Category Archives: NLP in the world – Interview Series

Goetz Mueller – Germany – NLP, a difference in Six Sigma projects.

NLP in the WorldAfter my last article I told you I had a surprise for you… At the times I wrote that first article, I run a search on the internet and….

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Goetz Mueller. Goetz works from Germany and you can contact him within LinkedIN, Twitter, his web site or his blog. Meeting Goetz was simply chance… I was surfing the net to see if someone had had the same idea, linking NLP and Six Sigma, when I came across a small report on that same subject… Guess who the author was? Goetz of course… and I am delighted that he agrees today to share with us a bit more on how he sees NLP and Six Sigma being linked together…and yes, you’re right… both methodology are seeking excellence!

Talking4good (T4g): How did you come into contact with NLP?
Goetz Mueller: It was more or less by chance, when I attended in summer 2007 a 1.5 day trial course which I bought on ebay, while searching for something completely different 🙂 The next step was a 10 months NLP practitioner course which I repeated as a co-trainer to fill the gap to the master course a year later.

T4g: Which NLP association would your qualifications be accredited by?
Goetz : INLPTA (International NLP Trainer Association). Generally, I don’t think that the association is very important. The trainer himself is significantly more important. So I always recommend to “test” him/her by attending a trial course, at least an evening presentation.

T4g: Have you joined an NLP association?
Goetz : No. As long as someone doesn’t want to enter an NLP trainer career I can’t see real benefits of a membership.

T4g: What do you expect from those various NLP associations?
Goetz : Providing training and education standards, enhancing the knowledge of NLP in a broader sense. This may sound contradictory to my previous answer but as said it depends on the personal goals.

T4g: What do you like best in NLP?
Goetz : The communication part (especially the meta model), Dilt’s logical levels, meta programs, and above all the pre-suppositions and their underlying positive idea of man.

T4g: Tell us about NLP and Six Sigma?
Goetz : I had the initial idea at the beginning of my practitioner course when I attended at that time the Six Sigma Black Belt training. Almost from day one I felt the significant similarity between the two concepts, especially from an improvement perspective. Also the change part of Six Sigma projects strongly depends on the ability to meet the involved and affected people in their world. NLP knowledge can make a significant difference in achieving the project goals and making the new ways of doing things stick.

T4g: How is NLP present in your country?
Goetz : It is used by many coaches, at least the underlying concepts, although quite a few don’t state that.

T4g: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?
Goetz : If there is sufficient spare time (or priority 😉 I attend a local peer group.

T4g: What about NLP and research?
Goetz : I have the impression that there is quite a strong debate whether NLP has a scientific basis or not. Some years ago I found an interesting book from a Danish author, Bent Hansen. He wrote a master thesis at the University of Kopenhagen regarding the scientific roots of NLP. Unfortunately, the master thesis is available in Danish only, with a german translation.

T4g: What would be your next step with NLP?
Goetz : Attending a NLP coach seminar.

T4g: A last comment to conclude?
Goetz : NLP is a very useful model and toolset, especially from a business perspective, when focusing on change management either within (organizational) change projects as well as in continuous improvement processes.

© 2012 Florence Dambricourt –

Jakub Mikuś – Poland – NLP, the American Dream or a simple change of beliefs and actions?

NLP in the worldWaouh… quite some time since our last interview with Gordana Kastrapeli from Croatia. Have you ever heard… Time flies! And with this post we fly to Poland today to meet Jakub Mikuś. Jakub is based in Krakow (and yes… I can’t wait to visit the place) and can be found in LinkedIN or followed on Twitter (One of my favourite of all), without forgetting Jakub’s youtube channel and facebook page.

Is NLP only the ‘American Dream’ or much more than that? Of course I have my answer, I am weighting heavily on the much more… Let’s hear what Jakub has for us then <Smile>.

Talking4good (T4g): How did you come into contact with NLP?
Jakub Mikuś: That’s a kind of funny story. My friend’s brother, after working in Great Britain, spent his money on a video-set of NLP training. I saw him laughing while watching this recording. Moreover, I saw loads of changes in his behavior. Not only was he more confident but also his linguistic patterns have changed definitely. This is why I decided to check this out. Next were audio-recordings, books and trainings as well.

