Many people will first look at the title of an individual and make some assumptions based on that. Clearly someone who is a Master Trainer would seem to have more experience than someone who is ‘only’ a Trainer. However, remember that someone can have a title and certification without it meaning that they have spent any great amount of time earning it. For example some NLP organisations allow people attend a Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Trainers Training programme in quick succession – in some instances back to back. Whilst this may not impact on an attendee’s ability to be a good trainer, it does indicate that they are at the beginning of their NLP journey. Also, remember that not all NLP governing bodies recognise the need for Master Trainer status.
Ask them these important questions; how long have they been practicing NLP? When did they take each of the courses they have attended? How and where do they apply NLP? You may find that the Trainer you are asking the questions of is far more experienced than a Master Trainer!
There may be benefits from learning with a new trainer, in that you could get NLP training for a lower price as they are just starting. The cost can be that they may not be able to answer all of your questions, or that the information you are given is limited to their level of experience. If you plan to use NLP in a one-to-one practice it is beneficial to train with someone who has experience with performing one-on-one NLP sessions with people.
As NLP is all about people, and to get the most from whatever method you choose, perhaps an area that is just as important than qualifications or experience are the trainer’s delivery style and personality.
Firstly, it is good to have a view of the trainer’s capability and flexibility. Successful trainers will tend to have testimonials from people who have experienced them and can vouch for them. Get to talk with the trainerswho will run your course on the phone so that you get a feeling for their personal style. Knowledgeable and approachable are great traits and high on our list. People have preferred patterns of behaviour and, whilst NLP teaches flexibility, some NLP trainers can be no different. Are they a serious studious type, a comical type, a touchy feely type, a business type, or do they have the flexibility to move from one style to another, as the individual or situation requires?
Also, what medium do they use to deliver the training – PowerPoint, Flip charts and pens, freeform discussion, experiential? These are important things to know about your trainer, as the last thing you want is to be in a training situation for seven days, or longer (!), with a trainer whose delivery doesn’t work for you or doesn’t match with your learning style.
Secondly, and possibly most important of all, is personality. Do you connect with the trainer? Do you like them? The best way is to gauge this, is again, by speaking with them on the phone before you enrol. Are they willing to take time out of their day to answer your questions? This call will give you a chance to get to know them and for them to get to know you, to give you a view on if your personalities compliment each other. NLP is about modelling, so, another reason why this can be so important is simple; we tend to unconsciously adopt (model) some of the traits and characteristics of people who train us, so you need to make sure that they have the type of personality you would be happy to reflect!
Question 3: What should I look for in an NLP Trainer?