All Practitioner courses include the skills you learn in an introductory course, and go further and deeper into the skills you learned. Throughout the course you will gain a deeper understanding of the attitudes and methodologies of NLP and further experience the effectiveness of NLP techniques. Additional material that is usually covered is listed below, but you should note that any individual training company's syllabus might differ from this list.
1. The structure of language
If you learn the Meta Model of language, you will communicate with others in a way that gets results fast, using precision language. Learning the Milton Model will give you a way of communicating with others with influence and integrity.
The basic goals of the NLP strategies are discovering the strategies used by people who excel, mapping them in depth, learning and applying them, and teaching others to do the same.
You will learn how to change the way you think about a situation so that, whatever is happening, it empowers you.
Learning how to use metaphor will assist you in changing your own and other people's thinking.
You will discover how we code time in our thinking, and how to deal with situations from the past that might have been holding you back, or situations in the future that might have made you hesitate to act.
6. Meta Programs
Meta programs are patterns that drive our behavior or influence what we are likely to notice in or about our surroundings. Meta programs are about gaining insight into people's personalities by listening to the words they use. NLP techniques include eye accessing cues, i.e. understanding people’s thinking styles by interpreting their posture, voice, and eye movements.
7. Belief change
One of the things that can stop us getting what we want is that we simply don't believe that we can get it. Or that we don't deserve it. People typically believe that we can't easily change our beliefs. NLP techniques may help you change your beliefs.
One of the operating principles of NLP says "if someone can do it, I can do it". In other words, if any person can learn a skill then I can also learn that skill by modeling them. Modeling is the heart of NLP and involves the use of all of the other skills and models taught at the Practitioner level. You will also learn about congruence, logical levels (using a structured approach for problem solving), the Unified Field model, the Score model, and many other useful models and skills:
- Story-telling skills - influencing people by bypassing their current thinking patterns
- Hypnotic and influence language skills – using vague language precisely
- Values identification - using several methods to uncover people’s values
- Strategies identification - learning what questions to ask to determine people's strategies for making decisions, making purchases and dealing with problems
The enhanced communication and goal-setting skills gained through this course will enable you to be more effective when working one-on-one with colleagues or teams of people. Your productivity and creativity will also rise. As a result of these changes in attitude and behavior, you’ll also discover that you’re gaining more satisfaction from your job.
NLP is about increasing personal choice. This course will give you the opportunity to explore additional choices that may be effective for you. Refining the skills gained during the Introductory (Foundation) courses will enable you to develop stronger and more satisfying interpersonal relationships, increase creativity, and improve your ability to achieve your objectives through more effective goal-setting and time management skills.
After taking Practitioner training, many people sign up for Master Practitioner, then possibly Advanced Master Practitioner, Trainer and Master Trainer training. The first two build on what you learn at Practitioner level and go into modeling and related skills in much more depth. The Trainer trainings are designed specifically for those who wish to train others in NLP.