NLP Training 2016

NLP Training 2016


We are in the process of recruiting for our NLP introduction and practitioner level training in NLP.

(Course details can be found here and here)

Application Process

In the first instance contact Alan ( or to register your interest and have any questions you have addressed. It is not necessary to do the foundation courses before registering for the Level 5 Practitioner Training, much will depend upon your experience and previous qualifications.

The Practitioner Course requires a considerable personal commitment and you need to be happy that this course is for you. At the moment the course carries both an academic and professional certifications and as such there is an expectation that you are able to undertake research, have a moderate degree of computer literacy as well as being able to compile original pieces of written work based upon your research, practice and findings.

Initially based in Cornwall, if we have large enough groups we will be able to bring the training to your area.

We look forward to hearing from you

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Spring 2016

Spring 2016


Well here we are, well into 2016 and ready for the New Year to blossom based upon the seeds we’ve planted and it’s shaping up to be a fun time.

The NLP level 5 graduates have been meeting to discuss how each can bring their specific interests and expertise under a shared umbrella organisation; Inspire NLP has been exploring other training and consultancy possibilities which include learning and assessment initiatives, working within areas of emotional intelligence and developing some new courses.

I must thank Martin Crump, who commented on the last post about accreditation against Ofqual standards and of course there are other NLP based courses leveled at delivering NLP with specific contexts – I think I was simply trying to suggest that there are few NLP only based (not linked directly to sales, management and related topics) accredited courses –  and, in recent months, I have been reflecting upon this whole issue of accreditation.

10-Hardest-Life-Fish-BowlThe level 5 course we have run was, as you’d expect, a heady mix of academic study and practical assessment. It was serving two ‘masters’ in effect,

The first being the required professional standards for NLP and the second being the academic standards required by external assessors. The whole exercise has been educational and challenging.

In the real world, however, NLP exists not only as a therapeutic approach but as a tool to use within business, professional development or management. So there us is scope for many trainers, training organisations and assessment routes.

It possibly goes without saying that Inspire NLP’s focus is within the real of personal development and education, applying models of change to perosnal, professional and organisational challenges. So a question for 2016 has to be what developments and projects truly fit our mission and passion?

More to follow …

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NLP Training 2015 – 2016

NLP Training 2015 – 2016


We’re happy to announce the next round of dates for our NLP training at Levels 2, 3 and 5 (NLP Practitioner)

You can find the outline of our courses here:

All training is certified by AptEd (in terms of qualification levels) and Inspire NLP (through NLPEA – a professional kite mark).

These courses are possibly the only NLP specific courses in the UK which..

Meet the minimum recognised direct teaching days for Practitioner Certification (international NLP standards) AND ARE accredited by a UK Government Approved Qualification Awarding body (as certified by OfQual) that means you are:-

Receiving professionally and academically approved training which is externally verified by the awarding bodies.

The academic qualifications are awarded through AptEd in partnership with QAcic and have currency within the UK qualifcation frame work.

Courses and Costs

Level 2 : 6 Days Introductory Level Certification 

Starts 2nd November 2015

NLP L2 – 6 days @ £595.00
Payment plan – deposit £119 by start date
2 monthly instalments due of £238

Level 3 : 13 Days Application of NLP

Starts 4th January 2016

NLP L3 – 14 days @ £995.00

Payment plan – deposit £199
3 monthly instalments of £265.33

Level 5 : 23 Days NLP Practitioner Qualification 

Starts 17th November 2015

NLP L5 – 24 days @ £1695.00
Payment plan – deposit £339
6 monthly instalments of £226

All course dates can be found here


What do the Levels actually mean?

As far as we are aware this is the only NLP course in the UK to have achieved formal recognition by an awarding body in terms of UK qualification standards. That means that your qualification as a genuine currency – the levels can count as points towards further and higher education.

frameworkThis is where your academic qualification (and the hence the level at which you will be working) fits within the qualification framework.

  • Level 2 : GCSE
  • Level 3 : A Level
  • Level 5 : Foundation/First Year Degree









Will I need to complete level 2 and 3 before undertaking Level 5 Practitioner Qualification?

