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How to Model

Introducing Modelling to Organisations

"What is NLP modelling?"  This article contains a brief overview of the five stages of a modelling project. It includes a 'checklist' of items and questions to consider when you decide to embark on a modelling project in an organisation, as well as an annotated reading list.

How to do a Modelling Project
We summarise 15 years experience of conducting formal modelling projects and training modelling. Our ideas are presented as working notes and guidelines rather than a finished article. We intend to keep updating and expanding these notes. Please revisit this site and let us know if you think there is something we should add. All contributions will, of course, be credited.
Modelling Robert Dilts Modelling
This extensive report describes both the product of Penny Tompkins and James Lawley's modelling of Robert Dilts, and the process by which they arrived at their model. It includes 9 video clips, transcripts and a host of source material.
Modelling the Written Word
This paper describe and give examples of the many kinds of written word we have modelled. These include: Single statements/questions; Questionnaires; Letters to staff; Transcripts of 1:1 therapy/coaching; Exemplar Modelling; First-person accounts; Academic research interviews; Processes/Techniques; Shared or Group Reality.

Modelling Shared Reality: avoiding unintended influence in qualitative research
Modelling Shared Reality is a new qualitative research methodology which is rooted in Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling. It minimizes  undesired influence of the researcher during all stages of the research: design, interviews, analysis and reporting. The methodology is action oriented: both the process and the results function as a catalyst for action, behavioural and organizational change.

A Model of Musing: The Message in a Metaphor
This article describes a model for a way of thinking during those few seconds when you are pondering what the client has just said. It describes a way of modelling-in-the-moment; a way to ensure that what you decide to say is maximally informed by the client's information.
Symbolic Modelling and the Emergence of Background Knowledge
This article addresses the distinction between the two ways of 'Second Positioning': (a) going to Second Position with the person being modelled and what they are doing; and (b) going to Second Position with the information and the way the information is input, processed and output by the person being modelled. The first approach is typical of sensory modelling while the second approach is the preferred mode of Symbolic Modelling.
Vectoring and Systemic Outcome Orientation
Whatever happens during a session, excellent facilitators and therapists always seem to know where to go next. They are also able to pursue a line of questioning and to navigate elegantly through the client’s information.  To find out how they do this we undertook a modelling project. Our exemplars were David Grove, Steve De Shazer, Robert Dilts, Steve Andreas (and ourselves).  
Perspectives to Model By
Einstein's Theory of Relativity highlights that WHERE and HOW we perceive makes a difference to WHAT we perceive. We have noticed that people who are experienced at using Symbolic Modelling do not seem to perceive the client's information from any of the traditional NLP "Perceptual Positions". So, where and how are they gathering information and constructing their model?  

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James Lawley and
Penny Tompkins

16-18 June 2017

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