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CRITICAL THINKING AND NEURO-SEMANTICS- L. Michael Hall Ph.D Founder of Neuro Semantics.

If “the map is not the territory” then your mental mapping is only as good as it corresponds, structurally to the territory.  This is obvious when we are trying to navigate the geographical territory.  If my map is that New York City is west of Chicago and so I set out westward from Chicago to find NYC, because this mental map does not correspond to reality, when I go west I will not find NYC.  People will say, “The other way, go back the other way.”  And I will argue with them, “No, it’s this way.  Come join me to go to NYC.”  And they will say, “No, it’s not that way, turn around, go east young man!”  If our map puts NCY to the left of Chicago on our map to represent west, the problem is simple: the map is wrong.  It does fit with the territory.

Mental maps about how to love and to be loved, to create a business, to be healthy and fit, to enjoy one’s work, to patiently listen to a child, etc. can also be wrong.  The mental maps can be erroneous, distorted, contorted, convoluted, and so on.  Where we “learned” whatever we learned can be the source of that error.  Our thinking patterns and the maturity of our thinking can be the source of that error.  So can our cognitive biases to distort things.  There are many factors which can contribute to us ending up with a distorted map that will not take us where we want to go.  So, what’s a human being to do?

In NLP and Neuro-Semantics we begin with embracing “the map is not the territory” premise so that we stop over-trusting our maps.  Whatever model we have in our head about things is just that- a model, an idea that we are using as a map to navigate our way through reality.  No matter how real the map feels, it is just a map.  Those who do not know and appreciate this will over-trust their map.  And because they do, they will not question it or explore it or even test it.  Here is a fundamental cognitive bias- deferring to our mental maps as if they are real.

I say “fundamental cognitive bias” because we all seemed wired to do this- to confuse map with territory, to think our thoughts, ideas, feelings, etc. are “real.”  When children go through this stage, we call it the magical thinking stage.  They give so much power and reality to their thoughts. They are convinced that by thinking something, that makes it so.  As a cognitive bias, they have to learn how to do the critical thinking of distinguishing map and territory.  When they do, they leave the primitive world of world-magic.  And yet many adults still live there.  Maybe not in eveyr aspect of life, but some aspects.  So they are superstitious, or hold to childish “magic thinking” ideas like the so-called “law of attraction,” or various new age ideas or even traditional religious ideas that are nothing more than the same.

Critical thinking starts by distinguishing map and territory, thought and reality, mental mapping of understanding and believing from what’s actual. Critical thinking looks for relationships between one thing and another, “How does this X lead to or trigger this Y?  What mechanism is involved in this?  How does the process work?”  This is the Meta-Model distinction of cause-effect and the questions that explore it.  Critical thinking then moves to precision and specificity as we identify in see-hear-feel terms (empirical) the referents.  “What specifically are you referring to?”

Assuming that words are real is the mistake, that’s the cognitive bias here. They are not.  Words are symbols.  We use a word to stand for something else.  And if a word stands for, and represents something else, then it is not the thing it refers to.

For me, all of this highlights and reveals the power of the NLP Meta-Model of Language for developing, training, and refining critical thinking skills. I wrote about this in Communication Magic (1997/ 2001) many years ago.  At that time I said that when I discovered this, it was so amazing that my sense was that it put into my hands a more powerful tool than everything I learned at University for my Masters Degree in Clinical counseling.  With the Meta-Model of Language, I could discover and understand another person’s
model of the world and help the other change it if they wanted to.

And yet I had more.  Not only did I have a process for challenging erroneous maps and facilitating changing maps that were inadequate, my own and those of others- the process was developing within me true critical thinking skills.

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How does it set with you to realize that you, like all of the rest of us, have numerous cognitive biases which are built into the way your brain and body works?  How does it settle to know that there are numerous experiences in which you are more likely than not to distort information and come away from the experience with false ideas and erroneous understandings?

Personally, I don’t like it.  Yet it is a fact about our mind-body system. Distortion is one of the modeling processes along with generalization and deletion which is inherent in how we make our mental maps.  And so I accept it and I also work to, first, be aware of the operational cognitive biases that are operational in us as human beings and then, second, take them into
account as best I can in those situations where they are most likely to be activated.

There’s something else that I also don’t like.  I don’t like how many cognitive biases there are!  There are a lot of them!  There are dozens and dozens, maybe even hundreds.  When Colin Cox began studying this subject, I asked him at one time regarding how many of the cognitive biases that he catalogued.  I was hoping we could reduce them to a list of 10 or 20.  But no.  There were scores and scores of them.  That fact alone makes it really challenging to know them all, be conscious of them, and not let them get the best of us.

