Not all NLP is the same…!
‘Well they’re all teaching the same NLP, aren’t they?
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A questions I often get asked is “Isn’t all NLP the same?” Or “It’s all NLP – so surely one course will be just as good as the other?”
I reply that it is certainly not all the same, which usually surprises people – since most other bodies of knowledge and life skills are organised and regulated.
However NLP does not have an independent, democratic and authoritative central body to monitor standards either in the UK or internationally.
I, personally, believe this is one of the factors which has contributed to some forms of NLP being fresh, ever-evolving and creative. But there is a downside to this – the would-be NLP learner is faced with a bewildering and confusing range of NLP courses and NLP course providers.
A few pointers to consider
Here at Pegasus NLP we aim to alert people to the need to be very careful in their research and adopt a ‘caveat emptor’ approach with articles such as:
- We have a web-page suggesting 7 questions to consider when choosing an NLP Training provider.
- We also have an article on the difference between the so-called ‘fast track’ NLP training courses and the more thorough ones which use the full syllabus, full length format.
- We were a Founder Member of the former Professional Guild of NLP which was set up to support the full-length, full-syllabus style NLP courses.
And, yes, of course we made sure that Pegasus NLP scored highly on all 7 questions!
8 types of NLP courses to aware of…
This is a list of ‘course types’ that I have come across either through attending them or through hearing about them from people who have subsequently come along to Pegasus NLP Courses.
(1) The Sheep Dip Course
Like sheep being dipped, you are quickly whizzed through a bewildering range of topics in a few days with few opportunities to actually practise, or even diwhat you are learning – “there’s no need – it’s all in the manual – and we are installing this in your brain through hypnosis!”
(2) The ‘New Trainer’ course
By attending ‘fast track courses’ it is now possible to be certified as an ‘NLP trainer’ in two or three weeks which means you could be attending a course delivered by an NLP trainer who knew nothing about NLP a month or two earlier!
Indicators include: they read out from their course manual, discourage questions (see below), and talk a lot about how good they are.
(3) ‘Show biz’ courses
Here it’s all about the presenter, rather than about you the learner.
You are their audience. And their power-dressing, over-the-ear microphone, rehearsed patter, practised smile and use of inspiring music and sound effects are all carefully designed to manage your moods from start to finish – and that choreographed finish often involves “sign up at the back of the room right now to get that exclusive Early Bird discount on the next course!”
(4) The best is yet to come
You come along expecting to learn what’s on the attractive list of course topics. Instead you receive short lectures of the topics because ‘you must realise this is an Intro – you have to sign up for the next course to be able to use the methods properly‘.
(5) Please don’t interrupt!
Inexperienced trainers hate questions, just in case you might ask one they cannot answer. Or disagree with them. So they discourage questions by having a large group, rushing through the topics quickly, and by continuous fast patter.
(6) Therapy and healing courses
Beginning in the early 1970s, NLP grew out the study of how effective therapists worked. So it’s not surprising that many NLP courses are still therapy or hypnosis based.
This is great if it’s the kind of NLP experience you are looking for – but not, perhaps, if you want to be able to use NLP in you everyday home and working life.
(7) Get 6 ‘qualifications’ in one!
Here you attend a few days training and, presto, you receive a sheaf of pre-signed certificates at the end – you are now ‘qualified’ in just about everything from NLP to palmistry!
(8) Who are you?
On some NLP courses you can be part of an audience of anything from 25 to 100’s. Here it’s a numbers game and to the trainers you’re just one of the crowd.
You may be able to ask the occasional question during the presentation (though rarely a supplementary one) and during break times access to the presenter will discouraged by lots of ‘training assistants’ who, in return for marshalling the masses, get to re-attend the course free.
Further tips in choosing the right course for you
- 7 questions to ask when choosing an NLP course
- 10 reasons to choose Pegasus NLP
- Our view on ‘fast track’ NLP certification courses
- What people have said about our courses