Every day we interact with people through our daily lives. A lot of our communication is unconscious. The words we speak are just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know that only 7% of our communication is through words? The skills used in NLP help us to access the rest of the communication iceberg.
Some of these skills include mirroring and matching so we did a few exercises where we mirrored and matched, or didn't mirror or match, someone else in our group. It was funny trying to disagree with our partner while matching their body language. It was also difficult trying to agree with our partner while not matching their body language. It made me realise these would be quite good skills to use in negotiations. They might help you:
At work to -
- smooth workplace politics
- reduce levels of conflict in the office
- improve communication with patients, clients or customers
- increase sales
- help you be a better teacher
Personally to -
- help improve your family relationships
- help you overcome fears
- help you achieve your goals
- build your confidence
A two hour surface was enough only to let our group scratch the surface of NLP but it was a toe worth dipping!