NLP Training Fast Facts

The Myth of 'Accelerated' or 'Fast Track' NLP Training Programs

Debunking the myths – and what you should know before you invest your hard-earned money in any NLP Training programs

In this article, you'll discover the myth of those seemingly "Accelerated" or "Fast-track" NLP training taught by training providers whom we consider are substandard and several top facts you should know before you invest in any NLP training programs.

Here we'll share with you some of the most common problems and challenges our past and prospective students faced when choosing the right NLP training in Malaysia and abroad.

The Traditional NLP Training Format

In the early stage of NLP, during the early 1980’s, there was just only ONE (1) NLP Practitioner training program which involved a minimum of 120 training hours.

As the time frame of the training seminar is too long to fit into the modern lifestyle, over the years, the ‘NLP Master Practitioner’ program was designed to split the original program into two training programs to take in the additional material.

Therefore, as we can see today, the NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner program.

The original 120 hours has always been a tight squeeze. Ask any NLP trainer who uses the original style full-length, full-syllabus NLP Practitioner training course—they will tell you that it’s a tough job getting all of the current syllabus into this time frame, that is if you wish people to be an effective and competent NLP practitioner, it takes time to:

⇒ Practice the skill

⇒ Ask lots of probing questions

⇒ Learn from one another’s experiences

⇒ Discuss their experiences

⇒ Explore the practical applications of what they have just learned.

All these stages are essential to a thorough, in-depth learning experiences.

Hearing an entertaining and charismatic speaker describing the material or having lots of games and fun don’t necessarily result in an enduring learning experience. Nor does just watching a skilled trainer demonstrate the skills, without having the students to take time practice the skills, mentoring and feedback from the trainer.

It’s the necessary time taken for discussion, interaction, troubleshooting the details, guidance, coaching and mentorship that ‘wires in’ the learning.

Learning to swim via books, lectures and tapes...

Imagine learning swimming just by reading book on swimming, listening a lecturer describe swimming, watching a video of someone swimming or listening to audio tapes on how to swim. These will work fine if you want to be knowledgeable about swimming.

However, if you want to be able to swim you need to actually do it – you need to get into the water, getting your head under the water, kicking the water and have on-going coaching from your swimming coach . . .

So, what do you want in your NLP training?

When considering an NLP Practitioner course, it's a good idea to decide what outcome do you want to have at the end of the training . . .

Do you want many nice pieces of certificate to frame and hang on the wall afterwards?

Or do you want new practical knowledge, a nice piece of paper (school with a good name, reputation and credibility) plus practical skills which you can apply, right away, in your everyday life with measurable results.

Because if you want to have the practical skills you need to learn actively through listening, discussing, doing, and reviewing. And this does take more time and effort, requires smaller groups and cannot be delegated to unskilled staff.

Faster learning through hypnosis & accelerated learning...

Some NLP schools and organisations promise that you can learn quicker because they will use hypnosis and accelerated learning to train your unconscious mind. Hypnosis certainly can enable some people to feel better about themselves and their subject and, some say, to more quickly acquire certain types knowledge. While there’s limitation to how fast accelerated learning technique can speed up a person’s ability to learn, as learning takes time to digest and effort to progress.

However, it is questionable whether hypnosis can be used to develop complex skills. If this were the case it would be widely used in mass markets such as driving tuition, flying lessons, medical schools, etc. where millions could benefit and huge profits could be generated by teaching hundreds or thousands of people at a time.

It's an interesting, if a rather scary prospect, to consider how air or road safety statistics would change if henceforth all 18-years olds attended 'fast track' or 'accelerated driving lessons' in which they learned to drive in a trance state... — or all airline pilots and medical surgeons learned their skills through hypnosis.

Buyer beware!! If you ever encounter such NLP school or institute promote learning through hypnosis or accelerated learning and their training duration are conducted in short time-frame, chances are those NLP trainers focusing on profit maximizing and substandard NLP training.

(If you’re not sure whether the NLP school you’re looking for provides solid, high quality training, feel free to contact us for a FREE Consultation to ensure you get the right NLP training provider that is worth your investment now.)

The Happy-clappy enter-trainments

What most of these enter-trainments have in common is the ability to provide amost entertaining experience with lots of humour, fun, audio-visual props and group bonding. They are great fun - designed to be such - and many feel exhilarated afterwards.

They also have other features in common which the critical, independent thinker and those who are serious in learning NLP may find less attractive:

  1. The ‘Playtime is more than the lecture time. They’ll justify that learning through games are more memorable. In fact, more playtime means less teaching time, less in-depth explanation.
  2. They cannot provide participants with as much time for practical hands-on learning and feedback/coaching from the trainer as the serious full-length programs.
  3. They cannot provide sufficient time or opportunity to allow participants to critically question and discuss the material thoroughly with the trainer, in-depth. And the NLP trainer can avoid the hassle explaining difficult concepts or answering difficult questions from participants, by rushing and fast pacing the teaching.
  4. They spend little time in the exercises, drills and practices to 'wire-in' the necessary NLP skills.
  5. They don’t provide sufficient time to thoroughly and experientially cover all of the syllabus in the NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner program. Red flag alert: if they claim that they can cover all of the syllabus in short amount of time (this would be a ‘touch-N-go’ teaching, with very minimal deep learning process).

Many such trainings actively discourage questioning, disagreement or critical discussion of the material. Learning through discussion takes up too much time so it is often replaced by an attitude: "Leave it to us - we are the experts and we know best - you'll appreciate the benefits of our approach after the training".

