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Rearranging the furniture (a metaphor)

Metaphor works by comparing something abstract and intangible (a concept like “personal change”) to something that we’ve bumped up against in real life. It’s not just a straight one-to-one transfer: it makes use of a trail of associations to apply a whole pattern to the situation you are trying to understand or communicate.

Think about it this way. When you come to see a memory in a new light, it is as if you have rearranged the furniture in your mind. You know what it is like when you rearrange the furniture in a room at home. It’s the same room and the same furniture, but it feels a little different. You have to live with it for a day or two before you can be sure whether you like the new arrangement. And if you walk into the room in the dark, you are bound to bump into something that used to belong somewhere else.

Rearranging the furniture can create new space and new functionality in a room. It’s a good thing. But at the moment when your shin connects with something hard, it does not feel entirely like a good thing. That’s the nature of change. We like it - after it stops feeling like change.

New! The 5 Principles of Positive Change

NLP Canada Training offers more new programs than any other institute in the GTA. We don’t just recycle the same programs year after year; we’re always working to bring our community a fresh approach to the problems they want to solve.

In February, we’re offering a workshop (Toronto, February 8, 1:30 to 4:00pm) and a full-day course (Hamilton, February 9, 10am - 4:30pm) on the Five Principles of Positive Change.  Both are based on Linda’s new book, Living Your Purpose: The Heart of NLP, due out this spring. If you’re NLP-trained, you’ll be delighted by this straightforward approach to explaining and using the NLP you love. If you’re new to NLP, you’ll experience positive change as you learn about the most effective way to make it happen.

This is a brand new way of thinking about the basic principles that make NLP so effective. You’ll walk away understanding how NLP works and how it relates to other models of positive change. And you’ll love this model because it makes you feel good even while you’re dealing with problems and challenges. 

NLP Canada Training is sponsoring a jazz festival in Hamilton

“The Five Principles of Positive Change,” February 9, 10am to 4:30pm, Hotel Hamilton #211, 195 James St. N. Hamilton. 

If you’ve visited our page on training in Hamilton, you might have noticed that we are introducing our own brand of NLP to Hamilton in a new one day course, The 5 Principles of Positive Change.  It’s not our first course in Hamilton (that happened last week with NLP and Healing), but it is the first of several course premieres that will happen in Hamilton this winter.

There are no set registration fees for this course on February 9. Instead, we are asking for donations to the Steel City Jazz Festival. Have you wondered what the connection is between our work in NLP and jazz?

Click here to read more about the links between conversation and improvised jazz.

NLP (neurolinguistic programming) is about how we adapt and learn. It’s about knowing what we want in general, and then using every opportunity to make it real. It’s about connecting with people in a way that generates not just understanding, but results.

The Steel City Jazz Festival is the brainchild of my child, Christopher Ferguson. He was inspired by a trip to Detroit’s jazz festival and came back determined to make a festival happen in Hamilton. He did make it happen -  not single-handedly, but single-mindedly. He held his outcome so strongly that he learned what he needed to learn and connected where he needed to connect to make it happen. That’s NLP at work.

More than this, NLP and jazz belong together because in their different ways, they teach people that they do not have to choose between listening and preparing to speak. Improvised jazz is an accessible model of listening closely and then instantly adding one’s own vision to a group. Wouldn’t it be terrific if every meeting unfolded like a jazz quartet, taking turns leading and listening, inspired by each other’s turns in the spotlight?

The five principles of positive change are that people are integrated (mind and body), resourceful, connected, patterned and purposeful. Every one of those principles is active when musicians improvise together. In jazz, it would not make sense to shine at someone else’s expense. It does make sense to listen, to stay in sync, and to pick up each other’s threads and weave them into something marvellous.

I am always a proud mom. But even if I weren’t, it would be a joy to lend support to a model that has so much to teach us and that makes learning so joyful.

What difference does a day make?

January featured three one-day courses and one afternoon course. You might wonder why we offer so many short courses. How much can change in just one day?

The answer in our courses is generally “more than you expect.” People come to short courses for an introduction or a refresher, thinking that it is time they followed up on an interest or a suggestion from a friend.

What they find is remarkable. We layer experiences using NLP techniques so that people regularly find that they have discovered something useful about the way they think, the way they choose, or the way they make connections with others. They are pleased by getting to know a little about NLP, but that isn’t the point. The point is what they learn about themselves.

One day. One insight. One shift.

And suddenly, everything you encounter is slightly different. And in that difference, there is the opportunity to correct your course, to adjust the seasoning, to make a tiny change that makes an important difference.

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