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Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 27

Day 27 - March 19, 2015

Day 5 of Master Practitioner and the learning continued apace with a review of strategies and Values Elicitation including all the steps – Standard Elicitation, from Motivation Strategies and Threshold Values, Hierarchy of Values, Utilizing Values (testing), Identifying and Resolving Conflicts and “Away Froms”, Changing the ordering of Values in the Hierarchy for greatest effectiveness…wow!!

Did you realize that there was SO much to learn about and do with Values??? Well, they are the basis of personality and what we do, so no wonder they get a lot of attention in the line up!!

After a busy day, it was home to start my packing – shipping my big suitcase off to my friend’s house in London to save me having to haul and pull it on the train!




Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 28

Day 28 – March 20, 2015

Today was my last bus trip and I studied the route, observing every landmark and street almost with a sense of pre-nostalgia…Today was also the solar eclipse and soon I was walking past Sainsbury’s through the short-cut where the birds have greeted me with their morning calls, and where I began to see (and feel!) the on-set of the phenomenon.

By the time I arrived at Nuffield Health Centre it appeared to be twilight…fascinating! Apparently the view from Birmingham was one of the best owing to the fairly clear skies.

After a brief ‘viewing’ it was back to business literally, with an important morning session on Corporate Values Alignment, using the Robert Dilts Model as a foundational support; next it was Quantum Linguistics – Sleight of Mouth patterns and Prime Concerns…ending the day with the origins of ‘Spin’ with Edward Bernays who single-handedly changed the concept of ‘propaganda’ to ‘public relations’ in the mid-20th Century…as if our heads weren’t already ‘spinning’ enough after a day of reframing and inductive reasoning! I fantasized about how to use these patterns to completely confuse and bewilder my friends back home…J.

The day closed with vegetarian curries at Jyoti’s Restaurant compliments of Mark and Nicky to celebrate the successful ending of my Commonwealth Fellowship journey. Jane joined us and a good time and delicious food were enjoyed by all…we were so hungry we didn’t even stop to take photos before it was too late…and the damage was already done!!




Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 23

Day 23 – March 15, 2015

First day of Master Practitioner in Rubery and figuring out the bus system was an interesting experience!

After taking the 11C I jumped off and waited where I thought I should wait for the 63 to Rubery. Well, 15 minutes later, the bus arrived…fortunately, being a bit uncertain of directions, I decided to ask the driver a question or two and discovered that that bus would be heading FROM Rubery to Birmingham!! So, why did Liz cross to the other side of the road?
J

Soon enough, the 63 going in the right direction arrived and I sat beside a delightful lady on her way to Church who showed me exactly where to get off, just in front of Morrison’s supermarket! Miraculously, I arrived on time!

The day was productively spent ‘reconnecting the neural networks’ with important NLP themes such as ‘Cause and Effect, Responsibility for Change, Perception is Projection and Neuro-Transmitters Bathe Every Cell of our Body, Principles for Success, 4 Steps to Learning, Sensory Acuity, NLP Presuppositions and the magic of Metaphors’.

In the breaks, I practiced my running skills, racing between the Nuffield Health Centre and Morrison’s to purchase my new red journal and to replenish my food supplies! Part of my keep fit campaign!
J


My return journey home was a little less exciting but still good for my fitness level! As I waited for the 11C to return home, I realized that only the 11A passed that stop – so I befriended a Nigerian lady who kindly told me that the bus went past Cotteridge and pointed out the stop where I needed to get off, since she thought that this was where I wanted to disembark (Cotteridge is the nearest substantial point on the route). So disembark I did, and 20 minutes later I arrived home on foot with my groceries!

By the time I reached home I had completely forgotten it was Mother’s Day (here) and was onlyreminded when I reached upstairs and saw a beautifully packaged bar of dark Ghanian Fair Trade chocolate with a card on my laptop…the owners of the house where I live at Shirley Street, Sonia and Tony had bought it for me! They truly are delightful people and we have become fast friends!




Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 25

Day 25 – March 17, 2015

More grey…with a teeny tiny bit of sunshine in the afternoon!

Day 3 of Master Prac was all about shaking up our views of reality with Quantum Physics! Is light a particle or a wave? The plasticity of the brain and if things are changed by the act of observing, what does observation do to history? We looked at Geoengineering, Out of Place Artefacts, memory as a hologram in your body, multi-dimensional realities, morphogenic fields and Prigonine’s Postulation – change happens at the extremes and at the point of bifurcation, the choice-point, there can either be a move towards more chaos or a new order!

