If you're a coach, then you know that having the right tools is essential to your success. And if you're looking for a toolkit that can help you work with clients on a deeper level, then you should consider getting an NLP qualification. NLP can do wonders for coaches, and in this blog post we will explore some of the benefits of having it in your toolkit. So read on to find out more!
NLP is short for Neuro-linguistic Programming, and it is a tool that can be used to help people change their thought patterns and behaviours. NLP has been shown to be particularly effective in the area of coaching, as it can help coaches to understand their clients better and work with them on a deeper level. NLP is also said to be transformational, which means that it can help people to change patterns of thinking, feelings and behaviours that exceed client expectations.
Some of the benefits of NLP for coaches include:
- NLP can help you to understand your clients better. By understanding how they think and behave, you will be able to coach them more effectively. In this sense, it is like a pragmatic psychology.
- NLP can help you to build rapport with your clients. Rapport is essential in coaching, it is the 'holding space' of trust and a deeper connection between coach and client. NLP will help you have an understanding of what creates rapport so you know what to look for, and what to do, if it breaks in a coaching relationship.
- NLP can help you to change your clients' thought patterns and behaviours. If your clients are stuck in negative thought patterns, NLP can help them to break free and start thinking more powerfully. This is where NLP shines, with tools for changing beliefs in 20 minutes, clearing an unresourceful emotion in 10 minutes (and only involving eye movements), and a collection (hundreds) of processes designed to create specific outcomes, NLP really is 'techniquey' in a way that most coaches love.
NLP can help you to achieve results with your clients and, importantly, to feel confident in your ability to support someone at a deep level. You will never hesitate to challenge some piece of powerless thinking, because you are not sure what you will do next to help your client with it. You will know that you have something (usually multiple things) that can help them to reach breakthrough.
If you're a coach who is looking for a toolkit that can help you transform your clients' thinking and behaviours, then NLP is definitely worth considering. With the benefits that NLP has to offer, there's no reason not to give it a try!
If you would like to learn more, join me on my free Introduction to Coaching e-learning and you will find that Lesson 2 is all about NLP as a coaching methodology, including with recordings of demonstrations.If you are wondering how to get started, the NLP Practitioner qualification is the course that equips people to use NLP with others.
To learn more about the base level qualification in NLP, click through here. If this is the first time you have heard about NLP, click here to visit our free e-learning Introduction to Coaching which includes intro lessons about NLP.