Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

I just want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

I know things have been a little quiet this year on the communication front, with no newsletters and very few blog posts, etc, so I want to reassure you that I am still here!  Although I have been a bit quiet on that front my trainings are, of course, still running and you can see my current 2017 training schedule here, including the updated and totally revamped, much more comprehensive NLP Coach course.

The office is now closed until 3rd January, I will deal with all queries and bookings when I return. You can continue to book on any of my upcoming courses in that time, and if you have any issues I will be checking my emails and be able to help you out.

Merry Christmas and Warmest Wishes,
Matt

2017 Spring Training Dates

2017 NLP and COACHING Course Dates

Below are my currently planned NLP and Coaching training course dates for spring 2017. Autumn courses will be added later in the year.

If you would like to discuss anything in more detail, including one to one or in house trainings, please contact me here.

Introduction to NLP

28 Jan

For details and to book, please click here.

Coaching Foundations

23-25 Jun

For details and to book, please click here.

NLP Practitioner

Spring Module 1: 04-07 Mar
Spring Module 2: 11-13 Mar

For details and to book, please click here.

NLP Master Practitioner

Spring Module 1: 15-18 Apr
Spring Module 2: 22-25 Apr

For details and to book, please click here.

Coaching Applications of NLP

Spring: 18-20 Mar

For details and to book, please click here.

Special Offers

I have rejigged the multi-course discounts I offer, the details of the new packages are below:

NLP Mastery Package

Become a master of change and influence. Book on both the Practitioner and Master Practitioner course at the same time and save £1000. This is my most popular package.

Courses include: NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner

For details and to book, please click here.

Premier Coaching Package

Learn two of the most powerful tools for change today – NLP and Coaching, and save £200.

Courses include: Coaching Foundationsm NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and Coaching Applications of NLP

For details and to book, please click here.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with booking, please contact me here.

BRAND NEW COURSE: Premier NLP Coaching Package

Premier NLP Coaching Package

I have been coaching since 2001, in that time I have worked with Olympic athletes, world record holders, blue chip companies, CEO’s, entrepreneurs and celebrities, and I was one of the first trainers in the UK to offer the Licensed NLP Coach certification with the Society of NLP. So, I am proud to announce that this autumn I will be launch my thoroughly updated and revised NLP Coaching Training Package. With over 150 hours of classroom learning, this brand new course now conforms to the most rigorous international standards.

This is a complete NLP Coaching programme that teaches you from scratch to be a powerful coach. It combines two of the most powerful tools for change currently available to deliver the skill set you need to really help people make positive changes in their lives.

You will learn:

  • The relationship between and the differences of coaching, therapy, consulting and counselling.
  • How coaching benefits the organisation and how coaching skills are essential to managers.
  • The main coaching models and how they fit with NLP.
  • How to set goals so you can actually achieve them.
  • How to give feedback that quickly modifies behaviour.
  • How to coach a client to achieve their outcomes.
  • How to structure your own coaching programmes.

Packed full of practical exercises you will be creating change from the moment you start. Don’t be fooled by a name, the Society of NLP Licensed Coach of NLP is more rigorous and robust than other so called “NLP Master Coach” trainings.

This robust and complete course is 21 days long (in excess of 150 hours of teaching time) split into 6 modules:

You will receive following certification with the Society of NLP:

  • Licensed Practitioner of NLP.
  • Licensed Master Practitioner of NLP.
  • Licensed NLP Coach.

I truly believe this is now one the premier Coaching trainings in the UK, hence the title!

If you would like more details or to book, please click here.

Do you want to become an NLP Coach and have already completed your Practitioner or Master Practitioner training? Then you can fast track your way to coaching success, this modular course means you can just drop in at the level you need to complete the training. Please contact me for details.

For more information and to book, please go here.

NLP Is About Getting Things Done

Linked In Results

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is so often presented as a psychological model that attempts to explain how we think and behave (unfortunately often with little direct evidence to support its claims). It is described as “The study of the structure of subjective experience”, but what it tends to miss off is the second part of that description, “AND what can be be done with that.”

To read the rest of this post please go to my LinkedIn Pulse article here.