In essence, we examined and considered our relationship with the Universe and how, with these new understandings we actually do have the power to create our desired realities (and if all of this is double Dutch to you, then, it probably means that you should consider attending the next Master Practitioner course, coming soon, to a location near you!!!
J)

We finished the day with more mundane stuff – the NLP Negotiation Model – which is extremely useful for, amongst other things, reaching agreement with others on the importance of NLP! Today I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a participant who had unavoidably missed yesterday’s afternoon session and to ‘catch him up’ – way to go Ed!!




 



Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 18

Day 18 – March 10, 2015

Today was my first meeting with Changing our Lives (www.changingourlives.org) a rights-based organization, led by CEO, Jayne Leeson, MBE, that focuses on ensuring that the disabled community is de-stigmatized and “works in co-production with people with disabilities of all ages to achieve equality, good health and social inclusion [so they] can live their lives to their fullest potential.” 

I met Lucy Dunstan, Senior Development Office, at the Lyttleton Arms, a nearby pub in Hagley. A charming and passionate lady, she told me about the great work that the 13 year old organization is doing.  This included programmes such as the Young Voices Network, the Quality Crew, and the Rights Squad in which all the activities are co-produced by the young people themselves! She also spoke about other projects such as the Poets First where a Poet Laureat worked with young people to use poetry as a means of self-expression; Rights for All, a 12-month programme through which a group of disabled young people are mentored and trained to develop their leadership skills to influence local and national policies as well as support their own personal goals. Really amazing work!

The idea of ‘co-production’ of all activities is a fascinating one, and I have encouraged the Changing our Lives team to explore opportunities under the Commonwealth Fellowship programme for two persons (a young disabled leader and a support adult from Jamaica) to come to the UK to work with them and learn their strategies for replication back home!

After a delicious lunch, compliments of Lucy, I spent the rest of the afternoon working on my personal and professional goal development, while waiting for an old friend to collect me to spend the night with himself and his wife in a beautiful little nearby village called Peopleton! A real life country village, I was fascinated with their home which is centuries old and spent the evening catching up with small talk by the cosy fireplace!




Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 19

Day 19 – March 11, 2015

I met Jayne Leeson at the Meadows Sports College, a school in Dudley, for children with a variety of special needs. The school has an enrolment of about 130 and has just engaged Changing Our Lives to conduct what is called “Community Mapping” – a process for producing a Person Centred Plan for selected young people.

Today was the second visit and five young people between the ages of 14 and 18 were ‘interviewed’ – Danny (autistic); Paddy (Downs Syndrome); Cameron (learning disability); Sarah and Chloe (twins) (learning disabilities).

The youngsters were accompanied by their care-giver or parents and I was truly amazed at 1) the level of support that is provided by those at home 2) the multiple intelligences of the youngsters and 3) the patience and dedication of the team from the school (especially Denise and Sophie both speech therapists) and Jayne and Carol, from Changing Our Lives.

Through the Community Mapping Process, all important aspects of the youngster’s personality, behaviour and interests/skills are “mapped” and this forms a life-long profile which is used as a platform to build goals to assist in developing their independence, including possible employment. A software programme, currently still under construction, will produce a visual ‘map’ of each individual.

I learnt also that the school uses NLP to assist their employees in setting personal and professional goals/plans and it is also used within the context of the students’ development…more anon! There is much that can be shared with Jamaican organizations that work with the disabled community and further links will certainly be explored!

After the 40 minute taxi ride back home, I decided to walk to the nearby Cottridge Park on the way to the home of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Bourneville. Unfortunately, the factory and shops were closed by the time I got there, but I certainly had a good walk!!
J




Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 19

Day 19 – March 11, 2015

I met Jayne Leeson at the Meadows Sports College, a school in Dudley, for children with a variety of special needs. The school has an enrolment of about 130 and has just engaged Changing Our Lives to conduct what is called “Community Mapping” – a process for producing a Person Centred Plan for selected young people.

Today was the second visit and five young people between the ages of 14 and 18 were ‘interviewed’ – Danny (autistic); Paddy (Downs Syndrome); Cameron (learning disability); Sarah and Chloe (twins) (learning disabilities).

