NLP Modeling: Building Good Master Practitioners

I’ve recently started a new Master practitioner certification batch. As we know, the Master Practitioner training opens up new ways to look at human behavior at multiple levels, including the way to change meanings through interaction rather than just a static NLP (Milton Model) approach alone.

This has brought me to integrate some elements of core linguistics in order to help Master Practitioners learn about language and the strategies they represent in order to create models effectively.

After all, the principle ability of a Master Practitioner is in his or her ability to view the same thing with deeper and more powerful distinctions. Recently, I worked with this group to watch a well-known speaker who had an online video. Before learning NLP Master Practitioner distinctions and watching the video, patterns were less obvious. After the distinctions were made, it became more apparent that there was a much broader spectrum of elements that could make up the represented model.

As such, we talk about unconscious uptake and conscious design. Master Practitioners of NLP should be able to also create their own approaches to deal with problems at hand, without the worry of breaking rules or that the approach to modeling is “not the right thing”.

Three things I recommend for Master Practitioners. First, to understand that knowledge is not as important as meta knowledge. To achieve success as a masterful practitioner of NLP is to know how you know, to read things from different perspectives, and to engage and disengage with common interpretations flexibly. In so doing, we create new knowledge or at least new representations that imply new things about what we already know.

Second, curiosity. This is something that practitioners know to do, and master practitioners should have even more of. The fact is, many NLP practitioners these days become skeptical. Well, the more important thing to do is to consider what are things that can be learnt from knowledge we already have. What can we experiment with in order to test our ideas?

Third, unconscious delivery. I find that when we second guess ourselves too much we tend to forget things and oftentimes mistake our conscious mind as the only provider of knowledge. In reality, we need to trust our unconscious so much so that you leave behind what does not work and adopt what does work through an unconscious assimilation of capabilities through the modeling process.

NLP Practitioner Singapore: Personal Development

While many people choose to learn NLP due to its awesome persuasion skills, often people miss the point in being a certified NLP practitioner.

The idea behind NLP is the ability to get you to become a massive modeling machine. You learn, adapt and enhance your skill and knowledge further. Most people simply deem the NLP practitioner certificate as a qualification alone. In fact many people are touting NLP as the way to success.

While I don’t dispute it can help people with success, it has gotten sickening to see that there are people who use it like a magic silver bullet. Most of these people don’t even know what the entire system of NLP is in the first place. Hence, their methodology is skewed to one direction, causing students to be unable to use NLP beyond a narrow set of skills.

Becoming an NLP practitioner is about hunting down useful skill to improve one’s abilities and become more powerful in achieving results. But that’s half the story. You can also maximize the use of such tools to make a difference in the world.

I’ve seen highly inflexible and intolerant so-called NLP practitioners. Even at a crossroads of choices, some choose the safe path while being critical, nasty or even rude. I think the job of an NLP practitioner is to elevate the standard of flexibility in working with self first. If you can’t get yourself under control and check your own ability to open up, consider new possibilities and achieve new goals, then what’s the point of learning NLP?

Key point is this: keep within a learning group that is diverse and celebrates changes and improvements. Often, without this kind of culture, learning ceases while people think more of themselves than they really are. There is social myopia.

Expose yourself to more opportunities to manage yourself and your experiences. If this means getting yourself to do something uncomfortable, then do it. It will merely be a matter of time before it becomes the new norm and you can look back realizing you have learned and grown.

If all that NLP does is to do this, I think you would have added a lot of value to the world, starting from the people closest to you.

NLP: Using Nested Loops

One of the most impressive things in NLP is the ability to transfer knowledge through the use of nested loops. The process is simple – you need three stories that you nest between them (as depicted in the diagram) in order to transmit information throughout the presentation.

There are several elements. The first thing is the ability to (1) segway, (2) stack on anchors, (3) close loops.


Segways. A segway is a “break” in the storyline. An effective segway usually creates what we call “premature closure”. It means that the story appears to be over, but actually isn’t. This is the way through to the next story.

Stack on anchors.

In a typical NLP Practitioner training, it is important to learn basic anchoring. Stacking anchors is the the way in which you can intensify emotions through the story. In the use of nested loops, anchoring is a process within the stories. Each story carries a peak state of experience that either stacks or chains.

Close Loops

The process of closing loops is simple – you continue with the previous story. This will only work if the story that you have told is emotionally impactful enough.


The only way to continue to be good in nested loops is to practice it in multiple settings. As far as  can see, the most practical way to do this is to attend a good Master Practitioner training program, once you have the proper foundations settled. Remember, not all NLP training programs are equal because of the capabilities of the trainer!

Becoming A Competent NLP Practitioner

In recent months, the concern has been growing about people who claim to offer 3 day certifications, or $80 NLP certifications. As a Licensed Trainer of NLP with the Society Of NLP (Richard Bandler’s organization), I find it hard to believe that such trainers think they can pull off such an unethical stance.

I have been reluctant to conduct certifications for a long time simply because of the attitude propagated by such trainers, and I find the state of the field simply filled with commercially degraded versions of NLP. The main reason is that they do not focus on objective competency.

Hence, my aim for launching the NLP Practitioner competency sets is simple. They are going to be measures, empirically tested over time to reveal evidence to support NLP competencies within a specific set of applications rather than just a generic psychotherapy approach to NLP. The applications will include:

  • NLP Modeling competencies (master practitioner level)
  • NLP Intervention competencies (practitioner level)
  • NLP Coaching competencies (practitioner level)
  • NLP Leadership competencies (practitioner and master practitioner)
  • NLP Personal Effectiveness competencies (practitioner competencies)

Why Go Through The Trouble?

Well, simply, because I can. With the clear competencies set out, NLP practitioners and master practitioners will no longer flounder around thinking they are competent when they (really) aren’t. It will also differentiate my training from practically all other trainers because the competencies will be evidence-based and tested for the purposes of locking in credibility for the practitioner.

I’ve interviewed people who supposedly have an NLP certification but know nuts about the background and have a hard time proving their points, or choosing their course of action. The issue is not so much that they have to do it, because NLP is not an academic field of study. However, if formalization and research is not conducted, the term ‘practitioner’ is useless.

Hence, my training certifications for both levels will focus a lot more on practice. The core content will be drawn from already existing books or e-learning modules. Practical sessions are where you can actually receive clear guidance and gain competence.

What Would I Do With NLP Certification?

Certification is a mark of competence. NLP certification under my new approach will ensure that you increase in your value as a coach. Because it is practice and feedback based, your ability to maintain your NLP certification will come from your practice areas. The ability to use NLP is a better mark of a good practitioner, rather than someone who has merely completed a course of study.

Practitioners and Master Practitioners can then join our upcoming communities of practice in order to legitimize the practice of NLP in the context of coaching.

If you don’t want a certification from some ‘Mickey Mouse’ institute, please check the reputation of the trainers first and apply some common sense. A tougher training is definitely much more rigorous and therefore valuable for your own development. I can’t stop people from taking an easy way out, but I can certainly support those who have a rigorous approach to their practice process.

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