Sep 09

Can the mind be blind?

May workshop 056_edited-2I wonder how many times you have heard clients or new students to NLP insist that they cannot visualise? Speaking to you as a trainer, I can imagine that you will often have calibrated the “non-visualiser” checking out their unconscious images.

 

In most cases the individual can learn to become aware of their internal images (assuming they want to), however what if they genuinely do not have the capacity to see mental pictures?

 

Recently I read an article exploring this phenomenon as viewed by current academic research. It began by reviewing a number of subjective experiments that relied on self-report including a validated questionnaire (The Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire). According to studies using this questionnaire just 2 to 3% of the population report that they are completely image free.

 

Of more interest to me was the more objective research using MRIs to track what part of the brain lights up during visualisation as compared to viewing external faces, scenes etc. People who were deemed to be unable to create internal mental images were asked to look at a number of pictures. The scan recorded what parts of the brain lit up and then compared this to what was seen when the subjects attempted to create internal pictures. The visual circuitry in the brain that lit up with the first phase was silent when the subject was asked to picture the image in their mind’s eye.

 

Stephen  Kosslyn, a neuroscientist at  Minerva Schools, San Francisco asserts that there is more than one way visual imagery can be constructed in the brain and this is why many “mind blind” people can function well on tasks that might be based on visualisation. His research based on working with stroke patients suggests that where visual circuitry is damaged functioning can piggy back off of other senses e.g. kinaesthetic.

 

The article provided some stimulating puzzles for me. I wonder if an NLP trained scientist or academic would observe additional clues and could perhaps broaden the research. What do you think?

 

For access to the original article in New Scientist and to try out some tests connected for yourself go to bit.ly/blindmind

 

PSiNLP News Round up

 

A Special Invitation to join us for NLP Trainer’s Training 2017

 NLP Trainer’s Training 2017 is in the diary and we have bookings already!  The dates are 15th to 29th July 2017 with the final three days devoted to evaluation.

The full rate for NLP Trainer’s Training with evaluation and certification is £4495.

The standard early bird rate of £3995 applies until 15th May 2017.

Our early, early bird rate of £3495 is available until 31st December 2016.

For the first four people to book a place (and pay a deposit of £500 by 30th September 2016) the rate is just £3195 and you will receive a free audio of Neuroenergetics NLP Trainer’s Training worth £345!

Hurry two of the spaces have already gone!

Offer open to anyone with a recognised accredited NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner certification.

 

Pay your deposit now to secure your place!

 

 

 

Do contact Melody if you need to discuss the details and to find out how to book. Her contact details are melody@psinlp.com or 01892 309205.

 

Press Release – Julie Silverthorn, PSiNLP Master Trainer to headline for ANLP Conference, London, 28th April 2017

 

J Silverthorn webA date for your diary, Julie has been invited to deliver the one day Master Class on 28th April 2017. This is the first year with ANLP at the helm and it looks like the conference is going to be amazing!

Go to ANLP website for more details and to book your tickets. There is a special deal for anyone who books early.

http://www.nlpconference.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 02

Class of 2016: NLP Trainer’s Training, what’s next?

As Summer draws to a close and I listen to the sound of the lawn mower cutting the grass it is time to reflect on the Class of 2016. We had an amazing group of students join us for our NLP Trainer’s Training summer intensive. A strong sense of team work developed as presentations were prepared and study for evaluation took centre stage. What I love most about this course is the combination of dedication, playfulness and fun that grows as the course progresses.

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NLP Trainer’s Training Class of 2016 at PSiNLP

NEW: This year Julie joined us through the miracle of the internet making a true “Trance-Atlantic” connection. We are planning on her being here again in person in 2017 and we are looking forward to launching some new features for NLP Trainer’s Training very soon.

At our graduation ceremony Melody was presented with a beautiful painting of a white horse. It was a gift from one of our NLP Trainer graduates, Amanda Teale. Amanda is a talented artist as well as a newly qualified NLP Trainer. We have lots of exciting plans for the coming months and we are looking forward to sharing our ideas with you very soon.

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Amanda Teale, Graduate of NLP Trainer’s Training 2016 presenting her own work in the form of a beautiful picture to Melody at the graduation of PSiNLP Trainer’s Training 2016

 

Here are some teasers to watch out for:

  • Where will Julie Silverthorn be in April 2017? Watch out for the press release, coming soon.
  • What will be the reward for the first four people who sign of NLP Trainer’s Training 2017? Stop press, two people have already jumped in, only two rewards left!
  • What can new NLP Trainer graduates look forward to in 2017?
  • How useful will you find the new preparation package for Trainer’s Training?

