NLP Books & Coaching (Recommended)

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A list of NLP books, and resources for coaching recommended by Global NLP Training.

If you don’t own an NLP Practitioner manual from Global NLP training or wish to read something in preparation for a course:

NLP: The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Tom Hoobyar
USA | UK | DE

As the top 3 NLP books & essentials I regard to be:

  1. big-bookThe Big Book of NLP
    Shlomo Vaknin
    USA | UK | DE
  2. NLP The New Technology of Achievement
    NLP Comprehensive
    USA | UK | DE
  3. NLP Coaching
    Susie Linder-Pelz
    Only if you intend to be a coach, managing coach, HR professional.
    USA | UK | DE

Our students will be happy just buying these 3 as their essential starter kit.

The top 5 other essentials (mostly not found in your book case) that aren’t NLP books but most certainly recommended:

  1. A Man’s Search for Meaning (described in the “Other” section)
    Viktor Frankl
    USA | UK | DE
  2. Authentic Happiness (described in the “Positive Psychology” section.)
    Martin Seligman
    USA | UK | DE
  3. Flow (described in the “Psychology” section.)
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    USA | UK | DE
  4. Transitions (described in the “Personal Development” section.)
    William Bridges
    USA | UK | DE
  5. E-Myth (described in the “Other” section.)
    Michael E. Gerber (Because I felt like putting one business book on there.)
    USA | UK | DE

Here is my outline of a series of books that I would recommend buying, I have organized them in sections:

NLP

 

 

The Big Book of NLP, Expanded: 350+ Techniques, Patterns & Strategies of Neuro Linguistic Programming
Shlomo Vaknin
USA | UK | DE
This really is a must buy as an addition to an NLP Practitioner AND NLP Master Practitioner manual. I wouldn’t say it has all that you need (but almost), or that all patterns inside this book are accurate and/or working designs but it is really one of the best and for sure the biggest books out there. It saves you buying a LOT of other books (which tend to have all the same basic NLP Practitioner tools and not much else.)
Recommended: NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner
Not recommended: Anyone not NLP trained.

nlp-coachingNLP Coaching
Susie Linder-Pelz
USA | UK | DE
To me this book is really the book for NLP coaches to read, also for coaches interested learning more about NLP (and if it is for them.) It is also extremely suitable for HR professionals. The other NLP coaching books out there, are only repeats of NLP Practitioner manuals once more. The coaching contexts are much better covered here. Which it is why it is getting a big thumbs up.
Recommended: NLP coaches & coaches
Not recommended: Everyone else.

Origins of Neuro Linguistic Programming
John Grinder
USA | UK | DE
Typical NLP Practitioner book, by one of the co-creators of NLP. This is a great book, but has no added value if you already have a great NLP Practitioner manual.
Recommended: NLP Practitioner & not NLP trained.
Not recommended: NLP Master Practitioner

NLP: The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Tom Hoobyar
USA | UK | DE
If I had to pick another NLP Practitioner manual for my own company, this would be the one. It really has no added value if you already have a great NLP Practitioner manual.
Recommended: NLP Practitioner, not NLP Trained
Not recommended: NLP Master Practitioner

Influencing With Integrity: Management Skills for Communication and Negotiation
Genie Z. Laborde PhD
USA | UK | DE
This is in essence next to my own NLP manual, my favorite NLP Practitioner manual. It is however not one of the known books, perhaps because it isn’t one of the known trainers. But I really find it a high quality piece all on its own. And I know it is also perfect for those in business, way better than any of the other (known) books about NLP at work that outrank this one on Amazon.
Recommended: NLP Practitioner, not NLP Trained
Not recommended: NLP Master Practitioner

Monsters and Magical Sticks: There’s No Such Thing as Hypnosis
Steven Heller
USA | UK | DE
This is actually a true addition to your NLP manuals, it is really a hypnosis book, but it is by far my favorite “NLP” hypnosis book. To me this is a must have for anyone serious about their craft. My copy is about to fall apart from over-use and notes in the margin.
Recommended: NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner
Not recommended: Not NLP Trained

Change Your Mind and Keep the Change
Steve Andreas
USA | UK | DE

Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within
Connirae Andreas
USA | UK | DE
I would only recommend this book if you are already an NLP Master Practitioner, and have learned this pattern or have done a serious training in timelines + parts work (I would say a minimum of 3 days, which most companies do not offer.) The pattern is simply brilliant. This means that the large seminar fast trackers would be largely out of their depth.
Recommended: NLP Master Practitioner
Not recommended: NLP Practitioner, Not NLP Trained

adventures-with-timelinesAdventures with Time Lines
L. Michael Hall
USA | UK | DE
When this book came out, it was really the best book on the subject of Timelines, I would only recommend people buying it who have taken serious NLP Master Practitioner training and have done proper timeline training (minimum of two days), and really know their craft. For me this is the only book I had ever seen where I saw my several decades of timelines knowledge actually reflected. People who have done large fast tracked seminars are unfortunately also here out of their depth. The other time lines book you may find online is a “tad” bit not a good investment at all.
Recommended: NLP Master Practitioner
Not recommended: NLP Practitioner, Not NLP Trained