No not necessarily. If you have completed training at the required previous levels in a related discipline OR if you have already undertaken NLP training with another provider. Contact Alan ( or QAcic to talk about your options.

What does a Level 3 qualification allow me to do?

A qualification at this level introduces the core aspects of therapeutic/coaching practice and is often used by those wishing to apply NLP based techniques within their current work or life situation. It does not qualify you as an NLP Practitioner under the standards set by Inspire NLP and NLPEA (NLP Association of Excellence)

What’s the point of a Level 2?

A qualification at this level can be viewed in two ways. The first it is an excellent introduction to NLP and NLP techniques. Secondly it gives you an academic qualification at level 2 – always useful for personal/professional development

Why are the courses so expensive?

Your investment in these courses is both a personal and a professional investment. The course fee reflects the cost of the training, the materials (workbook and at levels 3 and 5 a textbook); internal and external invigilation; certification through AptEd (academic qualification); NLPEA (NLP Association of Excellence) and InspireNLP.

In terms of the Practitioner training you will find that the Level 5 course is pitched at a price which is very competitive. Even the briefest of internet searches will show you that NLP practitioner courses of 5 – 8 days are available at fees far in excess of the one quoted here. Moreover it can be argued that even within the context of providing pre-course work anything less than 20 days direct contact with a trainer does not met many of the agreed international standards for NLP.

For example one six day course which is a Coaching Level 5 qualification through ILM that has an NLP focus costs £2150 plus VAT.

Our level 5 is pure NLP (and of course contains a coaching module); is over 23 days and costs £1695

In the end of course you need to match the courses to your specific needs.

What about the trainer?

Dr Alan Jones has trained with both Richard Bandler and John Grinder and has been delivering NLP training forover twenty years. He has experience in therapeutic, business and educational applications of NLP (see

Where can I get more information?

For an informal conversation with the trainer contact

To register your interest in the course of and for course application forms contact:

Beccy Clarke, QAcic please copy to

website :

phone no: 01209 200583

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Mindfulness – is becoming a bit of a buzz word these days and some source dare to suggest that it is a ‘new thing’.

It could be argued that Mindfulness has been part of Buddhist practice for a very long time.

Simply stated Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, As a practice for everyday living Mindfulness has been celebrated by those with a spiritual, transpersonal interest for a long time, But as a therapy and approach to well-being the practice has made the transition from ‘esoteric’ to ‘therapeutic’ – from ‘spiritual’ to ‘secular’.

In recent years there has been a growing body of research evidence which supports the efficacy of mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction for stress management in healthy people: a review and meta-analysis. –  J Altern Complement Med. 2009 May;15 reported that :

MBSR (Mind Based Stress Reduction) is able to reduce stress levels in healthy people. However, important limitations of the included studies as well as the paucity of evidence about possible specific effects of MBSR in comparison to other nonspecific treatments underline the necessity of further research.

Mindfulness skills and interpersonal behaviour -Mathias Dekeysera, Filip Raesa, Mia Leijssena, Sara Leysena, David Dewulfb-  Personality and Individual Differences Volume 44, Issue 5, April 2008, Pages 1235–1245 found that:

All elements of mindfulness were positively associated with expressing oneself in various social situations. A greater tendency for mindful observation was associated with more engagement in empathy. Mindful description, acting with awareness, and non-judgemental acceptance were associated with better identification and description of feelings, more body satisfaction, less social anxiety…

Mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and Zen meditation for depression, anxiety, pain, and psychological distress. – Marchand, J Psychiatr Pract. 2012 Jul;18(4):233-52. noted that:

The evidence suggests that both MBSR and MBCT have efficacy as adjunctive interventions for anxiety symptoms. MBSR is beneficial for general psychological health and stress management in those with medical and psychiatric illness as well as in healthy individuals. Finally, MBSR and Zen meditation have a role in pain management.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction and cancer: a meta-analysis – Ledesma, Kumano. Psychooncology. 2009 Jun;18(6):571-9 suggested that:

The results suggest that MBSR may improve cancer patients’ psychosocial adjustment to their disease.

