Learning NLP: Modalities and Submodality shifts

Submodalities are a classification of variables within a “modality”. Technically, NLP never acknowledges the “modalities” and “submodalities” as related classifications, but the fact is that VAKOG categories are the presupposed modalities that submodalities refer to.

As a learner of NLP, you have to be mindful that your ability to use submodalities has nothing to do with understanding the representation of a “modality” – it’s irrelevant. Focus on the elements of submodalities and explore them deeply.

Play around with analog and digital modes of shifting submodalities. As a practitioner, you might be doing this in your own mind. Yet, you also need to master it by applying  these shifts of submodalities in the minds of others, and facilitate that process.

“Make the picture bigger and brighter” affects submodalities as much as “instead of looking out through your own eyes, stand far away outside if yourself so you can see yourself”. While linguistically, most proficient individuals in English will find a way to describe this precisely, new practitioner must learn how to phrase their submodality shifts appropriately.

I’ve heard many people say things like “can you make your picture brighter?” (connotes uncertainty, especially with a typical beginner’s upward inflection which takes power away from their langauge) which defeats the purpose of the submodality shift: you want to use language that is certain: “make your image brigher now”. Or, if you choose a Ericksonian style, make it hypnotic: “I wonder how differently it feels when your image gets brighter now.”

Practice by recognizing your own STATES. You’ll know it works when you calibrate to the person’s response of you.

Learning NLP: Being Versatile with Sensory Predicates

A common issue I observe with people who are less linguistically inclined is the lack of desire to learn about language.

Is there a difference in these two paragraphs:

  1. The ocean was blue. You can hear the waves. It is relaxing.
  2. The vast and panoramic ocean is roaring with ebbing waves in the whistling comfort of the breeze, that makes you relaxed and the salty smell in the air reminds you of all the moments and times you stood comfortably by the beach.

I’m sure you will agree with me that #2 looks, sounds and feels more awesome. Remember – your words put images in people’s heads. You are going to need a wide enough vocabulary to do this. If you find yourself lacking in some of these, first, learn to be conscious of how others use their language and practice. Learn to describe and narrate scenario like a movie would. As you continue to do so, you will almost discover the power of words you have. And while they may not influence well for people less versed in this same language, you can most certainly adopt the process and apply the same kinds of evocative sensory language in the language of your choice.

You merely need to choose and commit to practice.

Learning NLP: The Issues With Learning About States and Anchoring

I’ve come to realize that many new attendees of NLP practitioner courses tend to be less self-aware and therefore will find that calibration is far less easy when attempting to do anchoring.

In some of my latest NLP lessons, I’ve also noted that it was harder to get certain people to immerse themselves in the depth of emotions. This was particularly the case for those who hold a guarded attitude toward NLP, or have a high logic preference for NLP.

The issue with anchoring is that without self-calibration, it becomes self-defeating to even try to apply anchoring. As a practitioner, you have to learn to grasp your own self-calibration by noticing how easily you can access the emotions on demand.

First, always make sure you are open to learning. Sometimes, just because things don’t work the way you are applying it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work period. Find out what made that difference. You will always find what you wish to look for.

Second, learn to get yourself into learning to amplify and lessen different states and experience emotional shifts. Applying perceptual positions can support your awareness.

Finally, learn to anchor yourself. Some interesting applications would include self stacking anchors, as a basic measure of your resourcefulness.

Learning NLP: The Problem With Forgetting Stuff

Recently, I had a group of new NLP Master Practitioner enrolees who had basically forgotten almost all their NLP terminology after 3 years. It was a painful process of trying to put the lessons back together again, because we were literally doing the Practitioner content over.

Do remember that the responsibility of learning rests on the learner, particularly since you are all adults — when you are experiencing a gap between a practitioner course and a master practitioner course, you have to make a deliberate effort to apply the NLP strategies and techniques to your everyday life. If not, it will be pretty much a waste of your money and time.

Remember – resitting the NLP Practitioner course is often a necessity, but that means (at least for me) a 50% resit fee. 

So,  this post is meant to help you save yourself from such a pain.

