NLP Training with Sue Knight

Assisting and more

I am often asked about the possibility of assisting on my programmes. Requests for India feature highly!! I do have an assistants programme and this is how it works.

As part of the Trainer Training consolidation I ask delegates to assist on a regular Foundation/Practitioner or Master Practitioner course. This might be with me in the UK or with one of my partner companies – Toby and Kate McCartney for example in the UK or Onefluencer in India. This assisting is part of the training process where the assistants receive coaching from me or the managing trainers for their role. As such we ask that people assisting in the UK pay their subsistence at the conference centre. It is key that anyone assisting has completed all stages of training with me as my style is somewhat different to many and it is key that the assistants are trained in my style of working.

Even though you may have trained with other NLP providers the style might be very different and I do give priority to people training with for that very reason and there is invariably a waiting list of people wanting to assist.

It is possible to assist in India and other overseas countries but only as a full paying delegate. I do have a team of colleagues who work with me in India especially  so we don’t have a need for extra help but will willingly offer coaching in this role who wants to apply on the full paying basis. However working on line makes assisting so much more possible and I believe effective.

Do feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss this further. I do discuss this with my delegates on the Trainer Training programmes and it is a key part of their certification process.

Sue Knight

And this is what some of my assistants say ….

I have been on quite a journey with Sue Knight who, in my opinion is incredible at facilitating learning experiences that enable you to fully embody learning at the time and continue to get learning for a long time after! 

I was unsure of what to expect doing a Trainer Training course online and in some ways Zoom has enabled a richer experience than in person.  The two modules give an opportunity to learn how to facilitate, impart knowledge and experience the theory.  The option to assist on live online courses following the modules gives an unique opportunity to record sessions and reflect on them getting feedback in real time on the reflection sessions with Sue.  For me this is where the deeper learning has occurred because I’ve been able to watch how Sue delivers sessions, try out facilitation in break-out rooms, and reflect and get valuable feedback from Sue and peers.

Going through the course with fellow peers also offers an opportunity to learn from each other and the WhatsApp group offers support, guidance and tips to focus on whilst simultaneously assisting in the sessions. These have really helped me with getting the structure and building confidence so I feel comfortable experimenting when assisting.

If you would like to speak to me about my experience please feel free to get in touch. Just ask Sue for my contact details.

Laura Stephenson-Davies
10th January 2021

And then assisting can become a much more permanent role .. read on ..

Hitch yourself to a star

Today as Sue opened an NLP Business Practitioner programme, she asked me how many programmes we have done online together this year.  I had no clue.    Shortly before the programme started, she had sent me via WhatsApp a photo she had taken of me sitting in a chair at my friend Vicky’s home.  It was around this time last year – it could even have been today last year.  And looking at the photo last year felt an eternity ago. 

The question about the number of programmes got me thinking about these past months. Reflecting on events that have happened and the online programmes.

I watched a TV programme last night that set out the timeline of coronavirus going around the world and when it showed events in January and early February I thought about the HR, OD and Coaching work I was doing and how different my life was.  I thought about travelling to the Cotswolds to assist Charles Ainslie on an NLP programme he was running and then flying out to India to assist Sue on a programme in Kerala in early February.

Flying home, I was struck by how many people at the airports in Kochi and Dubai were wearing facemasks.  Arriving in Glasgow I felt at home, safe and not a mask in sight.   

Going into lockdown my work stalled. Projects were postponed or cancelled, and everything moved online.  At that time, I really was not a fan of online. I could not envisage how my work could translate.  Like so many others my work and social life moved onto Zoom, Microsoft teams, crowdcast and other platforms and I was pleasantly, albeit grudgingly surprised.

In late April I was chatting to Sue on Zoom and said she was thinking of doing an online Business Practitioner course.  I spoke about my experience of using zoom and how it could work.  She asked me to assist and I said I would love to even though I was secretly terrified as my experience of what I now know to be called, “producing,” was pretty minimal. 

Thank goodness Sue has a pattern of experimenting and being curious, and I have a pattern of saying yes to things that I am secretly terrified by.  We discovered there was a demand.  Well of course there was.  Sue is a master at what she does, has a global reputation and an incredible network across the world.  People had time and made time to attend – and they loved it.

For me one of the greatest pluses is the geographical reach online has. We have had delegates from 23 different countries, 25 if I count guests (every blue country in the picture).  I love the richness that different nationalities and cultures bring to the programmes. 

Sue is of course an encyclopaedia of all things NLP.  She was the first to bring NLP into the business world – phenomenal – and has written one of, if not THE go to book on NLP.  Now in its fourth edition NLP at Work is recommended by Training Management, People Management and Personnel Today.  The way she uses whatever is current to structure and design her programmes so skilfully is incredible.   

The experience has been one of huge learning for me.  I’ve made mistakes, little ones, medium ones, and pretty huge ones.  Sue is an example of the belief that there is no failure only feedback, and not once has she ever criticised.  Her focus is completely on my learning.  It’s refreshing and freeing and encourages experimentation and true learning. 

Those of you who know me know I love coming up with ideas.  Holding a belief of no failure only feedback encourages those ideas tenfold. Of course, not all are used or incorporated, they are built on though and together we’ve come up with some great ideas, so the programmes are fresh and the bar raised every time.   

I have to say that working with Sue these last months has kept me sane, given me structure and incredible development in challenging times.  I’ve definitely become a better coach, facilitator and trainer and with Sue’s encouragement have even started to write. 

What started as an experiment has been refined and continues to evolve.  I can’t quite believe that I am part of that evolution, that I am lucky enough to do this kind of work and with Sue. 

She has said to me, and I’ve heard her say in programmes, that the best piece of advice she was given was, “Hitch yourself to a rising star.” 

Sue has a zest for life, energy and fun that she brings to her programmes with abundance and so I am hitching myself to a shooting star – much more fun.

And to answer the question how many programmes, today was the start of the 8th programme since April 2020 and there are many more in the pipeline!   

Carolyn Murray
15 January 2021

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