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I have been an advocate and and activist for the Slow Philosophy since I discovered it in 2007. I even used to write a blog about it (currently on hiatus, but you can see it here). However, it is important to realise that the word “Slow” in this context, doesn’t really refer to a speed but a state of mind.

In fact The Slow Movement isn’t really about being Slow at all. It is about going at the RIGHT speed (of course, we don’t want an ambulance to dawdle if there has been an accident). More importantly it is about being unrushed, unhurried and therefore unflustered. It’s about doing one thing at a time and doing it right. By “slowing down” you can often, ironically, get more done, more quickly.

In fact, a common question I ask clients who are struggling to get the results they want is:

“What can you take away? What can you do less of?”

It’s a common assumption –  that is entirely wrong –  that if you are not getting the results you want you should do more. In my experience it often the opposite that is true. When I am doing High Performance Coaching most of it is getting the client to STOP doing things (which can sometimes be quite a tricky task…).

Here is a helpful infographic thing I did some time ago:

However, things are going much more slowly, in the speed sense rather than the philosophical sense, than I would ideally like. Regular visitors to this site (and why wouldn’t you be? It’s a treasure trove of spelling and grammatical errors, you could spend hours spotting them all).

I have managed to get some new headshots done, as I realised the ones I had had done by the brilliant Clive Reeves were 11 years old, Yes, 11 years old! Feels like yesterday (but memory will be the subject of another post…):

 

Other than that, not much has changed. I have had less time than I had hoped in the last few weeks (I haven’t even managed to keep up a simple weekly blog post, this being the first in 3 weeks) and when I have been working, I have been busy procrastinating… sorry, no not procrastinating, I have been updated my social media profiles and building a site to promote the new Thai Boxing club I am opening here next year. All important things to do, but maybe not as important as finishing this site…

Maybe I should write a post about prioritising outcomes?

When I got my first website in June 2002, I wanted to do something a little more personable (back then, the idea of social media and blogging was just a glimmer in some techies eye) than just the “brochure sites” of the time. So, taking my inspiration from The Barefoot Doctor and his daily “Doc Box”, I started doing a rudimentary “Daily NLP Tip” on my site. My desire outstripped my ability and in 2004-ish I moved that over to my first blog site (blogging was just getting going) mattcaulfield.blogspot.com (some entires are still there if you want to look!), until eventually I ported everything over to WordPress site some time in 2010. By this point though I had read too many books on blogging and how to “have a successful blog” and started slavishly following their advice. I was writing “how to” guides and “top tips” like like they were going out of fashion. The blog lost it’s original purpose of being a way to connect more meaningful with readers and just became another generic promotional blog (although there were some blog entries I really am proud of, I will do a “favourite entry” digest in a future post).

When my first child was born, other than the occasion update about course dates etc, I put the blog on hiatus. Partly because I did not have time to write a blog and partly because I had lost interest.

So, now I am back to the blogging station, the idea is to return to the original idea (for more promotional style articles, focused on “how to’s” and “what is’s” please connect with me on LinkedIn) and “draw back the curtain” and write slightly more personal entries about what I have been up to, my thoughts and musings, failings and successes. You see, so much of the self help world is incredibly disingenuous, where people have “happy off’s” all the time and refuse to admit their life is anything but perfect (the only time you are allowed to discuss failings are in the past and how you overcame them to become the ubermench you are now, using the exact process you package up and sell to your clients), I am not sure why. But there you go.

So here I am going to do things a little bit differently. I am just going to write, 500 words or so, about what I have done during the week, what I have been thinking about, doing and not doing. I am not going to limit myself to just NLP to Coaching or “self help” but will touch on anything I am doing, which is mainly, at the moment, being a dad, and contemplating the meaning of life…

Who knows, some may even contain some useful tips!

I am aim to publish every Friday, but we will see.

This is a bit of a longer post than usual as I want to take some time to outline my new approach.

Since 2003 when I completed my Trainer Training with Richard Bandler my focus has been on running scheduled public courses, largely NLP certifications (NLP Practitioner, etc). I would probably say it was 80% of my work, with 10% seeing one to one clients and 10% in-house training courses.

However since my wife and I had our first child in 2015 we decided, as my work is more flexible, that it made sense for me to be the main carer for our child, so I cut my hours back significantly to do this. On the birth of our second child last May it became obvious quite quickly that trying to run scheduled trainings was not the best approach for my new lifestyle. So after a lot of thought, I have decided to change my focus and move away from scheduled courses for the foreseeable future and focus more on one-to-one and bespoke courses instead.