What then are some of the central ones, the most common ones?  What cognitive biases can you count on that you have and most of the people around you fall for on a regular basis?

Confirmation Bias
This is the bias to confirm what you already know and believe.  The more you know it, the more familiar it is to you, and so the stronger you believe it. The more you believe it, the more you will find even more confirming evidence for it.  Talk about a Catch-22!  No wonder it is so difficult to talk, and worse yet, argue, someone out of a belief.

The Patternicity Bias
This is the bias to find and invent patterns.  We are biased that way. Our brains are most essentially pattern-detection machines.  We think anecdotally, not statistically and so one or more incidents can convince us of a pattern when there is none!  This creates all sorts of weird beliefs and understandings that can undermine a person’s effectiveness in dealing
with the real world.

Hindsight Bias
Have you noticed how things are so clear to you after the event?  It is amazing! In hindsight, we clearly see all of the clues that should have forewarned us about things.  We see so clearly what went wrong with other people and scratch our heads wondering, “What’s wrong with them?  Are they blind?  All the evidence was right there in front of them?”  In sports we
call this Monday Morning Quarterbacking.  In psychology we talk about someone being an arm-chair psychologist.  An arm-chair expert in any of these things, sports, profiling people, businesses, politics, etc. we are so incredibly insightful about things afterwards!  We know how the game should have been played and what we would have done if we were the coach!

Self-Justification Bias
Ah, here is the bias of biases!  We all come with this one-a bias to justify ourselves.  We want to be right, and by God, we’re going to be right even if we have to twist the facts a bit, or a lot.  Little children who are not capable of truly being “response-able” almost automatically will “explain” why they hit their brother or didn’t do his homework.  Being wrong is hard.  It is easier and more “natural” to tell you why I am right and you are wrong. 🙂

Attribution Bias
Like the previous one, in this one we demonstrate our built-in bias to attribute goodness to ourselves as we interpret our problems being due to the circumstances of life while we attribute character flaws to others when they have the same problems.  In our case, the mistake is due to the situation, in theirs it is due to their disposition and character.  We are
good, just blocked.  They are bad to the bone!

Sunk-Cost Bias
This is a bias that gets us to pay far, far too much than what is realistic or needed.  The bias is that once we have invested something (money, time, effort, reputation, etc.) into something, then we are biased to keep investing even though we “know” better.  After all, we have sunk so much into it already!  So we can’t just stop and let it go.  Or can we?

Status Quo Bias
Think of this one as also the Risk Averse bias.  Here we are biased to keep things the same and avoid risk in situations where there is a strong possibility of loss.  Because security is so important for us as human beings, the status quo is very satisfying in that it gives us comfort, familiar, and the known.

Anchoring Bias
This bias occurs because once something has been mentioned it tends to “anchor” our thinking and calculations thereafter.  Mention an irrelevant number, even this will have an anchoring effect.  This is the bias of first-impressions.  It is what we do in priming.

Availability Bias
This is the bias is described by the proverb, “A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.”  We tend to think, process information, and calculate according to what we have available to us, information that’s available, memory that’s available, etc.

Representation Bias
When faced with uncertainty, we are biased to make snap decisions based on various shortcuts that we use.  We use these shortcuts by using whatever “rules of thumb” (heuristics) that we have developed.  This reduces things to make them more simple (for us) as we judge probability.  “An event is judged probable to the extent that it represents the essential features of its parent population or generation process” (Amos Tversky, Daniel Kahneman).  So what and how we represent these heuristics biases us.

Inattention Blindness Bias
When we are intensely focused on one thing, we are biased to be “blind” to other things.  This explains how people can not see a Gorilla in the middle of a basketball game.

Expectation Bias
We are also biased to see what we expect to see!  When we expect something, we tend to notice it, look for it, and then … lo and behold, we find it. As a meta-level, our expectations set a frame which then affects our perceptual filters.

Authority Bias
In contexts where we are new or uncertain, we tend to default to those in authority and to uncritically believe them and value their opinions. Obviously, this is a dangerous one as it actually encourages people to not think for themselves and to be too naively trusting.

Group Bias
This is our bias for valuing and believing what our group values and believes, also known as the “bandwagon effect.”  Because we are social beings and our social relationships mean a lot to us, most people find it extremely difficult to not deferent to whatever biases their referent group holds.  In highly cohesive groups this can lead to groupthink.

Consistency Bias
We have a bias to be consistent.  This is good.  Except when the bias is so strong we cannot tolerate inconsistency.  Then when we experience dissonance, our inner psychology will work to reduce the cognitive dissonance.  If our beliefs and behaviors are inconsistent with each other, there will be a natural inner bias to distort our perceptions about such
and/or to change the belief or the behavior.

