Business and professional people have benefited from NLP Practitioner Courses. They’ve increased sales, improved their relationship with clients, stakeholders, staff and suppliers and and unlocked some of their deepest ambitions.

NLP Trainer Michael Beale has observed from his 12 years of both training and being trained, that while you can benefit from most NLP trainings, there are 6 key elements in choosing the most worthwhile NLP Courses.

These are:

1) What you want to achieve
2) The attitude, skill and integrity of the trainer
3) Class size
4) Accreditation offered
5) Investment
6) Your personal choice

What you want to achieve

It’s important that you have an idea of what you want to achieve from your training. Having a purpose will help you get the most out of NLP and help you to find the right NLP course for you – one that will help you to get what you want. A good trainer will help you refine and develop your purpose as they work with you.

It’s best to choose two or three specific business or professional objectives and one or two more personal objectives.

It’s a very positive sign if the trainer is able to run the course to meet these objectives together with the specific needs and aspirations of their delegates.

The attitude, skill and integrity of the trainer

Watch and listen to your potential trainer practice NLP approaches and techniques with customers and clients. Does he or she appear comfortable and achieve useful results particularly when things don’t initially go according to plan?

Another important aspect of NLP training is that you trust your trainer. Your learning will be accelerated if they put you at ease. One of the essential elements in the training relationship is that the trainer allows you to be yourself and has no problem if you hold differing beliefs to them.

Class size

Large training groups are more like a lecture and it’s easier for you to ‘hide’. Smaller training groups require more courage and openness, because you cannot ‘hide’. In addition the smaller the numbers, the greater the focus on your own agenda will be and the more potential for a powerful outcome. 1:1 training can be particularly effective if you can afford the investment.

Accreditation offered

NLP trainings are unregulated. On the whole this is a positive thing, because it means that NLP training companies are not hindered by regulation that promotes uniformity and standardization. However, it’s critical that potential clients are able to find out the calibre and quality of their trainer before commencing their training.

To ensure that you don’t end up with a poorly qualified trainer, we suggest that you look for those NLP trainers that have several years experience and have kept their accreditation up to date with Richard Bandler and or John Grinder, the co-creators of NLP. They’ve both developed NLP significantly over the past 30 years and recently continued to make it more effective than many less effective practitioners and trainers.


Professional training is measured by the quality of the course content and the skill of the trainer. You need to know in advance whether you want to buy training on the basis of ‘quality’ or ‘price’. Buying on price alone is fine, but don’t expect the quality of training to be in the same league as the more expensive NLP courses.

Your personal Choice

NLP Courses are about your development. Speak to potential trainers in advance about what you wish to achieve. The focus should be on you and not the trainer, or in fact about NLP itself. NLP is an enabler to help you achieve what’s important to

In addition speak to bosses, friends, colleagues, but also feel able to ignore their recommendation if it doesn’t seem to suit what you want to achieve.

Good NLP leads to both personal power and personal freedom. Chose a trainers and practitioner training course that you genuinely think and feel that will help you achieve them.

Author's Bio: 

Michael Beale is one of the UK’s leading NLP Trainers and Business Coaches. For further details see Michael's website NLP Courses.