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Join with Matt Barnett - in discovering the power of your unconscious mind and the NLP techniques that you can use
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Created by Matthew Barnett
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Embrace the automatic goal achievement mechanism that lies within
  • Take action knowing that it will lead to amazing results
  • Learn anchoring - to take control of your feelings and emotions at any time
  • Learn the Key components to an achievable outcome so that you can confidently take on any goal or project
  • Be more confident and assured by taking control of your state
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  • All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn

In this engaging Introduction to NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming. Matt Banett - Author Coach and Certified Trainer of NLP will show you.

  1. How to think differently to supercharge your effectiveness through understanding perception  
  2. Take action that leads to massive results in your life 
  3. How to take on the Principals of Success that practically assure you will hit your goals
  4. Learn about your unconscious mind - your automatic Goal Getter that will work to realise your dreams on auto pilot
  5. Get insight into some of the core skills and tools of an NLP Practitioner

This is an Introduction to NLP and its a comprehensive one ! which will give you everything you need to start the process of taking control of your results and achieving your goals. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to take control of their mind and their results
  • This course is not for you if you prefer to let life pass you by
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
13 Lectures 54:18

this video is more important than you might think, yes its a lot of fun, and pretty amazing when you first do it


Ok so lets get into some of the nitty gritty. The definitions of NLP. 
Well you probably already know that NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic programming, but what does that mean. 

What is NLP

What is nlp really?

Well truthfully NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming is whatever you decide it to be. NLP is certainly a set of practical tools that can be used with people to make changes in their lives, AND I think its much more than that. I am speaking personally, here and as someone who is passionate about NLP. And in my opinion, When you get past the techniques and concentrate more on the pre-suppositions of nlp. Something that we will be looking at in more detail later in the course. Then I think NLP is really a mindset  or a way of thinking that is both positive and results driven, It is a shift in thinking from the norm, and is much more of an attitude. Than a set of tools, that you might think NLP is when you first study it.  

What is NLP really

In the developmental period of their lives, children haven’t yet learnt to think for themselves and as such an we sometimes unconsciously do it for them and certainly influence the way in which the child forms an opinion of the world. 
This is such an important time for development and a time where even simple sentences can affect a child’s development into adulthood. Children start to associate experiences as they grow up and start to develop what I refer to as automatic assumptive thoughts, which through reinforcement can often become deeply held beliefs.

The developmental period nd beliefs

NLP is made up if you like from some of the best bits of psychology of the last century or longer. And you can read more about these people and influcences in the ‘Key influences in NLP section’ So this is basically an overview. 
Ok so one of the first people to start to put down in writing was Alfred Korzibski who in his 1933 book Science and sanity who was responsible for the phrase that I am sure you will have heard and will hear more of as you study NLP, ‘The map is not the territory’ Now what korzibski meant when he said this is that the words we use are not the events they they represent. That a map is similar in terms of structure to that which it represents and that is why it is useful, but that it is not the actual territory it represents at all.

Basic History of NLP

Causality or the the cause and effect equation states that a cause causes a certain effect. What I mean by that is that there is a link between a cause eventand a subsequent (effect) event. Where the cause happens first and the subsequent event is the effect. Or where the second event the effect is manifested as a result or consequence of the first cause event. Action reaction is another way of looking at this.  

Cause and effect

Borrowed from the work of Carl Jung a Swiss Psychiatrist who’s work has played a big part in the development of NLP. And this concept of perception is projection.  Do you remember, maybe as a child, people saying “takes one to know one!” well it’s TRUE… and sometimes it is a good idea to remember this consciously. Sure, as we go through life and we learn the skills that NLP makes available to us, large amounts of what we learn we ultimately end up doing unconsciously; and sometimes, it is a good idea to bring these NLP concepts into our conscious awareness. 

