The Meta Model Demystified

Last Friday I had the pleasure of talking to Donna Blinston on the NLP View internet radio show about The Meta Model Demystified.

As is always the case, the half an hour disappeared in the blink of an eye and there was so much more to talk about, but I did have the opportunity to discuss the some of the philosophy behind the Meta Model and how I have taken the time effort to explain it in a simple and  useable way. You can listen to a replay of the show on YouTube below.

You can buy the book, currently available exclusively on Kindle, here.

I have heard it said by several people I have spoken to (one a very experienced NLP Trainer no less) that the Meta Model is “JUST chunking down” and all the language patterns etc are unnecessary and confuse the issue.

When I hear people tell me the Meta Model is “just chunking down”, then I suspect two things:

  1. The person doesn’t understand the Meta Model
  2. The person doesn’t understand chunking

The Meta Model is an incredible tool to create conversational change and to use it to “just chunk down” is not only misunderstanding it, but using it for it’s most trivial application. Chunking down, or gathering more information, may or may not be useful depending on the situation you are in.

To quote Richard Bandler in the “The Structure of Magic“, artful use of the Meta Model can:

“…involve the client in recovering the deep structure – the full linguistic representation. The next step is to challenge the deep structure in such a way to enrich it.”

Recovering and enriching the deep structure is not about chunking down, it is about asking appropriate questions to explore the persons map of the world (deep structure) and make them aware of things they have generalised, distorted or deleted. To do this you may need to chunk up, chunk down or even chunk laterally. If you just chunk down, you tend to get A LOT of information, some of which may be useful, some may just confuse the issue.

An Example of Using the Meta Model to Chunk Up

Let us use the example of “I find it hard to take the bin bags out on a Monday morning”. You need to help the client recover the deep structure of this “belief” about themselves. To do this you would probably want to check that the issue is in fact bin bags (that they are at the right “chunk level”). A perfect legitimate question to ask from a Meta Model perspective (but not the ONLY question or the RIGHT question), could be “Is it just bin bags?” (challenging the implied (Universal) Quantifier). Now, is this chunking down? No. It is in fact chunking up.

If in this example, I chose to “chunk down” before clarifying the issue by chunking up, I could ask the often over-quoted and misunderstood question “What specifically about bin bags is the problem?” (this takes you to a very specific part of the persons map that may or may not be where you need to go…). This would get you absolutely loads of information, it would be the proverbial can of worms. Then you would have to sort through all that information to find out what is relevant or not.

So you can either chunk up or chunk down with the Meta Model and which way you go depends very much what context you are in.

Learn more about the Meta Model and how to use it effectively with my new book “The Meta Model Demystified”.

In my ongoing process to make my ebooks more accessible and easy to read I am continuing to transfer them over to Amazon Kindle. I have chosen Kindle as my publishing platform as it is flexible and easy to use. You don’t need to own a Kindle, you can download the (free) Kindle reader app for your phone, tablet, or PC, including:

  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Windows 7 phone
  • Windows and Mac

The Meta Model Demystified is a no nonsense primer/revision guide/re-inspirer for you to master one of the most interesting and powerful models in the field of NLP.

It contains:

  • An understanding of the origins and theory of the Milton Model.
  • A history of the Meta Model – putting it in context.
  • How language creates reality.
  • An understanding of basic grammar.
  • Identifying generalisations, distortions and deletions
  • A list of the Classic Patterns in an accessible way.
  • Hints and tips to improve your skill at using the Meta Model.
  • Much more…

By incorporating the Meta Model patterns into your everyday professional and personal life you will easily and effortlessly become a more effective communicator. One of those people that other people like to have around, as troubles just melt away in your presence…

You will be able to:

  • Undo and explore your own beliefs and limitations.
  • Create “conversational change”.
  • Get to the root of a problem in seconds, rather than hours going round and round.
  • Improve your “hit” rate in sales, coaching, negotiation, etc
  • Build rapport more quickly than ever before.
  • Have a brand new understanding of other models in NLP. Including Sleight of Mouth patterns and the Milton Model.

To read more, click here.


PS, Have you read the ebook? If you enjoyed it I would really appreciate it if you could leave a review on Amazon (if you do, let me know and I will send you a thank you gift). If you have any questions or comments (or notice any embarressing typo’s!), please let me know.

PS, if you like this you may also like my “Advanced Language Pattern Flash Cards”, you can get them here.