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NLP Trainer in the making.


I am currently an IT Trainer and also train a soft skill.  I am really interested in NLP and training NLP as a freelancer.  Could someone give me their views on firstly whether there is a demand, secondly how to go about it.  Please help. 

Thanks in advance.


9 Responses

  1. I’m probably not really qualified to answer this but……

    ….I’m not NLP qualified and I know that it is an absolute time bomb of a topic but I’d say that probably few people just train NLP on its own…….it tends to be embedded into other "soft skills" programmes, so Sales Skills using NLP, NLP as a tool in Performance Management and so on.

    Certainly I’d think that that is more likely to bear fruit as a freelancer…but that is solely a gut opinion and isn’t based on any research at all!


  2. NLP Trainer

    Hi Robeena,

    If you check out the calendar here, you’ll notice that there are over eighty organisations, many of which are well established in the NLP marketplace, so a new entrant may find it tough going.  You may find it easier to consider integrating your existing skills and marketing yourself as a ‘mainstream’ IT/soft skills freelance trainer with access to NLP for those whom might find it useful.

    There is no central accrediting NLP body or standards, though there are many organisations that attempt to position themselves as such: e.g. ANLP, Society of NLP, NLPU, INLPTA, etc.

    Levels of Competence usually follows: Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Trainer, Master Trainer.  An NLP Diploma may precede a Practitioner’s certificate. Courses vary from seven days to twenty one.

    Be prepared for controversy.  NLP follows a normative/phenomenological approach to science, so you may find those that are unaware of or have not yet discovered these, believe that only an emprical approach will do.

    ‘Good Luck!’



  3. how much detail do you want to go into?

    There are 2 ways I could interpret your question.

    It could be that you want to be a trainer and see NLP as an aspect of being able to be excellent at it (the way one of the previous responses comes at it.)

    However, if you want to be able to run NLP courses which lead to accrediting people as Practitioners or Master Practitioners, there are 2 primary prerequisites:

    1. You need to hold Practitioner and Master Practitioner accreditation yourself

    2. You need to find an establishment/organisation that is able to award an ability to provide such accreditation to others

    So, which are you wishing to pursue, as your answwer to that questions may affect where to go from here.


  4. I think your right

    I think your right, and it’s given me something to think about.  Ideally I would like to be a life coach like anthony robbins! and so that is why I want to do NLP in order to help and coach people.  I just don’t know the career route to take to get there.

  5. thanks

    thanks for the calender.  I see there isn’t much in Nottingham, which is a good thing for me.  I want to be a life coach in the end, someone like Anthony Robbins.  Am I heading in the right direction?  Please let me know.

  6. NLP provision


    Do shop around as people in this area do vary in their approach widely. Of the large group style, I’d recommend ITS. They do various qualifications and have some top contributors. They also do taster evenings so you can try before you commit.

    With more of a training focus, try John Seymour. Or go with a small local operator who works with small groups; they are often cheapest. But do get more than one recommendadtion. Some people get evangelical about the training they have had and that probably says more about them than it does about the suitability for your needs.

    One or two big suppliers have some pretty unconventional contracts, so this is one area where I would recommend that you crawl over the small print. One ‘famous name’ has a clause that commits you to paying a percentage of your future earnings from any NLP activity you subsequently undertake, which is something I’d steer well clear of. With the smaller providers, check out the profile of typical attendees. While some have a broad audience, many attract people who are after self development or therapy or who want to exploit techniques for things like selling. Go for a supplier that either has a broad mix or who has attracted trainers or other similar professions in the past.

    There are many that I have concerns about even though they are very genuine in their beliefs. Before making a final choice do a google search to find out what they have written or what contributions they have made to online forums. That might give you a feel for their style. Also check for comments about them or their programmes.

    Best of luck


  7. NLP is only a part ….

    Personally I would undertake a certificate in NLP to supplement your skills for life coaching but I wouldn’t devote too much effort or money for a while.  NLP has its’ value however it is only a part of life coaching.  By all means complete an introductory course and perhaps consider a more advanced course as part of your on-going development.  ūüôā

  8. NLP and its applications

    I am about to graduate as a Master NLP Practitioner and disagree that NLP can/or should only be used in a life coaching context.  I started my NLP training thinking that it would be a great tool kit for coaching (I specialise in business and executive coaching in the legal profession).  What I ended up with was a whole new way of communicating with others and of understanding myself so that I have more resilience and resources. 

    While there are plenty of NLP skeptics and I know people who can be off-puttingly evangelical about its benefits, I use the wide basket of skills, which you can take or leave depending on which bits you find useful, in all areas of my life, not just my training and coaching business.  I have no doubt that NLP will enhance your training skills, even if you only do Practitioner level training.  However, it is thanks to the Master Practitioner course that I am now able to use my skills fluently and flexibly.

    Some NLP training companies do free taster workshops so you may find it useful to go along just to find out more.  Different companies have different training approaches – do you want to be in a room with 10 people or 100?  Each has its benefits and drawbacks.

    Hope this helps.


  9. thanks for your comments
    Thanks all for your comments they have allowed me to analyse what it was that I wanted to accomplish. What I thought I was really clear on infact I wasn’t. I am now – i will do the practitoner and train.soft skills with nlp and nlp. It would be good to hear from other nlp trainers to see how they got there.


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