And a short search on the internet will no doubt return many other supporting studies. As with all studies the conclusions are best considered as tentative, but nonetheless there is a trend towards statements which suggest that MIndfulness based approaches may be beneficial and at least do not cause harm if conducted within a supportive framework. One can imagine that ‘personally reflective’ approaches to self-knowing could create issues with certain individuals who may suffer psychoses if not supported in their practice by a suitably trained and aware facilitator/practitioner.

In the Guardian newspaper (25/08/14) Dr Florian Ruths, consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley hospital in south London stated….

“There is a lot of enthusiasm for mindfulness-based therapies and they are very powerful interventions but they can also have side-effects. Mindfulness is delivered to potentially vulnerable people with mental illness, including depression and anxiety, so it needs to be taught by people who know the basics about those illnesses, and when to refer people for specialist help.”

And Melaine McDonagh in The Spectator (1/11/14) wrote

The chances are that by now either you or someone you know well has begun to practise ‘mindfulness’ — a form of Buddhism lite, that focuses on meditation and ‘being in the now’. In the past year or so it’s gone from being an eccentric but harmless hobby practiced by contemporary hippies to a new and wildly popular pseudo–religion; a religion tailor-made for the secular West.

Clearly the issue is all about the ‘frame’ in which Mindfulness is placed and practiced.

Eckhhart_Tolle_frontIf Mindfulness is about NOW then we must make mention of Eckhart Tolle whose first book, The Power of Now 1997 has become a modern classic in terms of revisionist spiritual teachings. In essence, like many modern spiritual, personal empowerment ‘treatises’ there is little original about the core material but a great deal of originality in the language used to communicate these old ideas to a new audience.


I also personally like the phrase Total Sensory Perception.

So what if, anything, is the link between NLP, Tolle and being Mindful of The Now?

Some of Tolle’s assertions include:-

 “The past has no power over the present.”

According to NLP cause / effect reasoning distortions of reality. What happened before, behind you and has no influence on the present. The only thing now is, is the way your brain encrypted the past. For that reason it is good to break old negative patterns with NLP and replace them with new positive patterns.

“Stop defining yourself.”

In NLP we work with two ideas, namely who you are and what you can. In both cases it is about how you see yourself. That is who you are now and what you can in the future when you take the proper steps to learn more.

“Life gives you the experience needed for the evolution of consciousness.”

This looks like NLP. Only NLP states that it works the other way: you have all the experience you needed to make the next step to grow.

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the event, but the thoughts about that event.”

We live in a succession of moments. The moment itself is not the bad feeling – but you are anchoring past feelings and associations to the present moment.

“Immediately when you experience the power of now, all vanishes the accident and problems and give you a lifetime of happiness and ease.”

Perhaps this statement makes it all seem easier that it is. An idea that some NLP practitioners have also promoted in their statement that NLP processes are ‘like magic’.

NLP assumes that you can easily reach this state of mind. But it does take several weeks to months NLP coaching or NLP training. People should first learn how to use their own brain well before they can easily reach this beautiful state of mind.

 “Nothing has happened in the past can prevent you’re in it now.”

This can be seen to be covered within the various pressuppositions of NLP

“In the hustle and bustle of everyday life we ​​think too much, we look for too much, we want too much and forget we have the pleasure of a few.”

This can also been seen as an idea that is embedded within NLP ideas and approaches in essence

  • feel that you are;
  • neutralize the past that it has no power over you;
  • focus on your desired outcome and recognise the power of your unconscious;
  • stop worrying.

Steve Andreas has this to say about Tolle and Mindfulness

Many people who are tormented by internal critical voices would like to eliminate them altogether, because they so often make them feel bad, and interfere with their living in other ways.