 

We will soon be releasing full details of our NLP Trainer’s Training 2017, for those of you planning for next year here are the dates for your diary:

NLP Trainer’s Training Course – 15th July to 26th July 2017

NLP Trainer’s Training Evaluation – 27th to 29th July 2017

For more details contact Melody direct in the first instance via email, melody@psinlp.com

For more information about PSiNLP & NLP Trainer’s Training please go to:

http://www.psinlp.com/

Jun 10

Free ebook: Powered by NLP (NLP Leadership Summit report)

 

Edited by Joe Cheal

Edited by Joe Cheal

This free ebook was produced and edited by Joe Cheal on behalf of the NLP Leadership Summit that met in Alicante in January.

Our intention in producing this book was to share the discussions and ideas prompted by our meeting.

Download your copy by clicking on the link below:

Powered by NLP ebook

 

Michael Hall has been instrumental in bringing this group together, here is what he has to say about the Leadership Summit and this book. (hard copies are available).

 

“The 38 NLP leaders who gathered in Alicante Spain in January this year made a decision to record the experience and send it out world-wide.  Joe Cheal headed up the project, gathering in all of the documents, editing them, and putting them into a book form.  This fits very well for Joe as he has written two NLP books and has edited Acuity  magazine (an NLP magazine) for six or more years.

 

The sign that a group of people are collaborating effectively is that even without an Organization they can demonstrate high quality productivity.  And this ebook is an example of that.

 

The NLP Leadership Summit as we designed it from the beginning is not an Association, is not a super-association, and is not trying to create an Association.  Instead it is a world-wide invitation for all NLP Leaders (trainers, writers, researchers, etc.) who have been in the field 15 to 20 years to gather together and associate!  Our belief is that by associating we get to know each other, hear each other, start to understand each other and stop all of the dysfunctional demonizing of people who do NLP different from us.

 

NLP Leaders

The website, www.nlpleadershipsummit.org   is another example of our productivity.  If you go there you will see how we have collaborated on a basic definition of NLP, values, ethics, etc.  And if you are leading people into this field and many people consider you as a leader and you have been in the field 15 or more years, and you can “sign off” on the definitions on the website, then apply on the website or write to me (meta@acsol.net) to be considered.  It is best if one of the hundred-plus persons on the list there can recommend you.

 

Joe Cheal (joe@gwiztraining.com) wrote that he would like this book to be a communication tool to the NLP Community across the world and to promote that he has offered it free of charge.  How about that!!  There will be physical copies made.  If you want to order 10 or more, then write to Joe about that.  Because of the printing costs and postage, they will probably sell at 5 pounds (something like $8 each plus postage) from the UK.  I am looking into printing them as well and will inform you about that if that comes to pass.”

 

 

Apr 07

Why do people do NLP Trainer’s Training?

JoeLet’s start with why I did the NLP Trainer’s Training course…

 

I had already been a corporate trainer for over ten years, so my reason was not: “How to be a trainer”! I did, however, want to be a better trainer and thought it would be good to get some quality feedback on what I was doing well and what I could improve. I liked the tools and concepts of NLP and I wanted to ‘learn & do’ some more!

 

My main reason at that time was to qualify as an NLP trainer so I could then run Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses and qualify others along with Melody, who had qualified the previous year. It meant we could run the courses together. I then did Trainer’s Training again (with Melody) to change schools as we found another set of trainers who aligned more to our values and ethics.

 

What interested me on both courses was why others wanted to do NLP Trainer’s Training (and most of the answers were different to mine!). Here are some of their reasons:

 

  • To have (or develop) the confidence to present and be a presenter
  • To overcome any fears they had about presenting/being on stage/being centre of attention or being looked at
  • To be more confident at work (e.g. speaking up in meetings, volunteering to present to senior managers)
  • To learn ‘platform skills’ – to become a ‘world class’ trainer/speaker
  • To be a more credible trainer/presenter
  • To become a better coach and to give feedback more elegantly
  • To have some fun!
  • To be a more engaging speaker
  • To challenge, develop and stretch themselves
  • To learn more NLP tools and techniques
  • To apply NLP to being a presenter/trainer
  • To complete the trilogy of official NLP courses (they saw Trainer’s Training as part 3 of a series that began with Practitioner and Master Practitioner as parts 1 & 2)
  • To run NLP courses & to develop their business
  • To test their skills and knowledge of NLP
  • To one day become a Master Trainer of NLP!