Not-Invented Here Bias
When a group of people are highly cohesive or simply having been together for a long time, they will develop the tendency to discount information or ideas that do not come from the preferred group or source.  What comes from outside and is “not invented here” will seem foreign and therefore wrong.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Bias
finally we are biased to set in motion a self-fulfilling prophecy based on our beliefs.  When we believe something, our belief becomes a meta-level frame that then governs perceptions and actions.  Then because we are a system, our whole system becomes organized to conform as best as it can to our beliefs.

If you have any questions about the importance of critical thinking skills- then take this short list of cognitive biases with you for a week and begin to notice them.  I think you will be stunned to discover just how much we all distort our sense of reality and how much we all need to keep learning and updating our critical thinking skills.

L. Michael Hall Ph.D-Founder of Neuro Semantics.

In the past weeks I’ve been writing about both Mindfulness and Critical Thinking.  I began with Reflection #46 on the Neuro-Semantics of Mindfulness.  Now I want to put these together.  Both are at the very heart
of NLP and Neuro-Semantics.  How do they connect?  One aspect of mindfulness is critical thinking- being mindful about how you are reasoning, thinking, and using language.  When you are engaged in critical thing, you are expanding your mindfulness.

Mindfulness inevitably builds critical thinking skills for several reasons. First of all because mindfulness requires an openness to experience, an openness to perceiving things from multiple views, to seeing multiple possibilities, and an openness to being wrong.  The possibility of being wrong arises due to the presence of cognitive distortions and biases.  We are all liable to mis-perceive, mis-hear, mis-evaluate, etc.  To not be open is to become less mindful, less aware of our fundamental fallibility.

Mindfulness builds critical thinking skills secondly by recognizing the role and predominance of our creativity.  If we become mindless when we go on automatic, operate by habit, live by routine, then we increase mindfulness when we play around with ideas, when we adventure into new and different
ideas, when we maintain our curiosity about how things work.  Mindfulness enriches creativity and yet creativity without reality-testing, quality controlling, checking the facts, and getting feedback from our innovations can become unrealistic, fantastic, and crazy creativity.

What’s the solution?  It is to complete the creativity.  That is, to move from the wild-and-crazy stage of brainstorming to the innovation stage of testing its reality.  That’s where we apply our critical thinking skills. We need both.  When both are working in unison we have creativity-and-innovation and in human personality, we have mind-to-muscle. We not only have great ideas, we also have the ability to embody and
actualize them in lifestyle.

One aspect of mindfulness involves being able to step back, and get the big picture.  Doing this can orient you to your world and enable you to gain perspective.  That takes you up and uses your self-reflexive consciousness in a highly creative and practical way.  But don’t stay there.  Your next step will be to bring that big picture down so that you can see the details of how you can operationalize it in practical actions.  In Neuro-Semantics we call this meta-detailing.  It is one of the prerequisites of genius which is more fully described in the book, Sub-Modalities Going Meta.

Getting the big picture enables you to gain perspective about the details. Yet if you keep generalizing and keep moving up you will over-generalize. Then the categories that you create and the classes that you generate will become less and less useful and can even blind you from the critical distinctions that you need to make.  It’s critical thinking that brings mindful awareness down to the critical details.  This is precisely what we do when we use the NLP Meta-Model of Language.  The “Specifically what …who … where … when” questions focus our attention on the critical details.  And that’s where mastery is- Mastery is in the details.  That’s what distinguishes an expert from a novice.  By specifying the critical success details the expert gets to the heart of things.

Both mindfulness and critical thinking enable us to “come to our senses” in new ways so that we can be here-and-now- fully present to life in the moment we are living it.  And both do this by enabling us to “lose our mind”-the old mind of habit, routine, thinking we “know it all,” and assuming there’s nothing else to learn.  It is that mind which so often blinds us to the here-and-now.  Then we’re not present.  Eyes we have but we see not; ears we have but we hear not.

One tool which I’m constantly recommending to our Meta-Coaches for this is the skill of effective interrupting.  At a very basic level just asking a person to self-reflect as they speak tends to interrupt their “talking off the tip of their tongue” and becoming mindful so they can think critically. “Did you hear what you just said?”  So in Meta-Coaching, the coach will ask this from time to time.  And clients most of the time will say, “What?  What did I just say?”

At a more advanced level, a Meta-Coach may ask, “Did you just hear that resource (or, solution, insight, limiting belief, presupposition, etc.)?” And again, this will interrupt most clients and they  will have to ask you to repeat what they said so that they can begin to hear what they are saying and what’s hidden in their words.  I’ve even had clients question me, “Did I say that?  Really?  Are you sure?”  The interruption interrupts their mindless chattering and calls them to a mindful awareness.

