The Art of Storytelling has existed in every culture throughout history as far back as anyone has been able to ascertain. From cave drawings in France 30,000 years ago, we have examples of visual stories being told. Many cultures have a rich tradition of stories told of ancestors, gods, battles, tragedies and triumphs.
It is then little wonder that using stories to convey direct and indirect messages to the listener, was identified as useful early in the development of NLP.
NLP Metaphors For Powerful Change
Milton H Erickson MD, often referred to as “the grandfather of hypnosis” was modelled by the Co-Creators of NLP. From his work, they developed “The Milton Model” of language patterns. Dr Erickson was a Medical Doctor, Psychotherapist and Hypnotist, who’s reputation for telling stories that would result in powerful change within his client’s is simply legendary.
When listening to a well told story, it is easy to get ‘lost in the content’ of the story. To be carried away by the story on the surface. Many stories have a ‘moral’, a meaning within the meaning of the content. It is partly this process that allows the listener to simply follow the storyline consciously, while unconsciously, they may be learning more than what is on the surface.
In very well told stories, there are often ‘stories within the story’ providing the storyteller with the opportunity to teach multiple lessons within a single story.
In this podcast we explore:
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Mark’s Motivational Podcast is hosted by Mark L’Estrange, Licensed NLP Practitioner, Author and Musician based in Dublin, Ireland.