The NLP Practitioner training has so many techniques and tools incorporated that you literally could spend a lifetime honing your abilities. After many years in the world of NLP, both as a teacher and coach, I find myself uncovering layer after layer as to how different techniques can be combined, how to get better or faster results, and improving on my own designs. I realize that among the readers of this blog there are those who are only recently licensed as NLP Practitioners, and those who are experienced in the field, so I have carefully chosen the following tips:
1. Develop Your Sensory Acuity
As most of us want to achieve the sexy patterns and language skills we saw our trainers do and we so beautifully practiced, developing your ability to truly observe what is going on may be easily forgotten. However, with a stellar sensory acuity you will find that the results of your work will improve by leaps and bounds. The more you can notice state shifts in your clients, calibrate, and notice the non-verbals, the more successful you will be. Link develop sensory acuity. Or write the article.
2. Re-focus on your Milton Model
The Milton Model has so many elements to it, that you are bound to be able to improve something in your skill set. I recommend reviewing your NLP Practitioner manual for the Milton Model section and see which element deserves focus. Practice it! Perhaps 10 minutes a day, on the way to work, or by writing with a white board marker on your bathroom mirror.
3. Give Your Work with Submodalities a Little More Umpf
Review all those topics covered in your NLP Practitioner training that covered Submodalities. A question to ask yourself is, “can you quickly whip out all the different submodalities that are there that you could ask a client for?” And if so, how can you get really creative when creating new patterns of your own at a more advanced level by combining different kinds of submodality patterns?
4. Place Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone
Most of us gravitate towards a certain part of NLP, applying certain techniques more than others. I truly believe in the principle of stretch, especially for the more accomplished NLP Practitioner. Working within 70% of your comfort zone and 30% out of your comfort zone will keep you on top of your game when working with others. The 30% is where learning takes place, so if you have been avoiding, for instance anchoring, go ahead and anchor away!
5. Apply NLP on Yourself Daily
Some of us may forget to consciously apply our NLP skills on ourselves daily. As an NLP Practitioner it is important that we keep using the tools and different techniques on ourselves. We will easily become unconsciously competent, but there are usually some tools with which we are still at the level of consciously competent.
Coming soon: 5 new tips to improve your NLP Practitioner skills!