T4g: What NLP qualification do you have?
Jakub: I’m an ITA certified NLP Trainer trained by John Grinder, Michael Carroll and Carmen Bostic St Clair. I’m also after doing Coach&Trainer, Master Practitioner and Practitioner courses in Poland.

T4g: Which NLP association would your qualifications be accredited by?
Jakub: My qualifications are accredited by the ITA – International Trainers Academy, a branch of NLP which is connected to John Grinder, Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll. I’ve chosen to learn NLP from the source.

T4g: Have you joined an NLP association?
Jakub: I’m on my way to be associated in ITA and build a Polish NLP Association.

T4g: What do you expect from those various NLP associations?
Jakub: Now we have a fourth generation of NLP in which every trainer is developing his own techniques and attitude. I think that associations should unify programs of techniques which are taught on every Practitioner or Master Practitioner and provide high criteria of joining an association community. It will become certain that every customer will get high quality of training. Those associations should also supervise trainers and organize conferences to exchange experience. What’s more… Maybe they should also initiate research…

T4g: What do you like best in NLP?
Jakub: According to me, it’s vital to be aware of the fact that NLP is a set of techniques which may be used in many ways and many fields, like therapy, coaching, linguistics, sales, customer services, commercials, politics, sports. NLP can be used everywhere, even in everyday situations. For example, when you talk with your beloved, or with a lady in a market or a policeman on the street… In every situation, you may use NLP. Your life can be much easier when you would know what is rapport or calibration. Without forgetting about what you think, what are your values and believes and what are you going to do with them. Sometimes the awareness that you’re “doing NLP” is not necessary. Result is what is needed. When you reach your goals and get out of your comfort zone maybe you can say: “Hey, that’s the results I’ve always wanted”. These are the best moments. That is the essence of NLP <Smile>.

T4g: How is NLP present in your country?
Jakub: The first books about NLP were published in the beginning of nineties. In the next years there was a little outage but now the NLP community in Poland is growing. In book-stores  you can find many books on the shelves connected with NLP, and of course many courses organized as well. Our capital Warsaw is the most popular place for all the trainings. There are three branches of NLP provided in Poland. The most popular is from Richard Bandler. There are about ten trainers certified by this co-creator. I’m connected with the second branch which is made by John Grinder. As far as I’m concerned there are only two trainers in Poland with his certification. The third branch is connecting all the people who are certified by other trainers from all over the world and the people who are teaching NLP on their own. In our country NLP is sometimes linked with the “American Dream” and what is called positive thinking.  In my opinion, the polish market is very specific. On one hand, there are many young, up-and-coming people, who know their value and they are interested in such trainings; on the other hand, you can find loads of people in their 40-60 who have gained so much experience and may develop their own small businesses or try new things when they’re open for changes… which is another item down the line <Smile>. There is a need to adjust the way of thinking to each country. Maybe it’s connected with historic transformation in Poland and memory of communism system. But it’s changing and getting better every year. Oh… you cannot imagine how happy I was to see the new reprints “Turning frogs into Princesses” translated into Polish this year <Big Smile>

T4g: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?
Jakub: A lot! I have on-line friends from all the trainings I took. Many of my buddies are into NLP too, so there is always a possibility to talk and exchange experiences. In addition, I was an editor-in-chief in one of polish largest e-magazine about self-development. We had thousands of readers and we received great feedbacks.

T4g: What about NLP and research?
Jakub: In almost every magazine you may read an article starting with words: “American scientists proved that…” People are laughing… but maybe the proof is necessary for people to believe in some things <laugh>. What’s important is to remember that some methods used in NLP are the methods of the best therapists in the world, like Satir, Pearls, Bateson, Erickson. However, it’s hard to say whether psychology works. Which part of psychology? Which psychologist is most effective? Which psychology techniques do work? And with whom? And so on… You see my points? NLP is growing and is now a complex set of techniques. I would actually really like to connect with people who are working on research on each of the NLP technique and be able to make my contribution to that field.

