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Sleight of Mouth: The Magic of Conversational Belief Change [Paperback]

Robert Dilts
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Meta Publications,U.S. (1 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916990478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916990473
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,317 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleight of mouth 8 Sep 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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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read but worth it 9 Nov 2008
By Matt
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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced NLP skills that bring it all together 18 May 2009
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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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful
By Seekay
An excellent and well written book from the person who invented the Sleight of Mouth patterns.They are dealt with in a grouped and logical way. Robert also includes illustrative material from his seminars. This is not a book for beginners, but for readers with some knowledge of NLP.On reading this book, you will have an excellent understanding of the patterns and be in a position to apply and use them.
Carole Kinsey (NLP trainer)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does a great job of being totally useless. 13 Jun 2011
I had high hopes for this book, as my interest in NLP is growing and growing over the past year or so. I was extremely disappointed by this book, which seemed to have the knack of talking the talk without ever mananging to offer the reader any actual practical advice; except in the summing up at the end of the book. I thought it would be full of examples such as "to disarm this kind of statement, say this..." or "if someone says this to you change their mind quickly by...." it didn't. The Author went to lenghts, over 2 thirds of the book I reckon, explaining the 14 different areas and how he took them from the Core Beliefs of NLP blah blah blah...very badly written and boring to wade through just to discover WHAT USE IS THIS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE? I would not waste your money if I were you.

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