Perception is projection

 Your thoughts affect your physiology and your health,  as you will learn we know absolutely that our thinking changes our physiology, and I wonder if you have considered how it changes your physiology at a cellular level. When your thinking is positive and aligned with your purpose, then you are essentially in flow, you are working with all of you, each part of you playing its part in harmony, and you sail through life with ease.
  If your thinking is all over the place, your beliefs are disempowering and not conducive to your achieving your goal, then guess what, you can cause dis-ease in your body.


In NLP we are in the business of excellence, we take excellent behaviour and turn it into a process that we can replicate. And of course y you dont have to commit to excellence in studying this NLP training course, in fact  you don’t have to in any area of your life. And a lot of people have 'settle' level. a level where their knowledge or results are 'enough' or will do for them. 
If you want to do that with your knowledge of NLP thats fine, it is your knowledge afterall. Equally if you have a settle level that results in you ‘getting by in life, and you are happy motoring along without anything exceptional happening in your life then thats great and you don’t have to change that unless you want to. 

Commit to excellence

Responsibility, seems to have for most people a feeling of dread attached to it, but as Steven Covey says in his really quite fabulous book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people. Responsibility can be thought of as your ability to respond, your ability to choose the response to a certain situation that empowers you, and enables you to remain positive and focussed.  Have you ever been out for a meal  and it hasnt quite been what you expected.? Let me ask you a question. Who is responsible for the way you feel after that meal that didnt quite deliver? 

Responsibility for change and value

So here are some facts about the amazing grey matter between your ears which will give you some insight into why what you will be doing in this course works so well. For example
Did you know that your brain accounts for only about  2% of the body’s total weight. Yet is uses approximately 20% of the body’s total oxygen intake and uses up about the same proportion of energy 

The Human Brain

Llets take a look at this incredible human brain in a little more detail.  And discover in a very general overview the structure of the Human brain and by doing so you will understand from a physical perspective how our non linear system interacts with each physical part of the brain to build up this whole system that I have eluded to so far 

The triune brain
Keys to an acheiveable outcome
11 Lectures 31:41

These Keys have come about after extensive research and study into the principals and attitude adopted by people that consistently achieve their goals. When the creators of NLP started modelling successful therapists and other individuals that were known for their ability to hit their goals with apparent ease. They discovered that there are a number of traits disciplines and attitudes that these people adopt in their lives


To establish a good an achievable outcome, that goals needs meet the first key in the list.  The goal or outcome must be be stated in the positive

Now this comes down to motivation a lot, and , if you like the ‘why’ of what you have set as a goal. Why is it that you have this goal? What is it you are wanting to get out of achieving this goal or what is it that you don’t want any longer, the achievement of the goal being a to way to ensure you can get rid of a particular aspect of your life or behaviour

Stated in the positive

Part of successful goal setting and achievement is not only knowing where you want to get to but also knowing where are currently. This is really important in determining whether or not a goal is realistic or not.

Whilst yes, pretty much anything is possible, it isn’t always realistic or plausible.

Specify present situation

The simple fact of the matter is, if you don’t know where you are going, you are unlikely to arrive there. You have heard it said in may different ways before I am sure and it is so true, imagine a game of soccer with no goals,  archery without a target. Imagine getting in a car and just driving, with no destination or map and see how you get on.

Specify Outcome

‘How will I know that I am achieving my goal, or have achieved my goal” what evidence will there be along the way, and when you have achieved your goal that will make it absolutely undeniable. what happened along the way that was evidence that I was achieving my goal?

Specify evidence procedure

For you to be successful in achieving it the outcome or goal must be congruent with your entire system.

In Nlp when we talk about congruency, we are referring to the physiology that accompanies our externalised dreams or goals. So what I mean by that is, does the physiology that you are communicating outward match the language that you are using, the conscious way in which you talk about what you desire

Be sure it is congruent and desirabel

this is so very important  you must take full and complete ownership of your goal. And that means that for a goal to be truly achievable and viable, it must be initiated by you, so it must be YOUR goal and not someone else. If you don’t have 100% buy in to the goal then you are sitting yourself up to have some issues along the way

Is it self initiated or self maintained

Does the goal you have and the picture of it in your mind tick all of the correct boxes, and does it make sense in context, so in order to get this clear in your mind, you need to ask the question. Where how when and with who do I want this goal?

