The Meta Model may have been born from the field of therapy circa 1971 to 1973, but since then it has evolved and been developed to be used in a variety of different context, here are just five of it’s most powerful:
1. Critical Thinking
Critical thinking can be defined as “disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.”
One could say that the main purpose of the Meta Model is to encourage critical thinking and to get a person to consider and explore their thought process, thereby helping you create more clear thing skills.
Probably the main use of the Meta Model outside of therapy is within the field of Coaching. Michael Breen, the NLP Master Trainer, who has been one of the key people in updating the Meta Model, uses it primarily in the field of coaching and corporate consultancy. The Meta Model gives the coach an excellent tool set, in addition to whatever coaching model they are using, to help the client evaluate their own thinking.
3. Problem Solving
As Einstein said “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”
The Meta Model provides an excellent way to change your level of thinking – to think about how you are thinking, thereby finding solutions to seemingly unfreeze the problem. You can linguistically reconstruct the problem into a more meaningful statement.
4. Teaching and Training
According to the Critical Thinking Community, “the oldest, and still the most powerful, teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking is Socratic teaching. In Socratic teaching we focus on giving students questions, not answers.”
Using the Meta Model as template to explore how the student is coming to the conclusion they are, what evidence and presuppositions they using and asking them to explore alternatives.
A lot of people think the secret to sales is to have the “gift of the gab” – knowing the right things to say to convince someone they really need what you are selling. In actual fact a good sale person will take the time to understand the clients needs, requirements and limitations – knowing the right questions to ask.
To learn more, take a look at “The Meta Model Demystified”, available now at Amazon.