When I learned NLP, my life changed forever.
It turned upside down some of my traditional behaviours.
It gave me new ways to influence people.
Even those who I had no authority over.
One of the most powerful parts of NLP for me was the language patterns called The Meta-model, a set of questioning tools modeled by Richard Bandler and John Grinder from two of the therapeutic geniuses of the 20th century, Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir.
It was the first creation in the field of NLP, and formed the basis for subsequent discoveries in the field. The Meta-model works on the following principle:
people don't experience reality directly, but rather through the maps of reality they create in their minds.
When people have a problem or challenge, it does not typically exist - in reality - it exists in their map of reality. If you can enrich their map, their experience of the world will become richer. Enrich their map enough, and their problems will be solved, their challenges overcome.
The Meta-model is the principle tool for discovering where and how to enrich a person's map.
I know that now, but it was only when I went back to the very first NLP book ever written, The Structure of Magic, that I discovered what The Meta-model is and started to learn how to use it.
Here are some of the things the meta-model can do:
But one thing was clear. These questions, tools and techniques are used in a systematic way. It was not just creativity or natural talent - it was a skill to be learned.
I said to myself "You have to learn these skills for yourself".
Now I use them - and you can too - with:
"I've often joked that if I could only hire myself, my life would get much better and fast! SALAD's NLP Coaching Cards have allowed me to do just that - to coach myself to success by letting the cards ask me the same kinds of high quality questions that make coaching such an effective way of opening up new possibilities for yourself and your clients. This is a fun and friendly way to learn and master the skills of coaching mastery." Michael Neill - Author of "You Can Have What You Want" www.geniuscatalyst.com
"I've just had a deck-o at SALAD's NLP Coaching Cards. What a touch of genius. All you ever needed to know and more about the meta model in a pack of playing cards. The greatest learning comes when you're having fun, so not only can you play poker with these cards, you can also uncover what's going on behind the poker faces! And if you are planning to attend one of Jamie's courses, instead of taking notes, you can fully have the experience safe in the knowledge that all the information is contained in this pack of cards. Ace!" Peta Heskell - Author of 'Flirt Coach', NLP Trainer and creator of the Flirting Weekend - www.attractionacademy.com
"SALAD has done it again! Innovative and truly helpful, the new coaching cards are a wonderful way to learn skilful questioning techniques that not only help coaching clients but also help the coach to challenge their own limitations and ‘stuck’ points. They are great teaching aids and not just for coaches. I use them in my NLP training classes to enhance the Meta Model training and I carry them around with me just in case I need to think beyond the box too. I can see many creative ways of using these cards such as development of a new product line, exploring creativity, goalsetting, negotiations and conflict resolution. Jamie’s vision is for every coach to own a set of these cards. I think anyone who is involved in helping people whether it be as a manager, coach or therapist can benefit from these cards." Kathy Strong - Professional Communication & Labour Efficiency Consultant
"I can recommend these coaching cards as an excellent resource for anyone who trains coaching skills, or indeed anyone wanting to get better at coming up with exactly the right coaching questions to ask their clients. As usual with his products the coaching cards pack is one of those 'such a brilliant idea, why didn't I think of it first' concepts. What Jamie has done is to take coaching questions from NLP's meta model, strategy and values elicitations, well-formed outcomes, and presuppositions, along with some from other disciplines such as Solutions Focus, and put them, with examples of how to use them, on a pack of playing cards. You can use them as a teaching aid (playing a simple card game and asking the question on each card you play) or as a revision aid, reminder, or even self-coaching tool. I found at least one clever use for embedded questions that I would never have thought of, and I've been using NLP for 11 years. Superb!" Andy Smith, Coaching Leaders
I'll start (as usual) by saying who it isn't for - it isn't for people who just want the theory but don't want to get their hands dirty. Only purchase this product if you want to develop real skills. People who work in the area of change or are studying it will obviously benefit, including NLP Practitioners, therapists, coaches, trainers, doctors, consultants and the like.
Each set of cards includes: