What Is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Understand the history & heritage of this remarkable methodology

NLP is a versatile set of tools and techniques that allow you to create quick, effective change and consistently produce your desired results.

NLP was created in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Having studied a number of people who excelled in their field they created a number of models, which others could use to replicate the excellent behaviour in themselves and others.

NLP provides an instruction manual of how to use your mind and allows you to quickly and easily achieve excellent results in both your personal and professional life.

Richard Bandler and John Grinder

Why Learn NLP?

Do you want to overcome problems or increase performance for yourself or assist others to?

How good would it be if you could:


  • Lose weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Overcome problematic behaviours
  • Get rid of a phobia
  • Build confidence
  • Have a great relationship
  • Increase performance in any area of life
  • Be a great communicator
  • Increase motivation


  • Learn more easily
  • Overcome learning difficulties including Attention Deficit Disorder & Dyslexia
  • Increase your self-esteem knowing you are a great learner
  • Develop effective communication and presentation skills to aid others in their learning


  • Be motivated consistently
  • Be a confident, effective communicator/ presenter
  • Be an effective leader
  • Develop great negotiating and influencing skills
  • Build better relationships
  • Optimise sales
  • Be free of limiting beliefs
  • Increase your effectiveness and performance
  • Be a great problem solver


  • Increase your performance
  • Increase motivation
  • Remove limiting beliefs about your capability to perform
  • Deal with pressure
  • Be free of anxiety
  • Establish achievable goals
  • Model excellence for consistent results

With NLP you can quickly and easily achieve all of this and more.

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What is NLP?

NLP was created in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder.

They wanted to understand how people produced excellence, so they studied a number of people who excelled in their field. Those they studied included: hypnotherapist Milton Eriksson MD, family therapist Virginia Satir and gestalt therapist Fritz Perls.

Once Bandler and Grinder discovered how these people produced excellence they created a number of models, which others could use to replicate the excellent behaviour in themselves and others.

NLP has developed into a set of tools and techniques, which shows you how to run your mind and to create effective change in your thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and state.

But it’s more than just a set of tools and techniques it is also an attitude and a methodology. NLP is about curiosity, a willingness to experiment and the use of modelling, experimentation and processes.

Ultimately NLP allows you to achieve excellent results in both your personal and professional life.

Find out below what NLP officially stands for and some important assumptions which we operate by.

What NLP Stands For

Official Definition of NLP


The nervous system (the mind), through which our experience is processed via the five senses: Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Olfactory, Gustatory.


Language and other non-verbal communication systems, e.g. hand gestures, physiology, through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning. Includes: Pictures, Sounds, Feelings, Tastes, Smells, Words (Self Talk).


The ability to discover and utilize the programmes that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes

In other words, NLP is how to use the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

NLP Presuppositions

In NLP we live and work by a number of convenient assumptions – these are the presuppositions of NLP. Here’s a taster:

  • Respect for the other persons model of the world
  • Resistance in a client is a sign of a lack of rapport – there are no resistant clients only inflexible communicators
  • People are not their behaviours – accept the person, change the behaviour
  • Everyone is doing the best that they can with the resources they have available
  • The map is not the territory – the words we use are not the event or the item they represent
  • You are in charge of your mind and therefore your results
  • People have all the resources they need to succeed and achieve their desired outcomes
  • The meaning of communication is the response you get
  • All procedures should be designed to increase choice
  • All procedures should increase wholeness
  • The law of requisite variety – the system or person with the most flexibility will control the system

How To Learn NLP

NLP  is the cornerstone of our 4-in-1 NLP courses. It provides the foundation elements for all of the training modules to give you one of the most powerful coaching tool kits for yourself and others that exists today. Filled with quick and effective techniques to give you the edge.

Standalone NLP Training is available in-house for organisations including businesses, sports clubs and Government Agencies.

One 2 One Breakthrough Coaching using NLP is also available.

Colette creates a comfortable and reassuring environment to work in. This helped me to confront my phobia. It enabled me to disregard any negative associations whilst still holding on to the positive lessons learnt. It is important for me not to feel I have to constantly look over my shoulder and that is what Colette helped me to regain.

NB, London, UK

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