The youngsters were accompanied by their care-giver or parents and I was truly amazed at 1) the level of support that is provided by those at home 2) the multiple intelligences of the youngsters and 3) the patience and dedication of the team from the school (especially Denise and Sophie both speech therapists) and Jayne and Carol, from Changing Our Lives.

Through the Community Mapping Process, all important aspects of the youngster’s personality, behaviour and interests/skills are “mapped” and this forms a life-long profile which is used as a platform to build goals to assist in developing their independence, including possible employment. A software programme, currently still under construction, will produce a visual ‘map’ of each individual.

I learnt also that the school uses NLP to assist their employees in setting personal and professional goals/plans and it is also used within the context of the students’ development…more anon! There is much that can be shared with Jamaican organizations that work with the disabled community and further links will certainly be explored!

After the 40 minute taxi ride back home, I decided to walk to the nearby Cottridge Park on the way to the home of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Bourneville. Unfortunately, the factory and shops were closed by the time I got there, but I certainly had a good walk!!
J







Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 17

Day 17 - March 9, 2015

Brrrrr…today was a cold one! Fortunately Mark and Nicky’s office and hospitality were very warm so it kept my spirits toasty!
J The day was all about ME!! It felt like a ‘spa day for the mind’ and after eliminating the remaining vestiges of fear, guilt and limiting beliefs, checking for values alignment and congruence, reviewing and fine-tuning personal and professional goals, I left 1 Victoria Square feeling as light as a feather and ready to test my ‘water walking’ skills! LOL!!! Then it was off to Wagamama for a Thai curry, a short browse in the shops and back home to start my detailed planning!

Exciting times ahead and I couldn’t be better prepared to make it happen! What a difference a day makes…thanks Mark and Nicky for helping to facilitate my own ‘taylored’ life! J






Liz Terry Daily Blog - Day 10

Day 9 - March 2, 2015

Woke early and was very happy to see a bit of bluish sky through the window…was quite shocked to discover some of that ‘white stuff’ lying on the sidewalk and on a few cars as I made my way to the bus stop…tried to take a photo, but my phone unfortunately died!
L At first I thought it was just frost, but as we passed some areas in the bus, I realized for sure that it was indeed the ‘s’ word!! Steve, one of the Coaching Assistants (“speak no evil” – see photo) told me that it was all my fault – clearly the weather was determined to give me a taste of all the British patterns – rain, wind (the day before); sun, and of course today, SNOW! Well, I hope I get to experience the warmth of summer too! J

Our NLP Practitioner Day 3, focused on Sub-Modalities and I got to partner with two participants for Mapping Across and the SWISH Pattern – great practice…then in the afternoon it was time to switch gears and move into the Linguistic section of NLP where we had great fun and learning chunking up, down and sideways – mental gymnastics to build problem solving muscles! The afternoon progressed into the hypnotic patterns of Milton Erickson which made us realize just how much of the time we are ‘tranced out’ and fall under the spell of politicians and marketers in particular. Most of us live unquestioning lives and we found out that some who dare to go against these norms are now diagnosed as having Oppositional Defensive Disorder (ODD for short!)…so watch out NLPers – make sure you do not get put into this box! Then it was time to Reframe everything and to realize that being ODD may not be such a bad thing – perhaps it’s just an Obviously Discerning Discipline! It’s all a matter of context and meaning!




Liz's Daily Blog - Day 1

Day 1 - February 21, 2015

Landed at Gatwick at 8:10am to freezing weather (looked like it had been snowing a bit) and was able to get through Immigration and Customs without any hassle…had my first cup of Costa coffee (a nice steaming cup of cappuccino) while I waited for the Coach. The coach ride was scenic and I enjoyed the views in between naps!

Met on arrival at Digbeth Station by Jane who provided a great introduction to Birmingham and help me get organized - a bus card, checking fellowship finances which were not yet available! Thank goodness for cash on hand from my brother-in-law, even if it included some outdated £ notes!!! LOL! 

The sun actually greeted me on arrival and took that to definitely be a good sign! Jane took me to my new ‘home away from home’ for the next month with a wonderful, warm and friendly Italian/British couple, Sonia and Tony, near Kings Norton, where I have a ‘warm, bright cosy room’ - just like the photo and description on the airbus site. I felt immediately right at home, especially with their two cats, one of whom just loves sleeping in my suitcase! Slept well!