 

So when you begin to think about it, what might your reasons be?

Mar 23

When is an NLP Master Trainer not an NLP Master Trainer?

2013-07-27 18.05.17 smallerThis might sound like the beginning of a joke; sadly it is a challenge facing the unwary when looking for NLP Training. There has been a trend in recent years for some NLP Trainers to ‘declare’ themselves as NLP Master Trainers.

In the accepted NLP qualification route, NLP Trainers can only be qualified by an NLP Master Trainer. Many students of NLP are unaware of the accepted routes to becoming an NLP Master Trainer and may choose an NLP Trainer’s Training which they later discover is not widely recognised.

So how do you check out the credentials of a NLP Master Trainer?

Reputable NLP Master Trainers are open about how they gained recognition. There are some generalisations that you are likely to hear regularly.

Some people have been granted NLP Master Trainer status directly from the two key founders of NLP, Richard Bandler and John Grinder. This was usually based on a form of apprenticeship, particularly in the early days before more formalised systems. NLP Master Trainers can usually detail their lineage or links back to either Bandler or Grinder. For example:

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Others will have been recognised by either an independent Accreditation organisation such as the ANLP (UK) http://www.anlp.org/criteria-for-becoming-an-nlp-master-trainer or a major training organisation such as ABNLP (Internationally). There are other bodies across the world.

Most schools of NLP have a transparent process for anyone wishing to become an NLP Master Trainer with minimum standards that need to be met including running a set number of courses, assisting, co-training plus making a contribution to the field.

As you can see there are many things to take into account. Joe, Julie and I take the credibility of our NLP Master Trainer status (and the credibility of the field of NLP) very seriously. We are equally serious about how we mentor prospective NLP Master Trainers through the recognition process.

I sit on an advisory group for the ANLP made up of representative NLP Master Trainers in the UK. As a group we are committed to ensuring that NLP students at all levels are informed and aware of the questions to ask when choosing an NLP Training provider at any level.

We are all part of the NLP Leadership Summit set up several years ago to provide a forum for NLP senior trainers, leaders and researchers to create a collaborative network focused on maintaining and raising standards in our field. Find out more from the website

http://nlpleadershipsummit.org/nlp-leadership-summit-began/

 

 

Feb 25

How to choose an NLP Training Provider

There are many challenges facing students in their choice of an NLP school. For people new to the field it can be quite confusing. There are just as many challenges for those looking to move into NLP training as a career.
Here are a few headline topics for your research:

  1. What are the trainer’s credentials? Is there a clear lineage within the field? What other qualifications and experience do they have? (I will expand on this further in the next blog).
  2. How is the course structured and is there an independent form of accreditation in addition to the schools own certificates?
  3. How many hours of face to face contact does the course involve? Be cautious of any course claiming to provide you with full training in a fraction of the time.
  4. Are the trainers prepared to talk to you prior to the training? How accessible are they?
  5. What are the values and mission of the school?
  6. What kind of ongoing support is provided to students?
  7. Are there genuine testimonials and references provided?

If you would like to find out more about my credentials do check out my two NLP websites www.psinlp.com and www.gwiznlp.com . I co-train with fellow Master Trainers Joe Cheal and Julie Silverthorn.

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We offer free taster sessions for anyone wanting to find out more about our style and approach. Do talk to me if you want to find out more.ANLPaccred

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Feb 12

The Meaning of Integrity

MelodyI hear a lot of people talking about integrity and about having integrity. What is the meaning of integrity? Since it is a nominalisation, do we all share the same definition?
To answer these questions I suggest we start by looking at some dictionary definitions:

  1. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles: a gentleman of complete integrity.
  2. The state of being whole and undivided: upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty.
  3. The condition of being unified or sound in construction: the structural integrity of the novel.
  4. Internal consistency or lack of corruption in electronic data: [as modifier]: integrity checking.

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

The meaning that often seems to be expressed when I listen to people talking about others is the pre-supposition that the other person has an integrity that matches their own. Consider this: it is possible for two people to have integrity and yet hold opposing views.

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Perhaps it is more useful to gain an understanding of another person’s values rather than to make a generalisation about integrity.
Over the next few weeks I am going to write a series of blogs on this topic and how to choose an appropriate NLP School to align to. This is useful for anyone wishing to start their NLP journey or indeed for Master Practitioners looking to find the best fit for NLP Trainer’s Training.

