NLP Practitioner Course Description

NLP is the Art of Change on Purpose

The NLP Practitioner certification at NLP Canada Training provides you with the skills and the conditioning to reflect on what you want and what you want to be. 

You'll learn to  pay attention to the moments when you are effective and life is good. You'll learn to pay more attention to the people who know something you need to know. You'll learn to use language in ways that work with all of your lived experience to create connections and opportunities that are almost magical.

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What makes us the best place to study NLP:

* we continue to evolve the practice of NLP, making the field stronger and better connected to the best thinking in related models

* you are welcome back (free of charge) for 5 years to repeat part or all of the training whenever it is useful to you

* practice with a community in evening events, short courses, practitioner retreats and the HOPE Symposium

* a tuition tax certificate when your payments are complete

* continue your development in a unique and powerful Master Practitioner certification, leadership and storywork courses, and a training apprenticeship


Hours, Methods and Materials

Our training days typically begin at 9am with coffee (class begins at 9:15) and end at 6pm.  In between, we take one 75 minute break for lunch.  Other breaks are incorporated into the time for exercises and interaction so that the day provides for uninterrupted connection and learning. We train in a beautiful building off Queen's Park that provides lots of natural light and the small spaces that allow introverts to enjoy more privacy as they work through exercises. Our groups are normally limited to fewer than 12 participants. We usually train in teams of two so that trainers can be models for how to shift in and out of rapport and exchange leadership effectively.

We use NLP to teach NLP: this means that we focus on your attention as it is given to hands-on learning of techniques. Concepts are introduced and modelled by the trainers, but more than half the time is given to practice. You will learn by watching, by doing, and by reviewing the comprehensive manual we provide (it covers even more than we have time to do, so those who want bonus material find that they have it).  This is not a course where you can sit at the back and take notes on your laptop. This is a course where you can expect to practice the skills of change and communication, learning from both your own experience and the experience of your classmates. Since each class includes participants from a range of backgrounds, you can expect to stretch your influencing skills beyond those required to build rapport only with people who share your profession or background.

Certification is at the discretion of the trainers and requires that you participate fully in all three units of the course. There is no written testing but trainers do continuously monitor your performance on the exercises and there are opportunities to both ask and answer questions after each exercise.

Human beings are designed/have evolved to enjoy connecting in safe environments. The environment at NLP Canada Training encourages safe, relaxed practice with heightened awareness. People can get better by having fun (and they do!).


Unit 1: Focus on Strengths

◆  States (integration of mind, body, thought) as the basis of performance

◆  Identify useful states (called resources) and develop ability to enter them

◆  Overcome anxiety, fear, restlessness or lack of focus

◆  Develop compelling, ecological goals and directions

◆  Identify others as models of transformation and resourcefulness

In this first unit of the NLP Practitioner certification, you will learn to make better choices about what you do and what state you are in while you do it. You will practice effective methods for combining the roles played by conscious awareness and unconscious processes in achieving what you want. You will experience ways to change the meaning of your past experiences so that they support your future achievements.

Whatever your role, you have influence on your own well-being and on the choices and well-being of the people with whom you connect.  In the first unit of the course, you learn to isolate a variety of elements that contribute to your total communication with yourself and with other people. You will become aware that all influence begins with your ability to know where you are going and access the strengths you will need to get there. 

You might have heard that NLP is about making more effective use of unconscious processes.  It is certainly true that NLP works with whole-brain thinking. This unit uses techniques that have been proven through decades of work and are now supported by the latest research in neuropsychology. We will demystify the relationship between conscious and unconscious thought and teach you practical, grounded ways to ensure that the whole of your mind is solving problems and developing strategies.


Unit 2: Focus on Learning and Influence

◆  How to recognize and build rapport

◆  Using non-verbal cues to accelerate understanding

◆  Recognizing and testing your intuitions about others

◆  New awareness of your impact on individuals and situations

◆  A disciplined technique for accelerated learning from role models

NLP is unique in its recognition that the same core processes are fundamental to learning, coaching and persuasion. In all these contexts, the ability to imaginatively connect with someone else's experience facilitates the transfer of ideas, states, and motivation. Human beings are born to observe other human beings and to survive by replicating the success they observe. When we work with the natural processes by which human beings allow themselves to change in response to other people, we become more effective at both learning and leading.

The core of this unit is emotional intelligence: the ability to get an accurate read on the connection you are making with another person. Although this may include emotions, it is more generally the ability to match within yourself the state you observe in someone else. When you are able to "pick up" on someone's state accurately, you are better able to predict their responses to information or situations. This is the primary advantage of building rapport.

The other half of emotional intelligence is knowing how to detach from a connection so that you are able to maintain your own state, goals or direction. This unit teaches participants to become aware of how they are being influenced by a relationship or situation so that they can make better choices about when to follow and when to lead. Participants learn to evaluate situations through different lenses so that they can test for the most accurate evaluation and the best leverage points for moving toward their goals.

Of course, the same processes can be used to carefully observe the conscious and unconscious behaviours that are being used by a role model to get results. By learning from what people actually do (and not just what they are aware they are doing) you can accelerate learning and get to results more accurately and more quickly. This is the least intrusive and most effective way to learn from the top performers in your field.


Unit 3: Focus on Effective Language

◆  The most effective ways to make information "stick" 

◆  The key to building agreement or consensus

◆  Techniques for asking better questions

◆  Using language patterns to gain understanding or influence

◆  Telling stories to build agreement and motivation

One of the central principles of NLP is that language only communicates in predictable ways when it is supported by non-verbal rapport. People who are not in rapport will hear the words without sharing the meaning. This is the basis for the infamous statistic that says only 7% of a communication's impact depends on the words.  The statistic comes from a study of dysfunctional communication and it means that very little can be communicated through language without a broad agreement to connect.

The first two units of the NLP practitioner course prepare participants to make effective connections. The final unit helps them find the words to build on those connections.  We begin with using words that appeal to the sensory either because they represent a sensory quality or because they make a sensory impression through sounds and patterns. Sensory language stimulates sensory regions of the brain: it both represents shared reality and attaches itself to multiple regions of the brain so that it is easier to remember (it sticks).

The flip side of this technique is to use words that are not sticky while looking for agreement. "Artfully vague" language is language which is abstract enough that it is hard to imagine in sensory terms. Since the devil is in the details (we are more likely to disagree on specific points of experience), abstract language allows us to build connection and search for the ground where we are most likely to maintain agreement as we become more specific.

Finally, we need language that does more than form agreements: it needs to suggest the movement  from language to action. Questions, metaphors and stories all provide bridges between words and the world: they help us to prime others to form representations of the future that they will be motivated to make real. If connection is the heart of influence, language is what gives it legs.



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