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NLP Business Practitioner with SJTU

22 Oct 15
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We are pleased to be offering this specialist training in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of China’s leading Universities. While benefiting from our existing internationally recognised qualification, you can also enjoy the prestige and recognition from this affiliated training.

You may have noticed how execution largely comes down to the interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence of the leader. Based on 40 years of development in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and incorporating the latest developments in Positive Psychology, Neuroleadership, and Behavioural Economics, when you join the NLP Business Practitioner you will learn how to:

  • Lead your team members and stakeholders more elegantly
  • Maintain your focus and balance amid stress and pressure
  • Enjoy greater personal alignment and congruence so you can enjoy more success with less stress
  • Connect and even harness your intuition
  • Performance coach yourself and your team
  • Get clear about your goals and objectives and design them so you can achieve them with the least effort, minimal stress and greatest benefit
  • Let go of fears, anxiety and expectations, and leave guilt and resentment in the past, so you can move forward confidently living your life on your terms

Spread over eight Sundays and offered on the SJTU campus, some of what you will learn  with the China NLP Training Team includes:

  • Well-Formed Outcomes: Design outcomes that are meaningful and aligned with your unconscious so that they actually happen.
  • Anchoring: Trigger yourself into peak performance, and quickly get yourself out of unresourceful and unproductive ways of thinking.
  • Rapport: Deeply connect with others so you have the foundation for all influence.
  • Perceptual Positions: Build empathy and objectivity so you can transform your communications now and into the future.
  • Stories and Metaphors: Tell stories that capture attention and communicate your message covertly.
  • Precision Language: Cut through ambiguity to ensure you are understood and so that you know others understand you.

Life is busy and complicated. Join us to help build better alignment, personal congruence and learn the skills of high performers.

This course is highly experiential, with a combination of lectures, case studies and extensive personal practice. Additional practice is encouraged to help you generalise and integrate the tools and strategies you learn, making them accessible when you need them the most.


All participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their attendance. Successful completion of assessment can lead to Certification as a Practitioner of Business Neuro-Linguistic Programming, an Internationally recognised qualification, and credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (accredited under the Australian qualifications framework).

Typical Participants

Executives – If you are a high performing manager, leader or entrepreneur who wants to get more from yourself and from your team, learn to use NLP to amplify your effectiveness and impact through superior communication skills and the further development of your emotional intelligence.

Career Transition – If you are going through a period of career transition, you can use NLP to get more clear about what you want, understand and communicate your needs more effectively, and to design your future to give you the tangible and intangible quality of life you desire.

Young Professionals – If you are starting out in your career, turbo charge your trajectory by getting your conscious and unconscious working together to learn the skills of top performers in your field faster and more directly. Don’t waste years picking it up as you go along – invest in yourself now and get where you want to be faster.

Stay-at-home Spouse – Some people come to China because they want to, some because their company sends them, other because their partner’s company sent them and you came along for the ride. If that’s you, joining this training can help you find meaning, purpose and enjoy greater well-being, learning skills that you will find yourself using with your family and friends, and to amplify or pivot your career in the future.

Human Resources – HR Managers, Trainers and Coaches widely apply NLP as a practical and accessible way to understand ourselves and others, and to help you be more effective in those soft skills that are so necessary for lasting success.


Part 1: November 29, December 6, 13 and 20
Part 2: January 10, 17, 24 and 31

Each day is scheduled to run approximately 9am-5pm.

Make the most of this winter and join us for the China NLP – SJTU NLP Business Practitioner.

For more details, please tell us a little about yourself and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

To register your place now, please complete the registration form

Personal Development and Personal Evolution and Personal Innovation

28 Apr 16
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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 your life ‘better’, and discovered how NLP can help you enjoy more clarity, more congruence and even more freedom to feel, act and experience life the way you want it.

Personal-DevelopmentMany people would call this Personal Development.

It is even something that some people value. You might have met someone who explicitly values experiencing personal development in their life. Or in their relationships. And that way of thinking tends to lend itself towards setting and achieving increasingly challenging goals.

There is another terms that could be used in contrast to this that I’m going to refer to here as Personal Evolution.

EvolutionWhile Personal Development focuses on consistent, incremental progress, maintained by the development of more resourceful habits, I like to think of Personal Evolution as the concept of allowing ourselves to take things to the next level. Rather than getting better in our current job, recognising that the next phase of our development is to launch into a new industry, or go into business for ourselves, or start a family, or go back to school. Personal Development is valuable and helpful for almost everybody though the changes are of a different quality again to Personal Evolution.

(Dr John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair led a workshop on this topic some years back, and the term has resonated with me ever since.)

There is a third concept I’d like to offer here: Personal Innovation.

InnovationInnovation is creating value from creativity. So in contrast to PD and PE, let’s consider Personal Innovation as a process of creating significant, valuable shifts in our personal experiences and performance. This could take the form of recognising that you can get paid more for doing similar work in a different company, industry or place. Or maybe by bringing together some of the diverse skills you have been developing to create a totally new value proposition for your personal or professional life.

I’m not sure if these terms are explained here in a way that is accepted by everybody. The probably aren’t. And I’ve restrained myself from doing too much searching this time since I suspect that they will be useful regardless of the answer 🙂

One of the things that I’ve been experimenting with recently is to notice how it feels when I think about something I am doing from the different perspectives. For example, I have been training in Aikido for several years now – and I really enjoy it. As I think about my aikido training in terms of my ‘Personal Development’, I think in terms of refining and polishing my skills, practising and striving for excellence. From a ‘Personal Evolution’ perspective, I think in terms of how the concepts of Uke and Nage have influenced my thinking, in martial arts, in my work and in my most intimate relationships. Yet as I think about aikido from the perspective of ‘Personal Innovation’, I think about how my aikido training synergises with other experiences, how my mistakes and challenges in aikido offer metaphors and lessons that I can harvest, and how I can use that synergy and harvest in new and different – even innovative – ways.

If you allow yourself to feel the terms – either in the abstract or applied to your life or some facet of your life – do they feel the same or different to you?

I wonder how you might represent them. I wonder how you might be already harnessing these concepts yourself.

If you’re familiar with NLP, do particular aspects of NLP seem more relevant to one or two of these frames? Of your favourite aspects of NLP, does distinguishing between PD, PE and PI make sense? Where are PD, PE and PI really just the same thing?

What do you think?