Sunday, October 28, 2007

#9 Metaprograms

Meta-programs in general are programs that create, control or make decisions about programs, such as when and how to run them, preferred and unpreferred programs, and strategic choices of fall-back or alternative programs.

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) uses the term specifically to indicate the more general pervasive habitual patterns commonly used by an individual across a wide range of situations. Examples of NLP meta-programs include the preference for overview or detail, the preference for where to place one’s attention during conversation, habitual linguistic patterns and body language, and so on. (Wikipedia)

Covered in this podcast:

  • Introducing Metaprograms
  • Definitions of Metaprograms
  • Distinctions between Metaprograms, Beliefs, and Strategies
  • Uses of metaprograms
    • Rapport
    • Motivation
    • Personal growth – expanding dimensions by embracing the paradox at each level
  • Towards – away from
  • Chunk size
  • Learning direction: Top-down – bottom-up – metaphorical (by analogy)
  • Options – Procedures
  • Making decisions – internal-external
  • Self – Other – Switch – Simultaneous
  • Match – Mismatch – Polarity
  • Environmental sorting: People – Information – Activities – Places – Things
  • Convincer strategy – automatic, few times, never
  • Active – Passive
  • Personal stories
  • Calibrating Metaprograms

[techtags: metaprograms, NLP, Rapport, Motivation, Growth, towards-away, chunk size, learning direction, options – procedures, match mismatch, sorting patterns, active passive, calibration]

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A journey to the center of your mind - Ramachandran

In a wide-ranging talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran explores how brain damage can reveal the connection between the internal structures of the brain and the corresponding functions of the mind. He talks about phantom limb pain, synesthesia (when people hear color or smell sounds), and the Capgras delusion, when brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters.

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran looks deep into the brain’s most basic mechanisms. By working with those who have very specific mental disabilities caused by brain injury or stroke, he can map functions of the mind to physical structures of the brain.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

#8 Accelerated Learning

  • Why learning is important?
  • What is learning?
  • Teaching an old dog new tricks
  • Methods of learning
    • Scientific – standing on the shoulders of guiants
    • Skills + Knowledge
    • Osmosis, deep immersion
  • Uses of accelerated learning
  • Mindmapping
  • Speed reading
  • Memory techniques
  • DTI (Deep Trance Identification)
  • Accelerated teaching
  • State management
  • Discussion of our education system

[techtags: NLP, Accelerated Learning, Superlearning, mind mapping, speed reading, deep trance identification, state control, state management]

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Ten Videos to Change How You View the World

Worth looking into…

The Ten Videos to Change How You View the World –

I believe that a sign of good information is that it makes you
think. If reading a book, listening to a lecture or watching a video
doesn’t change how you think, it probably isn’t that
important. But if you encounter something that forces you to change
your views, even if you don’t completely agree with it,
you’ve found something valuable.

The problem is where do you find these ideas? Better yet, where do you find the time to consume this information?

Recently I found a great place to get started. TED (Technology,
Entertainment, Design) is a huge conference held each year. The best
thinkers come together and share their ideas. Their website,, has hundreds of free speeches. Here’s ten that might just change how you view the world:

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

#7 Nested Loops - Stories within Stories within Stories...

We briefly define what nested loops are, then each of us tells a different story, by embedding one story into the story of others. Once the stories unwind themselves, and you slowly start coming back from the enchantment of the trance, we tell you another story about the nested loops, discuss their practical applications, and close the session with parting thoughts about nested loops.

[techtags: NLP, Nested Loops, metaphors, story telling, change work]

Sunday, October 7, 2007

#6 Anchoring

Anchoring is a neuro-linguistic programming term for the process by which memory recall, state change or other responses become associated with (anchored to) some stimulus, in such a way that perception of the stimulus (the anchor) leads by reflex to the anchored response occurring. The stimulus may be quite neutral or even out of conscious awareness, and the response may be either positive or negative. They are capable of being formed and reinforced by repeated stimuli, and thus are analogous to classical conditioning.

Basic anchoring involves in essence, the elicitation of a strong congruent experience of a desired state, whilst using some notable stimulus (touch, word, sight) at the time this is most fully realized. In many cases, repetition of the stimulus will reassociate and restore the experience of the state. (Wikipedia)

In this podcast, we introduce the pervasive NLP construct called anchors, and play with several ideas around anchoring. In particular, we categorize anchors by responses:

  • Emotional (the typical NLP anchors)
  • Behavioral
  • Ritual, Cultural

and by triggers:

  • Static
  • Dynamic
  • Environmental anchors
  • Rituals (now as a trigger)

Finally, we discuss applications of anchors of different varieties.

[techtags: NLP, Anchoring, Ritual ]