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Get the Life You Want: NLP for the Masses (Part 2 – Day 1)

…1300 people settled themselves in The Great Hall at Wembley last Saturday morning…

…thumping disco music pumped from the speakers above the stage…

…the “prompt” 9-30 start promised by the organisers came and went…

…finally the music volume escalated and a sharply dressed Paul McKenna strode purposefully down the central aisle of the room, arms outstretched like the new messiah…

…applause…

…and the mission for audience compliance began…

…who wants a better life?  hands up…  …who wants to feel great?  hands up…  …who wants to feel more confident?  hands up…  …who wants to make more money?  hands up…  …who wants to be happier?  hands up…  …who wants to be less stressed?  hands up…  …who wants to be more successful?  hands up… 

…the questions rained down and the hands shot up in the air, time and time again… 

…this seminar isn’t about therapy it’s about educational change

…the morning of day 1 was all about creating positive, resourceful states to access any time you wish/need…

…it was about how you process and internalize your experience of the world as pictures, sounds and feelings…

… it was about how that perception of experience affects your internal emotional state…

… it was about your physiology, you body and it’s effect on your state…

… and it was about how your state creates your behaviour…

… it was about choice, flexibility, taking control of your thinking and thinking for a purpose…

…it was about accentuating and magnifying the positive and quashing the negative with those amazing new positive resources whenever you desire…

…it was out with the old way of thinking and in with the new…

…it was about HOW to think and not WHAT to think…

…it was about effectively overcoming self-sabotage and taking your foot off the brake…

… it was conventional NLP for the masses, challenging to convey to such a huge group and with a couple of less than perfectly selected demo subjects, but overall interactive with lots of audience participation, exercises (both group, paired and individual) and conveyed with conviction and enthusiasm…

…and finally the morning of day 1 closed with 15 minutes of wonderful, reinforcing, relaxing trance from a master hypnotist…

…lunch was over, Paul McKenna had departed and Richard Bandler, co-originator of NLP, took the stage…

…out with the enthusiastic showman, audience participation, the exercises and the conscious and unconscious teaching…

… in with the master story-teller – the intertwined, embedded, multiple metaphors – and the connection to your unconscious mind…

…75 minutes of opening stories that were identical, even down to the joke to tell people not to take pictures, to those at the NLP intro evening I attended back in May (yawn)…

…an unfocused stage demo with a poor volunteer who had to sit there for what must have seemed like hours while Bandler rambled on seeming to have forgotten she was even there…

…until it was time to embarrass her with yet another below-the-belt joke on orgasms….

… finally her change was done and she was released…

… and we were treated to another trance session on confidence, finding out what will make your life great and starting to use your mind for a purpose…

….and the stories continued…

… and continued….

…and continued…

… until finally it was the end of day 1 and 1300 people spilled out into the warm, summer (I know it was October 1, but it was 26 degrees!) sunshine…

[Picture credit – Paul McKenna by NLP THIRTEEN]

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