by Jeff Napier, copyright 2013

Welcome to NLP PPT

A Beginner's Quick Guide to NLP

Also Known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming

What Is NLP?

NLP is the applied study of human nature, a large toolkit for developing excellence in yourself and others.

* NLP can be used as a business tool to improve customer and employee relations.

* NLP can be used as a therapy. A NLP practitioner can take clients much like a psychologist or councelor. However, NLP is not a substitute for psychiatry or psychology. It is not a tool for people who are mentally ill. It is a tool for those who want to reach their maximum potential.

* NLP can be used as a self-improvement tool to work on oneself.

* NLP teaches improved communication. From now on, you can have better control of conversations with co-workers, family, friends, and enemies. In fact, you may never again have enemies after learning NLP.

* NLP has a vast toolkit of techniques to overcome phobias, reduce or eliminate pain, rekindle floundering relationships, overcome procrastination, and even stimulate inspiration.

Where Did NLP Come From?

NLP was first developed in the mid-1970s at the University of California, Santa Cruz Campus, by Richard Bandler and John Grinder.
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Richard Bandler
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John Grinder

Their original goal was to model excellence in human behavior. The premise: If anyone can understand exactly what an expert is thinking, then anyone can have the same skills. The founders initially studied psychologists and other therapists such as Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir, and Milton Erickson,

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Fritz Perls
Virginia Satir Image
Virginia Satir
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Milton Erickson

and ultimately came up with the essence of what they were doing. Many NLP techniques were born out of these early studies, such as eye accessing, hypnotic suggestion and metaphors, and are covered in great detail at

Modern NLP

Neuro-linguisting programming has evolved in the past forty years. Several schools throughout the world teach everything from the basics to certification as a master practitioner. Interestingly, in the USA, and most other countries, no national, state or local licensing is required. Anyone can claim to be a practitioner. This is good and bad. It makes the field easier to enter. For instance, a psychologist has to spend years in school, then typically 2,500 hours as an intern. It also means that a person can charge money as a practitioner even if that person has little or no experience. No one is looking over the practitioner's shoulder. There are few reports of an improperly trained practitioner doing damage, but it is a possibility. Furthermore, the schools, even though most offer certification, are themselves not certified or licensed. Anyone can teach NLP.

NLP is used as a tool in business, for self-improvement, and as a professional practice.

NLP is a rather nebulous field. It is difficult to know where the edges of the field are. Hypnotherapy is close to the core of NLP. More toward the edges of the envelope, you'll find NLP melded with life and business coaching, Huna, Family Constellations (Burt Hellinger), and the work of Byron Katie. Even further out, you'll see astrologers, clergy, psychics, corporate and personal trainers, and sports coaches using NLP mixed in with their practices.

The Spirit of NLP

NLP is a vast toolkit that can be used for good or evil. Fortunately, most schools teach a spirit of empathy, compassion, and friendlieness along with the actual material, and so most people involved in NLP turn out to be good peaple. And of course, most uses are good. However NLP can be used for speed seduction, and sales that are not in the customers' best interests. NLP can be used to make people believe in things they ought not believe. These negative uses have given NLP a bit of a stigma. Many people have heard stories of inappropriate uses. Because bad news is more interesting than good news, it is hard to remember that on the whole, NLP has done much more good than harm.

The Results

One of the remarkable benefits of NLP is fast phobia fixes. A person can come to a practitioner with a fear of heights, snakes, water, or whatever, and an hour later, leave the phobia behind forever.

NLP has been used successfully in pain relief.

NLP has proven most helpful in relationship issues. For instance, a 60-year-old woman was unable to relate well with men. She had had one failed marriage. She couldn't look men in the eye. After a single session, she was able to go out dancing that very weekend, could look men in the eye just fine, and even converse with them. She had a new spring in her step, and started dating.

NLP has been used with children to overcome ADHD and other disturbances on occasion.

NLP is particularly effective in mediation.

I plan to add to this page and eventually turn it into a PowerPoint presentation. For much more information about NLP, and some hands-on techniques you can play with, visit

Stay tuned! Jeff



























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