Apr 14

Choosing the right NLP Trainer’s Training course

Choosing your NLP Trainer’s Training Course Choosing an NLP Trainer’s Training provider is a big step. You are making an important investment and it is essential that you choose the right Institute for you.

Here are a few pointers to help you consider where to make your investment.

Why do you want to take NLP Trainer’s Training?

Class2011Before sharing some important areas to check it is worth considering your motivation. Perhaps you are an NLP Master Practitioner and you would like to run your own NLP Diploma, Practitioner and Master Practitioner programmes.

Or maybe you are a corporate trainer or someone in business looking to take your presentation and delivery style to the next level.

You might be curious about what is the next piece in the puzzle of NLP might be.

Perhaps you are a life-long learner and enjoy the journey and spending time with like-minded people.

Always check credentials

ABNLPIn recent years we have seen an increase in less than scrupulous people offering courses that are neither recognised or led by qualified NLP Master Trainers. Be wary of any course that is offering to qualify you in a week or less. Most NLP Trainer’s Training courses are around ten to fourteen days in length with a further three days of evaluation.

To teach NLP Trainer’s Training you need at least one NLP Master ANLPaccred (1)Trainer. Sadly we are also seeing a rise in the number of “self-proclaimed” NLP Master Trainers. Check out “lineage” and ask how Master Trainer status was achieved.

To give you an idea, it takes two Master Trainers to properly certify a Master Trainer. Therefore their certificate should then be signed by two reputable Master Trainers. In most case there is a direct lineage back to Richard Bandler or John Grinder. For example, in our school the lineage is as follows. Julie Silverthorn was made a Master Trainer by Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall. They in turn were among the first Master Trainers created by Richard Bandler. Julie Silverthorn and John Overdurf then certified Joe and Melody Cheal as NLP Master Trainers.


Melody, Joe and Julie NLP Master Trainers PSiNLP

Melody, Joe and Julie
NLP Master Trainers

In addition to the signatures Master Trainers need to have been NLP Trainers for at least five years and have delivered 10 practitioner and 10 Master Practitioner courses. They also need to have made a contribution to the field. They will also have assisted other trainers on numerous courses. The course needs to be recognised by professional bodies in the field. For example our students are eligible to become members of both the ABNLP and ANLP.


What experience are you looking for? It is worth thinking about what type of experience you would like to have. For example do you prefer being part of a small group or a large crowd? Some courses have very large numbers and there may be quite a buzz but will you get enough personal feedback and support?

We prefer to keep our courses small and develop a strong on-going relationship with our students helping them reach their full potential.

We also believe people learn best when they are relaxed and having fun. So although we ensure2013-07-27 17.25.36 the learning is challenging and stretching we make sure everyone feels excited, supported and ready for evaluation. We feel very confident that our training will provide you with one of the very best learning environments, as we teach to both the “conscious and unconscious” minds. We care about you; we will answer your questions and teach you information from “behind the scenes” so that you may integrate NLP at the deepest level possible.


Different trainers have different styles. If possible find out more about the trainers you are considering. Many trainers will have audio programmes that will allow you to get a sense of their style or you may be able to attend a practice group or an introduction session. For example we have audio downloads available and would encourage prospective students to attend one of our free events to find out more about us.

What kind of environment are you looking for? Find out more about the venue, it’s location and the atmosphere. Our venue is set on the edge of the tranquil Ashdown Forest National Park and yet is still within easy reach for both Gatwick and Heathrow. Ashdown Forest is an area of outstanding natural beauty and provides space to stop and breathe. We have almost two acres of woodland and gardens at our own purpose built learning centre. This allows us to make full use of all the metaphors of nature that surround us coupled with a friendly and professional set up.

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Finally if you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh you might just see him with his friends as Ashdown Forest is the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s wonderful books.

This is an important investment in your future, it is worth making sure you make the right choice. If you would like further advice do contact us direct.



