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Career Advice


I have no formal training qualification only past experience. Feedback from delegates and other trainers is that I am professional and make the time interesting and entertaining. I am also passionate about what I do.

My full time role is as an IT Trainer which I do not enjoy and I am trying to get out of. My other role is as a freelance trainer running courses such as communication skills, telephone techniques, credit management/debt recovery and one day basic management skills.

I am doing an NLP Practitioner course in June which I am looking to carry on through to Master Practitioner.

Am I doing the right thing with the NLP course in order to develop my career ?

Sophie Edmond

4 Responses

  1. NLP
    Hi Sophie

    In my experience qualifications are not the be all and end all of life, it is more important that you know the subject area that you are delivering and have a practical background in that skill yourself.

    With regard to the NLP, makesure that if you use aspects of NLP in your training that delegates know how to apply it to there business workings. I have met far to many NLP Master Practioners that cant make the link and therefore leave delegates more confused than ever.

  2. Gaining knowledge of the training spectrum
    If you are happy training, you are probably fine, but if you have ambitions to take on a position where you have strategic input into training and development you may want to increase your knowledge of the whole process. I, like you, have come to training late in my career but my role is one of ensuring that all employees within my company are trained and developed according to what they need to perform their jobs well and better.
    To help me do this well I have been studying for a Diploma in Training & Development offered by Malpas Flexible Learning You could also try Manchester Open Learning –
    That’s if you can bear to do more studying!

  3. NLP

    I think you are absolutely right to look at using NLP In your wider training portfolio. Properly used it will add a tremendous amount to the learning you will be able to help people install.

    A previous correspondent picked up that few people manage to link NLP with their work very well – usually because they have not been taught well. Making all the right connections is so important. You may find it helpful to have a look at the work that Michael Beale of PPI Business NLP does (, as he explicitly trains NLP in a business context. (His Master Practitioner course in particular is very overt in its business application – even existing Master Pracs are signing up to see what he does).

    Enjoy your practitioner learning!

    David Nicoll

  4. NLP can help lots with delivering skills training that ‘sticks’!

    Gaining knowledge about NLP is a very good idea. I have (but have not gained a qualification) and have found many of the techniques very useful when conducting my own training, but also to teach others. For example I train people in the voluntary sector on ‘Keeping Motivated’ which gives me an opportunity to teach some of the NLP techniques – without necessarily labelling them as such for those people who don’t like ‘theories’.. Good luck.


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