Let me start by saying that I didn’t initially think life roles would be an interesting topic for the conference. In fact, I didn’t think it would be an interesting topic for anything. I successfully put off even exploring the notion for almost 2 years. Paul generally has good ideas, but this one I thought, was definitely not one of them.
So how come we have a life roles topic for our session, when we weren’t short of other interesting and useful topics? And when deciding on our topic, why was it me who acted as though no other topic was worthy of consideration?
It all began with us discussing how to handle the curveballs sometimes thrown by the NLP ‘Parts Integration’ process a...
Coaching has been THE buzzword in people performance for some time now. And NLP offers a powerful toolbox of tools and techniques with which to 'unlock people potential and maximise people performance’. But as coaching has moved from marginal to mainstream, and from popular to professional, there has been an increasing need for coaches to everywhere to ‘evidence-base’ their practice – and do so, in a rigorous yet relevant way.
According to the NLP Awards Website, ‘The NLP Awards event was initiated to recognise and honour the difference NLP Professionals are making in all walks of life, on a daily basis.’ That is one thing that will happen on a glittering night as part of the NLP International Conference. There will be awards presented in 4 categories selected by Macmillan Cancer Support, our beneficiaries of the night, and one, the Lifetime Contribution Award for which a public vote is still open and will be open during the first two days of the Conference. Check out the shortlisted Finalists.
What else will happen? From the pre-dinner drinks through to the dancing, this will be an evening to celebrate...
I don’t tend to want to engage in business if the required amount of Hypnotic Engagement hasn’t been attained. Hypnotic Engagement with your Corporate and Personal clients is essential for bonding relationships that have the appropriate energy to make the magic - and of course results, happen.
In NLP, we talk a lot about Rapport and the process of Matching and Mirroring, yet none of that works (or any skill sets) without the required brain wave length to engage a client on the deepest level possible. Simply put, if the energy of the relationship is not correct, no matching and mirroring will ever work.
What has NLP got to teach us about how to cope with an increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World.
So, what is a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA), well for most of us it’s the world we live in every day. This has probably been the case for many many years, yet the pace at which we experience it has increased. Perhaps for many people it isn’t the VACU elements of their day, their month or their year that they notice it’s the lack of the periods where it isn’t where we can rest or be at peace. The ferocious pace of life has taken its toll and is relentless.
Putting together a Conference which will be relevant and stretching for our audience is a year-long process. As we wrap up the previous year, we are already planning the next. Finding the right streams, topics and speakers is critical to ensure that our audiences get a choice of topics that address the core of NLP, NLP applications, developments, success stories and industry focus. No speaker is guaranteed a slot, they are all selected on merit.
There are some 60 plus presenters in up to 6 parallel streams, so choice is always available. The balance between genders is around equal, slightly more female than male, and the age range is varied. This is not some ‘old boys club’ but rat...
So, the questions that I asked myself, when working with a large group of teenagers, most of whom had a diagnosis of dyslexia, was why wasn’t it ALWAYS working? For those with very severe symptoms, simply teaching them this strategy wasn’t producing the same results as when teaching students who were simply ‘bad spellers’. This question led me to my first NLP Conference in 2010, where I heard Olive Hickmott speak, the developer of The Empowering Learning: Jumpstarting Literacy & Numeracy process, on the subject of ‘NLP and Learning Difficulties’.
Many of us drive and are more than familiar with the dashboards in our cars. Not only do they give us an indication of how our vehicles are running in terms of speed, petrol usage or whether our handbrake is on or not etc, we are also now being presented with a hundred and one warning signals letting us know that attention may be needed in less than obvious areas (the inner workings of the vehicle). Pretty useful hey! Not only do they alert us to the early signs of a problem, we also gain a better understanding of how our vehicles work that enables us to either fix the problem or to alter our driving styles to maintain performance and effectiveness.
You don’t just get to see trainers, many of them with over 20 years experience in NLP, in action, they are also there at the event, over the tea breaks and the lunchtimes and at the NLP Awards on the Saturday night. So you can talk to them on a personal level and assess how you and they will be able to work together. Not every sweet will be to your taste or satisfy your needs. We are all different, after all. Now you can try before you buy. Always a good strategic approach.
We have so many ways to communicate these days, it seems counter intuitive to block off days in the calendar and to go to a physical Conference in a hotel with other people. And yet, there are many advantages to taking time out to go to a Conference where you will meet friends – old and new – discuss topics that are shared in an environment where conversation is encouraged.
The NLP Conference has been called many things. One is that it is ‘NLP in community’. When we are in community, something special happens That has been the lesson from NLP Conferences past. When we get people together, however their ideas and views may differ, they converse, they seek to understand and they adju...