Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NLP Associate Certification

Couple of months ago, I was searching around for some personal development workshops within PJ area, as I figured it would help me not just for personal development, but also for what I do at work. Having transitioned from being a Senior Designer to moving up to people management and human resource, I felt it was imperative I undertook some form of training at least, to better learn and understand about human patterns and the correct linguistics to use.

So I contacted a close girlfriend of mine for suggestions, and she pointed to me to Billy Kueek's direction. Now I've never heard of the term Neuro-Linguistic Programming before, sounded so science, especially with the work neuro, which made me think of neurons and neurologists (my mind wanders to Dr. Michael Holt, from the TV series 'A Gifted Man'. If only they didn't can it, sigh). So what is NLP? Did some Googling, and this is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created in the 1970s. The title refers to a stated connection between the neurological processes ("neuro"), language ("linguistic"), and behavioral patterns that have been learned through experience ("programming") and can be organized to achieve specific goals in life.[1][2] According to certain neuroscientists,[3] psychologists,[4][5] and linguists,[6][7] NLP is unsupported by current scientific evidence, and uses incorrect and misleading terms and concepts.
If you didn't understand it, it's ok, cos I didn't quite get it either. Just too many words. Anyway, I signed up for a 2-day workshop (RM 988 early bird price) and walked in with an open mind. I was actually more keen on the linguistics part of the programme, as I felt I could definitely benefit from that exercise.

I got the chance to meet the trainer himself, Dr. Billy Kueek, from Singapore. A charismatic man, Dr. Billy made the workshop interesting, using several metaphors and life examples which were easy to understand and resonate to. The workshop was overall, energetic and inspiring. I do believe all the participants left the workshop feeling a little more positive and empowered. Read more about the NLP Associate programme here:

My certificate.
As for me, I definitely walked out of the workshop with some new found knowledge, which can be applied to both my work life and personal life. Oh, I also broke a wooden board and I have made some new friends too ;)

That's me breaking a wooden board, a symbolic gesture that with the right mindset,
one can overcome obstacles to achieve one's goal. Image taken from here.