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New NLP Business Practitioner Course Starting April 2024

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be running a new NLP Business Practitioner course starting in April. This will be an in-person course, and will run over five full-day Friday sessions, from 9:30am – 4pm at the FibreHub in Redruth from April to October 2024.

Who is the NLP Business Practitioner course for?

This course is for anyone who’d like to develop their leadership, motivation, goal setting, selling, buying, presenting, performance management, confidence, stress management or communication skills – to name a few. We’ve delivered this course to over 700 delegates, from business owners and CEOs to newly self-employed people.

What you’ll learn

  • Negotiation skills: how to build rapport, ensure positive outcomes and influence people
  • How to excel at and enjoy presenting and public speaking
  • Better communication, meaning more effective meetings, fewer conflicts at work and the skills to manage difficult team members
  • Tools for stress management and resilience

Course dates and pricing

The course will cost £1397+VAT and dates are as follows:

26th April, 24th May, 14th June, 19th July, 20th Sept, 18th Oct


The course will be held at the FibreHub, Trevenson Lane, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3GF.

Booking and payment plans

You can find the full event details on Eventbrite here. You can book your place through Eventbrite, or directly by replying to this email to avoid Eventbrite’s fees. If you’d prefer to spread the cost, payment plans are available– again, just reply to this email and I’ll get you set up.

Early bird discount – save 20%

I’m offering a discount of 20% off the full course cost for any delegates who book their place in the next week – deadline Friday 8th March.

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to send me a DM or get in touch.

When should you take charge of your own personal development?

At the beginning of our lives, the responsibility for our development belongs with other people. Our parents and our family decide what we should learn and how we should learn it.

Then the Education System joins in and we are led towards knowledge and skills that the wisdom of the time decides that we will need.

The longer we stay in education, through school, college and university, the more we get to choose our own path but we are still within a system; a system that caters for millions each year.

In fact, society largely decides what we should learn and how we should develop and for most of us, focused development stops when our formal education stops.

But at that stage, many of us still have questions that we haven’t yet answered. What do we want to be? Who do we want to be?

And at that point, we move from being educated to having a career. We stop having classmates and start having colleagues. Our classroom is now an office, and often we have no teachers.

Is it any surprise that many of us drift from job to job without a coherent career plan? If we stay in one job, is it a surprise that any training we get or advancements that we make seem to be at the whim of the company?

The problem, the challenge and the opportunity is that we are all unique individuals. NLP helps us to see this, in ourselves and in others. It helps us gain insights about ourselves and use insights into others to build mutually beneficial relationships. NLP helps us to see clearly who we are, where we want to go and how we might get there.

So, when should you take charge of your own personal development?

  •  When you are at a point in your life or in your career, that you have decided that you want to be happy, confident and successful.
  •  When you are ready to decide where you want to be.
  •  When you are ready to look closely at where you are now.

You answer those three questions and we can help you answer the next one, which is: What personal development do I need to get there?

Our NLP Business Practioner courses have helped hundreds of individuals achieve personal and professional goals.

We can help you take charge of your life. Let’s do that now.

Phone 01872555939 or email martin@evolution-development.com

Have your resolutions bitten the dust yet?

At this time of year it’s almost impossible to get in through the door of a Gym for the number of sweating, Lycra clad bodies within. Leave it until March though and there is no waiting to use the equipment, no difficulty in finding a locker for your your things and no one else there.  Everybody started the year with the best of intentions but they soon faded away. Have your resolutions bitten the dust yet?

This is typical of many New Year’s resolutions and lots of people I speak to don’t bother to make them any more. The problem is that the resolutions make sense at the time – lose weight, get fit, give up smoking or spend more time with family for example, but unless something changes at an unconscious level, the change will not stick.

In this article, I will show you how to make sure that you really want the change, that the resolution is not just sensible but is what you really want, and how to make sure you keep your resolution.

This is an incredibly simple and powerful process. Delegates on my NLP courses have made major changes in their lives by following it.

Personally, it is the reason we now live in Cornwall instead of Cheshire (and have done for fifteen years), it’s the reason we have run our business for nineteen years, why we have an office overlooking the sea, why Fiona opened a cafe a year ago and the reason I’m playing bass in a band after thirty years of not touching the instrument.

If I can add any advice to this I would remind you of the phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’ – because this really works.

Have your resolutions bitten the dust yet


Ask yourself the following questions (and write the answers down -it really helps).

1. What specifically do you want?

Be as specific as possible – and state your goal in a positive way, you can’t process negatives directly. If I say “don’t think of a cat” what happens? Similarly, if you say you don’t want to be working here in three years time, guess what?

 2. Where are you now in relation to your goal?

What is your position at the moment – be realistic, if you want to lose weight,what is your weight right now? What are you currently doing to lose weight?