Words that Change Minds: Mastering the Language of Influence
Shelle Rose Charvet
USA | UK | DE
This is the best and only go-to book for NLP Meta programs (note NLP Practitioners this is not the same as the Meta Model.) If you love this subject or never learned it, this is the ideal book. It is also suitable for those who never learned NLP.
Recommended: NLP Practitioner (learn something new), NLP Master Practitioner
Not recommended: Not NLP trained.

I think the below three books by L. Michael Hall deserve a mention as well:

Sourcebook of Magic: A Comprehensive Guide to NLP Change Patterns
L. Michael Hall
USA | UK |DE

Coaching Change
The Axes of Change, Meta-Coaching, Volume 1
L. Michael Hall
USA | UK | DE

An Introduction to NLP: Psychological Skills for Understanding and Influencing People
L. Michael Hall
USA | UK | DE

NLP Applied

 

 

These books are to apply NLP on yourself with you being the client, or anyone you give these books to.

new-technologyNLP: The New Technology of Achievement
Steve Andreas and Charles Faulkner
USA | UK | DE
I always loved this book from the moment it came out, it is really one of my recommended buys! In fact I won’t take anyones NLP library seriously without this one in it.
Recommended: Everyone

I Can Make You Happy
Paul McKenna
USA | UK | DE
Instant Confidence
Paul McKenna
USA | UK | DE
I Can Make You Thin
Paul McKenna
USA | UK | DE
Control Stress: Stop Worrying and Feel Good Now!
Paul McKenna
USA | UK | DE
I Can Make You Sleep
Paul McKenna
USA | UK | DE
How to Mend Your Broken Heart
Paul McKenna
USA | UK | DE
Though they are very fast food like, I would like to recommend the Paul McKenna books. Paul McKenna not only uses NLP techniques and other interesting tools and facts, you can also hear (read) him do the NLP Milton model language. You also get good examples of designing, which though these books are rather simple NLP in nature, I would still recommend them (but only barely) to an NLP Master Practitioner.
Recommended: Everyone

 

NLP HISTORY

 

 

The below books, I have only added for historic reference. Where it comes to the co-creators of NLP, early developers, or books that aren’t recent.

For me the absolute must buys to claim your NLP library to be historic:
1. Structure of Magic I and II (not an easy read, for the fanatics.)
2. Patterns of Hypnotic Techniques Milton Erickson (not an easy read either)
3. Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming (easy & amazing read.)

structure-of-magicThe Structure of Magic I: A Book About Language and Therapy v. 1 (Structure of Magic): A Book About Language and Therapy
John Grinder, Richard Bandler
USA | UK | DE
This book is the very first book, where it all started. It contains the details around the Meta Model. It is an absolutely brilliant book, but it isn’t for the faint hearted, it isn’t an easy read. So my recommendation this is for the NLP die hards, and for those who feel they possess an above average intelligence.

The Structure of Magic II
John Grinder, Richard Bandler
USA| UK | DE
I would only buy this book, after you devoured, practiced and understood volume I.

Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, MD: Volume 1
John Grinder
USA | UK | DE
You guessed it the first book about the Milton model. Also for the NLP die hards, and those who feel they possess an above average intelligence. The book isn’t an easy read, but it is absolutely brilliant.

Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming
John Grinder, Richard Bandler
USA | UK | DE
I am due for a new copy of this book, as mine is about to fall apart, and full of notes of my younger less experienced NLP self. I have dissected this book, about a million times over. It is a transcript of a seminar. For historic reference, this is it!

Other mentions are:

Trance-formations: Neurolinguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis
John Grinder
USA | UK | DE

Using your Brain: For a Change
Richard Bandler
USA | UK | DE

Time for Change
Richard Bandler
USA | UK | DE

An Insider’s Guide to Sub-Modalities
Richard Bandler
USA | UK | DE
This information is all in your NLP Practitioner manual, I am sure. But if you must have a book that are just about submodalities this would be it.

Magic in Action
Richard Bandler
USA | UK | DE
Nice book about submodalities, fast phobia curing. It is a transcript of a seminar. Though seminar books are transcribed and a little rough, I prefer them over RB’s later (perhaps ghost written) books. It gives you a glimpse of a seminar, in the day where I wished to have taken one.

Personal development

 

cheeseWho Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Spencer Johnson
USA | UK | DE
This book is actually written like a metaphor, which is one of the reasons why I love it so much. It clearly explains the different attitudes around change. And it is a brilliant piece to quickly read, and use inside seminars of your own. I used to hand these out as gifts with my coaching business card inside of it, to get clients.

