How to Improve Your NLP Anchoring


This article is a transcription of the following video from our YouTube channel:

Hi from Sunny Isles Beach, Miami. Sorry the light is so dramatic, the sun just came up, and if it’s noisy, the hotel staff is getting ready. I had a question come in from a former student, how to improve anchoring. Once you get all the steps in the manual, all the conditions to set a good anchor and you’re really good at it, how do you improve even further, that was the question.

Well, I think it’s by actually focusing on one of the steps. It’s usually just like “I’ll do a state elicitation, I’ll set an anchor, blah blah blah.” Fine, well don’t dismiss that so easily because state elicitation is something that can always be improved. You can always get better at it, and not repeat the same state elicitation over and over which is what a lot of new NLP practitioners tend to do but to really take that out of the box. Can you elicit a state based on someone’s past? Can you elicit a state by visualization? Can you naturally elicit a state by making a joke or something like that? If you really amp up the quality of your state elicitation and the flexibility to really find new ways of doing that and a more intense way of doing that, that also works specifically much better in a certain person’s map of the world. Some people respond better to one type of state elicitation than to another, but most importantly when a natural state occurs without you elicitating anything intentionally, that’s the best time to set an anchor because people have no idea that you’re doing it.