Another coaching interruption that we often do relates to a pattern of behaviors.  This occurs when we ask someone if they have noticed that they have now used a particular expression or linguistic phrase three or four or seventeen times.  “I’ve noticed that you have used X-pattern some five times now, are you aware of that?  Are you aware of how this may be limiting (or enhancing, empowering, sabotaging, etc.) you?”

We often do this with the linguistic distinctions which the Meta-Model of Language offers.  That’s because each distinction has the possibility of creating mindlessness.  Unspecified nouns and verbs do this which is why we ask, “What specifically are you talking about?”  The speaker may think he’s clear, but his words do not create precision.  This is even more true for nominalizations, lost performatives, cause-effect statements, complex equivalences, and presuppositions.  Inside of these types of linguistic patterns we can really become mindless- so much so that when we are interrupted and asked to explain ourselves- we can’t!  “What are you referring to when you say X?”  “What exactly do you mean by Y?”

This is where learning and using the Meta-Model enhances mindfulness.  It enriches your ability to be present and to engage in critical thinking about how you have and are mentally mapping things in your world.  I mentioned this with regard to some of the language used by the media in Ferguson (Reflection #48) and in the metaphorical language of calling the heart a “brain” (Reflection #49).  In the next Reflection I will do this with regard to one of the most inflamatory subjects on planet Earth.

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.
Neuro-Semantics Executive Director

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NLP is considered the number 1 tool of choice among the top celebrity business and life coaches around the world. It is well known that many top politicians including Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Barack Obama are trained in NLP. Celebrities that are known to use these skills are Oprah Winfrey, Sophie Dahl, Lily Allen, Gerri Halliwell and Jimmy Carr. It is said that Robbie Williams use a very simple NLP technique before going stage. All of these people use the skills of NLP to help them succeed in their profession.

What are Established Magazines and other opinion leaders saying about NLP:

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Neuro Semantics also known as the science of success as quoted in the Wall Street Journal, is considered as the latest advancement in the field of NLP and also known as the NLP 2.o version. Widely practiced by coaches and trainers in 40 countries around the world, as a Self-Actualization and Wealth Success tool.


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 In this 6-7 days I felt that the bridging of the “knowing-doing gap was really possible. I believe it was very scientific and I could experience the power of all the techniques. And the fantastic conceptual command that Romeo displayed and demonstrated and it help us achieve in similar ways, I think it was really powerful. This is the program I will recommend to every professional and every person who wants to change and take charge of their lives. Yogesh Bari-Head of People Development,French MNC

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Why a Meta NLP Practitioner is in high demand around the world?

Meta NLP Practitioner is someone who has learned to use the attitudes, principles and techniques s and NLP to create positive empowering changes in themselves and others that are focussed directly on career success. During the Practitioner Training, you will learn through demonstrations and interactive exercises how to: communicate effectively and persuasively, manage your state of mind and body to handle any situation and overcome unconscious beliefs that might limit your true potential and hold you back from real success.

We focuses centrally on the skills and processes for unleashing your potentials by mobilizing your best resources. If you are interested in becoming more resourceful, running your own brain, taking charge of your own life, and actualising all of your highest latent potentials, the models and patterns of NLP and Neuro-Semantics are designed as tools and processes to achieve just that.

Models for understanding the systemic nature mind-body-emotions & their effect onbusiness systems.
Patterns for developing greater competence, self-confidence, resourcefulness, and success in career, and relationships.
Skills for training, coaching, and consulting for living more mindfully and intentionally in adapting to an ever-changing world.
Self-actualisation of your best values and visions as you create the richest and most robust meanings for a truly meaningful life.

Romeo’s trainings are designed specifically to enhance your professional life. We are well known for its many change techniques – enabling you to set clear and achievable goals and overcome any of the fears and obstacles that may be standing in your way. By becoming a Meta NLP Practitioner you will become proficient in helping yourself and others resolve issues and conflicts and design a future that is both compelling and achievable.

Many significant benefits in the professional arena come from, from increased skills in communications, managing, influencing and team work, to entrepreneurial skills and increased self management for the self-employed and small business owner. Many people considering career changes have also found their NS & NLP skills invaluable in making effective decisions about their future, and increasing their abilities in key areas of life.

This course provides you with all the key concepts of NLP . The “Users Manual For The Brain” is the book based on this training and is an extremely useful addition to the course. Upon payment you will be sent the book or you can pick up the Practitioner Manual to familiarise yourself with the contents.

The International Society of Neuro Semantics-USA is known worldwide for its credibility and capacity to provide PREMIER NLP Training that transforms lives.

