Holiday Time

Just to let you know I will be on hols and incommunicado (relatively speaking) from 17/07 to 08/08/10…

Please mail any queries to and I will get back to you asap when I return…

Best wishes


4 Responses to “Holiday Time”

  1. Hi Lewis and hearty congratulations on your massive work so far in sharing the insights from the field of nlp with the medical community. I’m delivering a seminar in a couple of weeks to the NZ College of GPs and was wondering what your experiences have been in how best to hook folks in and to share something experiential in 1.5 hr format. I feel that “pace and lead” is a really powerful concept which colleagues can use immediately , metaphor too and even powerful consulting states but I am hesitant to get into submodality shifts, timeline or other more “techniques” as I don’t feel comfortable that everyone’s rapport skills will be sufficient for it to work well.
    Best Wishes Nigel
    p.s. Have you ever thought about coming ‘down under’ – I have been developing a good relationship with Bruce Arroll head of the Auckland GP dept and we could probably set up some work for you if you were interested.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Nigel….

    Whilst I haven’t run any seminars for a few years now (I’m a bit lazy in my old age!) I teach all this stuff to students, foundation year docs and gp registrars and I generally go straight for smd shifts (after opening some loops) so that they get a personal experience of making a shift…e.g. enhancing positive experiences and distancing negatives…In a 1.5 hour format I found it challenging to actually teach skills that docs could use directly with patients without a lot more specific training and feedback. I found that the best way to get people interested and engaged is to give them a direct powerful effect from a simple smd technique (perhaps with a mini-demo first with a clear associater)…Often that leads to more intense interest and keeness to follow on with some specific material that they can use directly with patients (usually a minimum of 1/2 day training session or evening format)…

    Another thing that hooks people is a demo of calibration skills….get someone out to the front who is a good associator out and get them to think of someone they like/break state/someone they dislike…Then get the audience to ask comparative questions (Who is taller, who weighs more, who lives closer to you, who drives the most expensive car etc, etc) and “answer” non-verbally and get the audience to vote for what they think the answers are….each time teaching a little more about eye gaze, head tilt, colour shifts, breathing changes….this usually gets lots of audience engagement….

    Then tie it up by saying how you use this stuff to treat phobias, depression, ptsd, grief resolution etc and finish with a series of “What if’s…”

    I would see this session more as stimulating some interest and sowing some seeds whilst leaving them on the edge and wanting more ;)

    I’ll be interested to hear how it goes…



    Not been down under as yet though that could be interesting…

    PS…I often list the evidence based outcomes that come from effective communication as cited in Silverman, Kurtz and Drapers “Calgary-Cambridge” model then show how NLP tools can achieve all this and more…

  3. Cheers Lewis

    That’s great and leads onto my next question about how much acceptance there has been in Scotland or the UK for nlp in medicine. I have a fond memory of being asked by another student in my practitioner training – on perhaps day 2 of an 18 day training – ” So you’re a doctor – but why are you here???” And my reply , thinking – this is just amazing information was ” And why won’t I be here? I ( have the opportunity to ) use this stuff everyday!!!” And yet I have been quite reluctant to share it with my colleagues – which is another reason why I was so delighted to come across your books and now your blog. Thanks for paving the way ; )

    Cheers Nigel
    p.s. And I will work on options/opportunities down here. We hosted John Overdurf a couple of years ago!

  4. admin says:

    There is certainly a degree of acceptance in Scotland and the UK for NLP….Roger Neighbours Inner Consultation in 1987 was the first medical NLP book and is recommended reading for all GP registrars….he is a past president of the RCGP and carries a lot of “clout”…however, although the book is written well it is not explicit enough about how to use NLP…it sets some of the scene but misses out on specifics which was one of the reasons i wrote my books…

    BSMDH Scotland is a hypnosis society which also teaches Docs and Dentists elements of NLP and there are a couple of Docs who trained with Bandler and McKenna who have done a series of 1 day NLP trainings throughout the UK…In general I find if I piggy-back NLP onto evidence based practice/interventions then that often sparks interest in colleagues without them making the sign of the cross!!!