NLP in Practice: Be More Creative! NLP tools for Harnessing Your Creativity
Sat 3 December 2016, 10:00 – 18:00 GMT
Sat 3 December 2016
10:00 – 18:00 GMT
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Jonathan Goldsmith is a psychotherapist and NLP Trainer who specialises in working with people's creative potential
NLP in Practice is our series of events bringing to you workshops from our PPD Learning trainers and our associates in the field to give you an experience of how people are using their NLP in practice.
Creativity can mean different things to different people, and that is the pure joy of it. If you ask an actor to describe ‘creativity’ you may get a different answer than if you asked an HR Manager. This process is a product of each individual’s map, there is no right or wrong way to ‘do’ creativity it all depends on what context you are using it for.
If you then accept the fact that there is no right or wrong way to “do” creativity, then you can start to look at each individual as being able to become a Creative Genius! It’s just a matter of helping people tap into their own creative resources. Ask yourself, what could you do if you had more creativity in your life? What would become more possible?
On this new NLP in Practice workshop Jonathan Goldsmith and Dido Fisher will be exploring what ‘creativity’ is and will show you practical tools for exploring your own creative
Both workshops can be done independently of each other, or you can come to both and have the opportunity to explore for yourself how you too can be a Creative Genius!
NLP In Practice is an opportunity for you to see what our NLP Trainers are doing with their work and to experience the best of NLP in practice for yourself
Well the simple answer is anyone! Being able to tap into your creative process is something that will benefit all areas of your life, personal and professional.
For those of you working as coaches, therapists, trainers, leaders, you will come away with a felt sense of how to bring more creativity into your professional lives, offering you new choices when working with clients, running trainings and working with generating new ways of functioning in a highly effective in your businesses.
‘Being More Creative’ enables you to solve problems, explore new ways to come up with solutions to issues, bring new types of thinking to stuck situations, progress projects and plans, bringing a newfound sense of excitement and change back into your worlds!
You will also come away with the tools to help your own clients to explore their own creativity, and the benefits that will give them to their overall sense of well-being and self-efficacy *
For those of you that want to explore how to have more creativity in your personal lives, this will be the perfect opportunity for you to experience utilising the creative process for your own pleasure and satisfaction: is there a creative dream that you have always wanted to explore? This is the place to turn that dream into a reality!
In our work over the last few years, running workshops and creative practice groups we have worked with a hugely diverse range of people that have wanted to bring more creativity into their lives : From actors to coaches, lawyers to sculptors, parents to accountants.
No prior NLP experience is needed to attend these workshop and it is open to all levels of experience.
‘Creativity as the conversation between the conscious and unconscious minds’
Creativity is talked about as if it exists outside of us in the real world. As any NLPer should know this is a nominalisation, we talk about it ‘as if’ it exists in the external world like a tangible thing!
Furthermore, we can often speak of creativity as an identity level statement, i.e. you either ‘are’ or ‘are not’ creative. Looking at creativity from this perspective one can understand how it appears to be something that is mysterious elusive and ‘being creative’ is the purview of a special bunch of people who identify themselves as ‘Creatives’.
Creativity exists within all of us, it is a process that we tap into whether we are aware of it or not!
The process of creativity although the form and content of which will be deeply personal and often unique to each individual is a process of building connection, and like all processes this can be modelled and taught.
On this workshop will be looking at one description for this process, which comes from Stephen Gilligan and Robert Dilts’ work on Generative Coaching which is that: creativity exists as the relationship between our conscious (cognitive) and unconscious (somatic) minds.
We will also give you the tools to model out your own creative processes and show you that by learning how to consciously understand your own map of your creative process and you can incorporate more creativity into your everyday life.
You’ll experience how your creative process can be ignited when your cognitive, somatic and field minds are communicating in sync and you’ll explore ways to practice this for yourself. This will give you a practical sense of being able to come up with new ideas, ‘think outside the box’ and develop new kinds of approaches to your goals, plans and projects
You’ll also experience ‘trying on’ different creative maps, utilising embodied (somatic & cognitive) metaphors, giving you the tools to enrich and expand your own creativity.
The promise of NLP, as laid out in Frogs into Princes, was to make the world a more ‘groovy’ place and by giving you the tools to be more creative in all areas of your life is fulfilling part of that promise.
What would an artist paint if they used a scientist’s map of creativity? How would your professional life benefit if you were able to bring a musicians creativity into your work?
Come along and find out!
"think left and think right and think low and think high. oh the thinks you can think up if only you try"
When I met my museI glanced at her and took my glasses off--they were still singing. They buzzed like a locust on the coffee table and then ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and knew that nails up there took a new grip on whatever they touched. "I am your own way of looking at things," she said. "When you allow me to live with you, every glance at the world around you will be a sort of salvation." And I took her hand.
In 1st Generation NLP we had the idea of our creative part, being able to come up with solutions for our problems. This is the key step in creating change in Bandler and Grinder’s ‘6 step reframing process’ when we ask our unconscious mind to come up with solutions to a problem, It is the creative part that we call upon to offer the possibility of change and to help generate new behaviours.
