The Truth About Nlp & Hypnosis


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A brief look at what people can expect from training in NLP and Hypnosis, what the different associations represent, and why they need to trust trainers instead of credentials.

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The Truth About Nlp & Hypnosis

  1. 1. The Truth about NLP and Hypnosis NLP Canada Training Inc.
  2. 2. The Magic
  3. 3. People hope they can get what they want • more quickly • with little or no effort • with little or no stress
  4. 4. If I can imagine it, I can have it. And as you listen to my voice, I’d like you to think about something you want as though you have it now. And you can just make that picture bigger and brighter and more attractive. . .
  5. 5. If I can focus, I can have it. NLP or hypnosis really might help you clear your mind and focus on just the one thing that you need to see so that you can take the next step towards having that thing that you want. . .
  6. 6. Unlimited influence What if you already have all the skills, strengths and capabilities you will need to enter into someone else’s experience so precisely that you can replicate that person’s results. . . or change them.
  7. 7. There is no magic • All achievement takes effort • NLP & hypnosis offer: • Practices for noticing that all brains are capable of creating vivid ideas • Practices for controlling intention and attention • Practices for noticing more about the experience of other people • With practice, you can learn to imagine better, to focus better, and to influence better
  8. 8. The Training
  9. 9. Training in NLP Training to manipulate • associated with development of original NLP (early days - Bandler and Grinder; later days - Bandler and many others) • It is manipulation in that the practitioner decides what to change and how to direct and apply elements of change for someone else • Develop awareness of different elements of state and performance and change each element separately and consciously
  10. 10. Training in NLP Training to facilitate • Practices first developed by John Grinder and Judith DeLozier. • Notice what people really want and leverage their ability to get what they want • Mediate between various elements of conscious and unconscious processes • Presuppose that people have what they need to get what they want • Focus on what is right, not what is wrong
  11. 11. Training in Hypnosis Direct suggestion to induce deep trance • Client slips into state of passive acceptance and adopts suggestions for changing state and behaviours • Hypnotist installs programming and client carries it out • Success is signaled when client produces deep trance phenomena
  12. 12. Training in Hypnosis • Ericksonian or conversational hypnosis creates a state in which client is open to indirect suggestion • Client may or may not be aware of being in trance • Hypnotist establishes deep rapport to encourage client to go into trance and may go into trance with client • Clients are offered suggestions to access useful patterns within their experience and apply those patterns in new ways
  13. 13. Training for Strength, Flexibility and Resilience • Full range of abilities and options is better than part of a range • Getting what we want may require focus on goal or focus on process • Different outcomes require different behaviours • Influence requires ability to adapt to variety of situations, relationships and personalities • The best training allows the greatest range of options and abilities
  14. 14. Credentials
  15. 15. There is no regulation • All groups, associations, and bodies are advocacy groups, not governing bodies • The practice of hypnosis is regulated by law in many places; the practice of therapy is also regulated; there is no regulation of NLP • All groups represent a particular point of view or advocate a specific branch of training • Membership requires paying fees to a particular trainer or organization; there is no test or set of standards that could be challenged • Companies & individuals advertise their connection to a major figure until they establish their own credibility and authority
  16. 16. Richard Bandler
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  18. 18. Richard Bandler’s Association
  19. 19. John Grinder
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  21. 21. John Grinder’s Association
  22. 22. Other big names
  23. 23. Michael Hall
  24. 24. Tad James
  25. 25. Robert Dilts
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  27. 27. Some other famous names • Inspiritive • Sue Knight • Jamie Smart (SALAD) • Derren Brown • Joseph O’Connor • Steve Andreas
  28. 28. Trainers who have established credibility for their own practices do not declare an affiliation to one or the other of the founders.
  29. 29. Associations not linked to trainers
  30. 30. We are institutional members of the Canadian Association of NLP.
  31. 31. The Canadian Association of NLP • voluntary advocacy group • most members are NLP practitioners who use NLP but do not offer practitioner certifications • small membership base and very small, volunteer Board • slow process for updating standards and no authority for governance • is one of the few associations in the world that includes representatives of both John Grinder and Richard Bandler strains of NLP
  32. 32. What about NLP Canada Training Inc?
  33. 33. Our mentor, Derek Balmer, trained with both Richard Bandler and John Grinder. His practitioner certificate, signed by both, hangs in our office.
  34. 34. Know us by our work. We post lots of it online. For free.
  35. 35. These web pages include links to other websites, videos, books and articles. There are 20, including
  36. 36. There are about 35 one-page articles by Linda Ferguson available at
  37. 37. We post free slideshows (including this one) at
  38. 38. Get to know the people we have trained.
  39. 39. Mike Mandel offers certification in Ericksonian Hypnosis.
  40. 40. Judge us by our ideas, our work & our friends.
  41. 41. The practice of NLP and Hypnosis
  42. 42. Enhanced Performance with NLP & Hypnosis • Most people integrate the practice of NLP and the principles of Ericksonian hypnosis into their regular work • They pay better attention and have a stronger ability to choose their focus, even under pressure • They know what outcomes they want and they take the steps necessary to make them happen • They build rapport and empathy with people for the purposes of learning and influence • They elicit useful states in themselves, others, and teams
  43. 43. Professional Practices using NLP or Hypnosis • life, athletic or business coaches • therapists • producers of audio or video materials • writers • trainers who apply NLP or hypnosis to specific fields or goals • motivational speakers
  44. 44. Offering Practitioner Certifications • Very few of the people who train in NLP or hypnosis become trainers of NLP or hypnosis • Many trainers do not have training certifications. There is no governing body and no firm evidence that graduates of training certifications are better trainers • Anyone (even someone who has never taken NLP) can claim to offer NLP certifications • The best trainers often have experience training outside the field of NLP and hypnosis
  45. 45. The results
  46. 46. Better focus • Practitioners use the techniques of NLP and hypnosis to allow themselves and others to choose to focus • When practitioners are able to deliberately focus their attention in a single direction, they find what they need to get results • Practitioners recover focus after encountering disruptions or obstacles
  47. 47. Better Influence • Studying NLP and Hypnosis gives practitioners new awareness & new skills for connecting • Practitioners enjoy making deep connections with the experience of others • Practitioners manage their own states and so are better able to manage their influence
  48. 48. Better Performance • It’s easier to get what you want when you get better at knowing what you want • Performance develops from new capabilities for choosing or altering one’s own state • Results are generated more quickly and more easily when practitioners form deep, useful, resilient connections • Practitioners learn and transfer knowledge more efficiently
  49. 49. Think Better, Feel Better, Do Better • It’s not magic: it takes a willingness to engage, to attempt and to practice • It is reliable: if you develop the skills, you’ll get the results • Practitioner think more clearly and habitually engage more of their brain in thinking • Practitioners have the opportunity to “do” emotions: to make choices that lead to a state that satisfies them • Practitioners get results that they like