For thousands of years Buddhism and a number of other spiritual traditions have advocated silencing the internal “chattering monkey” as a path to reaching enlightenment or nirvana. In the 60s and 70s this prescription was a key part of many “new age” programs that have been very popular, such as Ram Dass’ 1970s book, Remember, Be Here Now, and Fritz Perls’ Gestalt Therapy based on awareness of the “here and now.” In its newest bottle this old wine has been called “mindfulness.

As I write this, Eckhart Tolle is making immense amounts of money promoting this ancient idea in his book A New Earth, in his interview series of the same name with Oprah Winfrey, and in many other audio books and products. An indication of the extent of this industry is that an Amazon Search for Eckhart Tolle turned up 809 products!

In his blog posting Andreas is somewhat critical of the idea of ‘silencing’ the internal chatter and indeed refers to a TED Talk where Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist describes a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in her left hemisphere, forming a large clot that pressed on her language area, eventually shutting it down altogether. Even though Taylor was a brain scientist, she didn’t immediately recognize what was happening to her. As her language and other left hemisphere functions gradually shut down, she intermittently entered a state that she described as “euphoria,” “nirvana,” and “La La Land,” in which she became less and less able to function.



In fairness to Tolee, I’m not sure he actually talks about turning off the internal dialogue permanently, but having the choice to do so.

The problem with NOW is that it is NOW …

So Tolle’s books defining the power of now, or being still, demand the reader not only to engage in the use of words (and hence self-talk) but also were created through a reflective, edited process which also was based upon thinking consideration, forward planning and so forth.

Perhaps, putting another spin on the idea of NOW, NLP could consider ‘now’ as a resource state – a moment of clarity or presence in the flow of moment to moment. Hence mindfulness practice becomes an exercise in modelling.

An article on the website Contextual and Behavioural Science caught my attention..

How Analyzing Your Problems May Be Counterproductive : 13/02/10 Ray B. Williams in which the following was written..

When you’re upset or depressed, should you analyze your feelings to figure out what’s wrong? Or should you just forget about it and move on? New research and theories suggests if you do want to think about your problems, do so from a detached perspective, rather than reliving the experience.

This answer is related to a psychological paradox: Processing emotions is supposed to help you facilitate coping, but attempts to understand painful feelings often backfire and perpetuate or strengthen negative moods and emotions. The solution seems to be neither denial or distraction, according to research conducted by University of Michigan psychologist Ethan Kross, who says the best way to move forward emotionally is to examine one’s feelings from a distance or detached perspective.

Again this process is a key stone of many NLP approaches but how does it relate to mindfulness practice which in some forms seek to explore the ‘now’ around the flow of  ‘thoughts, feelings, locations, ideas’.

Kross, along with University of California colleague Ozelm Ayduk, conducted a series of studies that provide the first experimental evidence of the benefits of taking a detached perspective on your problems. Kross says, “reviewing our mistakes over and over, re-experiencing the same negative emotions we felt the first time, tends to keep us stuck in negativity.”

Their study, published in the July, 2008 issue of Personality and Social Psychology, described how they randomly assigned 141 participants to groups that required them to focus (or not to focus) on their feelings using different strategies in a guided imagery exercise that led them to recall an experience that made them feel overwhelmed by sadness or depression. In the immersed-analysis condition, participants were told to go back to the time and place of the experience and relive it as if it were happening to them over again, and try to understand the emotions they felt, along with the underlying causes. In the detached-analysis condition, the subjects were told to go back the time and place of the experience, take a few steps back and move away from the experience, and watch it unfold as though it was happening to them from a distance, and try to understand what they felt and the reasons for the feelings– what lessons are to be learned.

Mindfulness practice involves what is best described as meditation.

Meditation is a form of mental training.

Generally speaking there are two general types of meditation.

Concentration/relaxation practice:

The meditator usually holds on to a static (fixed), chosen (or given), and often conceptual (or imaginary) object. It could be a physical one such as the breath, a color disc, certain sounds, or a mental one such as visualization, a mantra (repeated words/phrases) prayer or well-wishing thoughts. Its goal is to achieve relaxation or to build deep concentration, which could be absorption (jana), a state where one, although awake, may not be aware of any external phenomena (including pain stimuli…)

Mindfulness/Insight meditation:

The object for this practice is, on the other hand, dynamic (changing/adapting), choiceless (no preference) and real (direct, present time, actual experience of the senses.

