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.
On PlanetNLP.com I have split the techniques and exercises according to whether they are skills you use with other people (covered under NLP Techniques) or exercises that you can use on yourself (NLP exercises).
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 (run through an NLP exercise such as the NLP Whiteout) that allows 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 a strong grounding required for many of the NLP exercises and techniques.
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.
Sensory acuity is probably the most impressive skill to demonstrate and is a skill that is central to NLP.
Language Patterns are central to working with clients and for all NLP persuasion techniques.
Use the five senses to improve the effect of your communications and increase your rapport.
Install any strategy by learning a simple method for installing a motivation strategy.
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.
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?
To get to the heart of any problem you have to ask the right questions - the Meta Model gives you the structure to achieve this.
The Milton ModelShow more
During my McKenna Breen NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner courses I took copious notes on the various language patterns. The following articles are based on those notes. Milton's language patterns are the basis of most NLP, hypnosis and persuasion language techniques. Start with these language patterns to build a solid base for your hypnotic language skills.
The best way to learn language patterns is through repetition. Write examples of them for what ever context you wish to use them in over and over. Eventually you will find that they start to slip out unexpectedly in your everyday language as they become part of your normal speech.
Inverse Meta-Model Patterns
The Milton Model is often considered to be the opposite of the meta-model. This is because the meta-model is designed to take a clients vague language and ask questions to move to a more concrete description and move the client towards a solution, whereas the milton model is based around using vague language to enhance the hypnotic process.
Nominalizations, Unspecified Verbs, Unspecified Referential Indexes and Deletions
Additional Milton Model Patterns
These additional patterns should be used with the previous patterns to complete you skills: