Monthly Archives: May 2008

Newcastle NLP and Calibration

Calibration is all about noticing and detecting things you see, hear, smell, taste and feel. It is about detecting patterning but more specifically it is about detecting the relationships between the things you see, smell, taste, feel and hear.

One of the first calibration exercises we do on our NLP introduction course is this.

This involves two ( or more ) people. One person (A) is going to associate into two very different states. The other people ( B ) are only going to listen to A’s counting, they will not be looking at them. So the purpose is to tune your ears up and in.

State one
Think of someone you really like and do really respect.
Count from 1-10, then break state.

State two
Think of someone your not so keen on don’t really respect.
Count from 1-10, then break state.

Now select either state one or state two, associate into it and,
Count from 1-10, then break state.

Person B, having listened to A’s counting in the last state can now note which state it was.

Finally invite, person A, to associate into the first state, so they are in a good way after the exercise.

One way to tune up a specific sense is to practice for just a short time every day and to do this repeatedly for a week. Here is a fantastic web site I have found where Nick Penny, for free and for you, shares the sounds he has recorded. An extremely delightful and original web site.

happy and productive listening.

nigel hetherington

Communicating Excellence
Excellence in NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapy

Introduction to NLP North East and Newcastle – Springy Steps

Good Morning

NLP – Introduction course in North Ease and Newcastle and Springy Steps to Relaxation

The sun is out, honestly it is even though it may be obscured by a cloud or two.

Today IntegrityNLP are running another of our excellent value and practical Introduction to NLP courses. The course is three days long and provides a thourough introduction to NLP with well structured and supervised excercises. And it is hosted in a pleasant and warm Training Environment.

If your not joining us today we plan to run another introduction in October this year

And if you have some time you would like to spend de-stressing, and that is spend time relaxing how about this wonderful article from the BBC

Putting a Spring in Your Step

kind regards
nigel hetherington

Excellence in NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapy

NLP Practice Group in Newcastle and the North East

There are plenty of Training organisations in the North East of England running various NLP trainings. Some excellent training providers, like StillPointSolutions offer excellent shorter courses and others like myself with IntegrityNLP offer longer courses.

Whichever course duration you have chosen to be best for you, we have at least one thing in common and that is the wonders and immeasurable opportunity’s developing our NLP skills opens up for us.

When I was studying for my NLP practitioner course I really enjoyed the extra opportunity to practice my NLP skills with a group of like minded people.

Our NLP Practice Group, The NLP Cafe is a structured, so you know in advance what process will be demonstrated on the night and its well supervised by experienced trainers who demonstrate the process first.

The NLP Cafe meets on the third Tuesday of the month to practice NLP and we meet on the first Wednesday of the month to practice hypnotherapy at The Trance Cafe.

Our practice groups are open to all practitioners, master practitioners and anyone who is currently studying for an NLP practitioner certificate.

nigel hetherington

Communicating Excellence
Excellence in NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapy

Applied Neuro Linguistic Programming – Newcastle upon Tyne

Our Newcastle Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma training 60 hour approved training with the GHSC and our NLP Practitioner training in Newcastle and NLP Master Practitioner course in Newcastle both 120 Hour and approved training with the Professional Guild of NLP explore and place a great deal of emphasis on Calibration.

Calibration is one of the absolute core skills of NLP. Good calibration skills let you notice repeating patterns of behaviour, changes of state and comprehend the non-verbal response before the verbal one is uttered.

In short calibration is so important it can not be emphasised enough. To provide an example of very poor calibration I remember an NLP training I undertook with a particular training provider when many of the participants were so bored with the trainer talking about their house, their garden and various other completely irrelevant jobs they had 20 years ago, that they were literally yawning to stay awake AND THE TRAINER DIDNT EVEN NOTICE! they just kept on flapping their gums, droning on and on.

Using an arcaic and long winded sentence structure, can sound confusing with words like ‘herewithin’ or ‘promulgated’, but its not really NLP, because NLP is about doing and actualisation.

So Lets get down to doing some

To provide a great example of calibration, self calibration specifically, take for example Richard Bandlers explication about just one of the differences between foveal and peripheral vision.

When you move, walking forwards or even running, there is a difference in the way perception seems to speed by. The image in the periphery seems to move relatively fast compared to the image in the focus. Now this may seem obvious when you think about it BUT it is self calibration that allows these finer and finer distinctions.

Here is a little experiment I have devised which is based on some of the works of Carlos Casteneda. Its about self calibration and how you can seriously improve your visual memory.

  • Close your eyes and make a picture of, say, your front room.
  • Notice where the picture seems to be in your own personal space. That is is it in-front, off to the left, panoramic etc.
  • Now for the important bit, notice where the image is particularly clear and by this i mean you know the details accurately ( how you know is not important here ). Also notice where the image detail is less clear.
  • Now compare where your eyes are looking and focusing to where the image detail is clear. You are really wanting to experiment with the relationship between detailed/clear image and your foveal and peripheral vision.

nigel hetherington

Communicating Excellence
Excellence in NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapy

Learning and Emotion

A little while ago, a top bloke I know mentioned that training facilitation is more about leading people through a series of states; In short, excellent facilitation is about states. I couldn’t agree more with him even if I didn’t want too. He is absolutely right.

