What is NLP

NLP stands for ‘Neuro Linguistic Programming’ and has been around since 1970’s when its co-founders, Richard Bandler and John Grinder first modelled the therapists Milton Erickson, Gregory Bateson, Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir.

ANLP (The Association for NLP) defines NLP as follows:

“NLP combines theories, models and techniques from a range of scientific and esoteric fields, to create accessible, understandable ‘tools’ which can be used by individuals, teams and organisations and applied in a variety of contexts to improve outcomes, support wellbeing and create change”


Here at NexStep Learning, these skills are used to facilitate the learner’s ability to access their best learning state and best self to believe and achieve.

In lessons, the learner’s language is noted and fine tuned to enable them to see the opportunities presented in times of challenge or displeasure.  For Example: ‘Exams are an amazing opportunity to show off all you know, and see how little there is for you now to learn in this subject!’

A literal translation of the phrase 'Neuro Linguistic Programming' is that NLP empowers, enables and teaches us to better understand the way our brain (neuro) processes the words we use (linguistic) and how that can impact on our past, present and future (programming). It gives us strategies for observing human behaviour and learning from the best (and worst) of that!

Simply put, change is possible - all you need is a desire to change and a willingness to learn new ways of being…with yourself, your thoughts and with others.

When a learner starts working with NexStep Learning, these tools are immediately present to benefit the learner.  All that is required from the learner is the desire to learn and excel, the rest will come from me as I gently guide the teenager into achieving their desires with calm, confidence and eager.

In the 1970’s, the co-creators of NLP originally defined NLP as follows:

“NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques. “

Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP)


“The strategies, tools and techniques of NLP represent an opportunity unlike any other for the exploration of human functioning, or more precisely, that rare and valuable subset of human functioning known as genius.“

John Grinder (co-creator of NLP)


We are all geniuses, and with the integration of NLP into the lessons, the learners soon realise they actually are geniuses in their own time; their own lives; their own journey of life. 

The skills they learn here are not just fantastic for learning and exams, but also for life.