T4g: Any specific NLP research you would like to be involved with?
Jakub: Yeap! For me, the two most interesting domains are controlling states in sports and linguistic structures. I realized that trainers from all over the world are saying that they would take part in such research. Maybe T4G is good place to start? <smile>

T4g: Definitely something to look for <laugh> as a later outcomes. What would be your next step with NLP?
Jakub: To incorporate many professional coaching methods into my trainings. With my friend, who is Certified Ericksonian Coach, we are building a company which provides a wider picture of self-development. Our new training method will be prepared for many types of personalities to learn even faster than before. Also, I am planning to cooperate with one of Poland football clubs to improve sports mental coaching abilities, something I am really interested in.

T4g: A last comment to conclude?
Jakub: Every man is developing during his whole life. The same is valid for everything, technology, NLP. Some people reach their goals. Some people don’t. Some business are growing, some are not. This is why we need to evolve NLP science, to help people getting results. As Will Rogers said: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” 

© 2012 Florence Dambricourt –

Gordana Kastrapeli – Croatia – From reducing allergies to improving communication skills!

There is reasons behind Talking4good meetup group being called NLP International… NLP is simply used around the world, and across languages. Today we jump to Croatia, and meet Gordana Kastrapeli. The president of the Croatian NLP association, Gordana works at Centar Format-in from Zagreb.

NLPintheworld1Talking4good (T4g): How did you come into contact with NLP?
Gordana: I was working on my health issues, severe allergies that were present almost permanently, regardless of season, and my GP, who was studying NLP, offered to experiment. We had already tried normal medicine and homoeopathy, so I said yes. Results were positively surprising, my GP had used submodalities work. Of course at that time I had no idea of the jargon… but I became curious and soon started my NLP education. This was in 2001.

T4g: What NLP qualification do you have?
Gordana: I’m NLP trainer, with additional education in NLP coaching. I’m also hypnotherapist and hypnosis trainer.

T4g: Which NLP association would your qualifications be accredited by?

T4g: Have you joined an NLP association?
Gordana: I’m currently the president of the Croatian NLP Association and I may join one or two more associations… thinking at the moment.

T4g: What do you expect from those various NLP associations?
Gordana: A good medium to exchange experiences, to network, and to cooperate between NLPers.

T4g: What do you like best in NLP?
Gordana: That it works! If you mean in terms of content, I would not be able to decide between linguistic, anchoring or submodalities <smile>.

T4g: What are you focusing with NLP at the moment?
Gordana: I do a lot of work on communication, presentation skills and personal growth. Everything I do is very applied to real life needs.

T4g: How is NLP present in Croatia?
Gordana: There is now more than 20 trainers, and it’s constantly growing field, and that’s good.

T4g: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?
Gordana: Being a trainer, I meet regularly new NLpers and existing practitioners. I have the luxury to be the one organizing meetings <smile>. As president of the NLP association, it’s all about spreading the information.

T4g: What about NLP and research?
Gordana: I have not been involved in any research yet, but I am delighted this year for Croatia, as one Croatian researcher was at the NLP research conference in UK in July.

T4g: What would be your next step with NLP?
Gordana: Keep spreading the knowledge. I’ve just started the master trainer program, and I can’t wait to be training trainer in NLP. Let’s keep the momentum rolling!

© 2012 Florence Dambricourt –

The English Sisters – Italy – NLP? a tool for accelerated language learning

Today let’s meet Violeta and Jutka… famously known as the English Sisters, working from La bella Italia. The English sisters can be contact on LinkedIn or Facebook, or you can follow them up on that birdy thing called twitter, without forgetting their home site…. even better, you can hear them at the Sara Ellis Show at Untangled FM or on ‘Where is your heart?‘ radio show by Phil Cartwright. They are busy bees, and I’m glad they stopped by for that small chat with me.

NLPintheworld3Talking4good (T4g):
How did you come into contact with NLP?
The English Sisters: Through a friend at a wine tasting evening in Italy near Frascati who introduced us to new friends who started talking about the importance of body language and non verbal communication. They mentioned they had learnt all this at an NLP seminar and we were so excited and curious that we went to find out more.

