NLP Practitioner: Basic Modeling

In being an NLP Practitioner, basic modeling questions are required. You may default to the standard Meta Model. However, the process is important to recognize as well.

  1. Always break down the topic area into its various parts. A question like “what are important components of this skill” would be very helpful.
  2. Always target nominalizations. Nominalizations carry a high level of deletion and the deep structure of such words can reveal important processes.
  3. Convert all processes (especially verb forms) into a tangible TOTE.
  4. Sequencing is essential. Processes must be clarified for the purpose of structure and sequence.
  5. Play the sequence in your mind. To ensure transfer, the best way is to demonstrate it to your model.


You want to model public speaking. Great! Now, find a model.

After you’ve found the model, you have to go and identify all the parts of public speaking. These may include verifying the different types of public speaking.

So, if the model tells you it includes the following:

  • preparation
  • rehearsal
  • story-telling
  • humor

Notice all these are nominalizations. Once you find out the processes, you will be better able to explore the “unseen” elements.

Let’s suppose you want to focus on “preparation”. Preparation may include other sub-components. Chunk down on that and you might find the following:

  • Identifying an outcome
  • Setting up the introduction
  • Crafting the conclusion
  • Making a list of possible points to make
  • transitions between one point to the other

Notice that this now enables you to dive even deeper into the model’s inner strategy. Now you can focus on the unspecified verbs and the other nominalizations that the model has offered.

For more information about modeling, you can register for notification when I decide to conduct an NLP Practitioner training.