As always we value your opinion. What do you think about the definitions in the dictionary? Does it fit with your understanding?

Jan 26

Transformation Occurs At the Edge of Our Map

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Julie Silverthorn, International Master Trainer

and co-author of best selling “Training Trances”

What is the purpose of training from an NLP perspective? Note: The number of answers to this will correspond directly to the number of trainers teaching NLP—each will have his or her own answer for this!

Taking this into account, I’d like to say that one purpose of training is to create personal “transformation” within our student’s experience. Since we believe that transformation occurs at the edge of our map, then training must be about expanding the maps we live by so we have more choices and possibilities in various areas of our lives.

How specifically, can I assist a student in transforming their map? Simply by “stacking and sequencing internal representations through my language” (note: again this is just one answer in an infinite sea of possibilities). What does stacking and sequencing mean? It means me using, deliberately and intentionally, positive internal representation repeatedly in my conversation to stack and sequence a more expansive map for the student. Some students come into NLP believing that they are “not smart” or “can’t learn.” Many have had less than positive learning experiences in the past and now their unconscious minds motivates them to join a positive environment to change their beliefs and heal past trauma.

My role as a trainer is to provide them and their unconscious mind with positive real life Be Brilliant today shine on in every wayexperiences in training that challenge and replace this old limited belief. Take the students response of “I can’t learn.” Stacking and sequencing might be something like: “So you are saying ‘You can not learn, is that right?’ Student “What?” as they process. “When did you decide that you can….not learn?” Follow-up from Trainer as they are accessing internally: “When did you learn that….that you can….not learn? So you can learn, isn’t that right? If they answer this question in any way, it presupposes that they can learn.

You can also stack and sequence internal representations that they can learn by asking “When did you decide that, not consciously but unconsciously?” And now if they answer you have them set up for some type of time line process to heal or blow out the old limited belief just by stacking and sequencing your language to loosen their map/model of the world.

And doing all this as a demo in front of the group makes the transformation very powerful for TrainingTrancesthe student, you as the trainer and all those observing! Think about it now and read back through all the positive internal representations that are stacked in this blog for you when you thought you were just reading about a student-trainer linguistic intervention! Consider that…now! Not sure how this works? Then join us for NLP Trainers Training July 2016, East Sussex UK.

Oct 11

Meet the NLP Trainers: Julie Silverthorn, M.S.

Our NLP Trainer’s Training is led by three NLP Master Trainers, Julie Silverthorn, Melody Cheal and Joe Cheal.


Earlier this year Julie was interviewed about her approach to NLP and her personal philosophy. Click on the link below to see it for yourself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5HC1mmDwsE

Next year Julie will once again join Melody and Joe in beautiful East Sussex, UK for NLP Trainer’s Training. We have already begun to take bookings so if you would like to join us do contact Melody direct on (44) 01892 309 205 or email melody@psinlp.com

More details on the website www.psinlp.com

Our NLP Trainer’s Training is scheduled 16th to 27th July 2016. Evaluation is 28th to 30th July 2016.

We are once again holding the training in our beautiful venue on the edge of Ashdown Forest National Park, East Sussex, UK.

The image above shows a sunset view across Ashdown Forest taken from our window. The venue provides a peaceful, inspiring atmosphere that encourages you to step into your full potential.

Gatwick is just 40 minutes away for our international students and a train from London takes 60 minutes.

Who are the Trainers?

Our training is led by three NLP Master Trainers of good standing. Master Trainers are expected to be able to demonstrate clear lineage and have met or exceeded a minimum criteria of achievements. Not all Master Trainers meet this standard so you are advised to check with professional bodies such as ANLP.

Julie Silverthorn (USA) became a Master Trainer in 1992 while working with Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall. Her track record is sterling, her approach warm and caring and her elegance in the use of Milton language is magnificent.

Melody and Joe Cheal (UK) trained with two schools of NLP through to Trainer level before being granted NLP Master Trainer status by Julie Silverthorn and John Overdurf. Both Melody and Joe have been teaching NLP and corporate courses for over twenty years. Joe has a passion for understanding patterns and systems, and delivers training with humour and energy. Melody is inspired to help individuals reach their full potential.

All three of our Master Trainers have undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Psychology bringing an even greater level of knowledge and experience to the programme. Together, they are the co-founders of the Positive School of Intrinsic NLP.