Is it appropriately contextualised

There are many different types of resources, for example time, money, material things like equipment, software, machinery etc and there are less tangible items as well such as a positive attitude, confidence, creativity etc. 

So to give your goal the best chance of success this key is crucial if you want to really get things going in the right direction

What resources are needed

whether you like it or not, everything you do, affects something else, physically mentally spiritually, energetically. And The study of ecology gets you to consider the consequences of the pursuit of your goal and its ultimate achievement.  the environment, the planet and heck the universe. 

Is it ecological

We are motivated away from things we fear or will cause us pain and towards things that will bring us pleasure. whilst  Moving away from pain is highly effective at getting things moving, and indeed in the short terms getting things done, there is a fundamental problem with i

Towards and away from otivation
5 Principals fgor success
5 Lectures 25:21

This is without doubt the most important part of achieving absolutley anything at all. And its such a simple concept that its amazing how few people really KNOW what it is that they want in life

And of course you cannot realistically hope to achieve anything if you dont know what it is you hope to achieve and by that I mean precisely. 

Know your outccome

In this  part we are going to look at Taking Action

Look what I am giving you now is not rocket science, however, it is often easy to mix up being very busy with real focused action that is going to drive you forward towards your goal.  If you are watching this then you are already taking positive action that is in alignment with your goal you are taking this training.  So how are you going to keep this up ? 

Take Action

Imagine, if you had a machine that you could carry around with you that told you whether things were going to plan? Imagine if you could use that machine to make small corrections to your path so that you avoided obstacles and  maintained a steady progress to your ideal life. How good would that be? 

Have sensory acuity

In this part we are going to be looking at concept of flexible behaviour, or having behavioural flexibility. And if you are one of those people, that gets really stuck in, and goes for it when you start a new goal, then you might want to pay special attention to this one  - because the fact is that we as human beings are creatures of habit and  naturally or the most part are not comfortable with change. 

And this It all comes from the fight flight or freeze response that is hardwired into our  unconscious minds as a means of protection

Have behavioral flexibility

 the physiology and  with the psychology of excellence.  

the pictures in our minds, are linked to our physiology, and our physiology is linked to our behaviour which affects the type and quality of results we get.

In NLP we  teach you a process that you can learn that will teach you how to model excellence in others, not only the way they think but also their physiology as well.

Operate from a Physiology and a Psychology Of Excellence
The Presupositions of NLP
8 Lectures 20:51

The mindset of NLP Practitioners differs somewhat to perhaps a lot of people out there. It is a mindset of possibility, curiosity, and is innately positive. 
Now in NLP we have something called the Pre suppositions of NLP which are lets call the convenient assumptions which as NLP Practitioners if  we were to choose to accept as real, will certainly make our job as a practitioner, and frankly all contexts and aspects of our life  easier to understand and a lot more pleasant. Which is always good thing. 

Presuppositions overview

You are a one off, and there is no one like you anywhere on the planet. And that is good, and it means that you have your own version of events, the world, the universe society etc. And they are yours and yours alone. You may share some similarities with other peoples. But essentially your ‘model’ of the world you live in is unique. And of course the same applies to everyone else you meet. They have their model of the world. Now again this may be very similar to yours or it may be vastly different. 

Respect for the other persons model of the world

As NLP Practitioners, we need to be careful when we are working with our clients that they don’t inadvertently cause themselves additional issues.
Remember Everything that we do, impacts on others, our surroundings, and of course our own lives and futures. So as an Ethical NLP practitioner, operating with Integrity, is is really important to evaluate the consequences of change for a client, to bring the possibility of change and its consequences for making those changes

Behavior and change to be avaluated in context and with ecology

 In NLP we say, There are no resistant clients, only inflexible communicators. So  What do we mean by that. ? Well, to be a really effective communicator involves, assuming responsibility for the communication. And by that I mean 100% responsibility for the communication, how it is received, how well it flows, whether or not it reaches the goal of that communication.

