NLP Coaching....

Monday, September 8, 2008

Hi There,

I use both the Meta Model and also the Milton Model from NLP in my work. They have proved to be very useful, in a number of my coaching interactions.

The Meta-Model is a set of questions designed to specify information, challenge and expand the limits to a person's model of the world. It responds to the distortions, generalizations, and deletions in the speaker's language. The Meta Model draws on transformational grammar and general semantics and is based on the idea that language is a translation of mental states into words. Furthermore in this translation, there is an unconscious process of deletion, distortion and generalization. This model helps a client get clearer on their thinking and communication.

The Milton Model is in many ways the opposite of the Meta Model for instead of getting more specific this model is purposely vague and metaphoric and is used to make indirect suggestions. A direct suggestion merely states the goal, whereas an indirect suggestion is less authoritative and allows the unconscious mind of the client to interpret appropriately. This model is based on the assumption that the unconscious mind responds to openings, opportunities, metaphors and contradictions. Effective suggestion therefore needs to be 'artfully vague', leaving space for the subject to fill in the gaps with their own unconscious understandings. This model helps a client elicit their unconscious resources in ways that benefit their life.

Steve Nobel
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