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Apr 07

Part 2: Humour and Permission

JoeIn terms of how I use humour with a group (or with individuals in the group), I now believe that the crux point is ‘permission’. Some of that permission is in the group expressing a desire to enjoy the event. Some of that permission is gained as the course develops. Some people can be teased a little whilst others don’t respond so well to that. Again, it’s a developing relationship… where rapport is being established. Strong rapport gives you a greater latitude for play. Some people will allow a higher degree of play… whilst others may enjoy the game but not want to participate themselves.


As the trainer, I have to be able to take it too… to be teased and played with! To laugh along and tease myself. I cannot take myself particularly seriously.


On the very odd occasion, humour within the group may go beyond the boundaries, particularly with trainees who know each other (or have come to know each other). I believe it is up to the trainer to have the sensory acuity to establish where the boundary is and if the receiver (even unconsciously) feels it has been crossed. When the boundary is crossed there is a risk of psychological bullying and ridiculing.


I have seen some trainers use put downs and ridicule as a way to ‘command’ a group… to put them in their place… to show them who is boss… in a style not far removed from some school teachers I remember. Personally, I am not at all keen on this approach (though I understand that some provocative trainers may use it to great effect where an audience has signed up for this approach and have hence provided permission). I will also step in if I believe it is happening within a group I am working with.


Humour is a funny old thing. The individuals (and the group mind) will determine what the boundaries are and it is up to the trainer to be able to work (and play) within those boundaries.

Mar 15

Pacing and Leading Humour

Joe A trainer stands at the front of the room and starts the course with a joke. Upon delivering the punch-line the audience is silent… Imaginary tumbleweed drifts across the room… Awkward.

 Effective trainers (and indeed presenters) seem to build and maintain two things with an audience… and misplaced (or mistimed) humour can potentially destroy both of them. If you are wondering, the two things are: ‘connection’ (including rapport and being likeable) and ‘credibility’ (including authority, confidence and trustworthiness).

When running courses, I like to have fun. I like laughter and playfulness… but I have to be careful sometimes to avoid getting too silly too quickly! I have learnt to start with a light-heartedness which then allows me to ‘test the audience’. I might mention something that happened to me on the way to the venue or at the hotel the night before. I read the audience at that point… am I seeing smiles and nods… or serious faces?

Even the most serious and pragmatic audiences can be led to laughter, though it may take a little longer for them to warm up (or for me to find their ‘funny bones’!) Herein lies the marvellous skill of the pace and lead… test them out and then develop the humour with the group. By working this way, I find that the stories I tell, and the examples I give are more spontaneous and relevant to the ‘group mind’. Every course has its own ‘group mind’ (the gestalt of the people in the room) and so each course is new and different, even if the course title and topics are the same.

Feb 24

Structuring your sessions

As NLP Trainers we need to recognize that a student will have a different map of the world to the trainer and will need guiding into new territory in a structured way to enable optimum learning.

TT During NLP Trainer’s Training we teach new trainers how to structure sessions to appeal to a variety of learning styles in order to engage all students. Each session is put together in such a way that students understand the purpose of the topic, what it is, how it works and how it can be applied. There will be a mixture of listening, discussing and actively testing learning. The system we use is drawn from education based on Bernice McCarthy’s 4 Mat system.

What feedback would you give the trainer from the example in our last post?

Feb 02

NLP Trainer’s Training: Balancing theory and learning.

MelodyRecently I was asked to give feedback on a coaching training programme. The female trainer was charming, professional and knowledgeable. She built good rapport with the group and was easy to get on with. Her presentation style was in the main good, her voice well-modulated and easy to listen to. Unfortunately the course structure was less helpful. She used a confusing number of Power Point slides often showing 5 slides where one would do. This caused her to skip through them very quickly not allowing her students to process the information. Added to this the content was theory heavy with only 2 short exercises to break up the input in a two day workshop. The workshop did not include any kind of workbook or manual. As a result many of the students were left confused and unsure. The take away knowledge was low with most of this attached to the exercise on day one. What do you already know about how to structure training sessions to optimize student learning?

Jan 27

Defining linguistic presuppositions and mind reads


To finish off our first thread we thought it would be useful to share a couple of definitions taken from Julie’s book “Training Trances”. As a new NLP Trainer it is essential that you make sure you are clear about definitions.

“Presupposition – the linguistic equivalent of assumptions.”

