Online NLP Training
Online NLP Training
What is NLP
Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP) the cutting edge technology (also referred to as key to open full potential of Human Brain) was invented by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1970’s in California. Classic definition of NLP is that, ‘NLP is about modelling excellence’. It’s the study of exemplary human behavior, and breaking that down into learnable patterns which anybody can learn. Example. A person who is good in public speaking is good because of some excellent patterns which are unique to that person. Using NLP this behavior can be broken into sizable chunks which can be used to create a model to make effective public speaking easy for those who want to learn this behavior.
It is a study of people’s mind, feeling, language, and behavior to understand how they do certain things in life and help them manifest new and better behavioral patterns to achieve greater good in life. This approach allows any person to model the skills of geniuses and manifest them in their lives, by modelling excellence. NLP aims at improving the relationship between ones’ conscious and subconscious mind by improving the communication between the two. It helps subconscious mind to understand what conscious mind wants and helps in achieving that.
It can be referred to as a life changing philosophy that helps to achieve our goals in both personal and professional spheres of life.
How were the NLP classes being conducted?
Initially during 1980-1999, when the training used to be conducted by Richard Bandler, John Grinder and other Tier 1 NLP trainers (Steve Andreas, Tad James, Robert Dilts etc.), it used to be a 14-20 days’ program at the entry level. It used to be a more generic and was less modern day application (Coaching, Sales, and Leadership Development) focused. It was a total personal transformation program, and used to go deeper into classic patterns and concepts.
Now 2000 onwards, we see a trend where all major accreditation bodies have reduced entry level Practitioner programs to 6-7 day’s program. The program objectives have become more precise and what used to be covered in a span of 12-14 days is now getting covered in lesser time though it still covers all the aspects of the classic code training. The fundamentals of these programs are better defined now than earlier which makes the training more organized and structured considering the time constraint business folks have these days.
Online NLP Training – the Need of the hour
1. Delivery style of programs:
With the advent of technology and a screen fixated society being the largest audience, some of the NLP trainers have thought about bringing changes in the way they operate. The need of the hour is to make things more interactive and flexible to a larger audience. Though, it is fine for an entry level program (Diploma/Associate Practitioner – 2-4 days content) to have an offline program delivered through content, podcasts or recorded videos, but an NLP Practitioner program needs to be run online with the trainer facilitating the group learning, queries etc., if a class room based NLP Practitioner Program is to be run as an Online NLP Practitioner Program. It gives an edge over the traditional classroom programs as it allows the trainees to be attending from locations which are geographically far away (different cities or even different countries), and the material more robust (which is generally the case in online programs), and electronically available as well. Online courses are a boon to the shy participants as it provides them that safety cushion to start off, and then creating a space for them to open up and interact more rather than face to face interactions on day 1, and finding it difficult to adjust. It has also been reported that the online courses let people (if it is more of a one to one course) concentrate more as they are not distracted by the classroom activities, and allows a deeper learning which is highly customized (Even though it becomes very expensive to do it this way, but people do prefer, as it becomes more of a personal coaching + NLP training course). It also solves the commuting problems, boarding and lodging, etc.
2. Application based learning objectives:
Earlier the training programs used to be more generic but now they are becoming more application based, where NLP methodology is being used as an integrated technology to get better in coaching, counselling, therapy, sales, public speaking, enhancing group communication, leadership development etc. The training programs have become more focused on the specific areas that they want to concentrate thus providing the guidelines helpful for specific application. There are different set of skills that are required for different applications. The skills and techniques required for coaching are different than what is required for counselling. Application based training is a better program as it lets the trainer focus on the specific set of skills required , thereby proving as an effective training program as the outcomes produced are better when a specific subject is targeted rather than targeting the generic aspects.
3. Training boundaries have disappeared
With the rise of technology driven programs the training boundaries will diminish and there will be more collaboration based learning across boundaries and people will benefit by being able to attend entry level courses online. It will be advantageous to the people staying in the remote areas where the classroom trainings are not accessible and it is not possible for them to travel to be able to attend the training. It will be a more culturally diversified program also and participants will be able to benefit more out of it as they will come to know of how people from different cultures perceive different things. It will help them understand people better and will help them make better relationships with people. It will also make the training more interactive and interesting.
Class room based learning is still preferred by many, as it has its advantages over online based trainings. The trainer / coach being physically present is always a different experience. The learning is crisper, discussions more in depth, and bonding among participants / trainer of a different level. Online NLP training has its place, and with technology taking more center stage, the penetration and acceptance of online NLP training will increase over time.