(If you’re looking for the right NLP school to learn serious NLP and unsure whether the NLP school/trainer you’re looking for provides solid, high quality training, feel free to contact us for a FREE Consultation to ensure you get the right NLP training provider that is worth your investment now. We'll also provide you a thorough check on the quality, background and credibility of the training provider.)

The 4 Steps to Highly Profitable NLP Trainings


Let us share with you a few insider tips on How to spot NLP training that have questionable quality and Why you should not gamble with your training investment.

Bright Idea # 1: Having larger groups — pack more people in

It's a lot more profitable to hold workshops with 15 or 20 or even 100's of participants than to have 6-10 people in your workshop!

With large numbers per workshop they can have huge advertising budgets, run fewer courses, and have much lower overhead costs per delegate — highly profitable!

Of course, you do need to give participants the impression that they are being treated as individuals in these large trainings so they bring in 'training assistants'. These can be previous participants who get to repeat the course free of charge in return for managing the crowd and ensuring that participants don't bother the trainer with too many questions, especially during break time.

With large groups, you get less attention and time directly with the trainer himself/herself, to coach you, mentor you, and providing feedback on your questions and learning. And with large crowd, group-thinking will discourage participants to ask question that might sound silly; the trainer will have to manage the crowd to ask less questions and minimize interruptions so that time is not overused in Q&A session; and the trainer can dodge difficult, awkward, challenging questions that he/she may not be able to answer.

Bright Idea #2: Having larger groups — and run shorter courses.

To further maximizing profitability is to make the courses shorter and re-brand them 'accelerated' or 'fact track' practitioner programs.

Q: So how do you pack the same amount of material into one third of the time?
A: Lesser material is covered, participants have less practice time, tell you to get lots of home practice, read the prescribed book list and materials, and perhaps listen to some audio lectures.

Q: But, the trainer promises to cover the full-syllabus, is it possible?
Yes and no. Yes, the whole syllabus can be fully covered. No, this is a 'Touch-N-Go' approach of teaching and learning. Let's think about it: how deep, detail, specific, and in-depth does the syllabus can be covered in shorter time? Let alone, trying to apply the the knowledge on practical skills. Learning takes time, so does teaching.

This 'accelerated or fast-track' formula has immediate appeal for the person who is unprepared to invest the time and effort in attending a full-length, full-syllabus training but who wants to have a piece of paper proclaiming that that they are a 'certified practitioner of NLP'.

Whether or not they could learn the same amount as well as develop the same degree of behavioral skills in 3—6 days as they could in a full 8-day program is left unquestioned.

"But, this is the age of instant-everything! We have fast food so why not fasttrack trainings?" Well..., the nutrient value and the long-term effects of junk food is commonly questioned by those who are not swayed by clever marketing.

Bright Idea #3: Lower fee to induce larger groups with shorter training.

Due to the appearance of shorter duration of training, lower fee seems reasonably value for money to learn something. However, with shorter training, do expect a ‘Touch-N-Go’ training and learning approach. Lectures, discussions, and practice drills will be briefly and swiftly rush through, so that participants have little to no time to ask questions. Having heard of the expression "Knowing everything from A—Z, but learn nothing in detail from it?"

NLP is about competency in applying the skills, not just intellectual understanding of the knowledge. And by the way, how much intellectual understanding can we expect given that the lectures are so brief in the short time-frame.

Bright Idea #4: Lower fee, having larger groups, shorter training, and use hypnotic suggestion and accelerated learning approach to teach.

The subtle language and behavioral patterns of hypnosis, such as nested loops, fractionation, metaphor, direct and indirect commands, have always been taught and used in NLP trainings at Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Trainer levels. They do enable us to pack a lot more into an NLP training than in a more conventionally presented and designed one.

However these are ideally used to provide a more thorough training experience - and, importantly, they are used in a manner that enables participants to recognise their use and learn the patterns themselves.

Using such patterns to covertly install marketing messages or to convince participants that they have made a good purchase would be a highly questionable process.

In large groups it is relatively easy to additionally use such phenomena as crowd control and group-thinking to inhibit critical thinking and to minimize interruptions or awkward questions. So participants are told that they are learning through hypnosis and their unconscious mind knows how, because of this, they are learning more than they realize they are learning... hmmmmm...

One final word . . .

All of the points shared above regarding to the seemingly "Accelerated" or "Fast-track" NLP training shared with you, are experiences and feedback we received from prospective students who are unhappy and dissatisfaction about the training they received from their former NLP Trainer.

To sum up, here are some of many top reasons prospective students are unhappy about:

1. Shorter course NLP Practitioner training (e.g. 3 — 6 days training).

2. Cheap, low priced training, that accompanies with unsatisfactory level of competency achieved after the training, and of course, often comes with multiple certificates.

3. Trainer who are not certified from a well-known, high integrity NLP Institute/School.

4. The 'feel good' entertainment training, and realize that how little they actually learn in applying NLP in real life to solve their daily problems.

5. Their NLP Practitioner certificate are not qualified to proceed to our next level NLP Master Practitioner Certification. Why? Simply because Reason (1), (2), and (3).

6. And because of the Top 5 Reasons above, they feel disappointed, disheartened and lose confidence on NLP methodologies and claimed that "NLP, is just another training seminar that doesn't work . . . "


We share their frustrations! And we are furious about those training providers whose sole purpose is to make a few quick bucks at the expense of students' hard-earned money, the quality of training delivery, and misrepresenting the field of NLP.


(If you’re looking for the right NLP school to learn serious NLP and unsure whether the NLP school/trainer you’re looking for provides solid, high quality training, feel free to contact us for a FREE Consultation to ensure you get the right NLP training provider that is worth your investment now. We'll also provide you a thorough check on the quality, background and credibility of the training provider.)

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