Looking for a jobs an an NLP Practitioner? So you finished your NLP Training and now you feel you have the choice to either become a coach or a trainer? If you aren’t very creative, I am sure this limited choice is true. NLP, however, can be applied in many occupations. It is important to keep in mind, that much like most jobs, you don’t “easily” become it overnight. It requires learning, practice, application, job experience, or perhaps even starting at the bottom. Talent, tenacity and passion are important too.
Whether it is being a business coach, life coach, or a wellness coach … most NLP Practitioners seek to become a coach. I would actually say, that with a lot of passion, hard work, and business skills, this is by far the easiest to accomplish, shy of incorporating your NLP training into your current job.
2. Motivational Speaker / Spiritual Leader
A few of my former students chose to go on the speaker circuit, motivating others. They are available for hire as paid keynote speakers in large conventions, or they show up as the motivator behind a corporate event. For this, it especially helps if you have a certain type of expertise (or acquire one first), or have a special life story to share. Also students have embarked on the path of Christian coach or as a speaker in various churches.
3. Radioshow Host
Several former students are radio show hosts, and very successfully I might add. It is especially successful when paired with having written a book, or when you have some other piece of credibility you can offer. One student of mine divides her time between hosting a radio show, writing books, and coaching. She is able to cross sell to all different platforms. Smart!
Several of my students have become writers of personal development books! Whether it is about a way to change your life, to sell better, lose weight, etc., these students were all able to create very successful coaching or consultancy practices as a result of writing their book.
5. Expert Consultant/ Advisor
As an NLP (Master) Practitioner you have an expertise that not many people have, especially if you truly mastered your NLP craft. This puts you in the position to become an advisor or consultant. It is your choice to literally use the term “NLP” in your marketing, or to simply go with tools that you have, such as the ability to review marketing campaigns, or the way the teachers of a local elementary school teach dyslexic children, or conflict management. I do recommend, that you develop a skill alongside NLP, to up your credibility as an expert. I originally started my career by being an advisor/coach to parents and children required to relocate from the United States to The Netherlands (I am originally from Amsterdam, but took all my NLP Training in the United States.)
6. Hypnotist, Guided Meditation Expert, Relaxation Expert
Many people end up advancing their skill set in hypnosis and meditation, to become a true expert in unconscious mind work. They may or may not market themselves as hypnotists first, as the name “NLP” is often times not something looked for when a client is seeking a hypnotist.
7. Yoga, Pilates, Personal Training etc.
Personally I think that becoming a teacher of yoga, pilates, and personal training is more than a 2-week course (in fact this takes years of training!) But a good start to one day being able to become a teacher in any of those fields is by acquiring certification and experience in one of these areas. They blend wonderfully together with NLP, and can be applied simultaneously, especially where it comes to the language based work.
It always strikes me as bizarre when people decide to become an NLP Trainer, without any application experience in the field, or mastery of their skills. It should be a process of years and daily application before someone becomes an NLP trainer. I initially got my feet wet after the first NLP Practitioner course I took in college, by being a “soft skills trainer.” I would teach pieces of NLP, personality typing, public speaking and coaching. It was a perfect choice to acquire mastery in NLP over time as a coach, while still honing my skill set as a trainer at the same time. That set me up to eventually be an NLP trainer and a trainer of coaches.
9. Wellness Expert, Counselor, Therapist, Mediator, etc.
Many NLP Master Practitioners find their way in the field of counseling and therapy, often combining their skill sets with other fields of expertise they have.
10. NLP Training enhances all fields of expertise.
In providing NLP Training around the world, I have literally had people from all walks of life come in to improve upon their skill set for their profession. There are literally jobs for NLP Practitioners everywhere.