Monday, 28 September 2009

Hypnosis Training

I’ve just finished running a hypnosis seminar, which is also one part of a diploma course I am running with Steve Crabb; some of the students were enquiring into accreditation and whether our course is recognised by any societies which led to a discussion on regulatory bodies for NLP, Hypnosis and Life Coaching.

When I began to study Hypnosis specifically to use as a tool for therapy, like most people I wasn’t sure who to study with. I searched on line and decided on a college that seemed to be genuine and there are so many to choose from. Graduates from the courses I choose could apply for an NHS number which seemed to indicate that it was authentic and would offer first class training. I had already completed my NLP Practitioner course and was excited at the prospect of furthering my experience and knowledge.

Imagine my surprise on the first day to find that the lecturers read the notes to us and that we were expected to use scripts to work with our clients. How can you calibrate to your clients needs and responses if you are reading a script? The lecturers also didn’t seem to know the subjects very well, and often if asked questions had to get back to us.

Over the many years since I started training and working with private clients I am often asked where people can go to learn hypnosis, or more accurately to learn about what I do. Last year Steve and I began discussing the possibility of running a hypnosis and coaching diploma to begin to teach people how we work with clients. We wanted to insure that our courses were recognised as producing excellent therapists and coaches and so began to look at the various memberships of societies and into what was required by us for them to recognise our courses.

Currently there is no one governing body, no legal requirement for hypnotherapists, coaches and NLP practitioners to have obtained a certain level of training and experience before they begin to practice. There are several societies who are supposed to have excellent practitioners as their members and so we looked at their criteria and took this into account when designing our courses.

Something that occurred to both of us is that recognition by these societies depends not on the quality of the training provided but on the number of study hours each student spends.

The government has been talking about setting up a governing body; certain rules and regulations for hypnotherapists, coaches and NLP Practitioners for some time now. I suppose at some point this will change and there will be rules for us to comply with; I do hope that at this point some form of quality control will be introduced to improve the training available also.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

How to Choose a Coach

Nowadays with the business executive needing so many skills to keep on top of his very busy schedule, many are seeking the help of a coach to achieve the right balance in their lives; and with so many coaches offering their services how do you choose the right coach for you?

A business coach provides you with advice and guidance; this is usually based on their own experiences and capabilities. It pays to take the time to find the coaching that's right for you.

There are essential areas of understanding in the business coaching relationship.

For example; Does your prospective coach understand what you need from them and more importantly, can they deliver what you want to the business coaching relationship?

A few questions to ask yourself before selecting a coach:
1. What will having a coach give me?
2. What experience does my coach need?
3. Does the prospective coaches CV and referrals reflect that experience?
4. What do I want? What is my desired outcome?
a. What will having this outcome get me do for me?
5. Can this coach help me achieve my goals?
6. Are you willing to take the advice given and follow through?

A clear understanding of the process that will be used and what is expected of you is vital to ensure you are happy with the business coaching process.

1. What techniques, if any, will be used ie NLP.
2. Is there a set process to follow, is the relationship based on a fixed program or will they program be designed for you.
3. What demands are there, for example are there books that you will be asked to read.
4. How often will your progress be reviewed?
a. And what does that entail?

Then there are environmental factors to be considered, in this context that means any elements that may influence the relationship.

For example
1. Is the coaching to be face to face, by skype or telephone?
2. Can you call at any time for a quick discussion?
3. If you email will you get a prompt reply?
4. Is weekend contact allowed?
5. How often will they contact you as a part of the regular coaching process?
6. Will you be locked into an agreement for a fixed period of time and or money?
7. Finally, is this coach worth the money they are charging? This is easy as
if you have followed the steps above you will already know the answer.