The so called Four Foundations of Mindfulness are derived from Buddhist Sutras and are, in simple terms, mindfulness of the body, of feelings, of the mind, and of phenomena themselves.

Mindfulness meditation explores life as it is occurring in the present moment, without being attached to pleasant experiences or resisting unpleasant ones.

By paying nonjudgmental attention to every aspect of life, whether pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral, one develops insights into life’s ever changing, unsatisfactory and impersonal nature.

One therefore faces worldly conditions of ups and downs with more equanimity/composure, encountering less stress and confusion, more joy, and inner peace.

In NLP speak perhaps we are talking about sensory acuity and state change; the awareness of the impact of each at a very conscious level. After all NLP is in short is a set of models, skills and techniques to enable you to think and act effectively in the world.

The very purpose is to be useful, to increase choice and enhance quality of life.

If we define Mindfulness as paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with qualities like compassion, curiosity and acceptance – then NLP approaches can and do allow for this whilst encouraging the self-talk to cease being chatter, but now-focused commentary which can be used for later personal reflection and consideration.



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Words Mean What We Agree They Mean

Words Mean What We Agree They Mean



The English language owes a great debt to Shakespeare.

He invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words wholly original.

One website lists the following….

academe accused addiction advertising amazement
arouse assassination backing bandit bedroom
beached besmirch birthplace blanket bloodstained
barefaced blushing bet bump buzzer
caked cater champion circumstantial cold-blooded
compromise courtship countless critic dauntless
dawn deafening discontent dishearten drugged
dwindle epileptic equivocal elbow excitement
exposure eyeball fashionable fixture flawed
frugal generous gloomy gossip green-eyed
gust hint hobnob hurried impede
impartial invulnerable jaded label lackluster
laughable lonely lower luggage lustrous
madcap majestic marketable metamorphize mimic
monumental moonbeam mountaineer negotiate noiseless
obscene obsequiously ode olympian outbreak
panders pedant premeditated puking radiance
rant remorseless savagery scuffle secure
skim milk submerge summit swagger torture
tranquil undress unreal varied vaulting
worthless zany gnarled grovel

So words can be created and pass into the vocabulary of the masses.

Words are not only invented, but they change in meaning – and we’ve been misunderstanding each other for hundreds of years – literally.

The word “literally” means “in a literal way or sense” according to language purists BUT  many people now use it simply to stress a point.

The Oxford English Dictionary has altered its definition to say it can be “used for emphasis rather than being actually true, such as, ‘We were literally killing ourselves laughing’.”

The info-graphic below traces the changes in meaning in the word ‘gay’ …

Language changeSimilar changes occurred to the word “mouse” in the early 1970s when it gained the new meaning of “computer input device.”

In the 1980s, the word “apple” became a proper noun synonymous with the computer company. And later, the word “windows” followed a similar course after the release of the Microsoft operating system.

All this serves to show how language constantly evolves, often slowly but at other times almost overnight.

Senior Oxford English Dictionary editor Fiona McPherson has been reported as saying  “Our job is to describe the language people are using”

“Words have changed their meaning ever since the first word was uttered.

“Meat used to mean all food, but now its sense has narrowed.”

So which other words have we got wrong for so long they are now right?

The Daily Mirror Newspaper listed some interesting word changes and origins ….

We use the word to mean “give up completely”, like abandoning hope, abandoning a baby or surrendering ourselves to emotion.

But in 14th century Middle English it meant “to subjugate or subdue” someone or something – coming from the French phrase “mettre a bandon” meaning “to give up to a public ban”.

In Roman times addicts were broke folk given as slaves to the people they owed money to.

It comes from the Latin addictus, which meant “a debtor awarded as a slave to his creditor”.

In the 1600s it was used in the sense of giving yourself to someone or some practice.

