Melanie Alexander: How do I go about becoming an NLP practitioner?
Gordon Young: You could go and do a training. The first internationally recognized training as an NLP practitioner training, and the next level would be NLP master practitioner training. So there are a number of schools throughout the country. Look for someone who's been around for a while. Look for someone who's qualification will be recognized by an Australian association. In my view, the trainer should be someone who's doing what you want to do. Because NLP is applicable in so many different ways. Some NLP trainers are more focused on business applications. So just because they're called practitioner doesn't mean to say they're leaning is towards helping you create change for yourself and other people. So really do your homework and find out who fits your needs.
MA: So there's a practitioner level and then the master level. How long is the course?
GY: It varies. Mine is eight days for the practitioner and 10 days for the masters. And then we add on a diploma level, which adds another half a dozen days. And there would be other elements to it. But that's longish compared to some, but it's not the longest training you'll find. In America sometimes the practitioner's 14 days for instance. So it really depends on what you want.
MA: And what types of people come to NLP training?
GY: All types of people. Geoff Huegill came to our training. Management, senior management will often come. Middle management will often come. People who want to change careers because one thing NLP can do is, if you're at a career you don't like, NLP is a very quick way of changing careers. And that's what I did. And I wasn't always an NLP. I discovered it, loved it, changed career completely.
MA: I guess also for people like all the parents out there, they want to help with their children. And it's all different applications.
GY: Absolutely. Because a lot of people don't know how to be the parent they want to be. They have no model for that. Understanding how the child's mind works too, is a massive difference. Just by way of example, the word don't. How many times do you hear a parent say, "Don't run around the house with scissors." What did you just imagine as I said that?
MA: Yeah, I pictured it.
GY: You pictured yourself running around the house with scissors. And what most people don't understand is your mind works in pictures. So there is no picture for don't. So when I say, "Don't run around the house with scissors," you have to see yourself doing that and then try and step back away from it. The trouble with a child is, they don't have the attention span to keep that step back. So often I see parents, I see managers, actually promote the behaviour they don't want by talking about things in the negative. I don't want this. I don't want that. When what they should be saying is, "Always walk," because that creates a different picture in your head. So the unconscious mind takes over when you're not fully aware. And most of our day, we're not really that conscious. We're just doing what we do, on autopilot.
MA: And what would you say are the best things about being an NLP practitioner?
GY: Well, I get to choose my hours. I get to work in different spaces. So, I love going to corporate. I love having my clinic. I love coaching and I love the results I get. That's it. The results are the key. You get results quickly. You make a difference quickly. You know you're having an effect. People like you.
MA: Sounds like a good job.
GY: Yeah. People like you. So often they go, "Thank God. I mean, do you know how long I've struggled with this?" And that's really satisfying.
MA: Yeah. Well, thank you so much for your time today, Gordon.
GY: You're welcome.
MA: It's been absolute pleasure.
GY: Thank you.