Over 20 years we have surveyed our students, systematically asking this question at the commencement of their NLP training. The number one answer: I want better communication skills. Relationship skills. Self-management skills. Skills, skills, skills!
A student go through our courses, here are some interesting comments they have made:
I appreciated the focus on curiosity and exploration, the wonder of opening to the mind as a playground of possibility; and the importance of outcomes. -M. Crowell
I really enjoyed the vastness of the question…’Where else can my mind go?’ The concept of thinking of our thoughts as a playground felt very inviting to me. I am so excited to keep learning!” – S. Blocksom
In my attempt to be a person of excellence I have read many self-help books based on NLP. I have never been challenged to explore. The history of NLP and its founders removes the formality that I associated with what I thought was a rigid science. I look forward to the journey. -Edward
Interesting that a definition for NLP is given, and that is up to the student to develop one during or at the end of the course. It makes me think that the course wants me to think…!! – R. August
The history of Grinder and Bandler in Module 1 is very intriguing. I appreciate the invitation by Mike Bundrant to explore and expand on the techniques of Grinder and Bandler. When we do our job of reading the signs, going with the flow to reach the client’s desired outcomes, we can make a world of difference. -B. Hanson
Module 2 is very interesting. As I identify a persons modality I also become more interested in all levels of a conversation. Everyone finds me more interesting simply because I am more interested in them. A wonderful byproduct. -E. Hunt
I am a teacher at a Middle School in Australia and have just reflected upon some students that I taught last year and their learning styles. I now understand that one boy definitely learnt the course work in a kinaesthetic style. Armed with my new knowledge, I wish that I could have changed my teaching style to accommodate him more. This information will greatly influence the way I will interact with my students. It gives me a greater understanding of the way that each student learns and I will use that within my lessons more. – Justin P.
I never knew that I was coming across as such a jerk to my wife. But it’s true. Thank you for helping me not only see this, but learn to be honest with myself. – David T.
My awareness of how the past has been determining my present behaviors has created a huge shift. – Sara B.
Here I thought I was such a feeling oriented person, but I have learned that I have actually been denying my most important feelings for years. – Thomas R.
Thank you for helping me understand that I have a future worth pursuing. – Roy H.
The mind is incredibly complex and powerful, yet not that difficult to manage if you apply some basic insights from NLP. – Amy S.
These personal insights are typical of a solid NLP-based training that aims beyond skill building and toward the personal growth of participants. Sure, the skills are important, but NLP skills and techniques are a means to an end and actually play a relatively minor role in more sophisticated NLP training, believe it or not!
NLP skills and techniques are surface representations of deeper patterns that reflect who we are and how we work. Getting NLP at this deeper level gives you self-awareness no technique can match.
Don’t get caught up in magical techniques and fancy footwork communication skills. These are fun, but the real value in NLP lies in another place. The goal of NLP should be the development of students as people. The skills and techniques are the training wheels, used temporarily until the student learns to fly.