Merry Christmas 2015

I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Things have been a bit quiet around here this year, with very little updates, newsletters or blog posts (although the trainings have been busier than ever), so I want to reassure you that I am still here! Hopefully normal service will resume in the new year.

You can see my current 2016 training schedule here, including the updated and relaunched Business Applications of NLP, Sports Applications of NLP, and the totally revamped, much more comprehensive NLP Coach course.

I will be back in 2016, until then I will leave you with some Christmas words of wisdom from the genius that is Shane MacGowan.

Merry Christmas and Warmest Wishes,
Matt

NLP and Coaching Training Schedule 2016

2016 Course Dates

Finally! Much delayed to a variety of reasons, here is my 2016 training calendar. All courses take place is CARDIFF, unless otherwise stated. For Birmingham NLP courses, please go here.

Core Training Courses

My core training dates for the autumn are:

NLP Practitioner

Spring Module 1: 04-07 Mar
Spring Module 2: 11-13 Mar

Summer Module 1: 17-20 Jun
Summer Module 2: 24-26 Jun

Autumn Module 1: 16-19 Sept
Autumn Module 2: 23-25 Sept

For details and to book, please click here.

NLP Master Practitioner

Spring Module 1: 15-18 Apr
Spring Module 2: 22-25 Apr

Autumn Module 1: 04-07 Nov
Autumn Module 2: 11-14 Nov

For details and to book, please click here.

Application Courses

These courses take your core NLP skills and teach you how to apply them to different fields and areas. This year I have expanded my Application courses, by relaunching my Business Applications course and the brand new Sports Applications course:

Coaching Applications of NLP

Spring: 18-20 Mar
Summer: 01-03 Jul
Autumn: 07-09 Oct

For details and to book, please click here.

Business Applications of NLP – BRAND NEW FOR 2016

Spring: 04-06 May
Autumn: 17-19 Oct

For details and to book, please click here.

Sports Applications of NLP – BRAND NEW FOR 2016

20-22 May

For details and to book, please click here.

Special Offers

I have rejigged the multi-course discounts I offer, the details of the new packages are below:

NLP Mastery Package

Become a master of change and influence. Book on both the Practitioner and Master Practitioner course at the same time and save £1000. This is my most popular package.

Courses include: NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner

For details and to book, please click here.

Coaching Package

Learn two of the most powerful tools for change today – NLP and Coaching, and save £200.

Courses include: NLP Practitioner and Coaching Applications of NLP

For details and to book, please click here.

Coaching Mastery Package

Do you want to learn Coaching or master it? This package is the same as about but also includes the NLP Master Practitioner course. You save £1350.

NLP Business Practitioner Package

NLP is a very powerful tool in business, but many so called Business NLP courses just offer generic NLP training with the “Business” title. This package will teach you the core eliminated of NLP plus unique applications for the business world. Save £200.

Courses include: NLP Practitioner and Business Applications of NLP

If you have any questions or would like assistance with booking, please contact me here.

Autumn 2015 Training Schedule

Autumn NLP and Coaching Training Schedule 2015

I know for some people they are still in the middle of the summer holidays and don’t want to think about the autumn. If that is you I apologies, but September, and the beginning of my autumn training schedule is fast approaching.

There is still limited places available on all courses, but they are filling up fast. If you would like to secure your place, all I need is a 10% deposit at the time of booking. You can then choose to pay in full or in instalments (6 or 12 months depending on the course or package).

Core Training Courses

My core training dates for the autumn are:

NLP Practitioner

Cardiff Module 1: 02-05 Oct
Cardiff Module 2: 09-11 Oct

Birmingham Module 1: 18-20 Sept
Birmingham Module 2: 25-28 Sept
(only 1 place left!)

NLP Master Practitioner

Cardiff Module 1: 06-09 Nov
Cardiff Module 2: 13-16 Nov

Birmingham Module 1: 20-23 Nov
Birmingham Module 2: 27-30 Nov

Coaching Applications of NLP

Cardiff: 24-26 Oct *change of date
Birmingham: 12-14 Oct

The full details of all courses can be found here.

Special Offers

I have rejigged the multi-course discounts I offer, the details of the new packages are below:

NLP Mastery Package

Become a master of change and influence. Book on both the Practitioner and Master Practitioner course at the same time and save £1000. This is my most popular package.