How much will I save?

The full price for our Trainer’s Training is £4495, if you sign up and pay a deposit by 16th April 2016 you will pay just £3995.

Sign up and pay your deposit by 31st December 2016 to qualify for free access to our Master Classes and a further saving, meaning you pay just £3495.

How do I sign up?

In the first instance, contact Melody to apply for your place. Deposits can be paid by credit card through our website www.psinlp.com.

A Deposit of just £500 will secure a free place on our Master Class series.

View our website at www.psinlp.com for full details on NLP Trainer’s Training 2016.

You may reach Melody at either melody@psinlp.com or (44) 01892 309205 (UK)

We hope that you join us in 2016!

Warm anchors,

Melody, Joe and Julie

Melody Cheal MS, Joe Cheal, MS and Julie Silverthorn, M.S.,
Internationally Certified NLP Master Trainers
Internationally Certified Hypnosis Trainers
Co-Developers PSiNLP

Aug 25

NLP Trainer’s Training 2016: Why book your place early?

A warm summer’s hello to all of our NLP friends, students and colleagues!

This year we have decided to offer even more reasons to sign up early for our NLP Trainer’s Training! Based on feedback from our students who really want to be at the top of their game in NLP, we have decided to offer preparation Master Classes between now and the beginning of Trainer’s Training on July 16, 2016.

What will I get from the NLP Master Class series?

  1. For those people signed up for NLP Trainer’s Training the classes will be included within the fee for the course.
  2. You will get the opportunity to ensure you are thoroughly prepared for the evaluation part of the Training. We will check that you have a good understanding of the “classical” NLP models of NLP that are needed for the written exam.
  3. You will be able to double check your understanding of “classical” NLP processes including demonstrations and practice.
  4. You will gain additional material not included within the full NLP Trainer’s Training.
  5. You will build rapport with fellow students.
  6. By signing up before the end of 2015 you will gain a further saving on our early bird rate.

When and where is the course happening?

Our NLP Trainer’s Training is scheduled 16th to 27th July 2016. Evaluation is 28th to 30th July 2016.

We are once again holding the training in our beautiful venue on the edge of Ashdown Forest National Park, East Sussex, UK.

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The image above shows the stunning views from the window on an foggy autumn day.

The venue provides a peaceful, inspiring atmosphere that encourages you to step into your full potential. Gatwick is just 45 minutes away for our international students and a train from London takes 60 minutes.

Who are the trainer’s?

Our training is led by three NLP Master Trainers of good standing. Master Trainers are expected to be able to demonstrate clear lineage and have met or exceeded a minimum criteria of achievements. Not all Master Trainers meet this standard so you are advised to check with professional bodies such as ANLP.

Julie Silverthorn (USA) became a Master Trainer in 1992 while working with Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall. Her track record is sterling, her approach warm and caring and her elegance in the use of Milton language is magnificent.

Melody and Joe Cheal (UK) trained with two schools of NLP through to Trainer level before being granted NLP Master Trainer status by Julie Silverthorn and John Overdurf. Both Melody and Joe have been teaching NLP and corporate courses for over twenty years. Joe has a passion for understanding patterns and systems, and delivers training with humour and energy. Melody is inspired to help individuals reach their full potential.

All three of our Master Trainer’s have undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Psychology bringing an even greater level of knowledge and experience to the programme. Together, they are the co-founders of the Positive School of Intrinsic NLP.

How much will I save?

The full price for our Trainer’s Training is £4495, if you sign up and pay a deposit by 16th April 2016 you will pay just £3995.

Sign up and pay your deposit by 31st December 2016 to qualify for free access to our Master Classes and a further saving meaning you pay just £3495.

How do I sign up?

In the first instance contact Melody to apply for your place. Deposits can be paid by credit card through our website www.psinlp.com.

A Deposit of just £500 will secure a free place on our Master Class series.

Contact Melody either melody@psinlp.com or (44) 01892 309205 (UK). View our website at www.psinlp.com for full details on NLP Trainer’s Training 2016.

Contact Melody either melody@psinlp.com or (44) 01892 309205 (UK)

Warm anchors from

Melody, Joe and Julie

Melody Cheal MS, Joe Cheal, MS and Julie Silverthorn, M.S.

Internationally Certified NLP Master Trainers

Internationally Certified Hypnosis Trainers

Co-Developers PSiNLP