Choosing Your NLP Training Provider

If you are thinking about doing an NLP Practitioner in Newcastle upon Tyne or in the North East of England then do have a look at our responses to Andy Smith’s guide to choosing an NLP Practitioner course. In addition to NLP you will also learn Hypnotic and Hypnotherapy skills too. Andy Smith of Practical EQ has written an excellent summary of ways to choose an NLP Practitioner course that’s right for you. Given the plethora of courses available in all sorts of styles, this is a very helpful guide to new ‘NLP shopper’. Before my shortened version of his list there are a couple of essential things you can find out about any prospective course.

Meet your trainer(s) : You will be spending a lot of time and money on your course so it is very important that you get on with your trainer. Call them up and talk to them, better still arrange a meeting. Why? You owe it to yourself to make sure your trainer can deliver. Remember – talk to them first even better meet them in person.

Inspect the Venue : Your learning environment is a critical part of your NLP journey. Some training providers run their courses from 5 star hotels to little better than dilapidated buildings shared with probationary services.

Be certain your learning environment is clean, warm and comfortable.

How to choose a practitioner course

  1. What is the emphasis of the course? Therapy, business, self development or general purpose.
  2. How big is the course? Course sizes can range from 12 to 500! How big would you like your group to be?
  3. ‘Intensive’ or ‘Extensive’? Intensive courses can be as little as 7 days long, extensive courses are usually 20 days long.
  4. How is the course structured?
    Does the course run for 10 days straight, or one weekend a month over
    10 months? Do you want to complete the course quickly or do you want
    time to take it on board and integrate the learning into your life.
  5. How much access do you get to the trainer? Is the trainer available to answer questions or does he use assistants and coaches to do that work?
  6. How much are NLP Practitioner courses? The pricing varies from under £1,000 to £3,500 that’s quite an investment.
  7. How much does the personality of the trainer matter?
    Does your trainer inspire trust? Do you feel at ease with them? If
    possible meet up with them before taking a training to find out what
    they are like.
  8. Does accreditation matter?
    Since there is no official body setting the standards a lot training
    institutes adding their own ‘accreditation’ to the trainings.

Here are THE answers to THE questions

Emphasis of the course:
Practical application, Nigel’s course is structured so that you learn by doing. NLP is not a theoretical subject and through experiential learning you will gain skills and techniques that you will be able to apply in your own life and others.

In doing the exercises you will not only learn NLP you will also develop mentoring or coaching skills that will assist you in applying NLP with others as well as yourself. Training is delivered from the NLP foundations of rapport, calibration and behavioural flexibility while having a specific outcomes in mind.

There is, naturally, a strong emphasis on ethics and the appropriate use of these powerful skills.

The accent of the NLP training with Nigel is towards the helping professions and working with clients viz therapy and working 1:1 with real clients. This means really knowing the tools and process so you are personally congruent. Easily adapted to the business world.

Group size:
To give you the right amount contact and interaction with course facilitators our maximum group size will be 18 participants. There are experiences assistants working with the facilitator during the training.

Length of the course:
I run 12 ( 14 including optional practice weekend ) or 9 days trainings. The core content is the same for both NLP Practitioner training courses.

There is absolutely no requirement to do any additional outside study or purchase additional materials as all required material is provided. For those who want to know more we provide a comprehensive reading, audio and video list to help them develop their understanding and skills.

Structure of the course:
12 days training is over six months, two days per month which are Saturday-Sunday. The 9 day training is completed over one month. Each course has necessary integration and practice times between the modules.

There is much time devoted to experiential learning, a cycle of instruction, practice and reflection. At the beginning of each weekend, in keeping with our emphasis on practical application in the real world, we share and explore our experiences of NLP between modules and share our learnings and discoveries as well as answering any questions that arise.

Access to the facilitators:
During the course the facilitator(s) and assistants are readily available during the training and breaks. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and fully participate in the experiential learning.

Outside of the course your facilitator is available via email and of course telephone.

How much is the course:
Strongly believing that this amazing and incredibly enriching technology that is NLP has to be within reach of as many people as possible, not just the rich.

Since 2005  Communicating Excellence has provided excellent and highly affordable NLP Practitioner training courses. Remarkable value at only £595 for 9 days or £625 for 12 days.

There will never be Groupon deals or special offers or meal deals. The price you see is what the training costs.


All NLP Practitioner trainings require a booking deposit. This is a non-refundable £150 deposit. The NLP training course balance to be paid three weeks before the training begins. SNLP certification is an additional £100.


Personality of your facilitators:
Nigel is known to be dynamic, engaging, challenging, playful, sincere and fun. That’s quite a mix to be sure. Honestly motivated to help you learn and embody through doing and contrast, he has little interest in you knowing the theories of NLP at practitioner level. NLP Practitioner is exactly what the title implies ‘Practitioner’ and so NLP Practitioner training is about being able to do NLP.

Communicating Excellence training is accredited by The Society of NLP and Communicating Excellence.

NLP Trainer Training certificates held with SNLP Dr. Christina Hall and Dr. John Grinder ( a co-creator of NLP ).

How your progress is assessed.

  • Through continuous assessment throughout the course
  • There is no written examination ( NLP is a practical application subject )
  • Your attitude, active participation and support in our group


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