Frequently Asked Questions about NLP & Coaching
We have been conducting long-term certification programs for over 25 years. Throughout the years, we have sponsored more than 45 NLP Practitioner Certification Training Programs through our Institute, as well as participating in many other programs throughout the world. We have also been conducting Coach Certification Programs over the past eight years, and have offered these courses in various locations throughout the United States and Internationally. We have developed and refined our programs over time, always keeping the content and teaching methods on the cutting edge of these fields. Moreover, we have pioneered and taught for 20 years The World Health Certification Program with Robert Dilts, Tim Hallbom, and Suzi Smith, which is considered the "Graduate School of NLP." Tim Hallbom, the training director of the NLP and Coaching Institute is one of the few well known trainers in the field of NLP who has also maintained a full coaching practice for many years.
The trainers in our programs are simply the best teachers in the fields of NLP and Coaching. In addition to Tim Hallbom, Nick LeForce, Suzi Smith, Kris Hallbom and others who are part of our certification training team, we include well-known trainers from other institutes as special guest trainers. Recently including Robert Dilts and Steve Andreas.
The Goal of our Training.
Our goal is to teach our students to be able to actually do Coaching and NLP with a high level of skill. We also are absolutely committed to using the powerful NLP and Coaching methods with integrity, openness, and without mystery. We also treat each student with the acknowledgement of their special gifts and have as our goal for each of them to truly step into their magnificence.
What is NLP?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a model for understanding how people think, behave and communicate. It was originally developed by studying the patterns of communication and thinking of highly successful people. From these studies have come many understandings about human behavior and change, and methods for learning other people's successful strategies.
NLP provides specific "how to" skills to create change in one's self and assist others in becoming more resourceful and effective. People in the field of the field of NLP have developed hundreds of processes that can greatly improve one's personal effectiveness in almost any situation. Professionals in a variety of areas use these skills to assist others to become happier, more productive, and have better lives.
NLP techniques are found in coaching, psychotherapy, training and education, the creative arts, sales, and business.
You might also read this special brief article by Steve Andreas from his foreword to the book, Frogs Into Princes.
Learning NLP can help you in all areas of your life: career, relationships, health, and overall well being.
The NLP Presuppositions:
1. Communication is redundant. You are always communicating in all five major representational systems.
2. The meaning of your communication is the response that you get. Communication is not about what you intend, or about saying the right words; it's about creating an experience in, and getting a response from, the listener. The "bottom line" is the response you elicit.
3. The map is not the territory. People respond to their map of reality, not to reality itself. NLP is the science of changing these maps (not reality).
4. You create your own reality. You experience your personal reality, not the "truth."
5. Requisite variety. The element in a system with the most flexibility will be the controlling element.
6. People work perfectly. No one is wrong or broken; it's simply a matter of finding out how they function now, so that you can effectively change that to something more useful or desirable. People don't need to be "fixed."
7. People always make the best choice available to them at the time. But often there are lots of other better ones.
8. Every behavior is useful in some context.
9. Choice is better than no choice.
10. Just about anyone can learn to do anything. If one person can do something, it is possible to model it and teach it to anyone else.
11. People already have all the resources they need. What they need is access to these resources at appropriate times and places.
12. There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.
13. Chunking. Anything can be accomplished by anyone, if you break the task down into small enough chunks.
14. Behind every behavior is a positive intention. While a behavior may be harmful or seem "bad," there is always a positive intention behind the behavior.
15. Symptoms, pains, anxiety, depression, tumors, colds, etc., are communications about needed action.
16. We are all responsible for creating our own experience. Even when challenging events that we cannot control happen, we are responsible for our responses to these events. Typically, however, we have much more control than we think we have. Another way of stating this presupposition is that we consistently create our own environment through our beliefs, filters, capabilities and behaviors.
17. (From Huna) Energy flows where attention goes.
