International NLP Research Conference: A personal perspective

I’m taking a break this week from the series I have been writing about resilience to share with you my experience of attending the 3rd International NLP Research Conference held this week.

It really was an international affair with speakers from across Europe, USA , Australia, Scandinavia, New Zealand and more. There was an amazing buzz to the whole event and a very friendly feel to it. I had a brilliant time and met some great people, some I knew already and some new people too.

On the first day there were a number of “how to” sessions delivered by experienced academic researchers. These sessions were very helpful in providing guidelines, ideas and support for the new researcher.

Michael Hall (USA) gave a very interesting opening keynote speech on benchmarking sharing some of the ideas and practices that he has developed in his own school, Neurosemantics.

The most challenging aspect for me was having to choose which sessions to attend on the parallel sessions! The subject threads included Education, professional development, research methods, neuroscience and many others.

The high light for me was attending Rick Gray’s session “Four Findings from Neuroscience that expand and explain NLP techniques”. Rick is a highly passionate speaker and really draws the audience in. If that is not enough what he talks about is fascinating.

Rick is very generous with his materials publishing many papers on his own site. There is a paper on this topic on his site at:

The closing keynote speech was delivered by Melita Reiner (Croatia) who shared some facinating information about her research into therapeutic interventions.

As part of the conference close Karen Moxam urged us to keep the conversations going beyond the conference by sharing ideas and discussing research methods and concepts on the Linkedin group “NLP Research Conference”. I intend to do that myself and will be starting several threads myself later today. Do log in and join the discussion whether you attended the conference or not.

The next conference will be in two years time, do join us, you’ll have fun and learn a lot!

I will return to my series on resilience next week.

About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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