NLP in the world - Interview Series

Jayamini Samarathunge – Sri Lanka – NLP and HR Work

Dear readers, it’s my pleasure today to welcome Jayamini Samarathunge from Sri Lanka. Jayamini can be contacted at NLP Sri Lanka, and she is currently setting up a wellness center . This testimony was collected via email exchanges.

Talking4Good (T4g): How did you come into contact with NLP?
Jayamini: When I was very small, I used always to inquire from my mother, as well as my own self, how does human mind works? I was curious about ways in improving myself, and when I was 18, one of my friends introduced me to Personal Mastery training in Sri Lanka. It was at that time well known in the country. The trainer did not label it as NLP. However, he mentioned his methods were NLP based. Since those training really helped me to have many breakthrough experiences, I started learning NLP on my own, and in 2008, I decided to become a NLP Practitioner and then a Master Practitioner. Not actually with the intention of getting a qualification, but to improve my life situation at that time.

T4g: What NLP qualification do you have?
Jayamini: NLP Master Practitioner

T4g: Which NLP association would your qualifications be accredited by?
Jayamini: Australasian Institute of NLP – Australia

T4g: Have you joined an NLP association? (If yes which one?)
Jayamini: No

T4g: What do you like best in NLP?
Jayamini: Its flexibility in application; its holistic approach towards individual.

T4g: So tell us about using NLP methodology in your HR work?
Jayamini: I use NLP in Performance Enhancement and Motivational training and Executive Coaching. For instance I use NLP in individual coaching and even combine it with the Reiki treatment sessions, like setting specific intentions for the healing session and continue to visualise a happy memory during healing. Of course many clients fall asleep during Reiki session and if they do so, it’s always with a positive feeling and images… I also use NLP for group discussions and group training. I offer NLP certification training in Sri Lanka. NLP Entry Level, NLP Advanced Level, NLP Practitioner. NLP is my main approach when it comes to corporate training, specifically, all my performance enhancement training are based on NLP.

T4g: Any success story of company in-house coaching you want to share?
Jayamini: Interestingly, I have many success stories with NLP both in corporate training and individual coaching. Some special areas I have handled successfully with NLP are, fears in general, depression, stammering, different sexual orientations and general career/business growth

T4g: How is NLP present in your country?
Jayamini: The NLP awareness is very minimal at present. It is known mostly among the educated and urban population. Companies are aware about NLP however not much convinced yet, about its business applications.

T4g: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?
Jayamini: I have one in my team working as a trainer and coach. There are around 5 NLP Master Practitioners known to me personally and we meet once in a while more as informal gathering to share our experiences.

T4g: What about NLP and research?
Jayamini: There is no formal research. I do carry on my own research with my clients. But that is not structured.

T4g: Any specific NLP research you would like to be involved with?
Jayamini: Yes, I would like to research about NLP application in physical health issues that medical doctors do not find cures or remedies and even fail to diagnose the sickness.

T4g: What would be your next step with NLP?
Jayamini: To do the Trainers certification. However, this has become a second priority since I am more interested in doing my PhD in Positive Psychology and Buddhism. NLP put the foundation for me to be interested in Positive Psychology and my approach to coaching includes Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and even Psycho dynamic approach. I can relate all these three approaches to NLP.

T4g: A last comment to conclude?
Jayamini: I find NLP is more a way of life. To reap best benefits, one must apply these concepts in daily life and with conviction. Merely carrying out NLP processes does not help clients fully. We as NLP trainers or coaches must live these principles and be able to make the client understand the underlying principles of such processes. Client must not look at us like magicians giving quick fixes. I believe that the main aim of NLP or any other personal transformational tools, methods and approach must be to bring self-awareness and better understanding about basic principles of life. Finally, what resolves our issues is our wisdom about life and who we are. And NLP can facilitate this.


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