Practical NLP: How to use NLP principles to improve your life and work, even if you’re not NLP trained

If you’re interested in improving your life, being happier, or more effective as a manager, it could be for you. You could use it as preparation if you are going to attend an NLP training course, or you could use it to get some practical benefits from the NLP principles even if you never intend to go in a classroom again!

When I train NLP courses, I’ve often noticed that major realisations or ‘Aha!’ moments for many participants often come quite early in the course, when they learn about the ‘presuppositions’ or principles of NLP. So before the participants have had a chance to learn much in the way of ‘technical’ NLP skills, and certainly before they’ve had a chance to practice enough to get good at them, they’re already seeing the potential for big improvements.

I’ve come to believe that the most useful thing about the principles of NLP is that you can use them to make your life better, without any formal training or skills in NLP.

Obviously you will get even better results if you do get some training and develop some skills, but acting ‘as if’ the principles are true will still help you. This is because the principles are an attitude and a way of looking at the world which you can regard as a set of instructions for success.

This book explains 12 principles of NLP, each with practical tips and exercises that you can use straight away to get new perspectives on life, relationships, work and success.

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3 comments for “Practical NLP: How to use NLP principles to improve your life and work, even if you’re not NLP trained

  1. mhnash
    September 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Wonderful book! Andy Smith has written a wonderful, readable book – it gives a great introduction to NLP by focusing solely on the presuppositions, or principles, of this complex body of thought. Andy has a way of making strange sounding ideas very simple and understandable. He relates everything to how it can be useful to you and can improve your life.I love the way he slays some golden cows of the human potential movement – in particular the Mehrabian communication model which is trotted out continuously in many trainings to demonstrate (erroneously so it seems) that words only account for 7% of communication and the rest is non-verbal.I recommend this book to anyone interested in NLP or personal development and who wants a simple, easy to comprehend introduction to a subject that is frequently misunderstood and misinterpreted. Andy’s book will make it all clear.

  2. MyTwoCents
    September 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Seems to provide what the promotional material says it will I don’t know anything about NLP, but the ideas and thoughts presented in the book certainly give the reader things to think about. The reader can determine if the information makes sense to them, and whether the application of the solutions will help them.I was going to give the book four stars, but because I think the author did what the promotional information says it will, I think he deserves the higher rating. It is now up to me to determine if his advice can really work. Only actual attention and experimentation with the principles will tell.

  3. Rintu Basu "Author - Persuasion Skills Bl...
    September 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    A fresh look at foundation NLP ideas I know Andy personally, I’ve bought and highly rated many of his products but I still faced his new book with some trepidation.The Presuppositions of NLP are a done to death subject. Almost every book on NLP has at least one chapter covering this… many of them manage to take what is usually a dull topic and make it even duller. Do we really need another book on the presuppositions of NLP?The short answer is if it is Andy that is writing it then yes we do.There are several things that Andy does that makes his treatment of the subject exceptional. Firstly he organises them into two sections and then connects them together in meaningful ways. The net result is that the book flows better than most on this subject and it also makes them easier to remember.The second thing that Andy does is explain the presuppositions in simple grounded terms often giving real world examples of these principles working.But the best bit of this book is Andy ends every chapter with a “Practical ways to make this principle work for you” section. This is pure brilliance. You leave each presupposition with exercises, techniques or things to think about that really ground these presuppositions into your reality.The Presuppositions of NLP are not the sexy end of NLP but they are the fundamental cornerstone and the bit that probably makes the biggest difference to most people. As such they are covered in many of the NLP books that I have read. This is the first time I have been through them in a way I found entertaining, informative and practical.

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