See above for the first 5 tips for NLP Trainers Training. In this article I will give you 5 more.
NLP Trainers Training Trick 6: Taking Responsibility for Your Emotional State
Over the years, I have found one determining factor between when things just fly in flow, and when they do not. It is your own emotional state as a trainer. Especially if you are a good rapport builder with your group, you need to be able to pace and lead them into a good emotional state. First, I determine the emotional state that is useful for what I am teaching. On the first day during introductions, this is often the state of curiosity. This helps me to find out as much as possible as to who is in the room with me, but it also puts the student in the same state. This is a great kick-off for their learning, and gets judgment or incongruence out of the way.
NLP Trainers Training Trick 7: Creating an Anchored Stage
Many NLP Trainers worry about things like anchoring their audience visually or auditory. It becomes a mechanical mess, and for a new NLP trainer it often leads to confusion and that extra thing to do and worry about. Simply divide your stage into 3 areas: left, right, middle. You can do a set up, for instance on the left you place your official flip charts, with all the step processes (the conscious and rational stage.) On the right you put an empty flip chart or a white board. Anything can go on there from scribbling book titles, drawings, or anything spontaneous. This is the creative flow stage, for brain storming, where anything is possible. Center stage is where you answer questions, tell stories, and where students stand when they introduce themselves. If you make sure that you navigate the stage yourself when you teach, the students will become automatically anchored. I will create a YouTube video in the next few months, so make sure you subscribe to our YouTube Channel at: Global NLP TV
NLP Trainers Training Tricks 8: New Behavior Generator
If you are ready to be an NLP Trainer, then you know everything about the perceptual positions of NLP, as well as doing a New Behavior Generator. To prepare your course design, and your own rehearsal of what you are teaching, take yourself through the different perceptual positions in the room (which are all 5 perceptual positions.) For the second perceptual position, the viewpoint of the individual student, don’t just take one student. Take a student that is based on the 30% up or challenged (see tip 3 in this article. )
NLP Trainers Training Tricks 9: Understanding Demo Results
Your job as an NLP Trainer is to be flexible with your demos but your priorities in results are FIRST in your teaching, a shared SECOND in the outcome for the student who is your demo and SECOND in the outcome for the group as whole as the unconscious installation that occurs during the pattern, THIRD in your own personal satisfaction and convincer that you are an expert. Many NLP Trainers get this wrong, as this is not even spoken about by the known NLP Trainers training companies out there. Many new trainers, for their own comfort, almost want the results more for themselves than the students. During a demo, you must stick to the pattern, as this is a teaching demo, not a one-on-one client where you can alter and design on the spot. You have the follow the traditional steps, as you outlined in your manual. You definitely do not pull in bigger techniques that the students haven’t learned yet. When you do, you have to have the flexibility in your design choices that you can easily explain to students after. Separate the pattern from what you intended to teach, from the extra technique you pulled in. Beware, the more you do it, the more confusion you will create and it will affect the quality of your work as a teacher.
NLP Trainers Training Tricks 10: The Insecure “Expert”
An inexperienced or insecure NLP Trainer is always fairly easy to spot for me, even when their teaching is brilliant. Instead of letting their knowledge, the quality of their teaching, and their results speak of their capability as a trainer, they spend a lot of time talking about how good they are, even on Facebook. I have heard students of mine, who are new NLP trainers in full self-glorification, say on FB how great they are and that they are born NLP trainers. When I watch them work, it becomes even easier to spot when they intentionally start demonstrating “super human” behavior. For example: a student shifts in their chair, and the trainer stops class to let everyone know that they saw someone shifting in their chair. Someone who no longer is in trainers training observes things the entire day so it makes no sense for a trainer to stop class to show their superior observation skills and DISRUPT their own teaching while doing so. The irony is, when this is done there will be a section of the students not buying it, and a section of the students losing track because it caused a pattern interrupt in their learning. The ego or insecurity of the trainer cannot be cause of an unintended pattern interrupt. To get rid of insecurity, an NLP trainer can go back to the drawing board and finish their NLP trainers training by practicing more.