Deciding whom to trust or which program will give you the best experience can be even harder.
Here is a brief summary of my best advice on choosing from among the many NLP practitioner courses out there.
1. Choose a trainer who understands NLP
I’m not kidding. So many trainers are conducting NLP practitioner courses in a cookie cutter fashion. Here is the technique. Here are the steps. Watch me do it. Now you do it. Do you understand how to do it? Rinse and repeat. Rubbish!
You deserve more than that. NLP represents an entirely new way of perceiving and communicating. NLP is not just a series of techniques. It’s a practice that involves seeing the world in a different way structurally and contextually that creates choices you weren’t able to consider before. For you to get that, your trainer needs to get it. Choose your trainer wisely.
2. Decide which type of course is best for you
When deciding what program is best for you, some things to consider are price, time requirement and type of training. Of the legitimate ways to learn NLP, here are the formats available today:
In-person group classes. Classes usually require a 3-4 day weekend, once a month over a period of months. This is a great way to learn NLP if you choose a good institute. Buyer beware, there are some really bad ones out there, too! The downside is the cost, travel and time block commitment. The iNLP Center does not offer this option. If this is the only option you’ll consider, I can recommend some of the better institutes. FYI, I am not affiliated with any of them and do not receive compensation for a referral.
Residential training. Also an in-person training which varies in length, usually between 7-28 days. Lots of variety, here and it is a fine option, with the same considerations as above. Residential training has the additional drawback of low retention. It’s like the saying, “When you drink from a firehose…”
The iNLP Center offers residential training, but only in Tokyo.
1-on-1 Live NLP Training with Coaching. The iNLP is the only NLP training center offering 1-on-1 NLP training. This is my favorite format because all of the efforts are focused on the student’s individual or personal development goals.
There are many training programs offered online. As with everything, some are good, some are bad. Online trainings can be a good way to go if you need schedule flexibility, a lower cost and want to move at your own speed. With that being said, some online programs are small groups and the trainings are offered “webinar style” and are scheduled over a few weeks.
Again, you are speed fed the information, not giving you much time to absorb and understand before moving onto the next technique or modality. The other option is that you work independently on your own time and take as long as you want to absorb and apply the information.
3. Choose an important personal development goal.
Good NLP practitioner courses are unprecedented opportunities for personal growth. While you are learning, you will apply NLP models to your life. So, what do you want? If you could be different in some way six months from now, what would that look like? What new skills, perceptions, feelings, relationships or other changes do you want?
Imagine focusing on developing this area of your life in a concentrated manner, with the very best personal development tools over an extended period of time. You’re bound to achieve some very important shifts in the right direction if this is what you seek.
Finally, be patient. NLP takes some time to learn. It requires curiosity, experimentation and practice. Anyone claiming otherwise is lying to you. One step at a time, slowly but surely, you’ll develop the character and become the communicator you’ve always wanted to be.
NLP practitioner courses, the quality courses, are a great place to grow.
Things to Avoid in a Training
Finally, let’s identify the absolute scams and kinds of NLP training to avoid. Avoid these at all costs:
• Courses that promise “easy” NLP and learning that does not require time and effort. Some courses even offer NLP certification in just a few days. Rubbish. These are scams. NLP is a broad and deep, comprehensive body of work. It successfully synthesizes elements of linguistics, hypnosis, gestalt psychology, family systems theory, cultural anthropology, and more. Suggesting you can learn this set of tools in a few days is ludicrous.
• Courses that promise “the life of your dreams” and “super success” and “NLP secrets” and all kinds of snake oil sounding boloney. It’s embarrassing. Don’t fall for it.
• Trainers that you can’t talk to before giving them your money. You should be able to assess the character of your trainer before learning from him or her, right?
• NLP trainers that set up accrediting bodies to accredit themselves (very common). NLP is in the public domain and has been for over 40 years. No one has authority over it. You should question the ethics of anyone who asserts they are the standard bearer for NLP.
• Gurus who charge $4000-$10,000 for training. They don’t teach you anything you can’t get for a lot less, and without the hype.
• Anything that sounds too good to be true.
• ANYONE who tries to pressure you into buying their stuff!