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Recommended books on NLP


I'm undertaking a diploma in Executive Coaching in July and I know that part of the course covers NLP in coaching. I don't have any experience of NLP. If you had to recommend one book that would give me a good all-round understanding, what would it be?


Sue Beatt
Sue Beatt

11 Responses

  1. Try this…

    Try Introduction to NLP by Joseph O’Connor and John Seymour.

    I found the writing style very clear.


  2. This is my favourite
    I can recommend Communication Magic by L Michael Hall? which you can buy from Amazon through the following link:

    There’s a quote on the back jacket that I fully agree with … “I have never read anything in the realm of NLP that presents such a readable, understandable, logical and sequential presentation of the genius of NLP as found in the pages of this wonderful book. I know that as a trainer this work will provide me with a tool that I can recommend to my students and clients” Bob Bodenhamer, co-author of The User’s Manual for the Brain.

    There’s also a customer review on its Amazon listing that’s worth a read and I can let you have a JPEG of the contents page if that would be helpful.

  3. NLP
    I would recommend NLP & Relationships by Robin Prior & Joseph O’Connor, fascinating and easy read.

    B Sparks

  4. Thanks
    Thanks to all who replied. As always, Training Zone members have come through! After having checked out your suggesitons on Amazon, I’ve gone with the Andrew Bradbury as it seems to suit my needs best

    Thanks again

  5. Coaching with NLP
    Hi Sue,

    If you’re doing a coaching qualification then ‘The NLP Coach’ (Ian McDermott & Wendy Jago) is a must have. I would also very strongly recommend ‘The Coaching MAnual’ by Julie Starr…it’s not an ‘NLP’ book but I found it invaluable when I did my qualification. The other books mentioned tend to require you to have NLP Practitioner level experience, but you might like Purple Spotted Oranges or Peak Performance through NLP (good for business use).

    Good Luck!


  6. Executive Coaching
    I ‘d suggest:The Psychology of Executive Coaching: Theory and Application by
    Bruce Peltier. Though for more on NLP, as well as the excellent suggestions below, you might try Sleight of Mouth by Robert Dilts which is particularly good on reframing and changing perceptions.

  7. Suggested read.
    Thanks Graham, for your recommendation. I already have the Bruce Peltier book, it’s part of the required pre-read for the course. Glad to know it’s got a good recommendation though – I’ll make it the next one I read!



  8. Other Coaching Books
    Bruce Peltier’s book is excellent, you might also like to consider “MAstering Mentoring & Coaching” by Patrick Merlevede and Denis Bridoux; and Curly Martin’s “Life coaching Handbook”. “Coaching across cultures” by Philippe Rosinski is also a very useful text to read.

    Dilts’ “Sleight of Mouth” is an excellent book, though if you are NOT an experienced NLP’er then “Words that Change Minds” (Shelle Rose Charvet) or “Influencing with Integrity” (Genie Laborde) are excellent substitutes!



  9. Don’t learn NLP. Learn -about- NLP.
    Neurolinguistic programming is as pseudoscientific as it sounds

    Its a great example of pseudoscience. Its been rated as one of a ten most discredited interventions (Norcross et al 2008) So if you want to improve your understanding of applied psychology, and avoid sounding like a quack, learn about NLP (don’t learn NLP).

    Here are some useful resources:

    Carroll R. (2003) The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

    Singer, Margaret & Janja Lalich (1996) Crazy Therapies : What Are They? Do They Work? Jossey-Bass (September 27, 1996)

    Singer,M, Lalich, J, Lifton R. . (1996) Cults in Our Midst . Jossey-Bass

    Norcross, JC, Garofalo.A, Koocher.G. (2006) Discredited Psychological Treatments and Tests; A Delphi Poll. Professional Psychology; Research and Practice. vol37. No 5. 515-522

    John C. Norcross, Thomas P. Hogan, Gerald P. Koocher (2008) Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-based Practices. Oxford University Press, USA

    Drenth, J.D. (2003). “Growing anti-intellectualism in Europe; a menace to science”. ALLEA Annual Report

  10. Some more useful resources:
    Regarding Professor Margaret Singer’s criticisms –

    Regarding the Knol article –

    Regarding the Skeptic’s Dictionary article –

    Regarding academic criticisms of “NLP” in general –

    (Further rebuttals are in preparation)

    Be well


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