In NLP, Eye Accessing cues are one of the more controversial subjects - simply because for every NLP practitioner who believes they are a useful tool, there is someone who doesn't believe they work at all.
- Chris Harrison
- 18th January 2008 - Updated 29th June 2013
On PlanetNLP.com I have split the techniques and exercises according to whether they are skills you use with other people, which are covered as NLP Techniques, or exercises that you can use on yourself which I have classed as NLP exercises. There are also a few NLP lessons which are longer articles covering specific skills.
For most people it's worth developing your NLP skills by working with your own mind and learning the NLP exercises first. That way you have something to do with other people, such as run through an NLP exercise such as the NLP Whiteout, so that you to practice the skills presented below.
When learning NLP techniques, initially each can be practiced individually, but the long term goal is to seamlessly use the techniques whenever they are required.
Your goal is to eventually integrate the skills so thoroughly that you use them whenever appropriate without even thinking about it. I once remember having a conversation at an NLP Group in London where, during a post-exercise feedback session, a fairly new member asked 'What other NLP techniques can be used with this exercise?'. The obvious answer was 'well ALL of them'. The following techniques can all be practiced during, and used to enhance, any of the NLP exercises or NLP interventions you may wish to use with a client.
Also, don't forget the NLP Lessons that cover areas such as submodalities and content changes. These lessons provide the strong grounding in fundamental NLP concepts required for many of the NLP techniques and exercises.
General NLP Techniques
The following techniques provide the foundation skills for working with other people using NLP and Hypnosis. As in many areas of life, practice makes perfect, so its a good idea to choose a technique and focus on it for a few weeks before attempting to learn the other techniques.
Install any strategy by learning a simple method for installing a motivation strategy.
NLP Modeling, whilst at the heart of NLP, seems to be a skill that many NLP practitioners don’t really have a good grasp of.
Anchoring is the most powerful way to control someones state. Learn various techniques to build and anchor powerful states.
Rapport is simply about increasing the number of similarities between yourself and a client to allow them to relax and feel that you are like them. So how do you achieve this?
Sensory acuity is probably the most impressive skill to demonstrate and is a skill that is central to NLP.
NLP and Hypnosis Language Techniques
The following NLP techniques provide the foundation NLP and Hypnosis language skills for working with other people using NLP and Hypnosis. As in many areas of life, practice makes perfect, so its a good idea to choose a technique and focus on it for a few weeks before attempting to learn the other techniques.
To get to the heart of any problem you have to ask the right questions - the Meta Model gives you the structure with which to achieve this.
Language Patterns are central to working with clients and for all NLP persuasion techniques.
Use all five senses to improve your communication, increase your rapport, and improve you likeability!
Some people consider the milton model to be the inverse of the meta model. Where as the meta model is about using questions to discover the clients world model, the meta model is a way to be artfully vague and hypnotic.