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NLP: what’s in it for me?

Some applications for NLP

Why learn NLP?

What’s in it for me?

Will it be useful in my life?

People learn NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming because it gives them the tools and the insights to

  • Feel more in charge of their thoughts and moods
  • Communicate more effectively and influentially
  • Develop themselves – and acquire the tools to live a more fulfilling life.

NLP is what you make it

If you use NLP to enhance, say, your interpersonal skills then that is NLP – for you.

The same applies if you use it to

  • Empower your children and help them develop self-esteem
  • Be a very skilful life coach
  • Sell products or services – ethically or unethically
  • Grow your business or develop your managerial abilities
  • Seduce people
  • Be an empowering leader
  • Be a more effective therapist
  • Be better in your chosen sport
  • Con people out of their money
  • Motivate people with whom you live or work
  • Help people overcome fears and phobias
  • Improve your results as an educator
  • Contribute to your community
  • Improve your game of golf, sailing, basketball, etc
  • Become a better friend to yourself or others.

Whatever you use it for and however you use it determines what, exactly NLP means for you and what you get out of it.

Some key applications of NLP

Real NLP is generic.

It’s not just for business or selling or therapy or coaching. That’s why in Pegasus NLP we run generic NLP training programmes which provides a thorough immersion in the skills and insights.

This means that your NLP can then be used anywhere.

Here are articles exploring the use of NLP in different life areas:


NLP is an near-indispensable tool for adapting to and utilising the changes in the role of the manager or team leader today. NLP in Management

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Appraising and Counselling

NLP grew out of the study of effective therapy and is the ideal add-on for just about any coaching or therapeutic approach.  Here at Pegasus we specialise in Clean Communicating through NLP as a means of assisting people in a way which enables them to find their own solutions. NLP & Coaching

Relating with others

NLP enables us to better understand what it’s like to be the other person and how best to communicate with them.  This makes it excellent for enrich and deepening relationships at home, socially and at work. NLP in Relationships:

Your inner life

We learn some great insights and skills at school and college such as mathematics, history, science, art, etc. But the missing bit is quite important, too i.e. how to manage ones thoughts and moods. Applying NLP in your personal life and your personal development is one of its most valuable applications. NLP & Yourself


The experienced salesperson knows that in the long run it’s relationships, repeat business and recommendations which produce success – and makes you the preferred supplier. NLP skills enable you to improve how you (1) develop mutually beneficial relationships with customers, (2) identify their needs and motivation and (3) match products with motivation.  NLP & Sales


It used to be sufficient to be good at your job to advance your career.  That’s changed. Now you additionally need to (1) be a skilled communicator, (2) be able to network with and motivate colleagues and (3) be able to market and sell yourself. That’s where NLP skills come in. NLP & your Career


The critically important role of mental attitude in sport is now widely accepted so whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or a professional sports person NLP has tools which can be applied to give yourself the edge. NLP & Sport

The many applications of NLP

To many people the range of applications for NLP is surprising and even confusing.

It seems strange that the same process can help you relate better with your loved ones, enhance your professional performance, improve your golf or tennis game, and enable you to teach your child to spell or study.

However, as you soon discover when using NLP, there are no really limits to the range of applications for NLP or the areas in your life which can benefit from it.

It is universally useful because it provides you with the means to improve your overall effectiveness – rather than offering specific skills to achieve specific results (such as a meditation technique to calm yourself or an assertiveness technique for communicating).

Do whatever you already do well – even better!

With NLP you learn to think about improving and developing rather than ‘fixing problems’. You learn to look for newer and more creative approaches to life’s challenges rather just trying to fix what is not working.

And, especially as you progress through a programme such as our NLP Core Skills training, you will find that you can use NLP simultaneously in a number of contexts.

For example, at the same time as you using NLP to make your life goals more realistic you can also be using it to

boost your darts or cricket or windsurfing performance (and enjoyment)

learn a foreign language

teach your child how to better get along with class mates

have more fun in your life.

You learn precise step-by-step methods for improving how you


use your five senses

understand people

relate with people

and do whatever you already do even better.

So there are unlikely to be limits to the range of applications for your NLP or to the areas in your life which can benefit.

Should I learn NLP?

As I said at the beginning I can’t claim to be objective in this – I have been using NLP in my work and in my personal life since 1979.

And, based on my experience of doing so, I would heartily recommend that you embark on the journey of getting to know yourself and others better through becoming skilled in NLP.

(1) First of all, remember that you cannot learn NLP from books – anymore than you can learn to swim or drive a car from a book or video or audio tape. NLP is not an intellectual thing. It’s behavioural – it is about what you do, not about what you know. So you need to learn it from skilled trainers.

Books do have a part to play — they are excellent for developing your knowledge and your skills after you have attended a hands-on NLP training

(2) Next I suggest that you begin by comparing the two main groups of NLP training provider

  1. The ‘fast track’ approach in which you get lots of ‘qualifications’ and certificates in a few days – see our not-unbiased views on these courses here
  2. The full-length, full-syllabus approach – as recommended by the Professional Guild of NLP – which takes longer and is more thorough and skills-based.

(3) Now make a shortlist of two or three training organisations whose approach, experience, and thoroughness an appeal to you.

(4) Finally use our 7-point check list, to assess the information on their website and in e-mail or telephone communication with them to determine who best meets your criteria

So, if I do learn NLP, what then?

Then the world is your oyster!

Especially your inner world – and the world you share with those close to you.


More information about NLP

NLP – what’s in it for me?

How to learn NLP

7 tips for choosing an NLP training provider

NLP Core Skills – our course in the New Forest

What people have said about our courses


By Reg Connolly, Director of Training, Pegasus NLP