These are secondary benefits and features of the certification:

  1. Lifetime NLP Practitionerand also Neuro Semantics Practitioner’s License from ISNS -USA-one of the top 3 Premier NLP Body in the world. Be recognized as a best trained Practitioner.
    2.  Coaching Essential License from Meta Coach Foundation & ISNS – Meta Coaching Level I clearance. (International Coaching Federation’s-CCEU Level Course)
    3. A Participant’s manual of about 200 pages designed and written by Michael Hall and worth around $69.99 with 100 plus patterns and techniques.
    4. Lunch, Mini Breakfast, and evening tea  and snacks included.
    5. Umbrella of credibility under ISNS and access to 3000 pages of Neuro Semantics articles and pages of materials from NS website, the only NLP Society that provides rich materials for free.
    6. Post training support through e group membership at Neurons and becoming a part of ISNS chapter India.
    7. Get to be trained and coached by Romeo Haokip himself, who is one of the Top Neuro NLP expert in India. Get 2 Coaching sessions worth Rs.30,000 FREE if you are the lucky first 2 to book.
    8. Get 3 months phone support and lifetime email support from the Trainer.
    9. Get the Pre-requisite preparation ebook and videos around 10Gbs worth Rs.17,000 of Meta NLP materials as part of your fee package.
  2. The Triple certification fee is included in the fee. Certificate is not charged separately.
  3. Get to re-attend the course for FREE as an Assist Team Leader for enhancing your skill or incase you do not get clear the certification.
  4. 30% discount on your Master Certification.
  5. Learn the MAGIC and the structure to excellence in becoming a “state of the heart” Leader, Coach, Communicator, a Self Actualizing entity, a meta force of energy who not only knows EQ/SQ in the head but have learn tools to embed it in their muscle memory. Learn to stretch your brain in 67 different leadership and managerial perceptual continuum and flexibility, persuade and negotiate convincingly in the Boardroom, get yourself and others into hypnotic trance, learn around 100plus NLP transformational patterns to become the Scriptwriter, the Editor, and the Director of the best Movie-YOUR LIFE and to pass on the tools to others .

 How can the certificate help you Daywise ?

  • Help you gain not justinstant rapport with people for any situation but alasting relationship in Day 1.
  • You will learn to get yourself intobest states and manage your own stateand also learn to influence states in others on the 2nd Day. Patterns like the SWISH, Circle of Excellence, Anchoring, Fast Phobia Cure etc.
  • Also you will learn the most powerful form of questioning techniques-the Meta Model, which you can use during sales, negotiation, conflict management, problem solving, coaching, team meetings to detect layers of frames in the mind of those you converse with; and also goal setting with for self and clients through the Well Formed Outcomeand the SCORE Model.
  • On the3rd Day, you will learn the Meta Programs-also known as the perceptual filters through which people see the world and behave. You will be able to read and figure out people like a Psychometric testing instrument. You will discover and be surprised about how you have been programming yourselves all these years. If you are a CEO or a Recruitment Agent, you can also use this profiling template to filter out and pick people of your choice. But the good news is this is not a Personality Box, it’s a programming that we can easily change. You will find your relationships improve with your family members, employees, clients and they will be surprised at how much you know them even more than they do themselves.
  • On the 4th Day, you will learn thelatest Code of NLP-called the Meta States that changed the course of NLP history forever. You will learn to say No to your negative beliefs and Yes to something you always wanted to belief. You will understand how your higher beliefs and frame govern your everyday behaviours and how you have the ultimate choice and yes varied choices to define and interpret your life the way you’ve always wanted it.
  • On the5th Day, you will learn to detect, uncover the unconscious strategy people run in their mind to do something, what is it that motivates them, make them great learners, performers, decisive, or understanding. You will learn Modeling strategies to lay bare the secret techniques running in someone’s unconscious mind.
  • On the 6th Day,you will be introduced to Timeline, which has defined most of what you are today- Your Personality. We will learn to become aware of our timeline, change timeline and change and edit past events that are still haunting us from moving ahead and living fully in the moment. You will also learn to go into trance in few minutes and send others into trance so quickly that you will wonder if Hypnosis and Trance induction could be so easy. Everyone on the planet has been under hypnosis and trance unconsciously but this time it will be consciously done so that your unconscious is totally aligned with and have permission to do so.
  • On the 7th Day, we will carry forward timeline and try to understand it from the Meta States perspective and run patterns that will help us get rid of old decisions, emotions that are still interfering with our behaviours today, and also move into the future and deal with those unfinished businessesthat are keeping us anxious. Also we will learn to create New Part within us that will help us to trigger and activate desired behaviours like assertiveness, confidence, discipline etc. We will also deal with those internal conflicts that are warring inside of us and not allowing us to concentrate in either area.
  • On the later part of the 7th Day,we will have an Assessment and Testwhere you will be assessed on your competencies and knowledge. Most other NLP Certification just dole out certificates but we at ISNS-USA do not do that.We will withhold your certificate if we think you are not yet ready to receive the certificate, but we will allow you to attend our Next Course for Free to attempt again. Certificates are earned at the International Society of Neuro Semantics. This is what makes us different than other NLP Institutes.
  • If you clear the Test successfully, you will be certified as an NLP Coach, NLP Practitioner and Neuro Semantics Practitioner. And you will be proud to stand head and shoulders above other Practitioners in the country.

