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NLP In 21 Days: A complete introduction and training programme
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2003
If you're looking for a book that will help you figure out what NLP is, what you might do with it and what all the fuss is about, then this is a great book to start with. Purists might argue about some specifics being right or wrong, I would have to say that NLP isn't about right and wrong or black and white. NLP isn't a set of strict rules, it's about studying what works - and as a nice intro to the subject, this works!
As you learn more about NLP, you'll decide for yourself what works and what suits you anyway.
Some of the other intro books aim too high and try to tackle and explain what is a big subject. This book takes the opposite approach and breaks NLP down into nice, easy to take in chunks. If you're the kind of person who grabs reading time when you can, this book will suit you perfectly - as well as for those of you who will sit down for a good read.
The only weak chapter, in my mind, is the one on timelines, but I really think that's a big subject in itself which warrants a separate book.
If you don't want to wade through loads of dry theory and listen to people rant over which model is right or wrong, if you do want an easy to read introduction to NLP, this book is for you.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 1999
This is probably a good reference book for someone with a knowledge of NLP. There is a lot of information there that intemediate users might dip into. It is not a beginners guide and might well put off those starting out. The chapters are not self-contained. So someone wishing to deal with a particular issue might struggle backwards and forwards through the book trying to get definitions or sense. Inside the chapters, there is too much information to take in and a slowness in reaching useful material. Each chapter takes longer than an hour to understand and at the end is a list of 'to do' tasks. These take a couple of hours on top, and that's just the practice. If the book could dwell less on long explanations and more on practical applications it would be better. All this is a shame because both authors are well respected exponents in the field. In short, I wanted to like and use this book but I couldn't.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2002
Having never read about NLP before I found this book a very useful introduction to the topic. It approaches the subject using laymen's terms and introduces more complex terminology with clear explanations. Breaking this complex subject into logical and readable sections greatly helps the beginner come to grips with NLP. It has been a very useful book and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2009
If you really look for a structured way to change your life (work, social, family...), this book will help you a lot. But do not expect for a significant change unless you apply the techniques thorough and constantly (no pain, no gain).
The book is clearly written, with simple frameworks, quite easy to follow through and understand what to do.
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on 23 April 2012
I'm not 100% convinced by some of the beliefs propounded by the NLP clan. I think much of it consits of, and relies upon, hype. Hpwever, some of it is clearly valid and useful. I like the style of this basic textbook on the subject. I don't think I would recommend it as a beginner's first book. However, for my purposes, it brought full satisfaction; all I wanted was a concise refresher course to remind me of the main aspects of NLP. This book fulfilled that purpose admirably. The things I had read about before, were explained afresh, in the authors' own succinct and well-written way. It also taught me a few things I hadn't read about before.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2001
I wrote this review purely from the fact that one reviewer from Hove gave it 1 star. As a newcomer to NLP I found this unfair. The book provides a simple no-nonsense introduction to the basics of NLP along with practical examples each split into distinct lessons. I also bought "NLP The Technology of Achievement" as a starter but would rate this book as the better read for an introduction. The author provides lessons you can read, understand, and apply almost immediately. I've since had the chance to be coached on NLP skills and feel that this book could have delivered a signigficant portion of those skills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2010
This is an excellent insight to finding out how you operate and how you can change your behaviour
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on 23 March 2014
Although the book arrived in good time, I was disappointed by the condition of the pages which were mildewy which makes the book feel old and grubby. It is not in an 'excellent' condition as stated on the description.
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on 28 October 2013
Clearly explained, excellent content. I would recommend this to anyone studying NLP or practicing self improvement. I had many 'lightbulb' moments!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2001
One of the best NLP books I've seen and without the usual jargon, Excellent on metaphor and some different stuff on reframing. It's a change to detect a business backround in a popular NLP writer. I think this is the fifth or something I've have read of Alder's books so I've come to expect the high standard each time. This has done well in the book clubs. Recommended reading for pragmatic business oriented people but not for nitpicking purists from one of the NLP camps who write esoteric reviews. Full marks Dr Alder.
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