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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Meta Publications,U.S. (1 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916990478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916990473
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Dilts has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - a model of human behavior, learning and communication - since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on 8 Sept. 2009
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Reading this book is the best way to grasp the 14 patterns of this powerful NLP technique. Robert Dilts does not always make an easy read, but this book is easy to follow.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2006
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When I ordered this book I thought I'd be treated to the secrets of covert change work in what others would see as seemingly mundane conversations.
And to a degree the book delivers solid content based on NLP.
The problem is, the model, presented as a schematic in this book is one of the most unwieldy things I've ever seen. It's just too complicated and too detailed to be any use in helping someone using it to be able to access it unconscioulsy while simultaneously trying to be present in the conversation.
It seems, in an attempt to ensure no part of a communication is left out, the author felt it necessary to include everthing (big chunks and small chunks) so that by the end of the book, you feel even less confident of being able to do the stuff.
So in summary:
If you like talking about how these powerful patterns all may link together then you'll probably still love this book.
If you're actually interested in getting out there and using the patterns then this book will probably be more effective in confusing you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2012
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I "found" an original copy of this book (1999) in Oxfam and it was priced at £27.00 so I reckoned someone must think its quite good...

"There are no bad ball players, there are only people who are not confident in their ability to learn"...

That above sentence is worth the book price (whatever that may be) 10 times over. Just change the two words "Ball Player" into whatever you want and you have a serious intervention that will change a life for real...

The book itself is somewhat "over the top" - similar to what other previous reviewers have said - in the sense - that Robert is very thorough in his explanation of what all good therapy does - which is use certain words - in a certain way - to create a certain change...

Stop smoking - two words - that if acted upon will change your life for the better...

I ask people to "act upon" those two words and I love when they "act upon" two simple words - because the belief is they no longer smoke - and my belief I share - is that a craving will not kill you - whereas a cigarette might... A simple belief that is also true...

Spend half - save half - four words - that if acted upon means you will never be skint - you might not get rich - but that's not the point.

Robert Dilts writes and teaches stuff about changing beliefs - probably better than anyone else in the world...

The problem with "being clever" for a lot of people is that - you become very good at overlooking simplicity - and you are cleverer at holding on to your own unhelpful beliefs - and at over complicating stuff - so rather than reading information such as Robert lays out here - we may "think its too detailed" or "too complicated" rather than just giving it a bash and seeing what happens...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Hamilton on 21 Jun. 2012
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This book really brings NLP to life - it turns it from something theoretical into something you can experience in a practical way. The book will be somewhat more digestible if you already familiar with NLP, it would be helpful if you are already familiar with the basics of sleight of mouth, I would recommend Doug O'briens 2 hour audio program to get you up to speed (google it)or his ebook

This book goes into the deeper theoretical side of language/framing and it has lots of easy to do exercises to show how to practically apply the information.

This book is a must read if you are somebody who has struggled to apply NLP to real life situations, its the meat and potatoes of NLP all under one roof. The paradigm shifts in the book are addictive!

I recommend that you create a word documment on your computer with a template with all the patterns on for you to fill in the gaps. After re framing lots of your own limiting beliefs you will start to become more skilled in the patterns (your own mental well being will improve as well). After several months of doing a few a week you will be a real expert and will have a lot more flexibility in your persuasion skills and shifting your own thinking patterns.

The book is an excellent work of reference for when you are stuck trying to come up with an effective reframing pattern. The other similar book on this subject that I would recommend is Mindlines by Michael Hall. Both books are essential reading on the subject
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 9 Nov. 2008
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I've given this 4 stars, the content is probably worth 5 stars, but it is a bit of a nightmare to read.

If you are not familar with NLP then I would suggest reading something a little easier going, like one of the dummies books.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Greg Laws on 18 May 2009
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This is not an introduction to NLP and as such I concur with the earlier review. However, if you've undertaken NLP training this comprehensive work brings much of the magic of NLP under one roof. The concepts that underpin the the conversation patterns are the foundations of NLP, hence the need for background. Once you have a firm grasp of such things as chunking, reframing, outcomes, complex equivalence etc. then the book comes alive. What you have here is priceless recipe for readily accessible language skills for challenging limiting beliefs. They offer a delightful starting point to draw on all your NLP skills. Your background in NLP would give you the skill to recognise limiting language. This set of conversation patterns gives you all the choice you need to start the ball rolling in moving towards empowering beliefs. It does take some reading and a little meta reflection to get it, but it is well worth it. Ideally located at NLP Master Practitioner level.
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