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Exploring NLP

I have been poked by my few but very diamond fans to stop slacking on the content. So as a little treat and a make it up gift, I have decided to go “out there” and do something different. (Originally it was meant to be a podcast, but with few limitations on the way, which we grew to like so very much, the idea is on the little place called hold.)

Today, I would like to introduce you to undoubtedly terrific Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, a genuinely amiable professional and an exclusively dear friend of mine – Ms. Anna Casey.

 

Hello Anna, it is an absolute treat to have you here, How are you?
Hello Eduardas! It is a real treat for me to be here too, thank you.

 

Please tell a little about yourself and what you do?
At present, I am an NLP practitioner; a student; an architect; and a mother to start off with. What I do now as an NLP practitioner, is guide others as they rediscover their own potential, their unique inner resources; - so they too can aim to become the best they can be in life.

How and when did you find out about NLP, and what it is that interests you the most in the field?
My curiosity about NLP began back in 2003 and is linked to my own personal quest. It was a time in my life when I felt really dis-empowered. At that time I was taught some great NLP techniques, and I pretty much immediately felt the difference. I realised then that it was I who held the power for my own change, my own improvements, my own adventures.

What interests me the most about NLP is the fact that change can occur so quickly. The fact that we all can do it easily, and so much quicker than ever before known. When you learn the simple tools and techniques, you basically learn how to unleash your true potential and you are then on the way to become a new (improved) person.

 

What is the purpose of NLP?
The purpose of NLP is to rediscover the uniqueness of ‘you’ the person, to tap into your inner resources, to remember the amazing person you were way back when you were only 2 or 3 years of age when you were so powerful that you believed you could do everything and anything - before you were told you couldn’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t. NLP reprogrammes you, so that you are able to use the unexplored power of your imagination and concentration to give you back your vitality, your curiosity, your drive. You can then gain a new empowering perspective in life..

 

Who is the NLP for?
Everyone, you, me! Old and young- it is now known that we can just keep on learning – it can slow down the progress of Alzheimers. I strongly believe it should be taught and applied in schools, colleges and work places. You see, little kids have a great capacity for being self assured and confident in whatever they do. They are rarely anxious of the possible results because of their belief in their own power, and also their lack of ‘self-consciousness’. NLP can teach us how to lose that debilitating ‘self-consciousness’, and how to hold on to, or regain, that capacity for self- assuredness; that confidence, that desire for life.

 

What do you think of NLP in business instance?
Because of the understanding of how we all create our external experiences from our internal ways of thinking, business NLP, through communication and rapport training can ensure changes are made at both conscious and unconscious levels. This ensures the changes in the company are lasting, and also that the staff achieve a much higher level of confidence which can thus open up many individual and organisational opportunities. Communication, negotiation and conflict resolution, as examples, are areas where NLP tools and techniques would enable smart people in business to communicate on a superior level.

 

What are the personal and professional benefits to have NLP insight?
Could you imagine owning a computer and never updating your programmes? It would not be beneficial to anyone. Likewise, with our personal lives as with our professional careers, can we honestly hope to succeed without updating, deleting, reprogramming as necessary.  Since NLP is about awareness of what change can achieve, with the appropriate practice and techniques, the personal and professional benefits are that you remain in tune, in time and up to date – to say the least.

 A few examples: - Many world class golf players use NLP visualisation techniques. They imagine each individual shot in the mind first, and then apply that in real life.
An architect re-imagines a design and then reworks it to make it a much better solution.
During a business presentation, the presenters can use a triggering anchor, to enable them to remember a “you-got-it” time, and so enable them to be in a different frame of mind and give a great presentation..

 

What is modelling and how can learning to model be of benefit to my life?
By modelling certain people who have the qualities we desire, we can learn how to imagine or  “pretend” to be them, and so take on their qualities.  We could also become a more confident, outgoing and charismatic character. The qualities that will stay with practice. When we get older we naturally slow down in our modelling, but can continue indefinitely.

