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If You are a Coach or Student of NLP, Add this Book to Your Library
on January 15, 2008
This book serves two audiences: 1. Coaches with a basic knowledge of NLP who would like to take their coaching practice to a whole new level and 2. Students of NLP who are looking for a fresh and organized presentation of NLP techniques.
Not all NLP techniques are covered, nor is this book to be considered an overview or introduction to NLP.
Dilts notes that, in the past, coaching has been focused mainly on improving behavior performance through careful observation and feedback. More recently personal, executive and life coaching has evolved to provide support on a number of different levels: environment, behavior, capabilities, beliefs and values, identity and spirituality. Each level has a different focus and requires a different approach and set of tools.
Using the neurological levels, Dilts explains how your coaching style must adapt to each level: environment (caretaker or guide), behaviors (coach), capabilities (teacher), beliefs and values (mentor), identity (sponsor) and spirituality (awakener).
Each level is clearly explained together with a suggested set of tools and techniques. Many of the techniques are familiar to NLP practitioners, and there are a few new ones as well. For the student of NLP this approach helps answer an often heard question - how do I know which technique to use?
My only disappointment is that occasionally, Dilts presents a story to illustrate his point. However without a reference to its origin, you are not sure if this is fact or urban legend.
If you are serious about your coaching practice or a student of NLP, then this is a "must add" to your bookshelf.