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What is Neurolinguistic Programming?

The skills of exceptional people can be "modelled" using NLP methodology, then those skills can be acquired by anyone. In its early days the subjects of this modelling were leading therapists such as Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls. How they worked and achieved their amazing results was ‘modelled’ and taught to other therapists and similar results were achieved.

Neurolinguistic Programming soon expanded and others spheres of expertise become the subject of modelling. Teaching, sales, sport, coaching performance amongst others benefited from modelling and NLP can now be seen, in one guise or another in teaching methods, personal development programmes, coaching and entrepreneurial courses throughout the world.

NLP is not a ‘therapy!!!’

The earliest people ‘modelled’ by Bandler and Grinder were exceptional therapists. The primary similarity between them all was that they were ‘talking therapists’. The tool sets modelled from them were therefore patterns of language.

Because these successful patterns were taught to other therapists NLP is often mistakenly regarded as a therapy itself. It is not!

The language patterns and processes modelled are tools of communication that the famous therapists used to achieve their amazing results with clients. But the same techniques can be used in a wide variety of contexts. For instance, influencing a person to change how they react to a phobic trigger is not dissimilar to convincing a person that they need to buy a brand new motor vehicle!

Key2 Empowerment uses the therapeutic use of these language patterns as the core for Paradigmatic Coaching™. However our general NLP workshops focus on the commercial and educational use of the language patterns and processes.

Key2 Empowerment provide NLP training to Practitioner Level as part of their Paradigmatic Coaching™ package.


Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) was created in California in the 1970s by John Grinder and Richard Bandler as an approach to communication and personal development. It focuses on the connection between the neurological processes ("neuro"), language ("linguistic") and behavioural patterns learned through experience ("programming") and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.

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