Modeling (NLP)

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NLP modeling (or modelling) is a process used in neuro-linguistic programming to discover and codify patterns of excellence as demonstrated consistently by top performers in any field, ideally via direct experience.

This type of modeling involves spending time mimicking and practicing (acting as if the modeler is the expert) until the modeler can replicate the patterns with some consistency and precision. Once this has been achieved, the modeler then refines the target skills by removing certain features to eventually discover the essential features (behavioural patterns) that make the difference between average performance and top performance, thus building a learnable/transferable model.

NLP was created based on models of three famous psychiatrists:

According to John Grinder (the co-founder of NLP) there are 5 steps to the NLP modeling process:

1. Identify an expert (outstanding performer) that you want to model. Create a well-formed outcome and life lines for this project.

2. Arrange to observe and mimic while the expert is in the field of expertise (direct access is the best option, then video, then high quality audio).

3. Without presence of the expert, the modeler practices until the same set of responses can be elicited of a similar quality in a similar context. The modeler removes certain features to discover the essential elements while practicing to find out what works, and what can be dropped out. At this stage the modeler may require to return to step 2 to observe and mimic some more before continuing.

4. Codify the model in some way via video or some other medium.

5. Teach the model to someone else. If the student can then elicit the same set of responses with the same or similar quality as the original expert, then this is a workable model. If not, the modeler may have to return to step 2 or 3.

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