The Conflict Between NLP Methodology and its Trail of Techniques

“In theory, there is no difference
between theory and practice.
But, in practice, there is.”

– Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

This article can help you save a lot of money and time if you are considering getting NLP training. I’m going to explain core ideas that can make a big difference in your approach to getting training. 

NLP, Vol. II: Techniques – more info

If you want to understand NLP and select NLP training, you must look beyond its techniques. 

NLP is not nearly so much a collection of techniques as it is a methodology. By methodology, I mean a collection of practices and principles that hold together. In cooking, practices are things like using heat to transform ingredients into foods. Principles are things like convection as a means to heat food in an oven. 

Methodology is more general than a recipe. Recipes arise from the principles and practices (methodology) available to the people that create the recipes. A recipe is to cooking what a pattern is to NLP. 

NLP methodology involves principles such as modeling as a means to transfer skills from models to others. It involves practices such as strategically influencing states in order to produce resourceful behavior. (State refers to the overall state or condition of a person–what state they are in. It is similar to “state of mind,” except that it includes the body.) 

NLP methodology has brought forth many techniques. There are plenty of examples of a single technique making a big difference for someone. However, to have the greatest effectiveness, techniques must be applied in a way that is sensitive to the individual or group, and must be woven together in a strategic and responsive manner. That is to say, the work must be relevant and flexible. This has implications for selecting good training, because it will help you decide what you really need, and when you need it. We’ll talk about how you can best sequence your efforts to improve your NLP knowledge and skills. 

Richard Bandler said, “NLP is an attitude and a methodology, which leave behind a trail of techniques.” This points to two ways that you can approach training. You can start by getting to the essence of NLP, and this is usually provided in the longer, more costly trainings, or you can start by learning techniques. 

The advantages of the latter approach are:

1) You have fewer costs up front. 

2) You can start getting results with many issues right away.

3) You get a feel for NLP and you develop the kind of burning questions that will compel you to learn the fundamental understandings of NLP. 

4) You can benefit from practicing with them for your own needs.