Courses include: NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner

Coaching Package

Learn two of the most powerful tools for change today – NLP and Coaching, and save £200.

Courses include: NLP Practitioner and Coaching Applications of NLP

Coaching Mastery Package

Do you want to learn Coaching or master it? This package is the same as about but also includes the NLP Master Practitioner course. You save £1350.

Business Package

NLP is a very powerful tool in business, but many so called Business NLP courses just offer generic NLP training with the “Business” title. This package will teach you the core eliminated of NLP plus unique applications for the business world. Save £200

Courses include: NLP Practitioner and Business Applications of NLP

All the details are here.

Business Mastery Package

This course is the same as above but includes the all new Business Master Practitioner of NLP course (coming in spring 2015). Save £1350.

One To One Coaching, Tuition & Mentoring

Do you want to review, revise or improve your NLP skills? Want to benefit from NLP without wanting to be qualified in it? Or want to train in NLP and can’t or don’t want to attend a training course. I offer one to one sessions to help you achieve your goals. For a no cost 20 minute consultation to see what approach would be best for you please get in touch.

For any more information, to book on any of these courses, or to discuss a one to one session, please do get in touch by contacting me here.

Win The Mind Game – How NLP Can Revolutionise Your Sporting Ability

Sports Applications of NLP

This may be a strange way to begin a blog article about how NLP can help improve your sporting performance, but I used to hate sport. My family aren’t huge sport fans so I didn’t really grow up watching any, and I was gangly and uncoordinated as a child and teenager, so was rubbish at playing sports myself. Add to that, most of the people I knew at school, who were good at or interested in sport, were your typical “jock” types who would bully and pick on me for being rubbish. It is no wonder that I quickly developed a very powerful limiting belief that sport was rubbish and for dullards.

This limiting belief lasted until my early 20’s when I discovered NLP. I became fascinated with what makes one person exceptional and another mediocre, what makes someone who can act at the peak of their ability most of the time and someone who can’t. I quickly discovered that nowhere is this more powerful and important than in sports. I started working with friends and friends of friends to help them improve their sporting performance, whether that be golf, long jump, cycling, football or martial arts.

Although psychological tools have been used in sports performance for decades, sport psychology has exploded in recent years with everyone suddenly realising the importance of your mental ability in your sporting performance. At the highest level of sport, it is rarely physical ability that decides who will win, it is who wins the mind game.

NLP may have begun in the early 70’s by studying therapists, but very quickly its methodology was applied to a broad number of fields from business, to eduction, to even the military! NLP can help you overcome the self doubt, nervousness, anxiety and lapses of concentration that keep you from performing at your best. It can help you accelerate your learning ability to master skills quickly and easily and allow you to act at the peak of your potential when it really counts.

Here are just SIX of the many ways that NLP can help you improve your sporting ability:

1. Tap Into The Power of Your Imagination

This is the cornerstone of working at your peak – using your imagination to work for you, not against you. Studies have suggested that “imagining an action and doing it require the same motor and sensory programs in the brain.” In fact, by just imagining doing strength-training exercises participants increased their muscle strength by 22%, compared to 30% among those who physically did the exercises. So the difference between thinking about ‘doing’ and actually ‘doing’ it is only 8%!’

When translated to real-life scenarios, research shows that many of the same benefits exist for imagined or physical actions. By just mentally practising a skill you achieve similar levels of accuracy as those who physically do it.

In Practice:

Many people I have spoken to have said they have tried visualisation and found that it did nothing. The problem with using the word “visualisation”  to describe this process is that it     forgets the other four senses. So people just focus on getting the picture in their mind right     and don’t pay attention to anything else.

Take some time to really imagine carrying out a specific element of your chosen sport (kicking a penalty, starting the sprint, etc), really take the time to SEE what you see, HEAR     what you hear and FEEL what you feel. If it helps, at this stage, take up the posture, don’t actually physically mimic the process but getting into the starting posture can help. You will probably notice the muscles you use for this technique subtly tensing.

As you do it, intensify the process, make the pictures bigger and brighter, the sounds louder     and the feelings more intense.

2. Learn From Sporting Greats By BECOMING Sporting Greats

NLP originally began by “modelling” the behaviours of excellent therapists, to find the “difference that made the difference”. We can use this same method to understand what makes top sports people stand out and learn how to do it ourselves.