Only in the early 1900s did it become associated with dependency on morphine and later other drugs.

Far from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s highly charged characters in 2005 action flick Mr and Mrs Smith, it seems “assassin” is the Arabic word for “hashish eater” – because warriors used to get doped up.

At the time of the Crusades, fanatics were sent by their sheikh to murder Christian leaders.

An explanation from 1860 says: “The assassins, before they attacked an enemy, would intoxicate themselves with a powder made of hemp leaves, out of which they prepared an inebriating electuary, called hashish.”

In the 1300s it originally meant “inspiring wonder” and was a short version of “full of awe”. But now the word has purely negative connotations.

From “bambino”, the Italian word for “little child”, it once meant “fellow, chap or one of the boys” in theatrical circles.

By the 1900s it had come to mean a “stupid, inconsequential man or contemptible person”.

In 1920s America through the pages of Variety magazine, it meant an immoral woman or “floozie”.

Then it reappeared in the 1980s during US political scandals, with other versions such as “bimbette” and a male form “himbo” – taking it full circle.

It may now be the way the BBC spreads the news, but in 1767 “broadcast” meant sowing seeds with a sweeping movement of the hand or a “broad cast”. Its media use began with radio in 1922.

Referring to someone as a bully in the 16th century was like calling them “darling” or “sweetheart” – probably from the Dutch word “boel”, meaning lover or brother.

But the meaning deteriorated in the 17th century through “fine fellow” and “blusterer”, to “harasser of the weak”.

However, an American slang term of the 1860s, “bully for you”, gave the word a more positive sense again.

Cute was a shortened form of acute, meaning “keenly perceptive and shrewd” in the 1730s.

But by the 1830s it was part of American student slang, meaning “pretty, charming and dainty”.

And, bizarrely, the original sense of “dainty” was “worthy and substantial”.

We use the term to mean “totally destroy” but the original definition was “to kill one in 10”.

The brutal practice was used by the Roman army in the fifth century BC as a way to inspire fear and loyalty.

Lots were drawn and one out of every 10 soldiers would be killed by their own comrades.

If one member of a squad acted up, anybody could pay the ultimate price.

If you’re thinking of telling your beloved how fantastic they look today, think again.

Unless, that is, they look like a Hobbit or an Avatar (whatever floats your boat).

The 14th century meaning is “existing only in imagination”, from the old French term “fantastique”.

It was not until 1938 that the word was first used to mean “wonderful or marvellous”.

Garble originally meant to sort something out – not to mess it up.

It comes from a 15th century Anglo-French word “garbeler”, meaning “to sift” and the Arabic “gharbala” which meant sifting and selecting spices.

It changed in the 1680s and was instead used to describe mixed up, confused or distorted language.

Back in the 13th century the word meant “light-hearted” or “joyous” and a century later it meant “bright and showy”.

But in the 1630s it acquired connotations of immorality with the term “Gay woman” meaning prostitute or “gay house” a brothel. It was first used to refer to homosexuality in the 1930s.

The Old German words “hus” and “bunda” mean “house” and “owner”.

“Husband” originally had nothing to do with marital status at all, except that home ownership made husbands extremely desirable marriage partners in the 13th century.

The slang shortening it to “hubby” was first used in the 1680s.

You may be thinking of Keanu Reeves in his 1999 hit sci-fi movie. But in reality “matrix” comes from the 14th century French word meaning “pregnant animal”.

It went on to mean “womb or source”. Eventually in 1555 it was adapted to mean “a place where something is developed”.

In the 1400s a nervous person was actually “sinewy and vigorous” – as the Latin word nervus applied to both sinews and nerves.

By 1665 nerves were better understood and by 1734 the term meant “suffering a disorder of the nervous system”.

By 1740 it meant “restless, agitated, lacking nerve” and it then became a widespread euphemism for mental illness – forcing the medical community to coin “neurological” to replace it in the older sense.

“Nervous wreck” was first used in 1899.

Derived from the Latin nescius meaning “ignorant”, the word began life in the 14th century as a term for “foolish” or “silly”.