 3. How will you know when you have achieved your goal?

What evidence will you have that you have achieved it? What will you see? What will you hear? ( what will other people say?, what will you say to yourself? Are there any other sounds you will hear?) How will you feel?

Make the image really compelling -something you really would like. This creates a tension in your mind between where you want to be and where you are, and is really motivating.

 4. Is there any other evidence?

Is there anything you missed in question 3 that is helpful?

 5. What will this goal get for you, or allow you to do?

A goal isn’t an end in itself, people don’t do the lottery to pile the money up and look at it, they do the lottery for the things the money will allow them to do. Ask yourself this questions several times – that will help you to get to the real benefit of the change.

 6. Are you in control of it?

Can you make this happen? Or does it rely on something outside of your control? If it does, you will find it really difficult (or impossible) to achieve.

 7. When do you want it? Who with? And where?

This is really important. Set your self a deadline, and be specific – not just, ‘by the summer’ pick a month, date and time. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to make it happen.

 8. What resources do you need?

Have you ever done this before? If you have, it’s much easier to do it again, also ask yourself what can you learn from that experience?

If you haven’t done it, do you know anyone who has? What can you learn from their experience?

What other resources do you need? Money, time, skills etc.

9. What will you gain, and what will you lose if you achieve this?

There is no gain without loss, and no loss without gain.

The important thing is to be aware of the losses and the gains and weigh them against each other. If the losses outweigh the gains, you will not achieve your goal.

And that’s it! Follow the process and ensure that you never miss a New Year’s Resolution again – in fact you don’t even need to make them at New Year, but can use this process at any time, for any goal.

We have some free software available on our website to help you through the process just follow the link.

Good luck, and have a happy year.

Be Careful What You wish For. . .

Be Careful what you Wish for – The Class of 53 story:

The story, as told by lots of consultants and coaches (and it appears in a huge number of books) , goes like this: In 1953, researchers surveyed Yale’s graduating seniors to determine how many of them had specific, written goals for their future. The answer: 3%. Twenty years later, researchers polled the surviving members of the Class of 1953 — and found that the 3% with goals had accumulated more personal financial wealth and success than the other 97% of the class combined!

The problem is – it never actually happened.  According to consultants debunking website www.fastcompany.com there is no evidence from the university or the class of ‘53 to support the story.  No one was involved in any research study looking at goal setting at any point.

But goal setting IS important.  By setting a goal, you are programming your brain to filter information you take in to help you notice things, people and opportunities  that will help you achieve the goal.

An example of this filtering is what I call ‘New Car Syndrome’.  Have you ever bought a car and suddenly seen lots of cars the same as yours?  This isn’t a conspiracy, the owners haven’t colluded and all gone out and bought the same car as you, they have always been there, you are just noticing them because you have decided at some level that the car is important to you.

You may call this a coincidence – but there’s no such thing as coincidence.

I introduce Well Formed Outcomes on my NLP Business Practitioner course with the caveat that, once you use this process – if it feels right at the end, you WILL achieve your goal, so be careful what you wish for and what goals you set for yourself.

Seven years ago I set myself a goal using this process.  In five years time, I was going to sing and play guitar in front of an audience at the St Agnes Hotel, in the village where I live.

The problem was – I couldn’t sing and I didn’t know how to play guitar.

I started guitar lessons and progressed well, until I realised that although I had a really good sense of rhythm, I was never going to be a fantastic, finger picking Bluegrass guitarist, or a string bending rock lead guitarist.  So I started playing Bass guitar.  The problem with the Bass is that it isn’t really a solo instrument.

I met up with a friend who I’d known for ages but didn’t know he was a drummer and we chatted and decided to get together and jam occasionally.

At my 50th birthday party we were talking to another couple of friends who, it turned out were guitar players and could sing.  We decided at that point that we would learn some songs, get together and mess about – just for the fun of it, no gigs, just for fun.

At our first jam, we finished our first song, looked at each other and said “when’s the first gig then?”

This was the 29th November 2011.  We played our first gig on New Year’s Eve, our first pub gig in the Driftwood Spars in January 2012 and have gone from strength to strength.

the first gig - January 2012
the first gig – January 2012

We played our first Gig in the St Agnes Hotel five years after I set my goal, and although I wasn’t singing – I was playing in front of an audience.

St Agnes Hotel first gig
St Agnes Hotel first gig

Since then, we have lost one member, changed our name,  supported one of my early heroes Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel and have just recorded our first album.

Supporting Steve Harley
Supporting Steve Harley

I had a well formed outcome which may not have come true exactly as I planned it, but it has worked wonderfully for me and I’ve achieved the right outcome.

If you’d like to try well formed outcomes for yourself, and achieve some amazing goals, try our free software – or if you’d like to understand more about how NLP can help you visit NLP


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