In Practice:

Think of a sports person you admire for a particular technique. Imagine them doing it, perfectly. If you can, watch them do it over an over again until you have a really good visual     image of all the details. Now close your eyes and, in your minds eye, see them in front of     you doing this technique, run it through in as much detail as you can, slow it down, pause it     at important points and really pick up ALL the detail. Then, when you are ready, step into     them and BECOME them. Take up the exact posture that they have, notice every little detail, think how they think and mime the technique as they do it. Continue to to do this until you are doing it exactly the same way as they do.

BruceJenner

3. Stop Choking, Getting The Yips and Break Through Your Personal Best

Do you find your skills are top notch in practice, but when it really counts you choke?

Most people are aware of the levels of Four Stages of Competence developed by Noel Burch:

  1. Unconscious incompetence
  2. Conscious incompetence
  3. Conscious competence
  4. Unconscious competence

In a related idea, Timothy Gallwey, the Godfather of modern coaching, lays out in in his seminal work ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’ his idea of “Self 1” and “Self 2”. “Self 1” is the ego-mind or “teller”, while “Self 2” is the body. “Self 1” instructs, “Self 2” acts.

When we perform at our best, we are Unconscious Competent, we don’t have to think about what we are doing. We don’t need or use “Self 1”. However, when we find ourselves in an important situation (the penalty kick, the serve at match point, the winning putt), we feel we need to really concentrate, we really need to think about it. But that means “Self” 1 tries to tell “Self 2” how to do something the latter already knows how to do. We become consciously competent, we become LESS COMPETENT!

In practice:

The key here is to distract what Timothy Galway called Self 1 (your conscious competent self) to allow Self 2 (your unconscious competent self) to do what it already knows what to do really well. The best sports people don’t choke, as they trust Self 2 enough to not let Self 1 get in the way.

Self 1 tends to manifest itself in “self talk”, we start running a commentary in our heads of what we should be doing. Although this can be useful in some context (“commentary driving” is a well known advanced driving technique), it isn’t in this situation, so we need to do something to shut down that self talk. To do this, you simply need to say something nonsensical instead (in the same way that mantras are used in meditation to quieten the mind).

4. Enter Flow States At Will

‘Flow’ (as all the cool kids call it nowadays. I remember when it used to be called “The Zone”!), is defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as “…the holistic experience that people feel when they act with total involvement.” It is that mental state you go into when you are performing (and helps you be at your best). You feel like you are just a passenger (in a good way) in the situation.

The difference between the winner and loser in a sport is dependant on who can enter a ‘flow’ state at the RIGHT time.

In Practice:

Your brain is highly efficient, it looks for the simplest way of understanding or do things. One of the ways it does this is to bundle experiences together. If two things occur at     the same time, it tends to treat them as related. Say you are in a particular mental state (happy, sad, anxious, excited, etc) at the same time as some form of discrete sensory stimulus takes place (a certain sound, smell, etc), our brains will treat them as related. This means we can “capture” a state by intentionally carrying out a sensory based action (a gesture, posture, phrase for example) whilst in that mental state.

So, the next time you find yourself in a ‘Flow’ state, consciously take the time to carry out a specific action, for example, squeeze your finger and thumb together, pump your fist, etc., in order to relate this action with the wanted state. Then next time you need to enter a Flow state you just need to repeat this gesture.

SylviaBernier

5. Turn Negative Experiences into Powerful Learnings

We have all had bad days, when everything seems to go wrong. No matter what we do. What tends to happen is we dwell on everything that went wrong and get hung up on all the errors we made, but sometimes those terrible performances can be some of the best learning experiences.

With NLP we can discover what the difference was when you were having the worst performance of your life and when you were unbeatable. This knowledge will allow you to play at the peak of your ability when it really matters.

In Practice:

NLP can be described as the study of the “difference that makes the difference”. You need to compare that terrible experience with your best. Your skills don’t suddenly evaporate overnight, the difference is what you were thinking and feeling at that time.

When Anthony Robbins worked with Andre Agassi, he got Andre to give him two tapes – one of the best tennis match he ever played and one of the worst. He then watched them both with Andre and asked him specific questions about what the difference was  – what he was feeling and thinking in each match.

