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What is NLP?

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What does NLP stand for?

Neuro (relating to the mind, mindset & our thinking)
Linguistic (language – verbally & non verbally)
Programming (our patterns of behaviour and our emotions)

The techniques, principles and attitudes provide a way for people to remove self-imposed limitations. It enables people to have choice over how they feel, their emotions, their behaviours and physical states. if you change your thinking, you can change your results in business and life!

If you’ve found yourself on this page wondering ‘What is NLP’, then you’re in the right place! Let us explain …

NLP, stands for Neuro-Lingusitic Programming and was founded by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the early 70’s. They were fascinated by people who were excellent at personal change, people who were amazing communicators and how some people excelled whilst others failed.  They studied people who they believed to be excellent at what they did and set about discovering their beliefs, success mindset, values, strategies and ways in which they did what they did. They focused on discovering ways in which people could quickly and effectively change things to bring about sustained personal and professional change. Today there are thousands of definitions. Richard Bandler says: “NLP is an attitude of curiosity and a willingness to experiment and THAT has left behind a trail of techniques.One of our favourites is that NLP is essentially an “instruction or owners manual for the mind”.

In response to the question, ‘what is NLP’, Psychology Today Magazine said “Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is arguably the most powerful Behavioural Science on the planet today”.  Science Digest describes it as, “the most powerful vehicle for change in existence.”

NLP does not tell you what you need to do. It offers ways in which you can change things to be, feel or behave how you wish – it offers the ‘how’.

What is NLP – The Study of Excellence that leads to Results

Richard Bandler (a mathematician) and John Grinder (A professor of linguistics) developed NLP in the 1970’s. They were curious and fascinated to study how excellent therapists had been producing results over many years (Therapists like Milton Erikson, Fritz Pearl & Virginia Satir). What is it that made these people different at what they did, how did they manage to produce consistently great results for their clients. It was these early studies that lead to what Bandler and Grinder describe as a philosophy (a way of thinking) and a trail of techniques immersed and have evolved over the years, which today can be distilled into processes and an insightful mindset that we can learn and apply to achieve our desired outcomes (results).

The problem for many of us is that our life, our decisions, what we focus on, what we think is possible etc is based on our past experience. If like many of us you have a past that has lots of bad experiences this can mean that you put in place limitations or at the very least it will influence how you are, what you feel and how you act today. Many people carry around some very heavy ‘suitcases’ of ‘stuff’ from their past and that influences them in the present moment. For many people patterns keep repeating themselves again and again in life. It is so liberating for people when they learn that it’s not necessary or inevitable because you can change all this with NLP.  It really does help people to unleash their potential and start to create the future that they want.

NLP can help you Unleash Your Potential too! – it’s particularly effective when it comes to making changes both personally and professionally. Whether you’re in business, looking for personal growth or professional development, teach/train/coach, want to improve your health, are a sports professional, a celebrity … it doesn’t matter what your walk of life is, as long as you have an open and curious mind NLP can help you exponentially.

Now you know what NLP is, why might you want to learn NLP?

what is nlp & why would you want to learn itCan you recall a time when you perhaps had a new mobile, a computer or a car and you didn’t get a manual with it … you look at it, you play around with it, you get so far – perhaps you hear a friend talking about a similar purchase, you have no idea if they really know what they’re talking about but what they say seems logical, you take what you hear and get a bit further. You may get far … but the chances are that it will take you a long time to get the best out of your new purchase, if at all.

Now turn your attention to your mind, your brain – no manual? You’ve had experiences, you’ve seen things, you’ve listened to others, you picked up things from family, friends or others you know – but you don’t know if this is helpful or if there is a different way – you muddle along, making the best of the fantastic gift that is your mind – but, STOP …… what if I told you NLP was like a manual for the mind, you could take time out to spring clean and audit what you’ve picked up along the way, that you could use even more of the functionality of your mind, that there was a way to make change fast …. that where something may be holding you back or getting in your way that there might be another way or that there were things you could do to super-charge your excellence …… this is where NLP comes in …. my view is that it’s the fastest way to make changes that will truly change your life!

Have you achieved everything you want in life with NLP?

Would you be interested in …..


  • Ever wondered why, no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t communicate with some people? How would it be if you could communicate brilliantly with everyone?
  • Have you ever wished you were better able to present information to groups?
  • Would you like to be a more effective influencer or motivator of others?
  • If you’re a trainer, teacher, lecturer or speaker – would you like to learn how to tailor your message so it lands every time?
  • Are there things in your life that scare you so much they stop you doing things? How would you like to sort out those nerves and grow your confidence?
  • Maybe you’re a parent who wants desperately to communicate with their child, or help them with confidence or self-esteem? – imagine what a different it would make to their future if you could help
  • Do you have internal conflicts – do you waste energy being in two-minds about something or wish you had clarity and direction?
  • Do you sometimes get your goals and sometimes not? Do you want more consistent results?
  • What is the one thing you wish you could change? – what if you could, how different would you life be then?
  • Perhaps you’re stuck in a rut – feel like you’re going no where. What if you could get out of those feelings of negative emotions and choose how you feel instead?
  • Do you recognise repeating patterns in your relationships or other areas of your life? – would you like to change them?
  • Do you have an unhealthily relationship with money – what would it mean to you to change that?
  • Maybe you’re into sports and want to be able to master techniques to improve your performance?

The quality of your life and the success of your performance depends on the quality of your thoughts and emotional states.

You’re results depend on how you think. Your behaviour runs on an auto-pilot setting (human beings are habitual creatures). NLP allows you to make changes to those auto-pilot thinking patterns that sit at the unconscious level (the part of your mind that controls your breathing, heart rate etc – because you don’t do that conciously, do you?). If you make the change at the unconscious level, you don’t need to worry about remembering, because your unconscious mind sorts it for you – I am living proof of that – having given up chocolate on my NLP Practitioner training, I’ve never had the desire or need to eat it again! This is just a simple example of the type of changes that NLP can make for you.

We already use elements of NLP without even knowing it. They key is learning to use it in a more structured way to enable us to get the outcomes we desire. We are the tour guides and you have the key – are you ready to Unleash Your Potential?

So what if you made an investment in your personal or professional development?; NLP greatly increases your choices in life and your influence with others. Developing NLP knowledge, skills and experience is arguably the best investment in yourself, your professional career and your future quality of life that you can make.