What is the best NLP Training? Even though I am an NLP training company owner, I don’t think that our training is the best for some people. It depends on what you are after.
I have noticed over the years that some people book their NLP training without any knowledge or thought. If they end up in the best NLP training, they got lucky. I most certainly took a few NLP training courses myself, in the beginning, with companies that I would never select again, including some famous ones. Of course, some people would love these companies the most, as we are all individuals. I prefer smaller companies with very experienced trainers and a proven track record. Those with integrity, and who are willing to teach very serious and deep patterns that cannot be taught in a large environment. I believe the best teachers will personally connect to you and know your name, and should have a demonstration up in front of the class with someone who has mastery, rather than see someone else going through it. Meanwhile, someone else may go to an NLP rockstar with flashing lights, music, a large stage, where you and your 150+ classmates can hit the bar in the hotel. And quick and easy patterns are just fine! Or one may prefer for things not to get close and personal.
Rule of thumb: Many NLP trainers are insecure, and readily cut the competition down. Anyone who throws their trainer peers under the bus, don’t train with them. A great trainer with a lot of experience is not insecure. And an NLP trainer who applies NLP to him/herself would know you would select them, and has other ways to encourage you to train with them. I want people to choose what is the best NLP training for them. I am not for everyone. We inform people when they call us, rather than sell!
Here are ten questions to ask yourself, and the companies you are looking at, to select what the best NLP training is for you. I recommend you call multiple companies to compare.
- Do you want to be in a small or large training? Determine what number of students you find most comfortable as a learning experience. Ask the company how many people are typically in their classes. How about trainer to student ratio? Be sure to ask that question in relation to the trainers who teach; sometimes NLP trainers bring inexperienced assistant trainers. A good benchmark to know if someone takes assistant trainers and their quality seriously is by asking if an assistant trainer gets paid! Quality resources charge for their services, so you want to ask questions about that. They would never let them teach, but they count them as part of their ratio. After all, these tools are there to serve you for life.
- Do you want to train in a city environment, nature, or a combination? Where do you thrive? And would you be able to also kick back and enjoy yourself a little? For instance, in Bali, we train in a village near Ubud, the real authentic experience amidst the rice fields. In Amsterdam, we train in the old city center, among the canals and a short distance from the parks. In Los Angeles and Miami, we train in a beach condo and a mansion.
- What are the chances you get to be the subject of a demo from the lead trainer? From a person with the most mastery you’ve ever met. That’s a huge opportunity to work on something significant as a client. This is something to ask for.
- There are two legitimate licensing bodies from the original creators of NLP: Society of NLP and ITANLP. All other licensing is worth no more than the paper it is printed on. Licensing bodies and professional organizations are created like wildfire, and people who created NLP have approved none of them. It’s up to you if this is important.
- Specialized training vs general. Some people prefer to go to NLP training strictly for business or teachers, children, etc. The benefits of general training are that you will work with people from all walks of life, so you have more varied practice, and are able to apply NLP in your personal and professional life. Specialized NLP training allows you to be the best in your profession only, but for some people this is the only reason they want to learn NLP, and to hone their skills in a place where the environment has that focus.
- NLP combinations or just NLP? Some companies only train in NLP, some companies integrate other tools. Be careful where Emotional Intelligence training or personality typing using NLP and different methodologies works really well and is still taught as NLP. Rather than taking a break in class and teaching something that combines well with NLP. Other companies combine with topics that aren’t NLP, like all sorts of energy work modalities. Some people love the extra tools, others don’t. But keep in mind how much NLP you want to be sacrificed.
- What is the best class for you financially? That’s not unimportant. People often don’t realize this, but some people need to fly to go to NLP training and stay in a hotel. The best NLP training from us in this case is the one I organize in Bali. Why? Well, the ticket may be a higher expense, but our hotel rooms are cheap, we give you breakfast and lunch, and dinner is only a couple of dollars.
Trust me, the most expensive NLP training company you can find is not the best NLP training company, by far. And the cheapest company that sells training far below others’ prices is precisely the quality you end up buying. Unless they lure you in for a cheap, under $200, seminar and upsell you into an expensive workshop, that’s a marketing event and not an NLP training.
- Is NLP Master Practitioner a repetition of an NLP Practitioner? You may want to do NLP Practitioner in the future. For many companies, NLP Master Practitioner is a repeat of NLP Practitioner, just with more complicated exercises. Some companies even train with NLP Practitioners and NLP Master Practitioners in the same room! Some people may like that because it allows you to practice the same tools over and over. We teach new tools in our Master Practitioner, but they build (and therefore repeat) on the NLP Practitioner techniques.
- How good are the trainers with English if they are not from an English-speaking country? This may seem silly, but NLP training was created in the English language, and your trainer must have world-class English skills to be able to understand what the co-creators of NLP mean. I would avoid any trainers who rely on translations as they are generally poor, and those who haven’t been able to attend a lot of world-class training, read books, and watch footage of great NLP trainers.
- Do thorough research on your trainer’s track record. Read their bio, look on YouTube, blogs, LinkedIn. Many trainers claim they are “international trainers,” the calendar on their website should reflect this statement. A great trainer doesn’t run their back-office, so they don’t pick up the phone when you call, but you should insist to talk to the trainer. If the trainer cares about you, they will take your call.
Again, selecting what the best NLP training is for you is highly personal.