Spain 2018

Alicante, Spain — Jan. 12, 13 & 14 2018

 NLP Leadership Summit Members – you are invited to attend the NLP Colloquium taking place in Alicante, Spain. We hope you will be able to join us for associating, collaborating, assimilating and communicating with your fellow leaders of NLP.

As we did in 2016, we are meeting and staying at the Melia Alicante Hotel. Meeting delegates are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation and meals during the meeting. We have secured a group rate to assist everyone to be able to attend.


We will have a link to secure your discounted accommodation soon in the meantime, register your intent to attend with Heidi Heron, who will be keeping a list of the participants.

Design and Intention

  • 2017-02-12_1715The plan is to call top NLP Leaders together for a 3-day Colloquium wherein we get acquainted, associate with one another, and have the kind of critical and difficult conversations that we need to have.
  • Leaders: The “leaders” include anyone who is operationally leading people in the field of NLP— Trainers, writers, researchers, editors, sponsors, etc.  anyone who has or is influencing people to care about and operate in the field of NLP.
  • Assumption: Our working assumption about this is— Like it or not, we are the leaders.  The challenge is: how are we doing?  Are we the leaders we need to be?  Are we grooming leaders for the next generation?  Are we leading the field in a way that will make people proud?
  • Leadership: As a field without formal leadership but hundreds if not thousands of operational and functional leaders— the time has come for us to do some critical thinking about where we are and where we want to go.
  • Associating: As a field we have lots of Associations and small communities.  These are usually built around a single person or a model, but we do not have a sense of a worldwide community.  We are not seeking to create a super-association, but something much more simple— to simply associate with one another.  The design is to reduce the separations, the suspicion of each other, the bad-mouthing of those we disagree with and create a more respectful and cooperative international presence.
  • Colloquium — colloquium (klkwm) n. pl. colloquiums or colloquia (-kw-)
    1. An informal meeting for the exchange of views.
    2. An academic seminar on a broad field of study, usually led by a different lecturer at each meeting.

[Latin, conversation, from colloqu ,to talk together : com-, com- + loqu, to speak.]

Then, as “an informal meeting for the exchange of views,” our aim will be to come together and use various group self-management processes and practices— Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, Groups of 8 to 10 persons to work on subjects and sharing results on dozens of flip charts, then sharing the “leadership” by drawing names for who will moderate or summarize and lead a larger group conversation. These are just suggestions given to begin a conversation about how we will move forward.

The Colloquium of 2018

  • Assumptions: The thinking behind the following design is this: We are all leaders and we are already, de facto, co-leading the field of NLP.  So rather than put any one or a group of persons front and center as “the leaders” — we will conduct the Event from the perspective of shared leadership.
  • Proposal: We mirror the 2016 event with 2 facilitators at the front of the room when we gather in the larger, plenary session.  These facilitators will not be presenters.  Their job will be to elicit the agenda and thinking of the group, to facilitate those making reports from the sub-groups, and facilitate the larger group coming to conclusions and/or making decision.
  • We will self-organize into sub-groups of 8 to 10 persons repeatedly.  These will be organized around the questions that we have proposed to Guide the Colloquium (see schedule below).
  • Critical Conversations: If in the Conversations in the sub-groups, we have two or more positions arising on an issue, then we will self-organize into sub-groups to represent each position to rally the best argument for a given position.  Each sub-group will select 1 presenter from their group and one Questioner.  Then in the plenary group, the positions will be presented for 10 minutes with 20 minutes for the group Questioner to inquire about the other positions.  The purpose of this — to really listen and seek to understand the thinking and reasoning of each other regarding critical issues.  We may, or may not, come to a group mind about an issue.  But we have begun understanding each other.
  • Sub-groups:  We will form sub-groups of 8 to 10 person.  Each group will select a Facilitator, a Monitor, and a Reporter.  The Reporter will be the person to report back to the large group and we will ask that person to be clear, succinct, and to the point – reporting back the high level bullet-points of the group discussion.  Sometimes the will stay in his or her group with the Flip chart that the group created to explain it while the groups go and visit the other group’s flip chart.

One of the Challenges we all face

  • Almost all of us are used to going into a group and being the person in charge.  It is very rare for me (Michael Hall) to not experience that.  I’m sure that is true for most of you.  So it will be a challenge for all of us to gather and be only one among a whole community of colleagues.  The challenge will probably be how our egos will get in the way.  Yet if we are mindful of this— we can create an atmosphere were we value and respect every person so no one will need to create drama.

Guide the Colloquium

The following is what has been suggested and what we (Michael Hall and Heidi Heron) have put together:
1) What are our future visions for NLP?
2) What are our future visions for the NLP Leadership Summit?
Defining Ourselves
3) What is NLP?  (Continuing the work already begun by Jaap Hollander.)
4) What do we recommend for standards of NLP Training for Prac. and Master Prac.?
5) How can we gather and use “best practices” among us for training NLP?
Building Credibility
6) How do we build credibility for NLP via research?
7) Building credibility for NLP via training standards?
8) How do we build credibility for NLP via Media group dealing with NLP’s reputation and branding?
Ourselves: The NLP Leadership Summit
9) What do we set as the standards for membership for the NLP L.S. (Leadership Summit)?
10) What do we set as recommended standards for NLP Associations?
11) Given our values (already established), what is our code of ethics?
12) If we see the NLP L.S. to become a reference in the field of NLP, what can we do to facilitate that development in the coming years?