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition
William Bridges
USA | UK | DE
This book would have again been a best seller would it have been written today. As a coach,I can truly tell you it is one of the most brilliant books out there about change. And the emotions we feel during change. The understanding of our emotions during change, allows for a better understanding of the step by step process we endure. I believe any human being should be forced to read it. Because then we understand that it is all going to be OK! And we would know how to get there.

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One
Jenny Blake
USA | UK | DE
Finally! I must own nearly every book known to man kind devoted to finding out what your dream job is, and how to make the move towards it. All of them useless! When I found this book, I in all honesty nearly wanted to cry. It gives a brilliant step-by-step process, and I view it is a must buy for anyone serious about finding out what job they should have! A common problem I hear many of my clients talk about. I can’t say enough good things about this book. Don’t buy it if you don’t seriously want to get to work on this.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey
USA | UK | DE
I always loved this book, and I believe that every coach or anyone interested in personal development must have it. The interesting thing is, this book is basically about emotional intelligence, without mentioning the topic.

Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill
USA | UK | DE
In all honesty any human being on the planet who has not owned or read this book deserves no respect at all if they say they love personal development books. And I know anyone who has read it, would agree with me.  It is one of the most inspirational books ever written. It will bring abundance into your life. It is life changing!

Blink
Malcolm Gladwell
USA | UK | DE
Always thought that this writer would be a fad in the personal development book realm! But his books are a great, easy read, and you always walk away with something amazing. I recommend this one, it is about how snap decisions and how they are often more valuable than our well thought out decisions.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
Jon Kabat-Zinn
USA | UK | DE
I did a lot of research as to what was the best meditation book out there, but it was important to me that it came with a lot of footnotes about science. I wanted to read the book by the leading authority on the “science” of meditation and mindfulness, rather than well meaning musings of someone who is passionate about meditation as part of their own personal spiritual experience. I wanted to learn how to meditate and be mindful from a scientist who is also an expert meditation trainer! This is pretty much the book for meditation, taught in hospitals around the world, and science based. This book I always safely recommend to my clients who don’t like what they call “mumbo-jumbo.”

Non-Violent Communication — A Language of Life
Marshall B. Rosenberg
USA | UK | DE
This book, and this system is brilliant!!!!! That’s why all the top negotiators and mediators have read it and studied it. It is also the number 1 book recommendation I have received from those students I trained working for the UN and other organizations responsible to trading guns for lives. This book gives an easy system anyone can learn.

The 5 Love Languages
Gary Chapman
USA | UK | DE
Recommended by many students of mine, I read it, and I loved it. I really feel this needs to be an addition to anyones book case, most of all a coach. I have also added the version for men below.

The 5 Love Languages for Men
Gary Chapman
USA | UK | DE

Positive Psychology

 

 

happiness-advantageThe Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Shawn Achor
USA | UK | DE

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
Shawn Achor
USA | UK | DE

Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being – and how to Achieve Them
Martin Seligman
USA | UK | DE

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment
Martin Seligman
USA | UK | DE

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
Martin E. P. Seligman
USA | UK | DE

Psychology

 

 

flowFlow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
USA | UK | DE
This book is for sure in my top 5 ever where it comes to personal development, and beautifully integrates with NLP. It deals with the subject of flow, a beautiful way to organize your life and work around. Because when you are in flow, stuff gets done, and magic happens.

The EQ Edge, Third Edition: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success
Ph D Steven J. Stein
USA | UK | DE
If you are only going to buy one Emotional Intelligence book this is it. It really has the latest and the greatest, but is also based on the EQi2 system for assessment of emotional intelligence. This is really where the future of EQ will roll to, so this book would be the best starting point for anyone at this day and age.

Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
Daniel Goleman
USA |UK | DE
This is really the core book for Emotional Intelligence, and where it all started. Though I am more of a fan these days of the EQi2 structure around Emotional Intelligence, I do think this book needs to be owned by anyone who is serious about learning about Emotional Intelligence.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Susan Cain 
USA | UK | DE
Really the most amazing book ever written about introverts, and shouldn’t just be bought by introverts but also extraverts. I first learned about this woman on TED, was inspired and bought her book. I would say for a coach, an mandatory read. For everyone else, a serious improvement to understanding half of the worlds population better.

Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work
Otto Kroeger
USA | UK | DE
To the point, and brilliant, this is a great introduction to personality typing through MBTI.

Was that really Me?: How Everyday Stress Brings Out Our Hidden Personality
Naomi L. Quenk
USA | UK | DE
One of my favorite MBTI books, and gives you more depth to figure out what personality means to you when you are not extreme in your preferences. Naomi L. Quenk books in general are a must buy, if you love MBTI.

