The power of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) in unblocking the structures of human communication and human excellence was demonstrated by two experts from The Change Associates, a company based in Knowledge Village, at an interactive workshop at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) recently.
NLP explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic), and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programmes).
Professor Mohamed Khalifa, Vice President (Academic) of UOWD, introduced the speakers and indicated that the workshop would benefit all participants in both their professional and their personal lives.
Christina Richards, a certified Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and Consultant with expertise in Coaching, Mentoring and a range of Training and Development Practices, explained how NLP techniques could be effectively used in business situations, interpersonal relationships and child behaviour.
"NLP is a fantastic tool to help you achieve mastery in your professional and personal life," said Christina. "NLP uses experiences of successful people to help people transform the way they traditionally think and act, adopting new, far more successful models of human excellence."
"Organisational culture is an expression of those within it, especially those at the top. The patterns of leaders inevitably become the patterns of the organisation. If you are a teacher you are a leader too." Christina added.
Beryl Comar, an Emotional Intelligence Development Specialist and Gold Master Trainer of NLP, said change first happens in the senses, and explained how this leads to cultural and behavioural differences among people. For example, Arabs are generally auditory, Asians Kinesthetic and Westerners visual.
"NLP techniques can be applied in different scenarios, from improving sales and handling conflict in management to more effective communication within an organisation and even training students to get rid of fear," said Beryl. "NLP changes the way you look at the world by looking at your behaviour and changing it by learning from successful people."
"This approach is called modelling excellence and is a key feature that distinguishes NLP from psychology. It helps people how to be better leaders, better students or just better human beings by energizing all their senses, she added.
NLP is one of the most powerful skills used in business management, psychology, sales, sports coaching and all forms of personal development. The core of NLP is: "it is an attitude and methodology with a trail of techniques that improve communication internally and externally.