Monthly Archives: November 2008

10 Hints & Tips for surviving a temporary recession – HT Two

Fear and Uncertainty are stalking the land, if you give em credence!

One of the best DVD’s I have seen for comedy, and real life feel good factors is DodgeBall. Its a comedy masterpiece. But don’t stop feeling the recession fear and uncertainty just yet.

Think about it…

Nothing in life is certain… It never has been.  And its OK to upset the status quo

Yeh, yeh maybe death and taxes are certain, but what about all the rest, what are you doing about it now?

Your state, the sum total of your physical, emotional and bio-chemical and bio-electrical activity may dictate to a large extent what you are going to achieve.

The often horrific truth is you, yes you, you are totally and utterly responsible for how you feel. This effects how you go about your business and operate in this world.

A gem, A jewel of inspiration is Lance Armstrong.

Watch this clip of Dodge Ball for a perspective on reality…

Now I want to invite you do participate in a little experiment. Its all about how you feel. In a nut shell its your feelings, your perspective on reality that MASSIVELY influences how you behave in this world.

This exercise, that I invite you to experience is based on ‘NLP Solitaire’ that my good friend Andy Hunt created. This has a little twist.

I am making a big assumption that your have a bunch of photographs that capture exquisite and inspiring events in your life. Go and find them. Now, find at least 10 photos that capture everything that can be excellent in your life. The very best…

Now for each not so good experience, like the so called recession make one singal representation, a mental image. Experience it fully and completely. Get that negative state. Now before you get something else…

While you can hold that negative state, look at each one of your positive experiences, encapsulated in a photograph, then look at the next photograph. Keep trumping your photos until your old negative state dramatically shifts to something extremely positive. One after another… Keep adding, trumping positive experiences, look at the photos…

Its like top trumps, keep adding excellent photos, one on top of another until you are feeling very good. Repeat the exercise until you are feeling damn positive.

Sorry, but this will not make the world OK. But…

This has the strong possibility of creating a positive state in you. In you. Your state MASSIVELY effects how you act in this world so being in a great, resourceful state will effect how you go about your business in this world.

Do the exercise, repeating it, until you notice a very positive change in how you feel.

When you are feeling really good and positive, start to act, in ways that make a positive difference in your life.

The more you do this, the more you will take positive charge in how you experience the world. The more you do this the more you will create you own positive destiny.

You are totally responsible for how you feel, truth. The way you feel massively influences how you act and operate in the world, which may just lead to how you want to be…

Newcastle Hypnosis Practice Group – 3rd December 2008

Hypnosis for Relaxation and Calmness

December, the traditional month for the almost obligatory strains of Christmas period shopping with non-optional queues and any amount of pre Christmas stress and pressure. Add in a pinch of doom and media gloom of the global credit crunch and simmer. A perfect recipe for increased blood pressure and short tempers.

Wouldn’t it be really good to have some alternatives? Well …

Get down to the final 2008 meeting of The Trance Cafe structured North East and Newcastle hypnosis practice group to engage in varying degrees of trance for relaxation and calmness. Unlikely to change the credit crunch but pretty much guaranteed to make you feel relaxed, calm and find your centre.

Places are limited to 15 so book in advance to guarantee your place

Come join in and explore in a warm, comfortable purpose built training environment. The Newcastle Hypnotherapy Practice Group, The Trance Cafe meets at St Oswalds, Regent Centre, Gosforth. First Wednesday of the month.

tea / coffee & biscuits included
7-9pm for only £10.00

10 Hints & Tips for surviving a temporary recession – HT One

Bad News album coverImage via WikipediaOne for sure way just about anyone can get themselves down, depress themselves and think negative thoughts is quite literally to surround themselves with a constant stream of bad news. Who on earth would choose to surround themselves with a constant stream of bad news you ask?

Well, anyone who watches the news on television, the radio or the net, morning, noon and night.  Seem familiar?

One of my best friends calls this kind of thing ‘The Train Wreck’ scenario. Imagine you are in the vicinity of a serious train wreck. You are so close it is just a few steps away. How likely is it that you would you walk over and take a peek? And, having taken a peek, would you keep looking, perhaps for just a short time?

Take a look at just about any news program, any internet news site, any newspaper web site and the vast, vast majority of the subjects is negative, worrying news. Its a fact, Bad News sells, it grips audiences and it can become compulsive viewing.

Do it morning noon and night and any time in between and I can just about guarantee it will have an effect on you. Probably not a good one. Repeated exposure over time will, I think will exacerbate effects.

Of course, the global media aren’t exactly responsible for this current temporary recession BUT they seem to be doing their best to perpetuate and exacerbate it by selling BAD NEWS.

Allow me to share with you a short personal story.

Some years ago I left my safe secure and thankless programming job. While in the process of setting up my current business I got into the habit of looking at internet news several times a day and within the space of less then a month was feeling uncharacteristically negative about a lot of things. I searched for what was different in my life, I had left a horrible job, decided to start a business all good things. So what was it?

