NLPby Paul Matthews
Taking NLP further
Many people find out about NLP from a newspaper article, a colleague, a friend or perhaps via a business training in something like communications skills. For some, this is enough; for many, there is this nagging thought that there is something more that is worth exploring.
There are several ways that you can find out more about NLP. Probably the easiest way is to read some more of this topic in this resource. This is by no means a complete coverage of the field – which is now huge – but it will give you a good sense of what NLP is and why you might want to know more.
If you like getting information from books, there are several recommended in the Want to know more? page.
Most people find that they learn NLP tools and techniques better when the learning is experiential. This type of learning is readily available in NLP training courses, and we would certainly recommend attending a training course as the best way to learn NLP. NLP is a behavioural process and is thus difficult, some would say impossible, to learn without the interaction and exercises used within a good training course. Think back to how you learned any other behavioural skill, such as swimming or driving a car.
The training courses vary in the material covered, the approach, the type of venue and many other areas. They vary from evening introductions to full 20-day courses. All these options and differences can be a bit daunting, but a very good guide on how to choose an NLP course is available from Field Learning.
This guide is endorsed by the Association of NLP and this organisation has further information on their websites about trainers and courses available in the UK. There are also other well-known NLP organisations, such as the International NLP Trainers’ Association and the Professional Guild of NLP.
You will find a great deal more information on the internet, although we would have to caution that the information and opinions expressed about NLP vary widely, ranging from the evangelical to the dismissive, so look for a balance if you come across websites that seem very biased or strident in their opinions.