Q: What is NLP?
A: NLP is, after all, a collection of practical techniques, skills, and strategies that are easy to learn, and that can lead to real excellence. How?
Simple. There are three things people struggle with every day of their lives and NLP allows each of us to answer these questions in full. In a nutshell, NLP teaches us that these three things are:
• What do you really want in life? (Instead of what you don’t want anymore.)
• How to get rid of the barriers, conflicts or obstacles that prevent you from getting there.
• How do you make what you want to happen? (And this is the most important one.)
What NLP teaches us is that we don’t need to be afraid of these questions any longer because by practicing NLP, and coaching NLP, we can unlock our own full potential and enrich the lives of others by allowing them to answer the very same questions.
Q: What does hypnosis have to do with NLP?
A: The form of hypnosis taught in NLP is known as Ericksonian Hypnosis – modeled on Dr. Milton Erickson. He had a form of very conversational hypnosis which altered the state of his patients without the use of ‘clinical’ hypnosis. Clinical hypnosis is what most people think of when they think of hypnosis – it is what is used on television, in movies, and on stage. That, however, is not the kind of hypnosis NLP uses.
The importance of Hypnosis use in NLP is two-fold. First, the mind stores all its memories, emotions, and data about self and the world in its unconscious mind. The way we reach this part of the mind effectively is via trance. You learn how to get into rapport and assist others to relax in order to open the communication to this part of the mind conversationally. This is taught with integrity and is not mind control. Anyone who communicates with anyone else in the world already puts people into trance, we teach how to do it to help you and understand others. Secondly, wording your words in a particular order can give a powerful message. This is done on TV. radio and media advertising. Most sales and marketing companies use these types of hypnotic language phrases and tools. It is a great way to help people see another side of a situation. Storytelling is a great example of this type of hypnotic trance.
Q: What is professional coaching?
A: Its a partnership with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
• Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
• Encourage client self-discovery
• Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
• Hold the client responsible and accountable
• This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
Q: What are some typical reasons someone might work with a coach?
A: An individual or team might choose to work with a coach for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:
• Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity)
• A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
• A desire to accelerate results
• A lack of clarity with choices to be made
• Success has started to become problematic
• Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences
• Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them
Q: How long does a coach work with an individual?
A: The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individual’s or team’s needs and preferences. For certain types of focused coaching, results are immediate or 6 months of coaching may work. For other types of coaching, people may find it beneficial to work with a coach for a longer period. Factors that may impact the length of time include the types of goals, the ways individuals or teams prefer to work, the frequency of coaching meetings and financial resources available to support coaching.
Q: What does coaching ask of an individual?
A: To be successful, coaching asks certain things, all of which begin with an intention. Additionally, clients should:
• Focus on one’s self, the tough questions, the hard truths and one’s success.
• Observe the behaviors and communications of others.
• Listen to one’s intuition, assumptions, judgments, and to the way one sounds when one speaks.
• Challenge existing attitudes, beliefs and behaviors and develop new ones that serve one’s goals in a superior way.
• Leverage personal strengths and overcome limitations to develop a winning style.
• Take decisive actions, however uncomfortable and in spite of personal insecurities, to reach for the extraordinary.
• Show compassion for one’s self while learning new behaviors and experiencing setbacks, and to show that compassion for others as they do the same.
• Commit to not take one’s self so seriously, using humor to lighten and brighten any situation.
• Maintain composure in the face of disappointment and unmet expectations, avoiding emotional reactivity.
• Have the courage to reach for more than before while engaging in the continual self-examination without fear.
Q: What factors should be considered when looking at the financial investment in coaching?
A: Working with a coach requires both a personal commitment of time and energy as well as a financial commitment. Individuals should consider both the desired benefits as well as the anticipated length of time to be spent in coaching. Since the coaching relationship is predicated on clear communication, any financial concerns or questions should be voiced in initial conversations before the agreement is made.
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