NLP ( Neuro Linguistic Programming)
'It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.’-Charles Darwin
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

What is NLP?
NLP is described as the study of human excellence and demonstrates how to communicate effectively and influence others. It was developed in the 1970s by a group of psychologists who were studying successful people in order to analyse human behaviour. The group included Richard Bandler (psychologist), John Grinder (linguist) and Gregory Bateson(anthropologist). They considered styles of language, brain patterns and how words andactions are linked together to form certain programmes or sequences of behaviour.Since then NLP has been developed further, providing a much greater understanding of thought processes, language patterns and human behaviour. It offers a process to help interpret human experiences, and to understand how people think, feel and react.NLP is seen as a vital skill to improve the effectiveness and impact of communication.It aids understanding of human experiences and the relationship between the mind,body, emotions and actions.Using the language of the mind can help you achieve desired outcomes consistently.
In short its defined as the "psychology of excellence and the difference that makes the difference in communication".
If we fragment the whole terminology,
Neuro – relates to the brain and what happens in your mind
Linguistic – relates to language and how you may use it
Programming – relates to patterns of behaviour which you learn and repeat.

Generally, Neuro is the process of using your senses to interpret the world and environment around you. Neurological processes affect your thoughts and emotions, your physiology, and subsequent behavior. Linguistic is how your use language to communicate with others and influence your experience and lastly Programming is the internal thoughts and patterns of behavior that help you evaluate situations, solve problems and decision making.

ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE WITH NLP
Every day you will interact with people by what you say, by whatyou do and by your body language, even if this is only in a facialreaction or a smile. The contact may be face-to-face, on the telephone or via e-mail. The interaction influences how you feel,how you may react to a certain situation and the effect you may have on others. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) provides the tools and techniques to help you at home and in theworkplace to:
1)Communicate effectively
2)Motivate yourself and others
3)Think positively
4)Create actions to make a difference.
The tools will help you understand how you and other people work, and provide you with skills to help achieve excellence in your personal and professional life.

WHO IS NLP FOR?
NLP can be used throughout business, whether you work for a small organisation or a multinational. The skills are useful in communication, managing teams, project management, dealing with challenging situations and on any occasion when your work involves interacting with people. NLP can be used throughout business and education,during all stages of life.The tools will help you gain an in-depth understanding of behaviour patterns and how individuals may respond in a variety of situations, and they will help you work more efficiently and effectively. Everyone can benefit from the skills, including, for example,business people, sports enthusiasts, actors, students,leaders, politicians and trainers.Consider the following proverb, which aptly describes some of the key principles:
‘If for atranquil mind youseek, these thingsobserve with care, ofwhom you speak, towhom you speak, andhow, and whenand where.’-Anon.

HOW NLP CAN HELP!
Think of some daily activities you are involved in:-
-Meetings
-Communicating with team members
-Dealing with customers
-Sales or marketing of products
-Appraisals and interviewing
-Production planning
-Learning new information
-Studying, exams
-Preparing and delivering presentations
Add your own daily activities related to your workand have these in your mind as you read through the tools and techniques within this blog.Consider how you can deal with situations in a different way in the future.

SETTING YOUR INTENTION!
Let’s start by using NLP on you.One of the principles of NLP is understanding what you want – your goals or outcomes.Just as you would tell a taxi driver where you want to go, having clear intentions helpsyou create the outcome you want. Consider your daily priorities from the previous pageand set your personal intentions by answering the following questions:
-What do you want to improve?
-Which aspects of your work would you like to understand better?
-Why do you react in certain ways to different situations?
-Which habits or patterns of behaviour do you often repeat?
-Could you improve how you communicate with others?
Have these thoughts in your mind as you explore the key principles of NLP.
( to be contd.. keep exploring and visiting)
[Source: NLP pocket book--Gillian Burn]
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