It soon embraced bad qualities, such as wantonness, extravagance, cowardice and sloth.

In the Middle Ages it took on the more neutral attributes of shyness and reserve.

Society’s admiration of such qualities in the 18th century brought on the more positively charged meanings of “nice” we know today.

When it comes to slang, youth parlance, the lexi-graphic (a new word?) is more complex …..

Ride – The word “ride” is of relatively recent origin. It was initially meant to mean a car, as in, “here’s my ride” (even if it’s not the teen’s car, any automobile that could carry him where he wanted to go deserved the title of “ride.”) The word “ride” has become more literal to this group: “How do you like my ride?” no longer means, “do you like my car?” Now it refers to sneakers (particularly of the brand name and expensive variety.)

Tope – If something is “tope,” it’s cool to the teenage contingent. So what’s a tope? It’s a combination of “tight” and “dope,” both words meaning something that’s beyond cool.

Frenemy – This term is a combination of the words “friend” and “enemy.” It is a person who appears on one hand to be your friend but, at the same time is antagonistic towards you.

Supersize – Starting with a way to order a bigger order of fries, “supersize” now is used to point anything, anyone or any idea that is excessively large.

Word Combination

Greycation – Having your grandparents join your vacation.
Bro-tox – Men getting botox
Iceman – A friend with nerves of steel
Tarhead – Someone who is involved in oil-based recreation such as car racing.
Affluential – Having both money and power or influence
Flamed – To have taken everything too seriously
Awesomity – The highest state of awesome

New Words?

Friend and Unfriend – Adding or removing someone to a circle of communication such as in FaceBook or other social media networks.
Follow and Unfollow – To add or remove someone to the list of people whose posts you view on Twitter.
Ollie – A skateboard trick where the rider and board leap into the air
Planking – Laying your body on top of an object and balancing there while stretched out and stiffened.

Changes in Meaning

“Hook up,”  used to mean getting some kind of device or service or appliance up and running, i.e. “hook up cable television.” Today, it also means “hooking up” with someone to have sex or just “hooking up” with someone as in meeting up.

“Fantastic” meant “existing only in one’s imagination” centuries ago. Today, it means something is really incredible.

“Bad,”  used to describe someone who’d done something wrong or something that was poor in quality. Today, it also means “good” or “great” when used as slang. (And “breaking bad” means to challenge conventions and defy authority.)

“Sick” used to mean ill. Today, it also means something is really amazing.

“Backlog” meant the biggest log in the fire during colonial times. Today, it means a reserve or a pile of work you still need to plow through.

“Rubbers used to be slip-on boots that covered shoes,” “Rubbers” also used to be erasers (and still mean erasers in Britain). Today, it’s most often slang for condoms.

“Years ago, ‘thongs’ were another word for flip-flops. Nowadays, thongs are underwear!,”

“Tool” used to mean something you dug up the garden with. Today, it also means someone who’s not intelligent enough to realize they are being used or taken advantage of.

“‘Message me!’ wouldn’t have made sense a few years ago… like ‘Letter me’?”

“Cell used to mean jail! Or a tiny part of your body…”  Today, of course, it’s also what you call your phone.

“Awful” used to mean something that inspired awe. Today, it means something is bad or that someone looks terrible. It also means exceedingly great as in “an awful lot of money.”


Well NLP is about Language and its links to perception and behaviour and our evolving language means that we have to more effective on our explorations of meaning and understanding.

Time to revisit the Meta-Model…..



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QAcic and Inspire NLP Celebrate

QAcic and Inspire NLP Celebrate


It’s been a fairly intense journey but the first round of certification has been approved by the examinations board.

The journey started with QAcic (Redruth) and in particular with Malcolm McDonald close to two years ago. Working with AptEd the (possibly) first NLP courses to be accredited by an OfQual regulated examinations provider were developed.

The level 5 course started in February this year and was followed by a Level 3 and Level 2 course.

