Since I mentioned in the last newsletter that I’m going to be offering NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner training again in 2013, several people have asked me what I mean when I refer to a ‘proper Practitioner training’.
As NLP is still an unregulated field in the UK – and much of the rest of the world – different training institutes have a different interpretation of what the label 'NLP Practitioner' means and also how to train people to that level.
I’ve often been asked, 'Why does your Practitioner programme take 20 days when other trainers are offering Practitioner in 7 or 10 or 15 days?' (Or even 2 or 3 days!) This is a great question: most of the people who come to Brilliant Minds are managers or directors in business and are very busy. Time is a significant consideration.
The answer is simple:
The 7-day 'accelerated' programmes offered by many NLP Training Institutes include around 50 hours of home study before the programme. The reason I don’t offer this is because I’m concerned that busy people don't always find time to do the home study. That means they don’t get the full benefit of the ‘live’ part of the programme and may impact the quality of the experience for other people too.
With a full 20-day programme all you have to do is clear the space in your schedule and turn up. Also, since the 20 days are spread over 4 months, there are lots of opportunities to review real-life experiences and learn from each other’s experiments. This really helps the learning to stick.
NLP is a set of practical skills and, as with any other skills, you only get to the level of 'unconscious competence' with practice. Doing the practice in the training room means you get high quality feedback. It also ensures that the practice actually happens. How often have you been on a training programme and not got around to using what you learnt?
In this Olympic year, I’ve been reminded that there isn’t a fast-track to everything. Some things can only be achieved through commitment, focus and the dedication of time.
Two programmes may both be called 'NLP Practitioner' but it's obvious to any intelligent person that you will learn more and get more benefits the longer you spend training. To put it another way, you get what you pay for. And I've never been interested in being the cheapest or the quickest – I just want to provide the best training possible for my clients.
Some institutes work on the assumption that if you do Practitioner training, you’ll automatically do Master Practitioner training, so they can fill in any gaps in a later training.
I want to be sure that if this is the only NLP training you ever do, it’s been worthwhile. When I sign a NLP Practitioner Certificate for you at the end of a 20-day training programme, you can be sure it means that you really can practise NLP successfully in your everyday life.