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NLP in Education – What is NLP ?

What is NLP from Tony BarlowNeuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a modeling technology. It is a set of skills and tools that allows you to model human excellence. Also known as the study of subjective experience. 
The founders of NLP Dr. Richard Bandler and Dr. John Grinder back in the 70’s and 80’s sought out people who were the best in the world at what they did, people who were considered to be ‘geniuses’ in there particular area of expertise and built models of what these people did in order to teach it to others.

The idea was that if you model what a ‘genius’ does both externally and what they do on the inside of their mind you can accelerate your learning of that skill dramatically.

What sets NLP apart is the ability it gives a practitioner to uncover the unseen part of human excellence. The unseen part being the unconscious thought processes of the person being modeled.

Included in the list of people Bandler and Grinder & their students have modeled are:

  • NLP in Therapy: Top therapists and hypnotherapists such as Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls.
  • NLP in Education: Spelling B champions, authors, top students, math geniuses, polygots.
  • NLP in Sports: Top golfers and sports stars, top marksmen.
  • NLP in Business: The worlds greatest salesman Ben Feldman, top leaders and managers.

NLP is sometimes mistakenly thought of as a type of therapy because of the now famous fast phobia cure and other breakthrough methods that have been developed but it is not, its a modeling technology that can be applied to almost any field.


I have specialized in using NLP in Education to model top students so I’ll use an example from my own work.

When modeling a ‘genius’ level student, someone who is considered a super fast learner, I will ask them to do the task that they are good at and I will first watch their observable behavior such as how they move, their eye movements and anything else I can see.

I then start asking them what they are doing inside their mind, what are they visualizing, saying to themselves, feeling and I uncover the steps of their thought process as well as the specific details, so if they are visualizing something, what exactly is it, what type of picture.

What I end up with is a precise model of what that person does and what they think. I will also elicit from them their attitude, beliefs and motivation.

After building a complete model I can then teach this to someone else. It’s the ability that NLP gives you to uncover a persons exact thought process that sets it apart from all other methods when it comes to accelerating the learning process or figuring out why someone is struggling with learning.


Dr Richard Bandler

Dr Richard Bandler

Dr.Richard Bandler, co-creator and developer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, is arguably the worlds most influential contributor to the field of self-development and applied psychology. His books have sold more than half a million copies, and tens of thousands of people have studied his unique blend of hypnosis, linguistics, and precise thinking throughout the world. A widely acclaimed keynote speaker and workshop leader, he is the author of many books, including Get the Life You Want, Richard Bandler’s Guide to Trance-formation, Using Your Brain for a Change, Time for a Change and Magic in Action.

Dr John Grinder

Dr John Grinder

Dr. John Grinder is the co-originator of NLP and one of the greatest thinkers of our lifetime. He has authored 14 books on complex subjects ranging from transformational grammar, family therapy and his creation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. John’s work is documented in well over 1000 other educational books on subject matter ranging from specialist NLP matters, psychology, sales, negotiation, management, parenting and accelerated learning. Dr Grinder’s work is also the subject matter of well over 1000 NLP public seminars each year, training people over 20,000 people each year around the globe.

Robert Dilts

Robert Dilts (Ph.D)


Robert Dilts (Ph.D)has been a developer, author, trainer, and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP, since 1975. In addition to spearheading the applications of NLP to organizational development, learning, creativity, and health, he is the principle author of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Vol. I and has authored numerous other books on NLP including Dynamic Learning co-authored with Todd Epstein.

Dr. Don Blackerby (Ph.D)

Dr. Don Blackerby (Ph.D)


Dr. Don Blackerby (Ph.D) is founder of success skills of Oklahoma City, USA. He is a former math teacher and college dean and focused on using NLP in Education to help struggling students in school. In 1996, he wrote a book “Rediscover the Joy of Learning” in which he describes his NLP based strategies and processes on how he helped struggling students including those with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins


Anthony Robbins (Tony Robbins) is a best selling self help author, motivational speaker, and adviser to many world leaders, sports professionals and business people. He is an internationally recognized personality and has appeared on countless infomercials, television interviews, talk shows, radio programs, and has even appeared as himself in the romantic comedy “Shallow Hal” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black. Robbins transformed his life and developed systems to change the lives of thousands more. Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP became an integral part of Robbins current philosophy and teachings. His popular motivational technique “neuroassociative conditioning” was developed from the teachings of NLP.

Thank you very much for reading this post, I really appreciate you coming to my site, I hope you are enjoying and benefiting from the information here. This site is designed to be the ultimate resource for students / parents of struggling students and any student who wants to excel in school.

Books I recommend:

Rediscover the Joy of Learning

Dynamic Learning