What was getting me down was the constant stream of bad news I was subjecting myself to each day. So instead of watching the news several times a day I began looking at it once a day, then once a week. My mood changed considerably.

Can you learn to avoid ‘The Train Wreck’ scenario? Can you stop looking in one direction and choose another, a better direction?

Here is a tip I invite you to try out for yourself, and to notice what changes.

  • Take a measure of how you feel, right now, today. Write this down ( so you have something to compare with later )
  • For one week, stop watching/listening to news programs be they on the internet or television.  If this is too much and you are worried the world might freeze over cut the exposure down to once per day with a time limit. I strongly invite you to stop altogether.
  • At the end of one week measure how you feel. If it is better you can keep watching less and less bad news.

If you find this useful and you have explored this tip for a week, please pass it on to a friend and please feel free to leave a comment about how this worked out for you.

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NLP Model of the World – Content Imposition

Salve ( no this is not a viagra advert ), its the traditional Roman greeting.

See, we all have our views and perspectives. We all have our ways and opinions of what is right and wrong, acceptable and what we believe in or at least believe should be.

NLP, that archaic and unsubstantiated word is one methodology of, amongst others, of getting someone elses perspective on things. If you don’t, it is a way of proving yourself right no matter what the cost. Preaching from a chair perhaps.

The real world is very different, the real world is where we come from…

Here is a short video, unearthing what can happen when our world view is so fixed that we ( I smile when I write we )  construct and interpolate what someone else is attempting to convey.

This is an exert from one of our IntegrityNLP practitioner training in 2008.


North East NLP Practice Group – Questioning Skills

Questioning Skills is one of the most useful competencies and skill sets for therapists, coaches, really anyone who is working with others to achieve outcomes and get stuff done.

But it is much more that this. It is about making things happen, quantifying the unknowns and building honest and real motivation that generates ACTION. 18 November 2008.

Nigel Hetherington will be demonstrating how NLP’s Meta Model can be used extremely effectively to gather, create and flesh out action plans to really make things happen. From personal outcomes and goals to large scale business planning the non-therapeutic application of the process is the same.

Come and join this inclusive and structured North East NLP practice group on Tuesday 18th to explore the use of NLP’s meta model to form action plans that actually work.

So if you have some personal outcomes and goals you want to explore and actualise or if you have a business project that you want to turn into a realistic and workable plan come along and learn the process for yourself.

If you are quite serious about developing your skills and coming away with process you can use in the real world then get yourself along and join our friendly, inclusive and growing community.

7-9 pm with all refreshments provided for just £10.00

St. Oswald’s Teaching Centre
Regent Avenue, Gosforth,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1EE

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Generative Change – A Real Goal for Therapists?

The words ‘Generative Change’ are often written and spoken by a great many therapists. These words have become popularised but what do they actually mean and even more importantly how does any therapist go about engendering this ‘Generative Change’ with and for their clients?

Let me first expose what this is NOT.

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NLP Practice day in the North East and Newcastle

Communicating Excellence  Clinical Hypnotherapy courses run in the North East of England and Newcastle to provide the very best practical, cost effective and experiential trainings. Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma Training in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Newcastle and North East NLP Practitioner, North East and Newcastle NLP Master Practitioner.

On Saturday November 22nd we are holding one of our NLP Practice days, an opportunity to meet up with other NLPers and practice new stuff and develop your skills.

The day will be structured into four separate sessions, running from 9:30am to 5pm in a new venue in North Shields. Although we haven’t yet confirmed all the topics and presenter’s for the day Andy Hunt will be running a session called ‘What do you want for Christmas?’

If you are on, or have been on, one of IntegrityNLP’s courses the day is FREE of charge otherwise it will cost just £10. You will need to have had some experience of NLP, if you’ve attended an NLP Practitioner Training or one of our Introducing NLP trainings that’s fine, if you’re not sure drop us a line and we can discuss it.

As a special attraction (!) the venue is just a few hundred yards from the Royal Quays retail outlet centre and we’ll be allowing an extra half hour at lunch if you care to do a bit of Christmas shopping.

For more information and booking contact

IntegrityNLP is run by Nigel Hetherington, Harry Knox and Andy Hunt

North East Hypnosis Practice Group – November 5th

Changing ‘Bad’ Habits

Habbits ‘good’ or ‘bad’ are formed through repetition. A habit really does mean you can learn very well.

This months Trance Cafe will use three elements to change an old habit.

  • The Elman Induction – to induce trance
  • Alan Jones Control Room metaphor for you to ecologically make those changes happen, havent you, always know you can learn ‘habits’ really well!
  • Future rehearsal to cement a new habit in place

Places are limited to 18 so book in advance to guarantee your place

Come join in and explore in a warm, comfortable purpose built training environment. The Newcastle Hypnotherapy Practice Group, The Trance Cafe meets at St Oswalds, Regent Centre, Gosforth. First Wednesday of the month.

tea / coffee & biscuits included
7-9pm for only £10.00