NLP Monkey

Thursday, September 04, 2008

NLP Works on TV

NLP works!

Although I did this a few years back, the other day I was playing with some video capture hardware and tested it out on the old videotape (check out the young bearded Comerford...) and it came out quite nicely.

So I thought I'd put it up on Youtube to show how NLP is done when NLPworks.

Follow ze link here, and if you have any feedback let me know!

Friday, August 22, 2008

NLP Works...

n the months of July and August, we have put on 4 Introduction to NLP Courses.

The feedback has been incredible! Some testimonials have been put out on the website at, and I'll share a couple with you here below. Unattributed because those who have sent me these messages haven't let me know how they want to be attributed yet.

Here's one from one of the participants this past weekend:

"Hey Hugh. Just wanted to thank you for making such a big heartfelt impact in my life. There was one moment of the seminar that trully touched my heart and almost brought me into tears. Thank you for dreaming about me, it changed my life forever."

Here's another more formal one from someone who tested out some NLP I taught him in real life after the class:

"I am an MBA and a Molecular Biology major, thus I am generally quite reticent to try of adopt something that does not seem like a formal science at first glance . Therefore, I must admit, I was quite green to NLP before the session with Hugh. Hugh's approach to NLP was very engaging; he peeled away its layers so well that by the time I was done I only began to fathom what I had actually absorbed. This knowledge honestly and truly works on a very practical level!"

These are the only testimonials I have from the last session. More about that below.

More good news: I've been asked back to present at the Toronto Power Group meeting on September 9th at Metro Hall in downtown Toronto. Information is here

...and I've left the bad news for last. At the very last minute of the last class I walked over to my Macbook that had been diligently recording the entire session through Garageband and noticed it wasn't working. I rebooted to find it no longer rebooted.

I found out today that it had coughed up the hard drive on Sunday. What that means is if you have contacted me in the last while for a consultation or training, I may no longer have the e-mail. I do have my data and all the training manuals and ideas for more training (more on that in the future) I've lost some of my e-mail...and that might be forever!

So if you've contacted me for training or coaching in the last while and I haven't gotten back to you, please accept my apologies and e-mail me again.

If you're interested in Introduction to NLP (and NLP Dojo) courses in Montreal or Toronto, let me know. I'm building the training models right now as I reinstall programs...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"...and then I'm gonna slam his ass into trance..."

Subtitled, "Why NLP often has such a crappy reputation..."

The title of this post is a quote from someone who was in my Introduction to NLP course in Montreal this past weekend. One of the participants was a clinical psychologist who told the following story:

"A few years back I had a client come to see me. For various reasons what I was doing with him wasn't producing results, and I was getting a bit desperate. The client wasn't eating and I was worried he was going to die. Now, I happened to be acquaintances with an 'NLP guy' who was in town for a seminar. I asked him if he'd be willing to work with my client.

He listened to the story of the client and said, "No problem. I can fix anything. I'm gonna slam his ass into trance, blast him through a couple of processes and he'll be all fixed up.."

Then he mentioned that he billed $3,000 per day.

I agreed to pay his rate if he could help my client.

I asked and my client agreed to see him, so my client, the 'NLP guy' and I sat down for an intense 2 1/2 hour NLP session. At the end of the session, the NLP guy pulled me aside and said, "Sorry man - your client is too resistant. He's pretty screwed up..."

This after he told me he could fix anything..."

So he got the impression that NLP Practitioners are a bunch of blustering arrogant aggressive BS-artists.

In this instance he was right.

But not in all instances.

I was pleased and gratified that this psychologist watched how we do NLP at NLP Centres CANADA and, along with the rest of the group wants me to go back to Montreal for one day every month so they keep learning!

So if you have a negative impression of NLP because you once came across some arrogant or incompetent NLP person, take heart. There are some ethical and skilled NLP Practitioners out there...

Head over here to learn more

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Take on New Empowering Beliefs Using NLP

Take on New Empowering Beliefs Using NLP
By Beryl Whiting

Change your Self-limiting beliefs – using NLP

What is your opinion of you? Whatever that is, is a belief, your belief. Who created that belief? Well you are the only person who could, aren’t you? No one else has access to your thoughts do they?

Whatever you believe about yourself will take shape in your life. When you believe that you are say, a great competition cyclist, then you will begin to take more interest in your fitness levels, your equipment, your diet. Then you will ‘know’ that you have prepared well for your activity and will feel more ‘confident’ in yourself. You are then more likely to be successful in competitions. This will encourage you to step up to the next level and learn from those more experienced than you. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The danger is that negative beliefs about ourselves can start to become like facts in our minds. We just know that the tomorrow the day will dawn. Whatever we choose to believe about it, it is a fact. Believing something different won’t change it. However, believing that everything else in our life is an unchangeable fact too, is where the problems begin.

Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes. It was widely believed at the time that no man could run a mile in less than four minutes. Guess what? Shortly after he had achieved this record breaking run, many other athletes did the same. What had happened? Their belief that no man could run a mile in less than four minutes had been shot to pieces.