 

While researching the topic, I have come across the “out of car” and “body experiences”. What do they really mean?
NLP is about imagination, and concentration. Remembering certain techniques as an adult can be so powerful that you may feel that you are actually “there”.
Some techniques involve you imagining some future (or past) event, so vividly that you feel almost a loss of sensation with your body – an out of body sensation, where you are aware but not attached to the physical body.
There are some more literal interpretations of course.

 

What are the qualities of a good NLP trainer?
Good teachers lead by their actions and thereby teach others to be the best they can be. Leading into life would require empathy, assertiveness and definitely understanding.

 

Is there anything you would like to add to our little interview?
When we do learn new things it is of most benefit to remember the importance of revision, practice, and repetition. Also, it is vitally important to be positive and think positively about our potential and the power of life with more choices.

 

Anna Casey is based in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and you may contact her via http://www.becauseuarehere.com

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Expression of Creativity

Expressions of Creativity

This is my response to the voluntary design project:

I do not dye my hair in bright, glowing in the dark colours or dress provocatively to move the crowds, I do not paint and sell pictures on the street, I do not perform in theatre making people burst in tears (maybe except when I am asleep), what I do have however is a distinctive perception and style that feeds the uncontrollable passion for the beautiful and original things.

My creativity acumen begun with a song, when I was pre-school and used to sing in open events. Then I used to draw, discover myself in poetry, explore the horizon of electronic music making, and play with photography and moving pictures (video-making).

Creativity is individual, yet for me it has always been a positive mark of excellence and quality in your own field. I like to be practical, and I like to inspire and surprise, even if it is one person. You never know what difference that one person could really make…

 

Verdict? Not impressive enough!

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The Language for Business

“Here speeching American.”

  • sign in a Moroccan shop.

“STOP! Drive Sideways.”

  • detour sign in Japan.

“Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.”

 

Are you sure your message is perceived by others, the way it is meant to be? It is fair enough if you have a linguistic interpreter at your service, but what if you don’t? From my own and sometimes not particularly funny social exposure I can tell that presumptions, may have entirely different meanings and consequently the end results, but lets move on.

 

Nowadays, when businesses are operating on the global scale it is becoming of the essence to invest in language skills. While exploring the antagonistic job market of the freshmen graduates, I have come around adverts which required the knowledge of one, two, three even four languages. That is for a graduate level entry and the positions were not even highly ranked. Following the same direction, the question arises: if you had to pick up another language, from the business’ point of view, what would it be?

 

 

Seems like linguistic paths are unlimited, however it is tend to be highly influenced by the geographical positioning. As Joshua Cook illustrates the knowledge of English language is a necessity in European region, nonetheless in well developed countries such Germany and France native speak is still unparalleled. Similar case for Japan, even though English is being actively taught in schools, important business operations are carried out foremost in Japanese.

 

 

Language Predictions for the Future

 

According to Cactus Language Training at the present, the languages with the most speakers are Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Russian and French. “The languages most widely studied in English-speaking countries are currently French, German, Spanish, Italian, and increasingly Mandarin and Japanese. In Australia languages like Indonesian and Vietnamese are also quite popular.”

 

It is hard to speculate and there is no single right answer to what could be the best language to learn. As with most tough decisions, it comes down to a mix of thorough planning, personal objectives and a pinch of salty luck. So if you are picking up a new language as a part of the outlook and potential career development exercise, do the homework and do the comprehensive “target” research.

 

 

Dead Fish Handshake? No no no!

 

No matter how heavy your linguistic baggage might be never forget the universal business language. And I am not talking about the library of standard electronic business documents, what I am referring to is the general business etiquette. Do smile, maintain eye contact, hold the posture, make firm handshake of course - in other words follow the body language and focus on the positive qualities you already have.

 

And one last grain of advice is to be sensible and aware of the professional language doublespeak. Technical jargon might demonstrate your area of expertise, however it is better to be plain and clear, rather than confusing and misleading! “An in-depth knowledge of your field may get you in the door, but good communication skills will open many more.” (source: The Business Style Handbook)

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