Elegant Coaching Weekend


About the Course Presenter

di_mcDi McLanachan Di McLanachan is a Master Practitioner of NLP and best selling author of ‘NLP for Business Excellence’ (Fenman). As Trainer, Coach and Managing Director of Learning Curves Personal Development Ltd, Di McLanachan has over 30 years experience working with large multinational corporations (predominantly IBM UK Ltd) and is the best selling author of ‘NLP for Business Excellence’, published by Fenman.

As a trainer and life coach, Di has regularly been featured in both local and national newspapers and has appeared on BBC1 and Meridian Television. She was the pioneer of NLP-based coaching on live radio with a regular phone-in slot on BBC Radio Solent. In addition, she has been a Life Coach for the Sunday Times and has a regular coaching column in the Southampton Echo.

As a Master Practitioner of NLP, Di is able to include tried and tested techniques into both training and coaching programmes, to great effect.

Elegant Coaching Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) has become widely recognised as a valuable coaching tool – an effective instigator of change that sits well alongside conventional coaching models.

A constantly evolving science, NLP continues to expand with new techniques being developed by its practitioners. Amongst these, John Grinder (co-developer with Richard Bandler of classic NLP) has created ‘New Code NLP’, which addresses coding flaws in the original development of NLP. For example, powerful resource states can be created using a New Code method of carrying out a task that fully employs both the conscious and unconscious minds, resulting in an empowering high performance state that has no past experiences attached. From this place, anything is possible! And this is just one of the techniques that will be taught during the course.

So what is the Elegant Coaching Skills programme all about? Most Life Coach training organisations now include NLP as part of their coach training programme, and many NLP training organisations now offer courses in NLP-based coaching. This 2 day course is designed for coaches who wish to enhance their current skills with effective and proven NLP-based techniques. Ideal for both experienced and ‘novice’ coaches, this course adds the elegance of NLP to conventional coaching methodologies. It provides the coach with more tools for their coaching ‘tool box’ so that even the most challenging clients can be coached elegantly and effortlessly.

Even experienced NLP practitioners will discover in this programme new techniques that have been recently developed, tested and proven to work effectively with coaching clients. The course combines traditional and ‘new code’ NLP with recently developed belief change models and motivation techniques. The entire content is presented in a jargon-free, easy to understand way with plenty of opportunities to practice what is being presented.

By attending this programme, you will learn:

The 12 essential beliefs for effective coaches

What makes a good coach? These 12 beliefs, formed from the principles upon which NLP is based, create an empowering platform from which any coach can achieve excellence in their coaching skills. By understanding what makes everyone both different and unique, and how this drives behaviour, the coach can gain a valuable insight into how to develop a flexible coaching style, adaptable to best suit any individual they may encounter.

How to access a resourceful coaching state

Unconscious minds generate rapport and can influence each other at a deeper, non-verbal level. When the coach has accessed a resourceful state and is projecting positive intentions at an unconscious level to their client, the benefit to the client can be quite remarkable as they gain an empowering sense of wellbeing. The ensuing coaching session is then most likely to be positive and productive for both participants.

Sleight of mouth – how to ask ‘deeper’ questions that trigger breakthroughs

Much of the language used in NLP was developed from modelling hypnotherapist Milton Erickson. Its strength is that it goes beyond communicating at a conscious level, to reach the behaviour-driving unconscious mind. By understanding how to construct questions that communicate at this deeper level, the coach significantly enhances their questioning ability and is more likely to trigger ‘light bulb’ moments for their clients.

The ‘unstoppable combination’ that underpins all successful goal achievement and how to ensure it is in place

When a client’s lifestyle or career is incongruent with their values, they will feel dissatisfied and discontent without really understanding why. The unstoppable combination is the congruent alignment of values, beliefs and goals, which ensures that the ladder is up against the right wall and that there are no obstructions to reaching the top rung.

An ‘ideal life’ values elicitation that uses both elimination and inclusion to gain a clear focus on the future

The conventional way of ascertaining a client’s values is to ask questions about what they feel is important to have in their life. This presumes that the client is a ‘towards’ person and knows what they want in life, in their career, etc. However, if they are an ‘away from’, they may find it difficult to identify their values through this process. The ’ideal life’ elicitation method caters for both ‘towards’ and ‘away from’ people and is thus a more comprehensive and accurate method of identifying values.

Two new belief change models that deal with limiting and debilitating beliefs

A limiting belief may have elements to it that are not all bad. The first of these belief change models focuses on identifying any positive aspects of a limiting belief so that they can be retained, whilst modifying the remainder of the belief to make it better. The second model deals with beliefs that are so negative, they have become debilitating and employs a spatial sorting method of discarding the old belief, replacing it with a new, unshakeable belief.

How to attain a peak performance state that triggers goal achievement at an unconscious level

Using John Grinder’s new code method of conducting a game or task that uses the ‘whole’ brain, the individual is able to experience the feeling of peak performance from which personal empowerment and motivation emanate.

What’s really going on when a client consistently fails to complete agreed actions and how it can be overcome

An exploration of how clients sabotage themselves and how to coach the ‘mismatcher’ – the person who either doesn’t do the task at all or does something completely opposite to what they have been asked to do.

The ‘well formed obstacle’ and how it can be dismantled

Based on the principles of the Well Formed Outcome (a series of questions used to clarify a goal), the Well Formed Obstacle questions are designed to deal with resistance, culminating in a definition that goes beyond a goal. The end result is a personal propulsion system that has built-in motivation.

How to identify motivators at an individual level to ensure the client feels ‘fired up’

An exploration of individual filters and criteria, combined with anchors, designed to press the client’s ignition button and achieve lift off! Knowing your personal motivators is an essential part of being able to stay focused on a goal and to keep on keeping on, no matter what.

How to discover your ‘core state’ (beyond values), experience it, anchor it and take it forward into the future

Based on the principles of Connirae Andreas’ Core Transformation work, how to identify your core state, access it, feel how good it feels, apply it to a goal and take it forward on a timeline into the future. This provides the opportunity of experiencing in advance the exhilaration of achieving major life goals.

The response we have had from all that have attended this course:
“Very informative and well planned with plenty of opportunities to practice”
“Very good, easy to follow”
“Impressed with trying out all the concepts”
“Excellent, excellent training, well structured. Thank you”
“Very impressive”
“Good, flexible and relaxed”
“Excellent – well run, good group and rapport – the mix worked well”
“Good mix of attendees, course pitched at the right level, informative without head shrinking too much!”
“Really enjoyable, good to be interactive, the tasks were great”
“Very beneficial, plus hands on experience”
“Very well run with lots of encouragement to air your views and participate”
“The course was fantastic and I would encourage others to take it too”
“I really enjoyed the course and feel it has helped me greatly”
“Very useful and informative, a lot packed into 2 days”
“Very good, I would recommend it”