NLP coaching / life coaching
At it's simplest NLP life coaching is about helping you understand where you truly are (your current state) and what you want to achieve (your desired future state or goal). Once you have that clarity and purpose it becomes easier to access the resources you need to help you move towards your goal; it may also be important to clear away anything that's been holding you back or getting in your way.
NLP life coaching blends a wide range of skills, tools, and methodologies for enabling change and draws on 3 main aspects:
Neuro: how we process information from our five senses and how our minds and bodies are interconnected and function as one system (change can be experienced both through our bodies and our minds).
Linguistic: the way we use language and how this affects our thoughts, actions, attitudes and memories.
Programming: how we form patterns and sequences of behaviours (often on 'auto-pilot' - ie without even knowing we are doing them) which affect the results we achieve.
Development of NLP
NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) was first developed in the 1970s in Santa Cruz by John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik. Since that time it has been an involving field with many influential contributors and is now used by thousand and thousands of people and companies across the world.
The subject and tools within NLP are so vast it would be impossible to do it justice here. If you would like to know more please contact me and I would be happy to recommend books and website links based on your particular interest area.
NLP / coaching examples
Case study 1 - Businessman:
Person A was a successful business man, who seemed to have 'achieved it all' and for the first time felt stuck - not knowing what was the next step for them to take and still feel excited.
During the coaching he was able to get a completely fresh perspective, design an action plan for a range of challenging and stimulating goals and leave with new energy, focus and clarity.
Case study 2: Teenager
Teenager, 15, was feeling under pressure from exams and relationships at school, had been off sick for several months and was showing signs of post viral fatigue syndrome.
In just 3 sessions he was able to access new confidence, energy and positive feelings and return to school full time.
Case study 3: Business woman and mum:
This professional had been out of work for a while, having had two young children and now wanted to resume her career. However her confidence felt really low and this also linked to some difficult experiences in her childhood.
NLP coaching allowed her to reconnect with her strengths, take a fresh view of the opportunities ahead and re-build her confidence. Using a number of NLP techniques we were able to deal with the old painful childhood memories, so that she felt released from the anxieties and negative emotions that had been present all through her life, as far back as she could remember.
Case study 4: Graduate
This graduate wanted to find the confidence and direction to start their career successfully.
Coaching helped them to understand more clearly what was important to them - not just things that money could buy - but their true values and the things that would enable them to be happy in a role.
Using a Strengthscope psychometric profile, we worked on understanding their core strengths and how to project these at an interview. They then practised their interview skills with me, getting tips and feedback.
Result: being offered a job in something they really felt passionate about.
Case study 5: feeling depressed
This person had just about seen everyone; they had received counselling for a year and although they found this useful, they still hadn't learnt any new skills so that they could move forward more confidently.
During NLP life coaching they started to learn new strategies for dealing with their emotions and practical tips and tools to help them create an action plan, develop new relationships and overall an increased feeling of self-worth and happiness.
What a NLP coaching / life coaching session looks like
Prior to the first session we will normally have a chat on the phone, to answer any initial questions you may have. I will also send you a short confidential questionnaire to help you gather a few thoughts and for you to explain a little more about what you want to achieve, your health etc.
When we meet you will have an opportunity to add any further information you feel is relevant.
During the session we may explore thoughts, attitudes (beliefs / values etc), feelings/emotions and the behaviours / actions that you will help you be the best you can be in order to achieve your goal(s).
This may take the form of questions to help you get new insights, practical activities, brainstorming, visualisations or other techniques that will help you move forward in the most efficient and effective way.
Depending on the depth of the issue / challenge or opportunity you want to work on, follow-up appointments will be arranged, as required.
NLP and coaching can be very effective at initiating rapid change, so, for many cases just a few sessions is enough. I will work with you to identify the level of support that is right for you and your situation.
"Being a Coach and NLP Master Practitioner myself, I decided to work with Martin to identify direction and underlying issues in order to move forward.
What I enjoyed was that from the beginning I trusted him and his ability to use appropriate methodology of his immense portfolio in order to bring issues to the surface and deal with them successfully. I would happily recommend him at any time."
“I have had two coaching sessions with Martin because I had a very difficult and life changing decision to make with regard to my business.
I found his coaching helped me to move on and feel positive about what I was going to do. It also helped me to feel good about myself and to look forward with anticipation to the changes ahead.
I would be happy to recommend Martin and his coaching skills.”