  1. Set goals for yourself. The moment you have goals, you have to galvanize resourceful states. When you do this, you will have the opportunity to apply NLP everywhere you go. Remembering that failure is feedback, you can always apply the NLP techniques alongside the belief system.
  2. Meditate. I coined a term called neuro-linguistic meditation.  This is basically a process of applying mindful meditation and enhancing it with NLP. Every day, if you start to build somatic awareness. you will learn to calibrate to yourself and your own emotions and experiences. Of course, it helps that you are put into a fundamental state of positive states through meditation, and thereby train your brain to be more effective.
  3. Hold coaching conversations. Most NLP practitioners are not coaches, but you can most certainly accelerate your pathway to become a Licensed NLP Coach through my Certified Motivational Coach programme (there is no pre-requisite to attend, but to be certified as an NLP coach, you have to be a Master Practitioner). This way, you can practice the most fundamental conversations in NLP, which is to help empower people through your language, while practicing reframing too!
  4. Keep reading NLP! NLP does advance as time goes by. Nowadays, there are applications of NLP in almost every other field such as medicine, negotiation, sales, motivation, self-help, spiritual development and the like. Oh, and remember to get a copy of Richard Bandler’s new generation of books.
  5. Develop an attitude of curiosity… with other NLP Practitioners. Social learning rocks! Well, if you haven’t done so, you should join your fellow graduates in the Facebook group (ping me on Facebook to get access). When events are organized, jump in and commit to learn by experience. Don’t just give in to the inconvenience – heck, by organizing this, it can be an inconvenience when people simply raise their hands but do not show up. If you don’t commit to learning, nobody will! And remember – I’m not obliged to organize free revision sessions. I’m just doing this because I know you need some space to practice, and you should come prepared to practice, not to come for a revision lesson.

NLP Definitions: Reframing

Reframing is the process by which you shift a person’s perspective of a word or phrase through the use of redefining the content, or shifting the context of the situation, thereby changing the meaning of the original word or phrase.

Reframing is a means to help adjust a belief through introduction of a new perspective. When a seemingly bad situation takes place (e.g. a fire breaks out at one’s manufacturing plant), it is possible to view this in such a way where this event can be deemed as positive or even helpful.

To do so, one must apply context thinking and meaning shifts. A context reframe is applied to a different context. A fire breaking out in a manufacturing plant is devastating. But if no lives were lost, that context could be deemed more valuable than the loss of materials.

Meaning shifts are typically applied to the meaning or semantics of words. So while a context reframe also shifts meaning, a meaning reframe attempts to work on the meaning of the word itself. A fire breaking out may mean losses. But it may also mean a renewed determination to strive for better safety and productivity.

NLP Definitions: Perceptual Positions

In NLP we have four main perceptual positions.

First position: experiencing things through your own eyes and emotions.

Second position: experiencing things through someone else’s eyes and emotions.

Third position: observing the conversation, the effect of the converastion.

Meta position: observing your observations, their implications and impact.

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Welcome to back to World Of NLP!

Some bored yahoo decided to spam our domain with tens of thousands of emails, so we just restored this site, and will be in the midst of reshaping what is required. In the meantime, all attachments seem to have failed. If you belong to the CMC group, you should be able to find all those necessary documents in the Facebook page.

If you are in the Practitioner group, well, go back to the FB group and ask me if you need anything.




NLP Definitions: NLP Business Practitioner

This is a new certification as offered by the Society of NLP, where applications of NLP are targeted at the business arena. All Society of NLP qualification requirements are indicatively the same, with the outcome of helping an individual achieve greater excellence in business and/or entrepreneurship. However, therapeutic elements of this certification are not covered, such as techniques for phobia relief, parts integration, six-step reframes, etc.

NLP Definitions: Linguistics

The study of language structure and process, and can be divided into various parts, including phonology (production of sounds), morphology (structure of words), syntax (structure of sentences), semantics (structure of meanings) as well as pragmatics (meanings created in interaction and social usage).

Most NLP focuses on the semantics of language patterns, whereas a masterful NLP practitioner will realize that most of the meanings are not created in a dictionary but rather through social use within conversation. Students of my NLP Master Practitioner training get an insight into the use of language and linguistics for the purposes of modeling.