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.
- 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!
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:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!
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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 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