Personality Type: An Owner’s Manual
Lenore Thomson
USA | UK | DE
Great MBTI book as well, but will end up being more of the same if you purchased the above two books.

Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child’s Personality Type and Become a Better Parent
Paul Tieger
USA | UK | DE
My recommendation for MBTi in relation to kids. Parents that I have given it to, won’t stop talking about it. So you have a safe bet here.

OTHER

 

 

emythE-Myth
Michael E. Gerber
USA | UK | DE
When I first read this book, I placed it intentionally in the top five of recommended books for my former students. Why? Because in a series of sections in the book it describes EXACTLY why small businesses don’t work or stop working. The awareness alone of this would prevent any new business owner to make the mistakes I did. Any person who’s ability in business I respect, when asked if there was one book about small business to buy, which would be the one? This one was always mentioned.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Tony Hsieh
USA | UK | DE
This is the first “business” book that inspired me, excited me, and felt that this is how business should be done. It gives any business owner a lot of food for thought, as to how manage their operations and customer service better. The investment in this book will earn itself back if you are a business owner.  It is a great inspiring read to boot.

Biology of Belief
Bruce Lipton
USA | UK | DE
If you have never read this book, I almost want to beg you to get it! Seriously. It is the science behind genetics and our interconnectedness. And is a life changing read, for those of us  1) who believe that our DNA rules as to what is going to happen to us and that we must be like our parents, 2) are seeking scientific proof that spirituality (where it comes to all of us being connected) exists.  What I love about this book, is the brilliant teaching. Someone who can make cellular biology understandable and cool, is a true teacher!

The Gi Diet (Now Fully Updated): The Glycemic Index; The Easy, Healthy Way to Permanent Weight Loss
Rick Gallop
USA | UK | DE
This book changed my life, because it isn’t about “dieting.” Because who wants to do anything with the the word “die” in it. It is about what is the type of food a person should eat, and understanding of food. It offers an easy system as to how to figure out what foods are high or low glycemic. I lost 100 pounds using this system, and irony has I have been recommended this book by others who have done the same for themselves or others. Students without weight issues around the world, when I gave them this book said “that’s how I always eat.” Also the book isn’t about stifling highly structured regiments. This is the knowledge you truly need to be successful!

Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust
Viktor E Frankl
USA | UK | DE
The most inspirational book ever written. And I would never take a coach seriously, who has never read the book. Because if a coach doesn’t know what the difference is between a victim and a survivor, and the underlying thought processes of both….you are heading for trouble. For those of you who love NLP timelines, this is a must buy!

Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
USA | UK | DE
They most inspirational biography that reads like a novel! This book will make you feel good, and capable.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey
USA | UK | DE
I always loved this book, and I believe that every coach or anyone interested in personal development must have it. The interesting thing is, this book is basically about emotional intelligence, without asking mentioning the topic.

Blink
Malcolm Gladwell
USA | UK | DE
Always thought that this writer would be a fad in the personal development book realm! But his books are a great, easy read, and you always walk away with something amazing. I recommend this one, it is about snap decisions and how they are often more valuable than well thought out decisions.

Awareness through Movement: Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness
Moshe Feldenkrais
USA | UK | DE
Feldenkrais has a close relationship with NLP, it is inherently NLP for the body.

Feldenkrais: The Busy Person’s Guide to Easier Movement
Frank Wildman
USA | UK | DE

Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Revised Edition
Allen Carr
USA | UK | DE
The only method superior to hypnosis for smoking cessation. Which makes it the best method to use for a do-it-yourself solution but also for anyone who wasn’t able to quit through hypnosis. It has the highest success rate in the world, yet spends ZERO money on marketing. Many Americans don’t know about this book, but in Europe it is well known. All my clients successfully quit on this method, as long as they never smoked one cigarette again. This is the book that you want to read, and give to others. Other than a system, it teaches you everything behind the psychology of smoking. And isn’t about how smoking is bad for you or how you should feel bad about it. It is written by a smoker! Also I noticed Ellen Degeneres mention it the other day, she used it to kick her habit. 🙂
Note: you must continue smoking while reading the book.

Embodied Wisdom: The Collected Papers of Moshe Feldenkrais
Elizabeth Beringer
USA | UK | DE

The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
Norman Doidge
USA | UK | DE
An amazing book about Neuroplasticity, it gives several case scenarios as to how amazing the brain is to restore itself. This book when it came out was revolutionary,because many scientists believe that the brain can not change itself. The book is brain science but for the public, so you don’t need a PHD to understand it.

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
Paulo Coelho
USA | UK | DE
If you haven’t read this one…..you should. You will adore it.

Awaken The Giant Within
Tony Robbins
USA | UK | DE

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  1. layoutshowsecond-2The Global NLP Training NLP Practitioner manual
  2. The Global NLP Training NLP Master Practitioner manual

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