Knowing and Doing

In planning for an upcoming Toastmasters conference, I’ve met a number of NLP trainers.

The idea was to get speakers who could deliver some real value to our members. I know NLP can do that.

After listening to 3 different NLP trainers, only one seemed suitable for our conference. It turns out he happened to be a Toastmaster too and I didn’t know it. The others could use Toastmasters as their speaking abilities left much to be desired.

That got a conversation going with a friend… why is it that many folks in the NLP or hypnosis community don’t lead enviable lives? Even without meeting everyone it’s obvious they weren’t all in the top of health.

For some reason there seems to be a disconnect between knowing and doing. Some of these guys (Richard Bandler included) know NLP backwards and forwards but you look at them and think they must not be practicing what they preach.

It was Mark Twain who said, "The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them." It also seems true that the man who doesn’t apply what he learns has no advantage over the man who can’t learn.

As with all things, you must apply what you learn. NLP is no exception.

2 Responses

  1. John,

    I speak about any number of topics. If I’m doing an advanced manual, I have to stick to that format.

    I can’t say enough good things about Toastmasters. I started out as a terrible speaker about 8 years ago and now I’m probably above average.

    Not only that, but I’ve gotten to experience a number of leadership challenges as well that I’ve grown from. And then there’s always the fun of helping a new person figure it out.

    Currently, I get to practice throwing in a few NLP patterns to see how they work on the audience. I’ve had mixed results. Mostly I’ve used nested loops, pacing and leading, and a few embedded commands.

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