T4g: What NLP qualification do you have?
The English Sisters: We are qualified in the Theory and Principles of Indirect Hypnosis, Ericksonian Psychotherapy and NLP with Stephen Brooks of British Hypnosis Research. We have also attended some seminar with Richard Bandler and John La Valle’s.

T4g: Which NLP association would your qualifications be accredited by?
The English Sisters: The Society of NLP

T4g: What do you like best in NLP?
The English Sisters: We love how language affects the brain and how it affects our neurology. The words we use in our internal dialogue and those we use with others are ever so important and really do make the difference that makes the difference to the quality of our lives <smile>. We are also fascinated with learning through modeling excellence and how when applied to one’s own life and that of our clients it brings about extraordinary changes.

T4g: Tell us about integrating NLP with language teaching?
The English Sisters: We wanted to use our NLP and hypnosis skills in an innovative way so we incorporated them into our online course. NLP and language patterns are part of our daily English lesson. Students absorb these language patterns and embedded commands at an unconscious level whilst reading the motivational lessons and listening to the audio file. We use NLP to coach our students day by day thus improving their English and the quality of their lives as they learn new tools which they can use in their every day lives leaving them motivated and inspired. This lead us to having our first book Don’t Learn English Smile published with the foreward by Kathleen LaValle, the first woman in Italy to have founded an NLP coaching school certified by Richard Bandler and the Society of NLP.

T4g: How is NLP present in Italy?
The English Sisters: There is a strong presence of NLP in Italy. There is an NLP Italy Coaching School which collaborates directly with Richard Bandler, who actually comes to Rome every year to hold a three day seminar event.

T4g: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?
The English Sisters: We meet other NLP practitioners online everyday. We are collaborating at the present moment with Carol Robertson who has over 30 years experience in the field of NLP and personal trainings. We have created our own series of recorded Skype interviews which we have named Chat-views™ partly to meet NLP practitioners from all over the world and mainly to share the expertise with our network. So far we have been extremely fortunate and interviewed many of the top leading experts, like Jonathan Altfeld, Barbara Stepp, Michael Perez, Kate Benson the director for the Society of Education for NLP. Check out our channel,  Hypnoramblings <smile>.

T4g: What about NLP and research?
The English Sisters: We welcome any research on NLP. We believe NLP should be part of everyday life and children should learn NLP at a very early age. A lot of the processes in NLP come naturally, however being aware of them is what we find incredibly empowering and helpful.

T4g: What would be your next step with NLP?
The English Sisters: At the moment we are exploring NLP and it’s applications with Carol Robertson on our series of videos, we call chat-installations™. This is very exciting and ground breaking as whilst we explore these concepts our viewers can enjoy the journey with us and learn valuable tools that NLP provides.

T4g: A last comment to conclude?
The English Sisters: Our passion for NLP and Hypnosis is ongoing for us. It is a life long journey. We are great believers in sharing what we have learnt with others and thanks social media makes sharing so easy now. We have written several books, in particular Entrancing Tales for Change with Hypnosis and NLP a book that has been purchased by many NLP Practitioners worldwide who are using metaphoric tales in their trainings. We are delighted to be working on the sequel just now. And of course we have our children’s book The Little Sparrow and the Chimney Pot which is based on the NLP presupposition “There is no failure only feedback. We look forward to organizing workshops and seminars in the near future, let’s keep spread the words of NLP <smile>.

Brian Cullen – Japan – NLP? the most powerful tool for teaching, learning, change and growth

NLPintheworld4Time to travel to Japan? Let’s even make it somewhere around Nagoya where legends and folks of my childhood books are dreaming… where the food is so good… and where Brian resides. Brian Cullen has been working in Japan for quite some times now with Standing in Spirit, as an NLP trainer and coach, spreading the words across cultures. You can contact Brian on LinkedIn, Facebook or twitter.

