There are many different NLP training delivery formats that focus on catering for different student needs. Learning NLP is not like learning history that you can read about it, you have to learn it by “doing”. NLP learning is an active modeling experience that requires you to integrate both knowledge and skill to gain insight about your self as well as others in order to develop your capabilities. Modeling is a natural way that we gain skills ever since we were young. When we were young, we learn a skill by doing the same way as more experienced and skilled adults do, and gradually through our own experiences, we make the skill our own. This is the same as acquiring NLP skills. The skill level and quality of the person whom you model from, in this case, the trainer, is the first critical factor you need to consider. You can read our article on choosing your NLP trainer for more information. For now, assuming that all qualified trainers have the same sets of skills, knowledge and experience, you might like to consider the following when choosing a training program:
Characteristics of an Effective NLP Training Format
- Provide minimum adequate course contact time or an equivalence of 12 to 18 days so students can learn and develop their skills sufficiently. The co-creator of NLP, Dr. John Grinder believes it takes about 180 hours to learn NLP adequately. The seven day programs are not enough, let along become a NLP Practitioner in a few days!
- Small classes so students get quality personal attention and assistance.
- Create an effective context for discovery of the deeper learning, such as conducting real client session for business projects, coaching or other applications using NLP.
- Apply effective training methods:
- Live demonstration
- Group practice
- Follow up practices
- Simulations and Role Plays
- Skill Application in Real Life Situations
- Effective feedback cycle
- The Trainers are qualified to train NLP correctly
- Ideally have more than one trainer deliver the training, so you get multiple descriptions of NLP. However, one great trainer is better than ten not so good trainers just telling your the same thing.
- The training curriculum at its minimum should cover all the foundations of NLP topics. You can see our training curriculum here
- The Trainers teach you the principles of NLP so you can use NLP with flexibility in multiple situations. This means the trainers are not giving you a cookie cutter script. Real NLP Training teaches you “how to” fish rather than just “give” you the fish. This full experience of “how to” should give you the grounding so you can fish in the pond, the lake, the river and the ocean.
- Support your development, developing your NLP skill is an on going process. Check if the training provider can support you after the training. They might offer mentoring or practice sessions, or forums for on going discussions.