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Use NLP techniques to write articles

Updated on December 5, 2014

Your Reader Must Understand Your Message

If you spend a lot of your life, writing articles, making speeches, or making presentations, wouldn't it be great if your audience understood the point you were trying to get over to them straight away. This could save you a lot of time because you would not have to keep going over each point; which can easily annoy the people who do understand what you are conveying to them at the first take.

The problem is that it doesn't usually happen that way. People tend to interpret what you are saying in different ways. Sometimes they are doing this on purpose, but most of the time these misunderstandings are genuine.

What is NLP?

So how can neuro-linguistic programming help you?

A great deal of research has been completed on the subject of neuro-linguistic programming, and some remarkable facts have been discovered. A lot of these relate to how thoughts and messages can become distorted between the communicator and the person reading/listening to the information.

It has been determined that we all work with two languages, an oral language and a neural language. The first of these is what we use to convey our thoughts by the written word, or by speech. The latter defines the process we use to translate the information we receive into something we can comprehend. We do this by relating it to something we are familiar with.

The processes that these two languages use are totally different. The only way we can get them to work in unison is to be able, as the transmitter, to understand how the mind of the receiver works. That way, an effort can be made to make these two languages work together.

Our daily subconscious use of NLP

On an average day we do not have to analyse what we say and what we hear. For example, we say what we want to do, such as eat, and we say when we want to go somewhere, such as school; both are easy messages to communicate without any possibility of misinterpretation.

However, problems arise when the initial statement triggers a question in response. Such a statement would be one where you proclaim you are hungry, which could initiate a response enquiring what would you like to eat.

This response means that you will have to revisit the original statement and give it more thought before responding. Though your response would probably be instantaneous, it does actually require you going through your memory and finding something that you would like to eat.

Incredibly, this action is based on quantum physics. What is actually happening is that we are relating the situation we are in back to a similar situation in the past, we then relive the sensations we had then and make our decision accordingly. Our response to the question is usually one that resulted in a pleasant memory.

The only problem with our brain working like this, is that we become reluctant to try out new experiences. This is due to the fact that when relating the present to the past, we tend to ignore any situations that we felt either unsafe in, or were unsure of what the results would be.

So, to sum up, when we come across a situation, we relate it to past memories and visualize those experiences. Once a link is made, it is interpreted into the present through our previous feelings. As our mind does not detect a difference between the time lines we will probably react the same way as we did when we were in this situation before.

Now we understand how our thought processes determine what we do; as a transmitter of information we need to know how we can get these thoughts into other people's minds. This means that we have to get a better understanding of the spoken, or written, word.

Making the best use of NLP in communication

One of the biggest problems we have is the limitation forced on us by the language that we have to use. Some languages are extremely descriptive, whereas others quite often use the same word to describe different actions or situations. Because of this you can understand that sometimes it is impossible to use the correct words to transmit your thoughts, because they are just not available in your oral language.

Perhaps it would be a good idea just to explain things in the manner that is simplest for you, and hope that the reader deciphers our words exactly how you meant them to be understood. However, that is not really practical if you are trying to put over your feelings concerning a book you have read, or a product that you have used.

It is important that you find a way to overcome the limitations of your oral language. If you don't do this, nobody will ever be able to relate to your thoughts and opinions. If people cannot relate to what you say, all of your opinions could become worthless. Therefore, it is important that we learn how to communicate our thoughts so that others can totally understand the point that we aretrying to get across.

In order to do this we have to find a reference point that most people can easily relate to. Once you have found this point, you will be able to break down your thoughts into chunks, thereby allowing you to express them in a way that is easy for everybody to understand.

Points of commonality do not have to relate directly to the subject matter. You may find that you can relay what you are saying to a popular book, film, or sporting moment. In that way there is a good chance that most people would understand the reference. As they begin to relate to this reference point, memorable images would appear in their minds, helping them to associate them to the topics being discussed. This, in effect, helps to merge the neural and oral languages; bringing clarity to your message.

NLP and communication

Relate your message to common reference points

The trick is to turn these reference points into major elements within your document or speech. It is important that you make these elements the focus points or headlines of whatever you are trying to communicate.

In order to do this, we have to go back to what we already know about communication.

  • Most human beings think in images; this is called neural language.
  • The human brain does not understand timelines, therefore it cannot distinguish between the present and what has happened in the past. This is why we use memories to define our attitudes to present and future situations.
  • Because oral language is limited, we cannot easily translate our thoughts into words. This means we have to use common references to transmit our emotions regarding the subject matter.

Putting Neuro-Linguistic Programming into practice

However, we have got to put all of this into practice in order to be successful.

The first thing you have to do is to make sure you know what you want to say, and the actual message that you are trying to get over to the recipients. Once you have determined what your message is, you can then start to define the common point of reference you want to use.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to choose certain characters from cartoons or movies and place them in events that highlight the consequences or feelings you are trying to get across. The next thing you have to do is to create an outline using the elements you have defined. Once you have done this, you can start focusing on the material you want to get across by going through this outline step-by-step.

If you have done the first steps correctly, you should not find this very difficult. This is because you have defined your elements and the feeling that everybody can relate to, and you know the direction that your message should take.

To be successful you should base your documents and presentations on familiar images to which most people can easily relate; as most recipients of your information generally find it quicker and easier to understand pictures rather than words. This does not mean that you should use pictures, just that your words conjure up images. This will help you create successful articles and presentations, thereby building up a large following.


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