In this workshop you we will spend the idea exploring the metaphor of creativity as a part that exists inside all of us, and how you can develop a more resourceful, embodied relationship to this part of you and how to bring more of it into play. Like all parts of ourselves, the more that we build a felt connection to it and to bring it into connection with the rest of us the more it can be called upon for use in your day-to-day lives.
The starting point of this exploration will be the fact that our creative process exists inside each of us as a felt sense. It is this internal relational aspect of creativity that we will be exploring during this workshop.
‘The Creative Muse’
The idea of the creative muse is something that has permeated into our cultural lexicography and is used by artists, poets, writers and musicians throughout the ages
We will be exploring relating to your own creative part as your own personal muse, for a more profound connection to the possibilities that being more creative has to offer for all aspects of your life
You will have the experience of using perceptual positions to literally ‘step into’ your creative part and to see how you are currently in relationship to this part of you, with the potential for bringing in new resources that you may need to strengthen the bond of this internal connection.
We will be using Judith Delozier’s vision questing process, so you can ‘take your muse by the hand’ and see the world from it’s eyes.
Gaining multiple perspectives is again at the heart of creating change and becoming more generative when we think about our own maps of reality.
By exploring new ways of relating to your inner ‘muse’ as part of a workshop process we will offer you the opportunity to have a felt 1st person experience of doing this for yourself and the opportunity to take a 2nd & 3rd person perspective of the person you are coaching, so that you can expand your own maps at the same time.
In NLP the idea of sponsorship is deeply embedded as an essential part of the coaching relationship.
Building a connection to your inner ‘muse’ is a way of being able to offer a sense of self-sponsorship to that essential part of ourselves that we call upon when we need new answers to our problems and to generate novel ideas. This is what is at the heart of NLP: helping you find new pathways to generate more resourceful flexible behaviours in multiple contexts
Sponsorship is often linked to beliefs around what it permissible. Often when working with people’s beliefs around creativity you run into the self-imposed limits of the mind.
Beliefs are often unconscious rules and organizing principles that guide our knowledge and understanding of ourselves, our relationships and actions and the world in general.
Joining in this workshop you will find the tools to be able to overcome limiting beliefs around what you think is possible for you to achieve, transcending what you believe to be possible for you.
Have you ever wanted to play an instrument, write poetry, cook new foods or voice your ideas in meetings? The only thing stopping you is you!
"if you hear a voice within your say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced"
Vincent Van Gogh
"What an utterly amazing experience! I felt held and nurtured and safe and relaxed. The workshop was a fabulous exploration of not only your creativity, but of yourself. Thank you, thank you! It felt as though enormous amounts of thought and care had gone into setting up this course"
"The whole workshop was framed as a very supportive space for exploration. I really trusted Jonathan and Dido and the rest of the group which enabled me to explore and go with the processes. I would absolutely recommend the course to anyone. Everyone was coming from different places and stages and creative backgrounds - it would be useful for most people"
"I really enjoyed learning not only about my own creative process but also about the ways that the other people on the workshop related to theirs and how that could inform my own. Now, I feel a greater sense of peace with my connection to creativity. The workshop is a brilliant supportive environment with techniques and insights to connect you to your creative self. I would heartily recommend the course not only for discovering better ways to connect with your creativity, but also with your 'better self'. Love you guys, thanks so much!"
I wanted to let you know that, of all the experiences I had while living in the UK, participating in your workshops were some of the most memorable and have had a lasting and positive impact on my life.
Jonathan Goldsmith is a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer, Coach and Psychotherapist. Jonathan works with individuals in his private practice for one to one therapy and coaching and for businesses and organisations he works as a coach and trainer. In 2013 Jonathan’s company Be More You launched the Be More Creative project which is a pioneering initiative bringing together high-functioning creative people to expand, enrich and experiment with their creativity.
Jonathan was introduced to NLP and PPD Learning by Dido Fisher and went on his first practitioner course run by Judith in 2011. He went to work in the PPD Learning office shortly after helping produce and run their training programmes. He left in 2013 to launch Be More You.
Judith and Jonathan started working together again in 2014 and together they have a new vision for to develop and inspire those people in the world wide field of NLP who want to explore, experiment, extend and enrich their skills to acquire expertise and mastery in NLP.
Dido is an accomplished trainer, facilitator and coach with 20 years experience of training across a variety of industries for high profile companies and organisations and has presented at conferences around the world. She is presently facilitating programmes around non-verbal communication skills for medical students and healthcare professionals at Kings, Barts, & St Thomas’s hospitals in London. As well as having worked with many well known organisations such as Specsavers, Amex, Reuters, & Llyods she has presented at many international conferences and works prolifically with individuals particularly around areas of confidence, health, creativity and special needs. She is a certified NLP Trainer and incorporates NLP thinking and techniques into all aspects of her work. For the same length of time she has practised NLP, she has also been an Equine Behaviourist and has been integrating these two practises for 2 decades.Her trainings are often described as engaging, meaningful and fun. Dido has a passion for finding what makes learning valuable to a particular individual or group.
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