Today we were informed that the External Invigilator has passed all of the Level 5 work and it is with great pleasure we record the names of the first group of students through these courses – pathfinders in a very real sense..


Penny Richards

Steve Richards

Mike Clarke

Vikki Roberts

Anicka Dyer

James Browning


Stuart DeFriend

Cheryl Hawke

Heather Sanders

Clare Stephens


Emma Rachel May – now Registered Practitioner Insplre NLP

Hazel Bailey – now Regsitered Practitioner Inspire NLP

Maria Clifton Dey

Stephen Burley

Dave Tamblyn

Rhea Upsher

Well done all of you for your hard work.- it’s been great working with you all.

Thanks to QAcic and in particular Malcolm for all of the support. We are meeting on the 10th August to plan the next round of courses and recruitement.


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Inspire NLP – Update


Inspire NLP Update

In the last few months NLP courses at Level 2, 3 and 5 have been run in association with QAcic in Cornwall and by this time next week the Level 5 Practitioner Course will be completed.

Apart from this, our work with AptEd (Qualifications Body) we’ve also become a UK Registered Learning Provider, accredited by the Guild of Stress Management and Trauma Specialists and are exploring courses in other areas.

As part of our development – or evolution if you prefer – we are reviewing our policy regarding Practitioner Registration.

It is clear that some people complete NLP courses through self interest and do not seek to practice. There are some, of course, who wish to add NLP to their current professional practice as well as establish themselves as NLP Practitioners. Registration is designed for such individuals.

Being one of the few, if only, training organisations offering accredited courses at Level 2, 3 and 5 (practitioner level), we are in a unique position to support practitioners.

Registration is open to all who have completed a Level 5 Practitioner Training course and is designed to ensure professional practice and the delivery of quality NLP.

There is a annual fee of £50 for Registration which includes the following:-

  • Promotion on this website
  • Access to material on the Registered Practitioners area of this website
  • Cross Promotion and Referrals
  • Registered Practitioner Certification
  • As such Registered Practitioners will:
  • Have met international standards relating to the quality, delivery of NLP
    • Agreed to our Ethical and Quality Statements, Policies and Procedures
    • Hold relevant insurances
    • Undertake  and maintain a record of CPD (no less than four days per year)
    • Undertake professional supervision (minimum of 1 hour for every 20 hours delivered)
    • Attend a minimum of thee practice/peer supervision sessions a year

Registered Practitioners will receive three electronic newsletters a year

August/September : January/February : April/May

The Registration period runs from July to June each year.

All registered practitioners will be entitle to display Inspire NLP and NLPEA logos on their websites and promotional material.

Those who have not completed the NLP Level 5 course offered through Inspire NLP are still eligible for registration providing they can show that their training meets the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 23 days of direct training (not distance learning)
  • Meet the Assessment Criteria as defined within the Level 5 Scheme of Work
  • Be able to demonstrate core competencies as defined within the Level 5 Scheme of Work

For more information contact ;





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Next NLP Level 3 Course

Next NLP Level 3 Course



We/ve been in discussion with QAcic about the proposed dates for the next NLP Level 3 course.

The Level 3 course can be considered as a Certificate in NLP, which does not carry ‘practitioner’ status but does provide tools and approaches which can be used for your own personal development as well as augmenting any skills you already have as a trainer, coach, teacher or consultant.

The course comprises Three Units:

Intermediate NLP : which deals with background and key ideas

Interpersonal Communication and Core Patterns : including Six Step Reframe

Altered States and Mindfulness : considering the mind and mental states

It runs over 13 days (9am – 4pm) with the expectation of up to six hours of personal research and reflection.

The award is accredited at Level 3 by AptEd and those who complete the course could also receive a certificate from InspireNLP and NLPEA (NLP Association of Excellence)

There may be funding available for this course and all registrations of interest should be directed to QandAcic


01209 200583

Proposed dates for this course:

April : 8th 15th 20th 22nd 27th 29th

May : 6th 7th 13th 18th 20th 27th 28th

The Course Tutor is Dr Alan Jones (Director Inspire NLP)


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