February 1, 2010

What Would WendyY Do? Group Coaching with NLP


What is NLP and how do you use it in group coaching?

It's been more than three years since I earned my certification in NLP or neuro-linguistic programming.  I enjoy looking at the many ways NLP can be used to enhance group coaching and even some aspects of life.  It's very kewl stuff!

NLP is brain science at it's best!  NLP is understanding how to use language to consistently achieve desired outcomes for your group learners.  Now, that's the WendyY definition so let me give you some official language to help you understand NLP better so you know how to use it in your group coaching.

NLP was created by Richard Bandler, Ph.D and John Grindler, Ph.D. These guys are really smart in what they've created to support the world of learners.  Here are the three parts to NLP:

  • Neuro means the brain processes information through the five senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, sound and smell.
  • Linguistic is understanding that how the brain processes the information through the senses is based on various filters: words, pictures, images, behaviors, matter, energy, time, space, language, memories, values, beliefs and attitudes.
  • Programming acknowledges the existence of certain repeatable patterns about how people respond through their senses to those filters.  When you understand the patterns, you can connect with people more fully based on that programming.

As I've learned more and more about NLP, I truly feel I've become almost multi-lingual.  I love it!nlp-brain-science

So, What Would WendyY Do?

NLP lends lots of depth and power to group coaching.  The application of NLP is the basis for everything I've created and teach at Group Coaching Mastery.  These are the four pillars of NLP as it relates to group coaching:

  1. Relationship
    Focus on the linguistic filters to establish relationships and build rapport with your learners in your group.  Every aspect of your group coaching program involves building connection to strengthen the relationship.  All activities are designed to increase the rapport you have with the group.  The strength of that rapport guarantees mutual trust and an excellent environment for learning.  It's all about creating lifelong client relationships.
  2. Achievable Outcomes
    Recognize the tangible, S-M-A-R-T-E-R goals you want your learners to achieve as part of your program.  According to Business Coach, T.C. Coleman of Upward Action, LLC, S-M-A-R-T-E-R goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Time Limited, Energizing and Ready for Your Upward Action.  That's SO kewl!  Set milestones to help your learners achieve those outcomes through the activities, exercises and masterful content of your group coaching program.
  3. Sensory Acuity
    Understanding which of their senses your learners rely on as well as what filters will help them absorb your content based on their sensory learning style.  It's a great way to approach what you're teaching from multiple perspectives. You want to support the mix of learning styles within your group learners and share your content via various sensory vehicles.
  4. Behaviorial Flexibility
    Helping your learner understand the role of choice in how they respond to various situation.  As the group coach, you guide your learners to tap into memories, engage in action, support their learning and hold them accountable for their choices.  Now, that's transformation!!

Next Question in What Would WendyY Do?: Coaching whine: "Why do I have to focus on one ideal learner for my group coaching program?"

What burning questions do you have about group coaching? Maybe you want to know how to get more people enrolled in your program or how to create masterful content. Ask your question and I'll answer in an upcoming post.

Wendy Y. Bailey - Master Certified Group Coach

Wendy Y. Bailey - Master Certified Group Coach

Wendy Y. Bailey is a Master Certified Group Coach, Certified Experienced Coach and Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practictioner. Affectionately called "WendyY" by her business associates, colleagues and friends, she's also the Creator and Founder of Group Coaching Mastery - Master Group Coaching with an NLP Twist. WendyY helps coaches, speakers and trainers learn to create, design, market, fill and deliver bestselling group coaching programs using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (persuasive marketing, language skills and influence strategies.) More about Group Coaching Mastery programs

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February 2, 2010

Monikah Ogando @ 2:45 am

This is great, WendyY! Many folks have the misconception that NLP is about manipulation or "getting someone to do something you want them to do" and it's wonderful to hear you explain the science behind it - and what a rich and intricate science it is.

Enlightening post!

Wendy Y. Bailey @ 2:57 am

Part of my mission is to educate coaches, speakers and trainers about that misconception and dispel myths about how NLP works. I'm delighted to know this post shed light on that truth for some and introduced NLP to others. THANKS for your comment, Monikah!

Laurie Foley @ 3:20 pm

The idea of SMARTER goals really appeals to me, WendyY, especially that they need to be time limited AND energizing. All of the points for SMARTER goals will help me focus even more. Thanks, WendyY!

Tammy Bush @ 3:27 pm

We like people like ourselves. Why? We feel they understand us, who we are, we feel safe, supported and connected. What a powerful learning environment that is for people. NLP helps us connect to each other by matching and mirroring others' style and preferences. WendyY, I ditto it's "kewl" to build better relationships with our clients, family and friends. Thank you for a post we can share to help others understand the benefits of NLP.

Stone Faure @ 3:51 pm

Thank you WendyY~

I really enjoy reading your blog. Your breakdown of NLP, was very helpful in shaping my understanding in how I could utilize the NLP method to enhance my business communications. The benefits are transferrable to personal relationships as well. I can see many important uses for understanding the dynamics of NLP. It can help you to recognize the best way to assist your child with homework. I would recommend this NLP to anyone for business or personal use.

February 3, 2010

Karen Batchelor @ 9:15 am


Thanks for stressing SMART goals. So many times - and I'm guilty of this - we set goals that are like a skeleton without the meat on the bones. Making our goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely gives our goals substance and opportunity for success. Now when I come up with some new idea - I put it through the SMART process to see if I should really turn it into a goal.

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February 6, 2010

Cindy Hillsey @ 4:07 pm


I love learning about NLP! I first came across this term at a seminar a couple of years ago. A gentleman sitting at my table starting talking about using NLP in business. I think it's very important as business owners that we know our preferred method of learning (or Sensory Acuity) so that we can concentrate on making certain we cover the other methods of learning (Sensory Acuity) in our programs as well. We don't want to be seen as being lopsided in how we present information. Not everyone learns the same way, and NLP is another great tool for business owners to have in their toolbox.

Thanks for sharing more information about NLP! :) Cindy Hillsey´s last blog ..Amanda’s Non-Ideal Client My ComLuv Profile

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