“Romeo is a highly conscientious trainer who cares deeply for his audience. His commitment to refining the basics as well as ongoing development make him an excellent trainer”.
Dr Alan Fayter-New Zealand, Dr.Clinical Hypnosis, IANLP Trainer.

Romeo is the only Indian Licensed Trainer and Master Practitioner in NLP-Neuro Semantics in South India from the International Society of Neuro Semantics-USA, who was personally trained at Hongkong by Dr. Michael Hall-Phd, Founder of Neuro Semantics-one of the most respected and recognized Trainer in the whole field of NLP & Cognitive Behavioral Psychology and Colin Cox from New Zealand, one of the finest NLP Master Trainer in the world.

Romeo Haokip certifies NLP Practitioners, Master Practitioners and  NLP Coaches under the auspices of the International Society of Neuro Semantics. Certification runs from 3 days to 14 days. His certification programs outside India cost around US$3000-4500 per participants. His network with highly quality Trainers and Meta coaches spreads across 40 countries. He has strategic partners and operation in Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka currently.

His Coaching and Training Model Origins:

Romeo’s expertise lies in the domain of peak performance and the psychology of Self Actualization based on Neuro Semantics Principles. His Coaching and Training models come from the field of the Cognitive Behavioral sciences, from Developmental Psychology, the Neuro-sciences, General Semantics, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), cognitive linguistics, cybernetics, and system dynamics. He has trained on more than 40 Cognitive Behavioural modules on Personal Mastery, Leadership, Communication, Sales, OD and other softskill topics to more than 40 corporate Clients.
Experience and Industry Sectors:

In his 15 years of experience, he has trained thousands of employees across various industries, of diverse age groups; coached Senior Executives, been an Advisor to many NGOs and taught and lectured in many prestigious MBA schools. He has experience in various industry sectors such as FMCG, Retails, Hospitality, IT/ITEs, BPO, Call Centres, Consulting & Training, Financial, Campus Teaching, NGOs, Coaching, F&B, HRD, Energy, FMCG, SCM, Financial Services, Telecom, Manufacturing, E-Commerce & Retail etc.

Certifications and Licenses 
ü Certified Licensed Trainer of ISNS-USA.
ü Licensed Administrator of MBTI STEP I & STEP II Expanded Interpretive Report
ü Certified Master Practitioner in NLP -ISNS-USA.
ü Certified Meta Coach-II ISNS – ISNS-USA.
ü Certified in “Accessing Personal Genius” and Coaching Genius Instructor-ISNS-USA.
ü Certified in Time Line Therapy, Conversational Reframing, Figuring Out People, Trance, Modeling-ISNS.
ü Certified Voice and Accent Coach, Customer Service, Spoken English & Culture Sensitization.

Contact us at ceo@leapsmanagement.com or call +91-9986149749.

For the past one year, I have managed to interact with a lot of NLP graduates from various NLP schools in India right from Bandler to Grinder’s camp and was completely surprised to learn what they were not taught. The reason am surprised is because when I questioned these graduates on very basic NLP concepts, they had no idea and were out of words, to come up with even close answers. Below I will describe and explain the 4 meta domains with the fewest words possible, but these are not the only stuffs we trained practitioners on, the rest are pretty similar in content with other NLP schools except the four meta domains.

NLP Practitioner atleast is comprised of the four Meta domains namely- the Meta modalities, the Meta Model, the Metaprogram and the Meta states. The meta modalities is commonly misunderstood in many NLP circles as sub-modalities when it actually is not “sub” or “lower” but “meta”, due to the power of its associated meaning to each cinematic features. For example the power of whether something is far or near, bright or dim is always a result of its meta semantics in the cinematic screen of your mind. Most NLP school focus too much on the so called sub-modalities and thinks, most changes happens there when it actually is not. Most transformational changes happen at the “meta” levels of awareness, understanding,decisions, beliefs,values,identity and purpose. If you don’t believe turning your favorite dish into the most disgusting food in the theater of your mind is real, no matter how hard you try, you will still relish the dish.

John Grinder was a linguist and brought the linguistics expertise on the table that brought the creation of the Meta-model, one of the earliest NLP model based on the modeling of 2 therapists Virginia Satir and Fritz Perl,geniuses of their time. Meta model is one of the pre-requisite model to learn to be a trained and certified coach or practitioner of NLP, because within the model are sets of linguistics distinctions and questions that helps the practitioner to extract the missing puzzle in the mind of a confused client or to recover what has been deleted, generalized or distorted when a client states their problems. Without this tool and model, a practitioner is basically handicapped and will have no way of taking a client through the self actualization process or change. Sadly, in India most NLP schools do not emphasized or teach this model in the Practitioner’s course, not even the very Grinder camp. In our Meta NLP Practitioner, we train participants atleast on 17 Meta-model linguistics distinctions, being fully aware that it is the tool every practitioner must be equipped with.

Meta State

Meta-program is one of the later model that was co-created originally by Richard Bandler and Leslie Cameron Bandler when they realized that traditional NLP method of facilitating change was obstructed when the metaprograms interfered in making the client want to make the change. Later it was expanded by many other co-developers like Wyatt Woodsmall and Michael Hall and in our Meta NLP Practitioner, we train participants atleast on 50-60 Meta-program filters for one full day, because practitioners can now detect the metaprograms interfering or enhancing a client’s behaviours by learning to figure out people. Metaprograms are basically, the way the mind sorts for information cognitively, emotionally, conatively and semantically. It deletes and sorts for or pays attention to one side of a continuum in a specific context when it comes to interacting with self or others or in simple words it is “Perceptual viewpoints“. For example whether one sorts for globally or specifically, closure or non-closure,options or procedures, self or others etc. Michael Hall our Founder has written an entire book on this and well there are over 60 plus metaprograms. These metaprograms are not set on stones although your whole personality is reflected through these programming. They can be changed and we train practitioners how to do so in our Meta NLP.

Meta states is one of the latest meta domain added to the field of NLP in the year 1994, which was developed by the Founder of Neuro Semantics, Dr.Michael Hall while he was working on a project of modeling on “resilience”, for which the International Association of NLP Trainers recognized it as the most significant contribution to the field of NLP. This was how Neuro Semantics was born or Meta NLP also globally as NLP 2.0 for its cutting edge models. The Meta states model has changed the whole dynamics of NLP and has taken it to the next level based on the psychology of Self Reflexivity and the higher psycho-logical levels of the mind based on Alfred Korzybski and Gregory Bateson’s work. Neuro-linguistics programming focused primarily on the representational experience a person goes through based on the stimulus-response trigger, whereas Meta states or Neuro Semantics focuses on the higher levels of the mind, where we think about our thoughts, where feelings are felt for feelings at a reflective layers. Out of the meta states models have been birthed several powerful models which have been successfully applied in creating the Meta Coaching system, one of the most powerful coaching system in the world. Sadly there are hardly NLP schools that teaches this stuff and to my knowledge there is only one association that does this apart from us.

Other than the 4 meta domains there are other valuable concepts and tools that are not taught in many NLP schools. For example, I don’t see any NLP school in India that does timeline therapy training even for one day at the Practitioner level although they cover it in the Master Practitioner. We at Leaps Management Consulting dedicate 2 days on Timelines alone during the NLP Practitioner and found it to be the most hypnotic process of the entire NLP training. The Milton Model is widely used to induce people into Meta trance like states and to re-edit the past of unwanted memories and also looking forward towards a brighter future. We also introduce the Mindline concept during the Practitioner for participants to be primed up for it when they do it at the Master Practitioner level. At ISNS-USA, we dedicate one day to deal with Modeling Level 1, because we believe most successful patterns and techniques were birthed out of modeling projects. Credit of the Meta State model creation goes to modeling project done by Dr.Michael Hall, remember? Of course there are many other concepts and tools we train on at the Practitioner level. For the complete list, check the below link.

For those who have gone through various NLP certifications your comments and experiences would be highly appreciated as am writing based on my experience of graduates I’ve encountered so far. Please feel free to correct me or let me know if your experience was different.

For those of you, who wish to know if you are truly NLP Practitioner competent please click the link to assess your NLP Practitioner knowledge if it’s at least 70 percent of what you were taught.https://leapsmanagementconsulting.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/nlp-practitioner-standards-self-assessment-what-does-it-take-to-become-certified-as-an-nlp-practitioner/

Article by: Romeo Haokip-Licensed NS-NLP Trainer of ISNS-USA.

Sources: Mostly on the works of Michael Hall’s research.