Talking4good (T4g): How did you come into contact with NLP?
Brian: It was way back in August 2001. I was trying to escape the desperately humid summer of Nagoya, Japan, and a friend invited me to an NLP seminar. He had previously briefly tried to explain NLP to me, but it was the respite from the hot summer and an escape from my air conditioner-less house that was perhaps most enticing. After all these years, I can confirm that NLP keeps you cool <smile>.

T4g: What NLP qualification do you have?
Brian: I did my Practitioner and Master Practitioner in Japan and New Zealand with the wonderful trainer, Richard Bolstad. I was then lucky to have the opportunity to do my trainers training in Santa Cruz at NLPU with Robert Dilts, Judith Delozier, Suzi Smith and some other very good folks.

T4g: Have you joined an NLP association?
Brian: IANLP and IN

T4g: What do you expect from those various NLP associations?
Brian:  A few things <smile> like 1. Leadership in research 2. a clear statement about standards of training in NLP 3. a forum for arbitration of disputes 4. a network for practitioners and trainers to continue to develop

T4g: What do you like best in NLP?
Brian: It is the most powerful tool that I yet have found for teaching, learning, change, and growth. It focuses on process, rather than on content – which I believe is a very useful approach to modelling success.

T4g: What is your current focus with NLP?
Brian: Hum… let me count…. <smil> 1. Running and teaching an NLP Practitioner Course 2. Writing and recording of a CD of songs for NLP 3. Research into how the allergy relief (counter-example process) can be improved. 4. Research into more effective use of NLP in Education, eventually leading to wider recognition of its benefits.

T4g: How is NLP present in Japan?
Brian: There is very little awareness among the general public, but this has changed over recent years with the growth of several large training schools. In addition, there is a growing awareness of the field of coaching in Japan, and various coaching books have been published – several of which are a repackaging of NLP processes. Much more than Europe or the United States, Japan is a very group-oriented culture and in most cases the map is the territory. The individual is very much pressured to adapt the map of the prevailing group, often with the corresponding internal stress and worries that result from denying the individual map.

T4g: NLP roots are within the English language, how do you bridge this with Japanese language?
Brian: I’m involved in an on-going project to create a fully bilingual Japanese-English training manual. Some NLP processes can easily be translated into Japanese. Others are much trickier because NLP is such an English-centred epistemology and methodology. Perhaps the most difficult areas are the translation of tenses (Japanese has a very different set of time structures) and the common omission of a subject in Japanese statement.

T4g: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?
Brian: Lots of online interaction. In person, I’ve set up an organization called NLP Connections Japan, specifically with the goal of bringing together NLP practitioners of different backgrounds to exchange ideas, carry out research, and raise the standards and acceptance of NLP in Japan.

T4g: What do you think about NLP and research?
Brian: It is essential to keep pushing NLP forward. One way that this can be achieved is of course, modelling. Another way is through serious research that examines the use of NLP in a manner that is comparable to other social sciences or therapies. Recent years have seen good advances in NLP research and growing support, particularly in Europe.

T4g: Any specific NLP research you would like to be involved with?
Brian: As I mention the NLP for Allergy Relief. Allergies are an enormous problem in Japan. Then using NLP in Education.

T4g: What would be your next step with NLP?
Brian: Good question – so many potential directions. I would like to carry out several modelling projects and to push my NLP research further. Oh yes – and I’d like to finish the CD of NLP songs this year! It’s going to be fun.

T4g: A last comment to conclude?
Brian: I see two simultaneous trends in the world of NLP. On the one hand, we have the continuing trend to cheapen courses in price, length, and quality. A “Practitioner Course” can now be purchased for $69 and completed by filling in a short written test without ever having practiced any of the techniques or shown any real understanding of the concepts and presuppositions. On the other hand, we see an increasing amount of high-quality research and work, particularly within Europe. In the long-term, the name of NLP may be too muddied and cheapened to survive, but I have no doubt that the ideas will continue to go forward to inform and help future generations. One other positive development is the refocus of the general field of psychology from “fixing people” to what has become known as “Positive Psychology”. In other words, psychology has finally figured out what the founders of NLP modelled from the Human Potential Movement – it’s useful to look at how people do things well, rather than continually focus on what they are doing badly.