Welcome to China NLP

Neuro-Linguistic Programming gives you the skills and tools to demonstrate more excellence more often. Based in Shanghai, our team of NLP Trainers offer experiences for individuals and teams to enhance performance, improve relationships and upgrade your quality of life.


China NLP was founded to make the finest quality of NLP experience available in China. Whether you are Chinese or have made China your adopted home, and whether you are totally new to NLP or internationally known, we look forward to welcoming you to our events, trainings and sessions.

See us in action at our events

We work hard to bring you the finest experiences in NLP, helping you be at your best. Whether you want to see us our team in action at a short event coming soon, or join us for our world-class certification trainings in NLP, you can find out more information here.

who we are

China NLP is led by experienced NLP Trainer, Daniel Smith. Certified as a Trainer by both Co-Founders of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Daniel is one of the leading trainers of NLP in Asia.


We regularly hold events in Shanghai and Beijing and look forward to having you with us. Whether it’s a short introduction to NLP, an extended NLP course, intensive NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner or Trainers’ Trainings, join us for one of our upcoming events.

Thoughts from a NLPer

Applications and experiences in applying NLP

Using Your Strengths

You can’t be perfect in everything you do. But you can be excellent. At least in something that you do. Tackling great challenges demands effort that continues over time and in the face of setbacks. One strategy that helps is to work from your strengths. We all have strengths. Some people will Find their Strengths. […]

16 Jun 17 Daniel

Preframing and Pre-suasion: Shifting attention to get what you want

How are you using your most precious resource?Cialdini literally wrote the book on Influence. Last year his long awaited followup was released: Pre-suasion. That Amy Cuddy (Presence), Adam Grant (Originals) and Richard Thaler (Nudge) have written endorsements suggests there’s probably something good there. Much of it validates (often by little more than rephrasing) what we […]

02 May 17 Daniel

You know more than you think: A Clean Space Practice

We know that information is all around us. And knowledge and even wisdom are too – if you use your attention in the right way. Here is a short exercise to help you get access more of what you know. To help you see with fresh eyes and listen with fresh ears, to help you […]

26 Apr 17 Daniel

Want Larger Profits? Let Things Get Out of Control

“I’ve had it! I’m leaving this Hell! Good luck finding someone to put up with your Sh*t! You’ve got a whole month to find yourself another sucker! And by the way, I’ve got plenty of vacation days left, so you won’t be seeing me around the office much next week, but don’t worry, I’m sure […]

16 Nov 16 Aaron Wallace

Beating Uncertainty in Business, Even if You’re Bad at Basketball

Uncertainty, Bringing Productivity to a..  The Prophet Inside Your Brain Our brains are hardwired to scan the environment, detect patterns, and make predictions. Understanding what your friend is saying in an environment that’s too noisy to actually hear the words, is the by product of the prediction machinery in the brain. Your brain even gets […]

09 Nov 16 Aaron Wallace

Stop Threatening Your Team!

Take a look at the following two scenarios, and ask yourself, “Which is worse for a new employee?” A recent graduate and new hire, Matthieu, comes into the office after doing some field research off-site. At 15:00, just minutes after he walks in, his four team members stand up and walk off to the conference […]

02 Nov 16 Aaron Wallace

Focus: What do you want now?

Would you like to know a single question that could transform any argument, problem or issue? This single question might not win the argument or fix the problem or resolve the issue but sometimes a single question is all it takes. Recently my wife and I sat down with a coffee to share a few minutes together […]

30 Oct 16 Daniel

Your Massive Guide to Thinking Better for both Geeks and Normal People

  In my favorite coffee shop in the city, I over hear a lot of conversations.  It’s not that I’m being noisy, it’s that there are only three chairs in the place.  You can hear thoughts with that kind of proximity. After a recent espresso, I may or may not have listened in on a […]

24 Jun 16 Aaron Wallace

What do you want?

My exploration of Neuro-Linguistic Programming has been in service of one basic desire: I want to help make genius a choice. At least that’s how it started for me. But what do you want? Just because I’m interested in making genius a choice doesn’t mean you are! In fact you almost certainly don’t. Sure, not […]

14 Jun 16 Daniel

Personal Development and Personal Evolution and Personal Innovation

Many people want to learn NLP to ‘develop’ themselves. Like maybe you want to enjoy better relationships. Or a more rewarding and fulfilling career. Or get to feel a greater sense of peace and meaning. You might have read a few articles – or even a book or two – about how you can make […]

28 Apr 16 Daniel

Dreaming of Excellence? Let’s get started on the road.

So much in life starts with a dream. Your work. Your home. Your relationships. All the technology around you and all the experiences you have ever had: All were once a dream. And if you could imagine yourself ten years down the road, after having chosen to learn more NLP: What has happened? What sort […]

27 Apr 16 Daniel

What are they doing that for?

People do the strangest things, don’t they. Have you ever shook your head and asked yourself, “What did they do that for?” Maybe someone cut in front of you while you were waiting for a subway, bank or restaurant. Or maybe they said they had done something when really you knew they hadn’t. Or maybe […]

15 Mar 16 Daniel

Presentation from last Saturday night on Emotional Intelligence

The session on developing Emotional Intelligence last Saturday explored how we can improve our interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. It is pretty simple, and focused on what we call, in NLP, call Perceptual Positions, Framing and Calibration. In case you are interested, you can view the presentation here.

14 Mar 16 Daniel

Last Night’s Session on Rapport

Last night Robbie Zhang led the first session of our new Unit for the NLP Course. It’s been great seeing how quickly the team – on Mondays, that also includes Aaron and Paul – has been developing into skilled facilitators. While places are full for the current Unit, our next intake starts 18 May – […]

15 Apr 15 Daniel
Join our first Course for the New Year

It’s a New Year – Make Your Life More Awesome! NLP助你羊年喜气洋洋

We all have challenges. We all have obstacles to overcome. We all have things that have held us back. But what if there was a way to make things better? But what if there was a direct way for you to increase your emotional intelligence? But what if there was an easy and affordable way […]

23 Feb 15 Daniel
What a view! We were hiking over New Years

How are you enjoying the start of 2015?

It’s three weeks into the start of the new year. I hope that you’re enjoying it so far! Our New Years period was spent hiking in the mountains with our eldest son. While he’s adventurous, 9km of walking and scrambling across some scary rock faces were a big challenge for him. Yet it gave me a […]

23 Jan 15 Daniel

Calibration, Sensory Acuity and Lie Detection

It’s really hard to tell whether someone is lying to you. You might know someone that has a characteristic ‘tell’ – a mannerism that lets you know that they are lying. Or you’ve heard about changes in the amount of eye contact that people make when they lie. Or you’ve been really studying hard to […]

07 Jan 15 Daniel

Annoyed to calm with OIC

One of the exercises I use most something we call the “OIC” (short for “Outcome, Intentions, Consequences”). This process looks to understand the intention of what you are doing now. After all, any behaviour has a positive intention, doesn’t it? On Monday night, we were reviewing how to lead someone – a client, direct report […]

19 Sep 14 Daniel

Well-formed Outcomes: Smarter than ‘SMART’

New Year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and where we want to go next. Many people will set ‘new years resolutions’. That they will break within weeks. If not days. There are many tips (eg here) on how to get better results. Here I want to focus on how […]

19 Dec 13 Daniel

NLP for increasing your Influence Quotient

Last Friday a small group of us were exploring how NLP can be used for influence. While the language patterns of the Meta Model, Milton Model and even Metaphor Model can be easily applied to increase your “Influence Quotient”, we were exploring this topic more comprehensively. The first way that NLP can help increase your […]

19 Mar 13 Daniel