If the field of NLP as such involves and encourages a basic mindfulness, the Meta-States Model takes mindfulness to the next level.  It does this by the emphasis in APG (Accessing Personal Genius) where we introduce the Meta-States Model by emphasizing several meta-skills: the ability to step back, to transcend and include, to expand one’s perspective, and to
reflexively move up the psycho-logical levels.

At the essence of mindfulness is an openness to experience.  NLP begins this with a strong emphasis on coming to one’s senses and being open to the moment, to the here-and-now.  Yet experience is not a monolithic thing.Instead it has multiple levels and this is where the Meta-States Model really excels.  By embracing it fully, holding it, including it, you can
then step back from the current moment experience, and transcend it as you embrace the beliefs and understanding and other meta-level perspectives that hold it in place.  Do that and you begin to become mindful not only of the first level of the experience, but its meta-levels.

By including and transcending the experience, you gain a larger-level perspective of it.  Now you begin to become aware and open to the multiple levels of meanings that create the experience, that hold it in place, that enable it to be what it is.  This is the reflective awareness that takes mindfulness to the next level.  It enables you to develop a more expansive
openness to the more hidden but higher levels of your mind-body system. What any experience is- is not fully described or explicated at the primary level.  That’s just the grounding level.

Above and beyond the primary level of any experience are the meta-levels of the mind.  These are the levels that enable the experience to be what it is.These are the levels that create the experience.  Here we have understanding and beliefs and identities and permissions and decisions and dozens upon dozens of other meta-levels.  And given that in the book, Neuro-Semantics (2012), I identified 104 meta-levels, and four dimensions of meta-levels, you won’t run out of possibilities for expanded meta-level mindfulness any time soon.  This means that we can develop mindfulness along both a wide
range of openness to phenomenon at the primary level as well as a height range.

After all, mindfulness is a meta-state:
An awareness of your thinking-and-feeling experience.
“Why be more conscious? So that consciousness may become conscious of itself.”  (Abby Eagle, Sydney Australia)
Valuing and appreciating this present moment and so being fully present to it.
Witnessing the here-and-now with compassion and without judgment.
Maintaining a calm perspective of witnessing of one’s state (even states of pressure).
Being able to see and hold multiple perspectives simultaneously.
Being playfully adventurous in familiar and repetitive contexts.

>From these definitions of mindfulness and the wide-range of different kinds of mindfulness, these leads us in Neuro-Semantics to see mindfulness as directly correlated with choice and creativity.  Choice requires mindfulness.  It requires expanding and being conscious that in every situation you have multiple choices and are not a victim of some fate that
you can’t control.  Then like Viktor Frankl, you will can always recognize choice as your “ultimate power.”  Even in the concentration camp, he fully maintained his power of choice.  He was mindful enough to recognize that he had choices.  So he could then boldly assert that “they can not make me hate them.”  His emotions were his own.  How high a degree of mindfulness did that require?  A lot!  Even so, it is possible.  When a person doesn’t have a sense of choice, the problem isn’t the lack of choice, only his lack of perceiving it- being mindful of it.

Creativity also requires mindfulness.  It is the opposite, being mindless, that prevents one from seeing possibilities, playing around with curious questions, and being open to what is not yet, but could be.  In her book, Mindfulness (1989) Ellen Langer related mindfulness to creativity.  She posited that conditional statements would lead to being mindful and using
absolute statements would lead to operating in a mindless, automatic way. After showing a relationship between being mindful and creativity she noted that at the heart of creativity is the ability to stay open enough to embrace uncertainty.  Conversely it is the need to be certain that closes the door on creativity.

Regarding this Langer sounded a lot like Korzbyski.  “Teaching facts as absolute truth” she says, leads to mindlessness.  “In most educational settings, the ‘facts’ of the world are presented as unconditional truths, when they might better be seen as probability statements that are true in some contexts, but not in others.”  When we shut out conditions and contexts
we shut down creativity.  When we introduce conditionality, probability, “it depends,” “it could be,” etc. creativity thrives.

“If a theoretical model is presented absolutely, it will be thought absolute and the student may thereafter treat it rigidly.”  “The dampening of creativity in students by unconditional teaching is compounded by most textbooks.  Scientific investigations yield only probability statements and no absolute facts.  Yet these … are presented in textbooks as though they were certain and context-free.” (127, 128)

In embracing uncertainty by being mindful of the conditions and factors at play in a situation, people become more creative.  Here is one powerful meta-state that results in one form of mindfulness.  In being mindful in this way, a person details the specifics of the here-and-now in sensory-specific terms.  This makes one more fully aware of the present
moment.  And this is why training in NLP and Neuro-Semantic inherently develops and enhances the state and meta-states of mindfulness.

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

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