NLP for Life Coaches

There are many benefits for Life Coaches when learning about NLP, both for you, the Coach, and for your clients. Many coaching issues have at their core a behavioral component. You will already know this from your own work. Learning NLP alongside your core skills training as a Life Coach can offer you a more complete mind and body approach. Some of the many applications which can be used in a coaching setting are:

  • managing 'state' and anchoring useful states
  • overcoming limiting behaviour patterns using the new behaviour generator
  • 'future pacing' your goals using the time line
  • increasing relaxation
  • more effective communications
  • managing and reducing stress

At this workshop you will identify the main features of NLP that relate specifically to you, as a therapist, including:

  • Why NLP was developed and how it can be applied to improve your personal and professional life
  • Awareness of personal 'states' that are most helpful for you and your clients
  • The main building blocks of NLP
  • How to build rapport and improve communications with your clients

Some Aspects of NLP Useful to Life Coaches

Sensory Acuity NLP shows you how to focus your attention and use all your senses to notice things about a person beyond normal awareness.

Rapport Rapport is the quality of relationship between you and your client where trust, comfort and influence exist. When you are in rapport with a person they are open to you and what you offer them. NLP offers some new ways to understand rapport and actively promote rapport building with your clients.

Behavioral Flexibility A deeper understanding of the dynamic of your clients situation allows you to offer them more options within your relationship. Being able to recognise cues in their language and physiology about how they are dealing with their reality allows you to respond to them more effectively. Having more options to respond at your disposal makes you more useful and resourceful. NLP broadens your options with a structures understand of a persons subjective experience of their world.

Beliefs What we are believing about what is happening now has a strong influence on your experience. A client's negative beliefs about their situation and perhaps also the efficacy of your treatment has an impact on the outcomes of your treatment. Simply contradicting a person's beliefs does not facilitate a mental shift. Indeed, a person is more likely to entrench a negative belief in order to defend their position (read about 'cognitive dissonance') NLP shows you how to 'loosen' negative beliefs without entrenching them and how to 'reframe' a belief or perspective into something more useful.

State You are aware that a person's mental state has a powerful bearing over how well they respond to treatment. A person in a negative state of mind is not receptive to the benefits of a treatment in the same way as a person feeling good about themselves and what they are doing with you. A client who arrives angry and stressed from the journey can be much harder to work with than a person who is calm and peaceful. NLP shows you ways to quickly help your client to change their mental state to a more useful one. With your own self management, body awareness and language, you can calm a person, and settle them into the mental and physical state most conducive to effective coaching.

Outcome Orientation NLP brings a focus on outcomes. A person's desired outcomes can be as important or more important than the process. Bringing outcome orientation to conscious awareness can offer alternatives or changes (or reframes) your approach to coaching.

Do you work with other Coaches? If you would like to understand how I can help you to learn the benefits of NLP by running a workshop for you in-house, please contact me.