Resistance in a cliebnt is a sign of a lack of rapport

 In NLP we say, There are no resistant clients, only inflexible communicators. So  What do we mean by that. ? Well, to be a really effective communicator involves, assuming responsibility for the communication. And by that I mean 100% responsibility for the communication, how it is received, how well it flows, whether or not it reaches the goal of that communication.

People are not their behaviour

If you have a map laid out in front of you on a table. And you were to take a look at, you would be able to get a lot of information from it, you may be able to get a feeling of height, the terrain, you may be able to see how built up the environment is and you may well be able to see routes and familiar areas and landmarks detailed on the map. An that can of course be very useful. If you want to know about the territory it represents then you can study that map and get some of the information you want from it. 
Now although you can pull this information from off of the page. And as useful as it is, it is not the same as being in the actual plot of land that it represents is it? 

All procedures shold be designed to increase choice

 Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have available to them. 
And again this presupposition need to be considered fairly carefully to understand it. As on the face of it it can seem to contradict another presupposition which states that everyone has the resources they need to be a success and achieve their goal. S so you might be thinking to yourself, well if everyone has all the resources they need and they are doing their best with this resources they have - well how can that possibly make sense… And the there is a very important word in this presupposition and that his the word available.. Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources that are available to them. So, its true that everyone has all the resources that they need to be able to achieve absolutely anything at all, to be a massive success in life, to be happy and positive and to live a full and enriched life. Those resources are within them, they are unlimited and they can be tapped into in an instant.

Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources available to them

The meaning of commmunication is the response that you get. 
Now I have already mentioned about taking responsibility for the communication you are having and if you recall that  means 100% responsibility for it.  And being flexible is one thing but how do you know when you need to adapt your communication. Well whenever you communicate you have an intention for that communication, and it is often quite easy to assume that when we communicate the message we want to get out there, is automatically picked up in the way we want.

Calibrate on behaviour
Representational systems
2 Lectures 09:35

We are going to get into the world of Representational systems, and this is where your understanding of the concepts and principals of NLP will really come together. 

So Our representational systems are intrinsically linked to all of our senses. In the same way that we see hear touch taste and smell, those same senses are created in our minds when we have an internal representation. So for example, whenever we remember a memory we re-create that experience with all of those senses and we do so internally. Remember, we don’t ever actually smell or hear anything, our brains create smells and sounds based on input from sense organs. 

Lead and primary rep systems

In this lecture we are going to look a little deeper into each of theses system preferences and look at some of the traits of the people who have them. 

We will look at  the visual preferences Visual people, Auditory and Kinaesthetic people

The different types of rep system
Overview of some techniques
6 Lectures 25:04

When we are working with a client there are a lot of NLP techniques in our tool box and skills that we can draw upon and  one of the core disciplines if you like is the work with Submodalities. In truth you can do pretty much any change work using submodalities and as a topic it covers a number of NLP techniques. SURE  there may be some more effective or quicker techniques but Submodalities as a general topic are so powerful, that its fair to say that you can really make a difference with any issue by learning and implemeting them.

Submodalities overview

Linguistic presuppositions  are assumptions made through interpretation of the language that is used that has to be believed or assumed to be true by the client for the sentence to make sense. 
Now remember in NLP we are concerned with understanding and respecting the other persons model of the world and understanding linguistic pre suppositions will certainly assist us in doing that. So Learning a way to communicate with a client or someone in a way that respects their model of the world absolutely would be pretty good right? 

Linguistic Presuppositions overview

Everyone likes a good story and metaphors are just that, they are stories with a purpose. That purpose being to dsiplace conscious resistance in a client, and to covertly provide suggestion of choice to a client at the unconscious level to. connect to the unconscious mind and provide new possibilities. 

