others.

Programming - The coding of experience
The series of steps we take to achieve a specific result.
Neuro Linguistic Programming is how you and I make sense of our world and, most importantly, how we make it what we want it to be. It helps us to understand that we are in control of our experience and that we are, therefore, able to change that experience.

"NLP was developed as a means to explore and analyse complex human behaviour" Robert Dilts
"Search for excellence" Joseph O'Connor
"NLP studies the structure of how humans think and experience the world"
"NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings, with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques" Richard Bandler

Key NLP Presuppositions

"The mind and body are parts of the same system"
Our thoughts instantly affect our muscle tension, breathing, feelings and more. These in turn affect our thoughts. When we learn to change either one, we have learned to change the others.

"You are what you think"
Our thoughts have a pattern to them, when we change that pattern or structure our experience will automatically change. We can neutralise unpleasant thoughts and enrich thoughts that will serve us.

"You cannot not communicate"
We are always communicating, at least non-verbally, and words are often the least important part. A sigh, a smile and a look are all communication. Even our thoughts are communication with ourselves, and they are revealed to others through our eyes, voice, tone, posture and body movements.

"The meaning of communication is the response you get"
Bear in mind that other people receive what we say and do through their mental maps of the world, not ours. When someone hears something different from what we meant, it is a chance for us to notice that communication means what is received. Noticing how our communication is received allows us to adjust it so that next time it can be clearer

"If what you are doing isn't working, do something else"
If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got. If you want something new, do something new. Especially when there are so many alternatives.

"We all have our own maps of the world"
Our mental map of the world is not the world. It is how we perceive it based on our own life experiences, feelings and other interpretations. It is easier to change how we perceive the world than it is to change the world.

"It is possible to model another person's success"
We can learn an achiever's mental map and make it our own.