Explaining NLP

One of the most frequently asked questions is – What is NLP?

There are various ways of explaining NLP, and many NLP professionals alter the way they explain it depending on the audience. NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It essentially is a method to “use the language of your mind (Neuro-Linguistic) to change the Programmers (or Pattern) of behavior’. In simpler words, we use a language that the mind understands to change behavior or patterns of behavior.

Examples of patterns of behavior at work are:

  • Feeling nervous (or confident) before meetings, presentations or significant events
  • Becoming angry (or showing understanding) with staff for not delivering on time or conflicts with staff or teammates
  • Procrastinating (or being decisive) about making decisions.

Essentially, we can summarize NLP as “a series of skills, techniques and approaches to help you to achieve your desired outcomes and goals” through the “use the language of your mind (Neuro-Linguistic) to change the Programmers (or Pattern) of behavior”.

Two main reasons why there are various definitions are because there are different ways in which NLP can be used, for example, coaching, sales, management, sport, counselling, health and education; and because it is still a relatively new profession.

Let us know what you think or if you would like to add more to the definition if you are practitioner.

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Mohd Prasad Hanif

Mohd Prasad offers Business and Leadership Coaching, Training and Consultation for small, medium and large enterprises. Certified as one of the Best Coaches by Centre for Entrepreneur Development and Research, Malaysia, Mohd Prasad brings to the table over 6 years over 50 companies with many obtaining 4 star rating by SME Corp of Malaysia. He provides business coaching and development in the areas of Strategic Management, Finance Management, Leadership, Sales and Marketing and Talent Development. He is also the Program Manager for the Bumiputera Vendor Development Program Batch 1 and Batch 2 comprising of 40 bumiputera companies. Mohd Prasad combines the unique experience of an engineer and his experience as a business owner and entrepreneur to formulate Business Engineering Formulas to troubleshoot problem areas to focus in the business.

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