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.

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