Below is an outline of my new focus, the site is still (!) being updated so some of the content does not reflect my new approach (especially the “training” page, I am on it, honest…):

Private Tuition

I have done a lot of private tuition through the years – I started pioneering online one-to-one tuition in 2008. Working with people who don’t want a full NLP qualification but wanted to learn how to use NLP in specific situations, want to revise their NLP skills or want an introduction to what NLP and Coaching is.

Please note: I cannot offer NLP certification training as one to one.

You can find more details here.

Bespoke Training Courses For Organisations

This is largely unchanged, I have been offering in-house trainings since I began offering trainings in 2003. Anything from half day taster sessions to full multi-day qualification trainings.

You can find more details here.

Boutique Qualifications For Small Groups

This is the biggest change I am making.

I like the word “Boutique”, it means “a business serving a sophisticated (!) or specialised clientele.” Boutique essentially means “small scale” and personal with an eye on quality. This was always my approach to training, but offering them in a scheduled manner always meant you are making a comprise about offering a unique and quality training and getting enough bums on seats to make sure you had enough people to run the thing! The Boutique courses are “on demand” so, rather than advertising specific dates, these will be organised as and when for small groups.

You have a couple of options:

  1. If you have a small group (3+) we can organise a course at your convenience. Location and timings can be arranged around your schedule and we can focus on the results you want.
  2. If you are an individual, I can add you to a “wait” list and contact you when there are enough people to run a course, we can then arrange times around you.

You can find more details here.

One to One Coaching

I love coaching! I like the immediate feedback that what you are doing is working (or isn’t!). In a training course you may get feedback from the delegates during the course or from solicited feedback at the end, but you never really know if the course has made a significant impact on someone until much later on, if at all (many delegates just vanishi…).

However I always sacrificed getting coaching clients to focus on promoting and organising courses. My change in circumstances has allowed me to flip the focus so I can now predominantly focus on one-to-one work (coaching and tuition).

Having been coaching for nearly 18 years, I have had lots of experience in lots of different fields and now want to focus on the areas that really interest me. Here is a list of just a few – I will give more details on each in future blogs.

  • “High Performance”
  • Outcome Orientation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Happiness and Resliiance
  • Mindfulness based caoching
  • The Slow Philosophy

You can find more details here.

Supervision and Mentoring

Without meaning to blow my own trumpet, I have had a reasonable amount of experience as a coach and as a coaching and training business owner and I have been using that knowledge to offer supervision and mentoring. I really enjoy watching peoples success grow – their success feels like my success.

You can find more details here.

If any of this has piqued your interest and you want to know more, please do get in touch.

Matt

All Change is Good

If you are an old visitor, you may have noticed something a little bit different around here. The (very old) creaky website has had a swanky new update. It’s still a “work in progress” at the moment and content is being updated.

The change in the site is more than just a refresh and reflects my new change of direction. I have taken some time recently to reconfigure what I do, and I have made the decision to move aware from scheduled public courses and focus on one to one tuition and coaching and in-house training courses. I am also shifting focus on my speciality with clients. As the picture above this blog suggests, it is still in its embryonic stages and more news will follow soon.

Please bear with me, and I apologies for any spelling errors, broken links, etc (if you find any, please let me know, as I thank you I will give you 10% off a session!).

More updates as events progress…

Due to family commitments I am taking a short break from running public courses. I am still offering one-to-one coaching and tuition and in-house training courses. Please contact me here to discuss them in more detail or to book.

In 2003, after completing my Trainer Training with Richard Bandler, I founded The Birmingham NLP Training Academy with the mission of bringing the best quality NLP training to Birmingham, the UK’s second city. At the time there was no other training company in Birmingham  specifically focusing on NLP, and it was the regions first dedicated NLP training provider.

Between 2003 and 2007 I ran NLP courses with my good friend Bob Spour.

In 2008 I put The Birmingham NLP Training Academy into “hibernation” as I moved to Cardiff and was running courses throughout the UK.

In 2011, I started using The Birmingham NLP Training Academy name again to run a series of courses with Mark Peters.

Mark has now acquired “The Birmingham NLP Training Academy” name and all associated websites and social media presence. I will have no future dealings with The Birmingham NLP Training Academy from 1st June 2017.

Since Mark initially completed his NLP Practitioner course with me in 2006 he has worked very hard on building his training and therapy business “Balanced Approach” and investing in his skill. I wish him all the best in the future and I am sure he will do the Academy I founded proud.

I will be continuing to run courses and coaching programmes under the name Matt Caulfield Training and Consultancy in Cardiff and around the UK.

Matt Caulfield

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 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.

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.

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