Warning: This post is not for the faint at heart.
NLP was founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. The two of them co-taught in seminars across the United States (and the world). At one point, they even did a show on the Las Vegas strip.
As personalities, the two could hardly be more dissimilar. Bandler was the PT Barnum showman. He regaled the audience with stories during the trainings. Grinder was the professor. He taught techniques and was in love with the structure of change.
Bandler developed a pattern he still uses today. He tells wild stories to induce certain emotional states. He chains these states together. And he uses nested loops to conceal these chains from prying eyes.
Grinder is still the professor. He lectures the audience on the structure of change. Currently, he is teaching the “New Code” of NLP.
The lesser lights in the NLP world included Leslie Cameron (Bandler), Judy DeLozier, David Gordon, Robert Dilts, Stephen Lankton, Stephen Gilligan, Steve and Connirea Andreas, and many more. They were very talented teachers who created high quality trainings.
Somewhere along the line, a new model of training arose in the “Bandler camp”.
In this model, people were no long “Instructed” in NLP. The presenter got on the stage and “did NLP” without offering any instruction. He would tell wild stories, elicit and install states, tell nested loops and in the end, the audience “got the material” on a deep level.
The problem was, the attendees couldn’t do any of the things they learned. That’s because they learned it on an “unconscious” level.
I’m here to tell you it’s a load of crap.
If you attend an NLP training, you need to get the skills and be able to apply them.
All of this “you got them on an unconscious level” is bunk.
Either you can do them or not.
One of the best things Dave Dobson used to teach was, “Can you empirically prove OTCC in the real world.” If you couldn’t, you obviously didn’t have a grasp of the real world skills.
So if you plan to attend a training, ask if the trainer believes in “unconscious installation” of skills.
If they say “yes”, run the other way.