There’s actually a very wide range of NLP Techniques available out there in the world, and they’ve been “invented” by various people in the NLP community. The truth is that once you have mastered the NLP you can develop your own techniques.
At the moment, the best way to utilize NLP techniques is to find a community of practice. All you need are three people to begin with and start off with a Practitioner licensing training program. (To be notified, just register on the top left signup box in my main page)
When you do pick up the skills and techniques, just remember that the most powerful medium is not the face-to-face medium, even though a lot of people can create maximum change through this method. The most powerful in the internet age is to do this in a conversational format without even having the need to touch an individual.
In other words, you need to have a series of practice sessions that hone your linguistic capabilities to their maximum, so you will be able to use that to leverage the change work you are expected to do for your clients.
I like to use Dilts’ SCORE model for the purposes of exploring a person’s issue. This is purely an interview, so you can extract some information about the way an issue has evolved and find the root cause of the problem.
S = Symptoms.
Identify what are current complaints and issues surrounding those complains.
C = root Cause.
Find out what the cause is and identify which level the cause is appearing at. Sometimes the cause is behavioral or a capability issue, but at other times it may be an identity issue.
O = Outcome.
Find out what the intended outcome is. Make sure you seek evidence procedures for the outcome.
R = Resources.
Check what kind of (inner) resources will be required for them to achieve their outcome. Then find ways to activate them.
E = Effect.
What is the long-term effect of the intervention? Are there any variables that are not useful or appropriate as a result of achieving this outcome?
Therefore, whenever you use the approaches in NLP, always make sure you apply them appropriately in a broader perspective.