18. It is useful to sort a person's behavior from his or her "self."
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• Six payments of $539.00 USD. The first payment of $539.00 USD is a deposit that is to be paid before the program starts. The other five payments of $539.00 USD are to be paid two days prior to each monthly training session.
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Tuition Payment Plans Include:
Three payments of $548.75 USD. The first payment of $548.75 USD is a deposit that is to be paid before the program starts. The other two payments of $548.75 USD are to be paid two days prior to each training session.
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Dedicated athletes use coaches to increase their focus and to provide support, structure, and ongoing accountability to prepare them for win/lose competitions. Organizations and individuals who hire coaches are interested in having, being, and doing their best, not settling for less. We humans have a deep need to grow and develop, to actualize our potential. We want to "go for the gold" in the game of life.
The Personal and Professional Coaches Association defines coaching as "an ongoing relationship which focuses on clients taking action toward the realization of their vision, goals or desires. Coaching uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build the client's level of awareness and responsibility, and provides the client with structure, support and feedback." How is that different from existing professions? Like counseling, it is client-centered and individual. Like consulting, it is outcome oriented, dealing in visions and actions.
The major difference between masterful training, counseling, therapy, consulting or mentoring and masterful coaching can be described quite simply. The coach does not have answers. The coach does not provide expertise. A coach operates from the presupposition that the client has all the resources, including the ability to discover and utilize resources.
Most coaching begins with an initial intake appointment of two to three hours in which the coach and client design an alliance. Momentum and focus are maintained with weekly half-hour appointments. The client determines the agenda for the weekly session.
Most coaching is conducted over the telephone, so it is well suited to professionals' busy lives. Coaches also use e-mail and work in person. Often the coach doesn't live in the same community or even the same part of the country as the client. To many, this is seen as an advantage. It puts the coach well outside the system within which the client lives and works, and provides a sense of distance, objectivity and perspective.
The coach holds a safe space within which the client can explore. That space allows the client a "time out" to evaluate how well things are going, to establish the evidence procedures for success, and to strategize future action steps. The coach does not judge results. There is no failure, only feedback. The coach does expect the client to take responsibility and to develop the flexibility to overcome barriers.
Coaches also provide structure. As coaches hear clients express a desire for action, they make requests. Examples of requests are: "Will you make two calls about that this week?" "Will you spend ten minutes a day on this?" Requests are negotiable. The client might counter, "No, I won't do it every morning, but I'll do it three times this week." The alliance evolves. Once requests are accepted, coaches hold clients accountable for taking those actions.
As individuals, most of us prefer self-generated action steps, yet we often fail to take them because no outside force holds us to them. We rarely have deadlines for the things we want to do for ourselves, so they go to the bottom of the "to do" list. In coaching, the client chooses the steps they want to be held accountable for. The coach provides an external expectation that those steps will be taken. By holding a client accountable, the coach sets up an expectation. The coaching call then provides a deadline for the client to achieve their goals.
Most coaches require an initial commitment of three to six months from clients; individuals often remain in a coaching relationship for a year or more. One objective of coaching is to help the client establish habits of personal inquiry and accountability that make the coach unnecessary. Then they complete their work with a coach or cut back to monthly or quarterly focus sessions.
Often after an initial month or two, clients learn to make powerful use of the relationship and have changed their expectations about what coaching is. They may begin with the assumption that the coach will have the answers, will get the client on "the program" that will lead to personal success. After several weeks, understanding shifts and clients begin taking responsibility for the changes they create in their lives. Some individuals find as they get involved with a coach that they do not want to take that responsibility. This may not be the right time for them to work with a coach.
Read this article, Coaching and NLP written by Jan Elfline, MCC
Note: We reserve the right to deny entry into this program. We also reserve the right to dismiss any participant who disrupts the educational flow of the training program.
Note: Tim Hallbom and the NLP Institute of California are not licensed by the State of California as a healing arts practitioner, and,The NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) services offered by The NLP Institute of California are not licensed by the State of California.