As a training facilitator, one of the core and prime skills ( in addition to knowing your stuff and walking your talk ) is to be able to create states in yourself and of course other people.

In his extremely well presented and excellent book ‘The LITTLE BOOK of BIG STUFF ABOUT the BRAIN‘ by Andrew Curran a particularly relevant paragraph is this

… some 30 or 40 years ago a very smart chap called Donald Hebb argued you learn things because your nerve cells join together in a way that makes them fire together. He said that ‘Nerve cells that fire together wire together’. What is also know is that this wiring together of nerve cells is predominantly under the control of your emotional system – the more emotion in a situation the more likely it is you will learn from it…

This can be taken to mean

boring, dull uncharismatic, unemotional presenters who simply can’t be bothered, their messages will likely not be remembered very well and soon forgot.

The obverse is if you are lively, shiney, emotional, provocative and love what you do, dynamic – your messages, learning points and applications are much more likely to be remembered and acted upon and made use of in much bigger contexts.

nigel hetherington

Communicating Excellence
Excellence in NLP ( Diplomacy 😉 ) and Clinical Hypnotherapy

NLP practice group – Carlisle

Hello All

Helen Richards ( NLP Trainer and therapist ) runs a NLP practice group in Carlisle.

contact Helen on for more details

They meet the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each MONTH


Click here for multi-map link

Carlisle Carers Association
1st Floor
Fusehill Medical Centre
Fusehill Street
Carlisle CA1 2HE

the next event in JUNE is a LAUGHTER WORKSHOP with Keith Adams

and its an absolute bargain price too!
before you go contact Helen to let her know you are coming

Practice NLP in Newcastle May 20th – Practice getting in and out of a state

Some states are very simple and have common every day names such as: angry, loving, dissappointed. Other states can be complex combinations of feelings and moods that may have no name but are very familiar to us.Many people think that their state is something they are stuck with, in reality they are easy to change and choose. States and state management is a fundamental part of NLP.

In the next NLP Café meeting on May 20th we will explore getting in and out of states. In the first part of this practice group we will use a process to tease apart unresourceful states so that they are easier to change. In second part we will work on creating tailor made states for use on any occasion.

Join Andy Hunt and Nigel Hetherington to get in, and out of, a bit of a state at

St Oswald’s Hospice Training Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle on
Tuesday May 20th between 7pm & 9pm.

Newcastle NLP Social Event and Divine Comedy

An NLP night out with a full helping of comedy – coor blimey guv where do I sign up ….

Dont start to laugh yet, Dont start to think about the possibilities of a great group evening out yet, Dont even block out the 18th or the 19th of June from you diarys and calendars – WHY NOT? – BECAUSE – you dont know what it is yet…

Mr Paul J. Richardson will be performing amongst others as part of the Divine Theatre Company’s forthcoming comedy evenings on the following dates at the following venues

Wed 18th June – Magnesia Bank, North Shields

Thurs 19th June – Bridge Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne

Its a bargain at just £6.00

so be there at 7.30 for an 8.00 start ….


So if you want to go ahead and book some tickets now sent Paul an email and book some tickets for a guaranteed great night out!

nigel hetherington

Free Hypnosis Audio – Hypnotic Language Patters

Our Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma training in Newcastle upon Tyne and our NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner training in Newcastle upon Tyne both explore the practical uses of ethically applied hypnotic language patterns.

If you are interested in learning and developing hypnotic language skills or if you are already a practising hypnotherapist and you would like to get even more conversant with the Milton Model patters than this completely free audio recording may well be of interest to you.

This is the first of a series of completely free hypnosis training aids that shows you through demonstration, hints, tips and exercises exactly how to become really skilful in the use of hypnotic language.

If you go to the free NLP resources section here you can listen or download this and other NLP and Hypnosis resources.

all the best
nigel hetherington

Communicating Excellence
Excellence in NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapy

The Stress Response in the UK

There are a great many hypnotherapy and NLP processes to alleviate stress and on our Newcastle Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma course and NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner you can learn them all.

A particularly insightful article on the BBC web site shares some opinions from professor of organisational psychology and health Cary Cooper claiming excessive drinking is a manifestation of stress and that stress is caused by the long hours culture in this country.
Perhaps the even better option is the realisation that you are responsible for how you respond to the very real pressures of life.  If the best choice, the best way to deal with stress is to get blasted drunk then perhaps it time to create better choices.

Several years ago I worked for a small newcastle based software firm.  After several years of working really hard and putting in long hours I made a decision to only work the hours I was paid for.  OK I know it might sound strange that I worked many many hours more than I was paid for, but believe it I LOVED my job, until very unrealistic demands were repeatedly made both overtly and covertly and it kept happening.

There came a point though when I thought why am I doing this?  What do I want to do instead, what sort of job will I really love to do? I began coming in early and leaving early at work, always working my paid hours but no more.  This was ‘unofficially’ disliked and discouraged behaviour. I left at 4pm on the dot and I knew my bosses did not approve.

Only working my paid hours give me significant extra time to do the things that really mattered to me.  I felt so comfortable and relaxed.  Its about getting the work life balance, and than for most people means work to live.