Hi, how are you? It’s been awhile. How are you all coping with this mad and crazy reality in which we currently live?

I just wanted to write a quick post to say I am still here.

This year is my 20th year of being qualified in NLP and using it to help people. I was first introduced to it somewhere around 96-98 and started reading everything I could on the subject (some good, some bad, some indifferent, but I think that is a topic for another post) and I eventually plucked up the courage (and save up the pennies), at the ripe old age of 24 to attend the NLP Practitioner training in London run by McKenna Breen in September 2000.

I had got vague plans to celebrate this in a more whizz bang way this year, but, as Harold McMillan once said, “Events, dear boy, events”, knocked me thoroughly off course.

If you have read some of the older posts on this site you will know that, after 18 years of working in and with NLP, I had taken a sabbatical over the last couple of years to be a(n almost) full-time dad (I still saw a handful of clients and did some workshops for existing customers – to keep my eye in as it were). The plan was (after a bit of an aborted start in 2019 – I jumped the gun a little bit in my excitement to get back to it!) to do a big relaunch to coincide with my 20th anniversary.

Then that pesky coronivirus hit and I was back to being a full time dad to two young children and supporting my wife, who works in the NHS and had to keep working through all of this. My main priority was, and still is, to keep my family safe and sane, and that meant, once again, to step away from my business.

And it’s been good, whereas other NLP providers have scrambled to adjust to this new world, I have been able to take my time to assess the situation and not have to rush into making any decisions in haste.

I also had the advantage that I had taken my one to one tuition and coaching online via zoom etc way back in 2012. So there wasn’t the steep learning curve that many faced.

So, what’s the plan? I am still not running qualification trainings and probably won’t this side of 2021 (but like everything at the moment, things move fast and that could all change), but I will be providing regular new updates, posts and articles on this site and around the web and am opening my books to new clients once again (f you want to book a session, please get in touch).

I am working on a series of articles and posts regarding my 20 years in this crazy business of NLP its my thoughts, reflections and what I have learned through it all, which I will be putting out over the next couple of weeks.

Until then, thank you for being here and I hope you will continue to join me on this crazy journey.
Matt

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.

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