The Meta Model is one of the most powerful tools for conversational change. It allows the practitioner to guide the client to find out revelations and understandings about themselves  and their understanding of the world just by asking carefully structured questions. By using the Meta Model we can uncover the evidence and references (or lack thereof). It is an exceptionally powerful too for Critical Thinking. Critical Thinking is a type of reflective thinking that is aimed at deciding what to believe or what to do.

This process of Critical Thinking, of using questions to help a person reach a deeper understanding, can be traced back to the the process of teaching and debating developed by Socrates. Socratic Questioning is a systematic, disciplined, and deep process of questioning that usually focuses on fundamental concepts, principles or problems. It can be used to pursue a thought it many directions for many purposes from exploring complex idea to getting to the “truth of things”. Because of this, Socratic Questions is an incredible powerful tool in areas such as therapy, argumentation and teaching.

It It has been used in schools and universities to probe student thinking, to determine the extent of student knowledge on a given topic or to help students analyse a concept or line of reasoning. For me, the Socratic approach (combined with unconscious instillation) is one of the most powerful ways to teach NLP (or any subject).

Commonly Socratic Questioning can be split into 6 different categories of questions:

1. Clarify The Thought Process

  • “Why do you say that?”
  • “Could you explain further?”

2. Challenge Assumptions

  • “Is this always the case?”
  • “Why do you think that this assumption holds here?”

3. Explore the Evidence or Referential Basis for The Argument

  • “How do you know that?”
  • “Why do you say that?”
  • “Is there reason to doubt this evidence?”

4. Explore Alternative Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • “What is the counter argument for … ?”
  • “Can/did anyone see this another way?”

5. Explore the Implications and Consequences

  • “But if…happened, what else would result?”
  • “How does…affect…?”

6. Question the Question

  • “Why do you think that I asked that question?”
  • “Why was that question important?”
  • “Which of your questions turned out to be the most useful?”

Do you notice a similarly between these and the Meta Model questions you may ask?

By understanding a little about the Socratic Method, it can vastly improve your skill with the Meta Model for Critical Thinking, and by combing aspects of the Meta Model and Socratic Questioning it can vastly improve your critical thinking skills and your ability to persuade, teach (and win arguments!)

To learn more about the Meta Model, click here.

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.

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I am indebted to Michael Breen for helping me to “crack” the Meta Model and I make no qualms about the fact the way I understand, use and teach the Meta Model is based largely on his thinking.

Several years ago he produced an excellent DVD set laying out his take on the Meta Model, I used to recommend and indeed sell it here on my site. Sadly, he stopped producing it awhile ago.

But the good news is that he has released and expanded the programme in association with Tom O’Connor of NLP Times. It now includes much more information on Michael’s “Framing Tool” and additional exercise to help you really get to grips with this essential part of NLP.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is serious about learning and mastering the Meta Model. You can learn more by clicking here or on the banner.

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