Chapter 1

Combining Coaching and NLP for Great Results

In This Chapter

  • Noticing how coaching and NLP overlap
  • Looking at a career in coaching
  • Getting up to speed on NLP
  • Tapping into the potential for powerful change

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

–Maya Angelou

Coaching – like living an authentic life to its fullest – involves the courage to be honest and true to yourself in order to reach your potential. Welcome to a journey of exploration that encompasses two exciting, rewarding and fascinating worlds: coaching and NLP!

Coaching and NLP are not the same thing, as I explain in this chapter, yet they do make for happy bedfellows. With their common foundation in the service of the client, NLP and coaching naturally complement each other.

Whether you desire a specific type of change, or stability while the world around you is changing, coaching and NLP have much to offer you and your clients. The aim of this chapter – and indeed, the entire book – is to support your development as a person and a coach by sparking new ideas and introducing you to some tried and tested ways of coaching with NLP.

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