“Mind read – claiming to know someone else’s internal process (thoughts and feelings) without identifying the process or sensory-based data that was used to determine the information.”

Consider your own responses to the scenario we offered you last week. Notice how accurate you were in identifying presuppositions versus mind reads. Also notice any emotional reactions you had about any of this exercise.

All of this is important for the NLP Trainer. We need to be aware of how we are projecting ourselves and how we are reacting to our environment. As an NLP Trainer you will be managing your state, noticing your filters and taking in sensory based data about your audience. Where appropriate you might need to check beyond this data using meta model questions that allow you to clarify.


Jan 20

Welcome to all our new followers

attendThank you for joining us on this blog. Our intention is to build an interactive blog that helps new NLP Trainers develop. So to follow on from Julie’s first blog our next question for you: What is the difference between a linguistic presupposition and a mind read?

I have now switched on the comments function. Leaving it off was not the obvious metaphor!

Jan 12

NLP Trainer’s Training: Projecting a professional image

Julie2  Recently I was monitoring a training and presentation small group. Four participants and I were already seated when the “trainer” walked into the room. As soon as he entered he exclaimed, “Wow, a harem!” What presuppositions can you identify in his statements?

In a professional setting as the one we were in, and as NLP Trainers ourselves, every communication which we express creates an internal representation in our listening audience. Therefore, as much as possible we want every (universal quantifier) communication to be purposeful. As Trainers, we want our communication to be consistent and aligned toward the achievement of the audience’s goals, i.e. of learning, transforming and developing particular skills. So given the presuppostions in this paragraph, how would you relate to the Trainers comments: “Wow, a harem!”

As Trainers, we are dedicated to our own self-development and actualization. We hopefully take great care in what remarks we make—even off the cuff—to make sure they take the listener further in their own experience. We also want to be aware of our own processes at the unconscious level. What does that mean? A statement such as the one I used in my example could indicate the individual’s unconscious issues which he may be unaware of, or if aware, perhaps not worked through or “cleaned up.” We all have issues of some type, so the question is do we resolve those issues, or at least keep them in check when we are in a professional setting or do we let them “leak out” because we don’t know better or haven’t been committed to our own personal development? Considering all of this what feedback would you have provided to this Trainer and how would you have structured your comments? Z Rainbow 2


Dec 04

Welcome to our new blog for NLP Trainer & student NLP Trainers

The purpose of this blog is to provide support and ideas for NLP Trainers and student NLP Trainers. We see this as an extension of our mentorship of PSiNLP graduates and students.

If you are already an NLP Trainer or maybe you are thinking about taking the training to become one please sign up. The sign in box is below our menu options beside this column. Remember the menu is not the meal!

We will be sharing tips, ideas, metaphors and links via this blog. Do feel free to contact us either via the comments or direct at melody@psinlp.com



Nov 27

2015 NLP Trainer’s Training and Certification

2015 NLP Trainer’s Training and Certification

including Optional Hypnosis Trainer’s Certification

11-22 July 2015 through 23-25 July 2015

NLP Trainer’s Training: There are is still time to book with the Early, Early Bird Rate The Early, Early Bird Rate is still available until the end of December 2014, scroll down for more details. We very much hope that you will join us for the next step in your NLP journey. The course is 11th to 22nd July 2015 and the certification dates are 23rd to 25th July 2015 and will be at our brand new venue overlooking Ashdown Forest in East Sussex.
The Special Early, Early Bird rate is available until 31st December 2014 Book now to qualify
We are offering a special early, early bird exclusive to those of you in our network. This special rate is in addition the one advertised on our website saving you a total of £800. Full price is £3995 plus VAT. This shrinks to just £3195 plus if you go for our early, early bird rate. To qualify for our early bird rate you will need to book and pay for your place by 31st December 2014.
For full details of this special offer contact melody@gwiznlp.com
For more information about PSiNLP & NLP Trainer’s Training please go to: http://www.psinlp.com/ or to book your place contact Melody direct on melody@gwiznlp.com To your Success in 2015…and Beyond!
Warm anchors from both sides of the pond,
Melody, Joe and Julie