So here is the ‘how to’ create a positive belief about yourself:

Do this simple yet powerful exercise to help you change your beliefs:

Rememeber a belief which is definitely true for you. It could be something like, “I am a woman”. Was there an image created in your head? Notice if there were colours, was it bright, was the picture moving? Were there any sounds to accompany it, were they loud or soft, soothing or jarring. Did you get a feeling in your body? Whereabouts?
Now think of a belief that you would really like to change, a belief that is holding you back in your life? A belief that if you could change would really make a dramatic difference to your life. Aim high.It could be something like,“I will never get the kind of job I really want.”
Overlay the qualities of your original belief which you know is definitely true for you, onto those of the belief that you would like to create. So for example, if your original picture was colourful,you would make your new belief picture colourful and bright. If you heard singing and laughter you would attach those sounds to your new picture. If you had a feeling in your chest, create that feeling in your chest for this belief too.

The magic is, that you can use this simple technique very easily and very simply for any beliefs that you want to take on. Start now and make that list of new beliefs that will change your life.

NLP Coach and Personal Development Trainer, Beryl Whiting delivers professionally developed management training programmes to individuals and blue-chip organisations. You can contact Beryl via her website Go to her website now for a free Stress Assessment.

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Monday, July 31, 2006

NLP in Management, Psychotherapy, and Counselling


NLP in Management, Psychotherapy, and Counselling

By James Angove


NLP has been called the study of subjective experience. Its central contention is that people operate from and respond to their "construction" of their experiences rather than from a single external "reality". They have their own unique models or maps of the world and each one is different from every other. All such "maps" are valid whilst no map is fully able to represent the "territory" or external reality itself.


NLP has a theoretical basis the core of which is that it is a way of thinking about people which has proved practical and effective in a wide range of applications, contexts and situations. It is not held to be "true", but it is taken as a useful model. The model itself is organic and changes as new applications are explored. It is broadly based and draws on concepts from many areas of psychology and psychotherapy.

Early influences stem from the Gestalt "school", the family therapy of Virginia Satire, Ericksonian brief therapy, and humanistic psychology. There are also clear links with the fields of systems theory, behavioural psychology and linguistics, especially the works of Bateson, Watzlawick, Korzybsky and Chomsky.


NLP addresses the issues of creating expectations which cannot sensibly be realised. To do this there is a great deal of emphasis placed on the concept of "ecology" in the personal and corporate change work in NLP. The changes sought must be fully representative of the whole person or system, and not just a part that may be fanciful {albeit also creative} or careless of the potential adverse consequences of change.


The NLP approach is "reflexive" in that therapists seek to make their own psychological processes explicit and to understand these in terms of the theoretical model on which their therapeutic approach is based. The essential remedial and generative model for change is NLP.

In NLP it is stated that PRESENT STATE + RESOURCES = DESIRED STATE. Where the resources are "enabling states" drawn from client's own experience.


The NLP psychotherapist and counsellor seeks to help the client to identify the desired state and then achieve it using his or her own internal resources. This can involve the client in changing limiting beliefs, acquiring new beliefs, and / or gaining insights into patterns of behaviour, thereby enabling more choices.

Whilst the client's personal history is taken as relevant to his or her present state, the emphasis is on how he or she constructs that state from experiences past and present rather than on why. In general this is taken to be a process of "deletion" in which some experiences are ignored, "generalisation" in which universal rules are inferred from individual sets of experiences, and "distortion" in which connections are made between experiences, the intensity or quality of which may be heightened or diminished by internal processing.

"Experiences" are highly varied but they can finally be described in terms of past and present sensory inputs modified by deletion, generalisation and distortion. That is to say, that at any one time, an individual has access to external sensory inputs through the visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, abstract, gustatory and olfactory channels and to internal constructions {memories, with or without deletion and distortion, and synthesised fantasies} which can be described in terms of the same basic five senses. The particular "construction" actually experienced depends on the extent of distortion and deletion in each of the ten categories {five internal and five external}.


The "meaning" ascribed to the experience depends on the extent of generalisation or distortion applied to it. Change takes place in the present and is experienced in the future. Understanding the "past" as a means to achieve change, is in effect understanding the present construction of the past.

Cybernetics and systems theory provide a metaphor for the NLP model of personality. It is seen as being one where the person is driven by cognitive patterns of experience rather than by cause and effect chains.

NLP psychotherapy is typically brief compared with some other types of psychotherapy. Furthermore because NLP is generative as well as remedial, work with an NLP therapist or counsellor can move on from dealing with past limitations to future performance in order to achieve personal and professional goals.


James Angove has an interesting and varied professional background in the field of corporate multi-nationals. Twenty years ago he embarked upon a change of direction and began training as a therapist.

