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First published on, 19 July 2006. Last updated 7 Nov 2017.

How to do a Modelling Project - Section 1

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley


The following sections summarise over ten years of experience of informal modelling, undertaking 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 let us know if you think there is something we should add. All contributions will be credited.


Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Learning how to do a Modelling Project

Section 3: Defining a Modelling Project

Section 4: Stage 1: Preparing to do a Modelling Project

Section 5: Stage 2: Gathering Information

Section 6: Stage 3: Constructing a Model

Section 7: Stage 4: Testing Your Model

Section 8: Stage 5: Acquiring the Model

Section 9: References

Section 10: Modelling Methodologies

Some of our other articles about modelling on this site:

Introducing Modelling to Organisations

Modelling: Top-down and Bottom-up

What is Therapeutic Modelling?

Modelling Robert Dilts Modelling

Coaching In-the-moment

Modelling the Written Word

A Modellers Perspective

© 2001-2017, Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

Penny Tompkins & James Lawley
Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 1993 – coaches in business, certified NLP trainers, and founders of The Developing Company.

They have provided consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Northern Scotland.

Their book,
Metaphors in Mind
was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. They have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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