Have a go yourself with an experience where you felt you did not do your best and find the differences.

6. Learn Faster and Tweak Your Skills

NLP allows you to break down, in a very easy step by step way, the mental and physical aspects of your skills. It can help you recognise the elements that are missing, what you need to do more of and what you need to change, to rapidly improve your skill level. Once you can map out the sensory steps of the skill or technique you can use that to inform and improve your own performance or teach that skill to someone else.

In Practice:

Ask yourself how you know what you are doing is working. What is the test you are using to let you know that you are doing it right. Once you have effectively defined your “test” you can see what resources your need to succeed.

SamSnead

To learn more about how NLP can help you break through your limitations and be at the peak of you ability please see my “Sports Applications of NLP” workshop, or contact me to discuss one to one or in house coaching and training.

News Update June 2015

News Update

My apologies for the lack of contact of late, my wife and I had a baby in March and those of you that have had children knows that it takes a little while to adjust to this new way of life. So to allow ourselves to do this I have taken a break from my blog and newsletter for a few months and just concentrated on my training courses and coaching clients.

This email is to just to let you know I haven’t forgotten about you and keep you up to date with what is coming up this autumn.

Core Training Courses

My core training dates for the autumn are:

NLP Practitioner

Cardiff Module 1: 09-12 Oct
Cardiff Module 2: 17-19 Oct *change of date

Birmingham Module 1: 18-20 Sept
Birmingham Module 2: 25-28 Sept

NLP Master Practitioner

Cardiff Module 1: 06-09 Nov
Cardiff Module 2: 13-16 Nov

Birmingham Module 1: 20-23 Nov
Birmingham Module 2: 27-30 Nov

Coaching Applications of NLP

Cardiff: 24-26 Oct *change of date
Birmingham: 12-14 Oct

Application Courses

Along with my popular Coaching Applications of NLP course, I am also relaunching two other applications courses. The feedback I continue to get is that people want information and tools about how to apply NLP to specific areas and fields. In response to this, this autumn I am re-launching two of my Application course:

Business Applications of NLP

The problem with teaching NLP for business is what we actually mean by the word “business”, do we mean leadership and management? Human Resources applications? Project management? Consulting? Training and development? Sales? Negotiation? Entrepreneurship? With such a bread range of specific applications within the businesses arena, how can you offer a business NLP training that will be relevant and useful to all these? most NLP courses claiming to be business courses focus on just one of these applications, often the bias of the experience of the trainer.

I have thought about this long and hard and decided the best way I could offer an Business Applications course that would really add value was to mapped the NLP tool I developed when working with organisations that will  give you clarity, insights and a way forward in a  broad range of situations and applications.  You won’t find this anywhere else, it is unique to this course.

For more details about this course, click here.

Sports Applications of NLP

Increasingly people are becoming more and more interested ion with “sports psychology” on the rise. At the highest level of sport, it is rarely the physically ability of the players which decides who wins or loses, but their mental ability. This course will show you how you can apply NLP and hypnosis to your sports training to maximise your results.

Over the years I have worked with a broad range of amateur and professional sports people, and from this experience I have developed a number of first principles,  tools and techniques that you will learn on this workshop.

Full details are here.

No dates are confirmed for these 2 courses as yet, they will be late autumn or winter. Please contact me to register your interest.

Other applications courses that I am dusting off and sprucing up for my 2016 training calendar are:

  • NLP and The Structure of Hypnosis: Hypnotic Applications of NLP
  • Entertainment Applications of NLP

Site Update

You may notice that my website is loading rather slowly, that is because something (that I don’t really understand) has gone catastrophically wrong behind the scenes. This, though, has given me the impetus to finally get rounding to doing the big site update I have been planning in the bit of downtime I have over the summer. Watch this space.

The blog will be starting up again soon as will the monthly newsletter.

That is all for now,
Matt

On Hiatus

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Due to some (exciting, but time consuming) changes in my personal life at the moment, I am putting this blog on Hiatus for a short time. It shouldn’t be more than a month or so. I will be still be sending out my regualr newsletter (you can sign up here) and doing a spot of tweeting when I get the chance (you can follow me here).

Many thanks for your patience.

Matt