Instant Results from NLP
One of my teen-aged friends, Alex, was asking me about NLP today. I must admit, I got so excited about him asking that I dropped into a shameless teaching mode and we chatted through at least an hour of content before I asked what prompted his questioning.
He had seen something on TV where someone claimed to use NLP to pull off the stunt of “paying” for purchases in NYC with blank pieces of paper. Many details were lost in the retelling, but I got enough to recognize some conversational hypnosis, embedded commands, and use/abuse of metaphor.
Once he’d shared what he remembered from the TV show he asked the golden question: is that real or just stage magic?
I assumed that in this case it was some of both. Having recognized several real patterns from the very human retelling I had to admit that there was likely to be real influence going on and that it was leveraging some NLP concepts.
We went on to talk about some of the language patterns and meta programs we use to interact with the world. It was interesting to be able to refer back to what we talked about when we were interacting with the 4-5 year olds at the Lego table a few minutes later.
There was some whining over the Legos. I asked my 4yo daughter to use a good voice. Alex encouraged his 5yo brother to stop whining. Both patterns are useful at different times. I took the time to make it a teaching moment and pointed out the “towards” of my request versus the “away” of his. The light went on immediately and I saw a (permanent?) shift in Alex’s awareness of the towards-away meta program and his use of the negative command language pattern.
I love experiencing those profound shifts in awareness and behavior that occur because of sharing knowledge. In this case, I venture to guess that the effects will be far ranging.
I also find it apropos that I’ll be adding Alex to the NLP Space Monkey group as the first beneficiary of the NLP Training for Volunteers since his family are the ones who run Shily’s Promise Youth Ranch! (If SPYR doesn’t ring a bell, check out the story at the IndieGoGo project.)
I’ll admit I’m biased, but go check out the benefits of NLP Training for Volunteers and do what you’re feeling lead to do to join in — you never know how quickly you’ll benefit from NLP Training yourself!