You find stories in every context in life, in business, coaching, therapy and education, everyone loves to engage with a witty story or a curios tales. And whenever you hear someone telling a story you feel yourself drawn in, wondering where it will go, what twists and turns there may be, stories build an anticipation and a wonder, they install curiosity and a willingness to learn more of what is to come. Imagine how good it would be to be able to grab hold of the attention of people and instill a state of curiosity and wonder when you are doing presentations or selling your products and services, imagine if you were able to connect with the unconscious minds of your audience so that they see possibility and choice in your communication with them. And imagine if you could do all of that by simply telling a few stories. 

Metaphors overview

Anchoring overview


We use strategies for absolutely everything. All the things we do are as a result of running a strategy. So a strategy is a set of internal and external experiences or representations that consistently lead to a specific outcome. So why would you want to know about strategies.

Well if everything we do is done by running a strategy, it stands to reason that if we can understand how people do what they do, we can assist them in changing the way they do things. Learning strategies, gives us insight into the workings of the mind, the way mind runs programs if you like that deliver results, either good or bad. If you are working as a coach or therapist, how would it be if you could learn how to really understand how to change a strategy that doesn’t serve your client?

Strategies overview
About the Instructor
Matthew Barnett
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Matt is a dedicated father of 4 beautiful girls and a busy entrepreneur, practitioner of NLP and Hypnosis,whose passion is seeing the incredible potential of human beings being realised through engaging with their unconscious mind through the effective use of Hypnosis, NLP and though understanding Human Behaviour.

Matt has seen it all ! from humble beginnings he built a million dollar engineering business, he started life as an engineer in the Refrigeration and Air conditioning industry where he was employed as a Project Manager for overseas technology transfers.A very different world from his Hypnosis and NLP Business !

Matt's natural ability to program code, led him to the world of Internet business,getting involved in the dot-com boom where he applied his knowledge of programming, PERL, PHP, JAVA (oo) and C and business process /project Management (PRINCE 2) to assist launching a UK start up, later acquired by the Royal Mail and Rothschild's Ventures.

This gave him time to concentrate on other areas of his life, such as his passion for music song writing and personal development as well as the development of his passion, Hypnosis and NLP training and coaching.

Matt has been studying, coaching and training NLP in personal development since 1998 and is a Certified Trainer of NLP & is a member of the American Board of NLP as well as the American Board of Hypnosis and the Timeline Therapy Assoication. In 2010 he started a training organisation dedicated to teaching NLP and other personal development strategies,

Matt currently runs a number of businesses and leverages his knowledge of Hypnosis, NLP and psychology, technology and marketing to create profitable and exciting projects and products

His latest projects include, a debt management business for small to medium sized businesses. A new Engineering business, dealing with large well known supermarket and high street chains.

Matt is excited about the publication of his new book Entropy(tm) in 2015 and is looking at creating courses to further explain the principals within.

A strong believer in collaboration, Matt is always looking to partner with like minded individuals to spread the word of what is achievable when you put a a dream in motion through persistent motivated action.

His passion for internet marketing and web development is realized through his work in his new media agency and he is developing a franchise opportunity for would be coaches, to maximise results with clients through creating channels for his products and programs.

A new goal to develop a business networking group was born out his frustration around what is currently 'out there' and plans are set for a 2015 launch.

Whats next ?

Current plans extend to the world of publishing. Legal services Accountancy services

Matt is also looking to develop a business incubator to assist fledgling business to get off the ground and become profitable.

On a personal level, Matt is a keen musician and songwriter and is currently writing material for an album release in the near future.

"I am committed to helping each of my Udemy students get the very best out of life, and regularly interact with my students so please do get in touch" Matt Barnett

An Expert in Personal and Business development Certified Trainer of NLP (American Board of NLP) Certified Trainer of Hypnosis ( American Board Of Hypnotherapy) Certified NLP Coach Certified Timeline Therapy Master Practitioner Certified Entropy(tm) Master Trainer