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How to Do Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a psychological technique that empowers people to gain more control over their thoughts and actions to achieve a desirable result. Many life coaches apply NLP, a skill gained through an accredited NLP certification, in their practice as it is one of the most powerful behavioral change methodologies. When used hand-in-hand with coaching strategies, it produces valuable outcomes that both inspire change in individuals and the achievement of external goals. 

What Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

NLP uses theories, models, and techniques from different fields to help people better understand their thought processes and behaviors and how these influence life results. It’s sometimes seen as a user manual for the mind because it deals with how the brain processes information and language.

With NLP, anyone can use their mental software to reprogram their minds to achieve desired outcomes. The technique is applied in various contexts, from therapy to life coaching, to create change, improve outcomes, and support well-being. 

How Does NLP Work?

NLP is founded on the belief that if an individual comprehends how another accomplishes a task, they can copy the same methods to obtain the same result. To do this, the individual must analyze perspectives to create a systematic overview of a situation. At the same time, they must detect and modify unconscious biases or limitations that may be inhibiting them from achieving their goals. These analyses then inform the individual of the language and behaviors they must recreate to be successful. Then, they can perform these and learn from the experience.

NLP Coaching and Mentoring

One of the best ways to do NLP is through NLP coaching and mentoring. But what is NLP coaching and mentoring, exactly?

Many life coaches and mentors use NLP as a powerful strategy to evoke behavioral change. NLP coaching and mentoring is a specialized approach to life coaching and mentoring that applies the principles of NLP. It’s carried out by a professional NLP practitioner who is recognized by both a life coaching body and an NLP body.

NLP Versus Life Coaching

Some people assume that NLP is already inherently part of life coaching, but that’s not quite true. While both NLP and life coaching are similar in goals, they differ in the approach, which is why life coaches who want to practice NLP require extra training specific to the technique.

NLP is a framework, while coaching is a communication strategy. The former is more problem-solving, while the latter focuses on the outcome. They can overlap and many life coaches use methodologies from both concepts hand in hand to add value to their practice and help their clients achieve more holistic results.

Becoming an NLP Practitioner

If you’d like to practice NLP as a way to inspire others to change their lives, then becoming an NLP practitioner is the right step.

What Is an NLP Practitioner?

An NLP practitioner is a certified expert in life coaching competencies and NLP standards. These experts work to improve the lives of others through methods that apply NLP techniques.

An NLP practitioner can work in various settings; they may have individual clients, provide training, talks, and seminars, or work for large companies as a mentor, advisor, or trainer.

How to Become an NLP Practitioner

Anyone who wants to become an NLP practitioner must first take an accredited course on NLP. One of the best ones out there is Symbiosis Coaching’s online NLP practitioner training course, an ICF-accredited course that’s designed to equip you with the basic competencies of both life coaching and neuro-linguistic programming. The dual-certification program will allow you to provide higher-value mentorship to all clients.

 

Practice Neuro-Linguistic Programming as a Life Coach Through Symbiosis Coaching

Symbiosis Coaching offers an online NLP practitioner training course that provides you with everything that you’ll need to apply and practice NLP as a life coach. The dual-certification course runs for two hours once a week for twenty-five weeks, and gives you 65 ICF training hours. When done alongside Symbiosis Coaching’s certified life coach (CLC) program, you end up with a total of 125 ICF training hours, plus bonus coaching hours. Start your journey to becoming a certified NLP practitioner with Symbiosis today!

Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description:

The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is an exclusive and very unique program, designed for coaches who wish to coach entire organizations with their Organizational Development and Change Management goals. This program provides you with 65 ICF training hours - more than enough for the ACC credential. Over a series of 25 weekly lectures, it prepares you to deal with volatile group dynamics across entire organizations. Topics including OD interventions, Team Engagement, Buyer Behavior of internal customers, The Tripod of Success, Ensuring Sustainability, Performance-Retention correlation, Strategies to influence behavior - and many more - are covered in detail.

Coaches are introduced to the ARCS Model, as well as to the Organizational Culture Audit Toolkit. Employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity are discussed, as well as their impact on the performance of the organization as a whole. Students are introduced to various Change Management models including Lewin's Planned Change model, the ADKAR Change Management model, and Kotter's 8 steps of Change Management. Resistance to change and its manifestation are discussed, as is Behavior Modification.

Upon completing this program, Certified Organizational Development Coaches will have all the tools they need to affect positive transformation within organizations, and will be able to coach teams and personnel at all levels - including initiators, decision makers, influencers, and intervention implementers.

In addition to coaches who are launching their own Corporate Coaching practices, this is an essential program for HR professionals, Training and Development Professionals, Managers, and Corporate Leaders who wish to implement internal policies and OD processes to guide their companies and people through ongoing change.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description

The Certified Executive Coach program has been designed for coaches who wish to coach managers, executives, and corporate leaders. The goal of this program is to cultivate a deep understanding of how the executive coaching process works as well as some of the challenges that come up in executive coaching conversations.

This program has been approved by the International Coaching Federation for 32 hours, and it comprises of 12 live, instructor-led, fully interactive virtual classes offered over zoom. These classes cover various aspects of executive coaching including, but not limited to Effective Collaboration, Performance Management, Upskilling, Conflict Management, Effective Collaboration, Developing Team Members, and many more.

This program has a very unique, hands-on, experiential structure. Classes are focused on active participation by students through real life Coaching Challenges and discussions of real life executive coaching situations.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description:

The Certified life Coach program is an essential program for anyone considering coaching as a profession. The goal of this program is to create a deep understanding of the coaching process, along with how and why it is effective in catalyzing shifts in the mindset to create positive, sustainable transformation.

The training is based on the ICF’s core coaching competencies. It focuses on skills that lead to effective coaching conversations and that are required to build a successful coaching business. It evokes awareness about how identity, thoughts, and feelings determine mindset; and why a change in Think Feel Do impacts the achievement of goals though a change in this mindset.

This program is approved by the International Coaching Federation for 95 hours and comprises 24 live, instructor led, fully interactive virtual sessions offered over Zoom. These lectures cover all aspects of coaching – topics such as Human Emotions and the Brain, Coaching through Emotional Intelligence, The Belief System, Coaching Process and Structure, Deep Listening, Setting Worthy Goals, Asking Insightful Questions, Addressing Client Resistance, Coaching Groups, The Business of Coaching, and many more. These are complemented with a library of reading and reference material, coaching challenges based on various real-life coaching situations, extensive hands-on coaching practice, and assignments designed to trigger reflection on and mastery of coaching skills.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachMonday, Dec 11th9:30am ET
2:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational Development CoachTuesday, Dec 12th9:30am ET
2:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive CoachWednesday, Dec 13th9:30am ET
2:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 12-weeks
Certified NLP CoachThursday, Dec 14th9:30am ET
2:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Mentoring
Friday, March 22nd10:30am ET
2:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor