I love to learn. I believe that lifelong learning is one of the most important tools to keep my mind active, my motivation high and my sense of purpose fired up. And although I know I learn something new most days, I still love to seek out opportunities to embark on more formal training.
I love how learning one new thing, can make me want to discover more, maybe read a book, seek out a Ted Talk, and get involved in discussions with other, like-minded, and not so like-minded people.
Last weekend was the 2021 NLP international conference, delivered virtually for the very first time ever.
I was one of the volunteer stewards, there to support the presenters and assist with all things Zoom!
I had spent so long making sure I was ready to offer support with everything and anything on the online platform, that I hadn’t really taken much notice of what the speakers were actually going to be presenting.
So, it was with a completely open mind and no expectations, that I dialled in to support. The speakers were fascinating, inspiring, engaging and have totally re-ignited my desire to explore all things NLP. And of course, they all have podcasts and had written books, so I was straight onto Amazon and now my ‘to be read’ pile of books is very tall and there aren’t enough hours in the day for all the podcasts!
One of my values is learning, which simply means it’s important to me, so I will prioritise it over other things. The shift from face-to-face training to virtual because of lockdown measures, has been fantastic for me. It has brought me so many learning opportunities that would have been inaccessible to me before either because of geography or cost. And I expect that this is a trend that will stay with us forever.
My next training course starts in a couple of weeks and it is being delivered virtually from Dubai. And I expect my cohort will be truly international. Not only does this make financial sense but the benefit of the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and thinking is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to get started. I am also a bit of a swot, so I am doing all the pre-work and getting ready to complete all the assignments, make loads of notes and even throw myself into the role-play!
Want to know more about the NLP conference?
Here are links to some of the speakers at I loved. I hope that they inspire you to find out more too.
Dr Phil Parker
20 years ago, Phil created the Lightning Process which helps individuals to profoundly change their lives and health. Since then, he has trained practitioners who deliver it in 15 countries and on 5 different continents. Phil continues to develop and research the Lightning Process approach and to make it available to everyone who could benefit from it.
Melody Cheal, CV – Gwiz NLP, Inspiring Natural Potential
Melody Cheal has a degree in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, diploma in Psychotherapy and is an NLP Master Practitioner and Certified Master Trainer. As a partner in The GWiz Learning Partnership, Melody runs courses in both the private and the public sector, focusing on interpersonal skills and self-awareness. Over the last twenty-five years she has worked with international committees, directors, senior managers, teams and front-line staff in groups and one to one as a coach. She specialises in NLP, emotional intelligence, personal effectiveness, understanding behaviour and developing potential.
Ian Pitchford | AMind4Adventure
Ian is extremely passionate about the belief that we ‘are all better than we know’. As an expert NLP trainer and someone who is well on the way to becoming a Master Trainer, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is instrumental in changing peoples’ outlook on life. Ian can work with individuals, people wanting to become an NLP practitioner, corporate business clients or as a mentor or supervisor. Recent clients who have been able to soar after completing NLP courses include executive corporate clients. Through his experience in many commercial sectors, he can help people to apply NLP to their daily lives to enable goals to be achieved.
Want to join in next year?
If you would like to join the conference next year, then here is the link to the page. Keep an eye out for some great Early Bird offers.
When was the last time you gave yourself the opportunity to learn something new? And not because you had to, but because you wanted to. Maybe have a think about it.
Now excuse me while a make a cup of tea and settle down with my next book.