Reading List

Title Comment
Introductory
NLP – The new Technology of Achievement by NLP Comprehensive Team I think that this is one of the best introductions available.  The structure is good and there are good exercises throughout.  It doesn’t cover the full practitioner syllabus e.g. nothing on hypnosis, metaphors/storytelling and very little on anchoring.  An audiotape set of the book is also available.  9/10
Introducing NLP by Joseph O’Connor and John Seymour This is also a good introduction.  It covers the full syllabus and contains all of the major techniques.  The style is a bit dry and there are no headings so that there appears to be a lot of text but overall it is good.  It gave me useful insights into topics where my understanding was sketchy.  8/10
Introduction to NLP by Ian McDermott and Joseph O’Connor A good introduction to NLP and very easy to read.  Includes techniques from the practitioner course.  Ideal for someone with no experience of NLP.    8/10
Frogs into Princes by Steve and Connirae Andreas One of a series of transcripts of Bandler trainings edited by the Andreas’, this is primarily concerned with submodalities, anchoring, and positive intentions.  Good if you have been to a training and have experience of the techniques.  I am not sure how useful it would be to someone new to NLP.  8/10
Heart of the Mind by Steve and Connirae Andreas. This is a series of about 20 case studies showing how the NLP techniques and approaches were applied.  The material is organised by topic and by chapter. There is usually one major case study and several minor examples in each chapter.  5/10
Magic in Action by Richard Bandler Another transcript (edited by Bandler himself) of several Bandler demonstrations.  The format is slightly different this time with an introduction and commentaries before and after the transcripts.  Issues covered include Anticipatory Loss, Agoraphobia, Fear of Authority figures, Weight Loss

Overall ok, not essential. 5/10

NLP and Health by Ian Mc Dermott and Joseph O’Connor An introduction to NLP but aimed at people interested in Health applications.  I found the questionnaire regarding our attitude to health very useful.   8/10
Business
NLP for Managers by Harry Adler I bought this before I did any training and found it very difficult.  Now following my NLP training, I am going back to it and finding it useful.    5/10
Managing with the Power of NLP by David Molden This is a book for managers and is structured and written from their perspective.  Again I think it is useful to know something about NLP before reading it.  Well written.  7/10
NLP Solutions by Sue Knight Disappointing initially but since completing my NLP training, I find more and more useful nuggets in it.  6/10
Precision by Michael Mc Master and John Grinder NLP strategies for planning, problem solving, control and performance management.  Is quite academic.
Advanced/Specific Topics
Teaching through Modality Strengths by Swassing & Barbor Very relevant to anyone wanting to work with children who are labeled dyslexic
The Secrets of Magic by L Michael Hall It is only about the meta model and I found it excellent after covering the meta model during my NLP training.  The style is academic but it is good.  9/10
Timeline Therapy by Woodsmall and James An excellent book providing a simple and clear overview of NLP, Timelines,  Meta-programs and Values.  The introduction chapter gives an excellent overview of NLP.  A good book to have in a library.  9/10
Change your Mind and Keep the Change by Steve and Connirae Andreas A book on advanced Submodality interventions.  Recommended by Suzi Smith.   Covers NLP techniques such as Timeline therapy, the use of Language, Swish pattern, Criteria, Compulsion blowouts, Last straw threshold pattern, Internal-External reference and a Strategy for responding to criticism.  Essential Reference 9/10.
Words that Change Minds by Shelle Rose Charvet This book is all about meta-programs.  Well written with simple techniques to help you identify the metaprograms.  The last section shows how knowledge of metaprograms can be used in various contexts.  I think an essential addition to a library.  9/10
Reframing edited by Connirae and Steve Andreas This is a transcript (of one or maybe more trainings) on reframing given by Richard Bandler.  It was very good at the start but lost its way towards the end.  This includes techniques to create parts but as Dr Tad James (NLP Master, Trainer and creator of Timeline Therapy) asks, is it not better to reduce the number of parts rather than increasing them? 5/10
Changing Belief Systems with NLP by Robert Dilts This contains material covered by Ian McDermott and Robert Diltz on their trainings.  NLP techniques include; Failure to Feedback, Imprint Technique, and Integrating Conflicting Beliefs.

It would not be suitable for someone who has had no experience of the techniques but gives useful insights to someone who has this experience.  Very good for a Master NLP practitioner. 9/10

Masters
The Spirit of NLP by L Michael Hall This is a based on a Master Practitioner training given by Bandler.  Hall provides additional material from other trainers and adds in commentary of his own.    Good Reference Material 8/10
Other
Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins Anthony Robbins is no longer mainstream NLP.  Many however still recommend this as an excellent introduction to NLP.  It is good but very wordy.  6/10
Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins A follow on to Unlimited Power.

Much more high-powered and motivational.  Robbins calls his variety of NLP; Neuro Associative Conditioning.

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