He is a Certified Master Practitioner, and Trainer of the Art of Neuro Linguistic Programming. He is experienced in the use of Bio energetics, Reflexology, Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. He combines the experience of both fields of business, and therapy to bring a new and pervasive perspective to finding solutions and enhancing trainings. His website is Therapist Online.


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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Why Be an NLP Coach?

Why Be An NLP Coach?By Bill Thomason

Personal and business coaching has become a significant and respectable business over the last few years. Look around and you will find that the most successful people you know have coaches. Celebrities and sports figures have personal coaches in addition to whatever organized coaching their profession provides.

A coach can help you push beyond the normal limit at which you would most likely stop. In addition, a good coach can help you focus your efforts for maximum results. Starting from The Inner Game of Tennis & The Inner Game of Golf books written by Gallwey in the 1970's, coaching has now moved from sports coaching to the executive business level, financial coaching, and even into personal life issues and family coaching.

Who is Becoming a Coach

Young people report they are considering coaching as a viable career. Many experienced business people are leaving the corporate ranks and looking for an alternative career that utilizes their expertise. Coaching gives them flexibility in their schedules, and a way to make as much income as their entrepreneurial skills will allow while they are facilitating other people. For business people and students, Coaching has become a viable alternative.

Psychotherapists and individuals in other medically-related helping professions have become disenchanted with the controls of the managed health care system, the mountains of paperwork that have done nothing but escalate over the last years, and the ability to make even basic decisions about the welfare and health of patients has been undermined. Coaching offers the promise of freedom of practice and increased patient response. Many therapists have dropped their credentials to pursue alternative careers.

Benefits of Coach Training

Get out of a dead end job

Dictate your own schedule

Dictate your own income potential

Freedom to practice as you see fit

Expand the practice you already have

Get recognition for your accomplishments

Escape the managed health care nightmare

Utilize your hard-earned skills and experience

Skills better than 90% of coaches already in the field

Escape from the pressures of the corporate workplace

Avoid the paperwork mill of the medical establishment

Is being a NLP Coach the Right Choice for You?

If you are interested in becoming a coach, there are a number of avenues out there for pursuing your goal. However, you do want to make a smart choice that is right for you. The fact is; the quality of coach training varies tremendously from one training organization to another and many of these organizations do not impart a high level of specific skills for personal change to their students.

As the coaching profession has grown, NLP Practitioners have discovered they already have skills for coaching that put them easily in the top 5-10% of all coaches, regardless of what organization supplied their training. NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming is sometimes referred to as the 'study and application of excellence.' NLP is, in fact, about change. NLP Success Coaching incorporates the same technology for profound personal change that sky-rocked best-selling author Anthony Robbins and others to massive success in the motivational field.

Why NLP Coaching?

To date, there is no regulation with regard to coaching. There is no state or federal laws outlining criteria to be a coach. Anyone can be a coach. Many business managers, Psychotherapists, and Holistic health practitioners realize that they already are coaches. Their experience and personal orientation toward facilitating others is their qualification. A number of training organizations and colleges have expanded their curriculum to include coaching in an effort to create internal standards for the field of coaching.

From the viewpoint of being an NLP Coach, most of the other coach training programs out there are giving people very few skills for actually dealing with change. Certification-level training in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) has been available since the late 1970's and lends itself perfectly to the coaching format. At NLP Practitioner Certification-level in NLP, you will discover you already have better skills than 90% of the coaches in the coaching field, regardless of training. NLP Practitioners have realized they were coaching all along over the years and with only a few distinctions, the transition to NLP Coaching has been natural and easy.
NLP Coaching vs. Other Coaching

You just can't get this level of training from any college oriented NLP or Coaching course. Learning NLP skills is an EXPERIENTIAL process. If you could get this from reading books, you wouldn't need to take a course like this. You will be learning NLP using NLP and Excelerated Learning(c) techniques to teach it. An experienced NLP Trainer can help you pinpoint learning in such a way it integrates deeply into your core programming. Beyond the skills, you are learning the attitudes and beliefs and the collective wisdom of the world's most highly successful NLP Practitioners.

How did coaching get to be so big all of a sudden?

Obviously, it is because coaching works. People are willing to pay someone to help them find ways to be more effective, efficient, and profitable in today's fast paced world. A driving question behind this movement toward personal excellence is, "How can I do more, be more, and enjoy life."

Bill Thomason's NLP Coaching & Skills Training Institute is now offering NLP Coach Certification programs. Like NLP general training, the NLP Coach Certification program is taught with Excelerated Learning© techniques so that the learning is multiplied many times over and is installed at a very deep level into your basic programming. This approach integrates the past experience you bring to your coaching with cutting-edge skills for profound personal and business change. NLP Coach training is, by definition, about creating change and it operates on the belief that, "you already have all the resources necessary to achieve any outcome you want in life." You may just have those resources organized in a way you have not been getting what you want.

Bill Thomason has been a NLP Coach and Trainer since the mid 1980's his trainings are held in Scottsdale and Sedona Az you can find out more about his trainings at NLP Skills Training
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