As an NLP Master Trainer and the trainer of an Association for Coaching accredited Diploma I believe there is a value in clarifying how NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) adds to the field of coaching.
Over the next few weeks I will write a series of blogs firstly mapping out how each fits with the other and then secondly focusing in on some specific NLP tools and some ideas on how to use them.
Coaching as a field is on a different logical level to NLP. What I mean by that is that NLP provides a series of tools that can be used within coaching along with other disciplines such as Solution Focused Therapy, TA etc. Coaching does not really have a separate identity or definition although it could be argued there are specialisations.
NLP was originally based on a modelling project focusing on three primary subjects from the therapy field, Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson and Fritz Perls. From this modelling project emerged many of the tools that are used on a daily basis by many coaches including rapport, calibration, re-framing, questioning skills and perceptual positions. None of these were really new however they were collated into a useful framework.
In the next few weeks I will share more detail including how I incorporate some specific aspects of NLP into my coaching Diploma “Psychological Approaches to Coaching” and how my four day NLP Diploma can also provide a useful platform for coaches.