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Milton Model for Trainers

Milton Model for Trainers

Utilisation of Multiply Embedded Metaphors and the Milton Model Patterns

As some of my previous posts have shown I am a fan of Milton Erickson, in 1999 I was assisting on an NLP Trainers Course and gave the following presentation on how to utlise the Milton Model for trainers, whilst using multiply embedded metaphors. I hope that you will enjoy it.

Metaphor 1: Confusion

Not so long ago, I was sitting where you are, three days into the training and my head was thumping. My conscious mind was being blown out with some of the most magnificent learnings I had ever experienced. I was so confused.

Do you remember back when you did your practitioner training, that first day. NLP is an Attitude and a Methodology that Leaves a Trail of Techniques. I don’t know about you but that statement was very confusing especially when the trail of techniques came along, Anchoring, Hierarchy of Ideas, The Model of Communication, Rapport, Sub Modalities, Swish, and of course the Models, Meta and Milton….

Metaphor 2 Curiosity:

Erickson was arguably the greatest hypnotherapist of the modern age, possibly even before that. By the way, How many Ericksonian Hypnotists does it take to screw in a light bulb? 18 One to screw it in and 17 to write about how he did it. When I first got involved in hypnosis, I learned the old fashioned way, the instructor would stand in front of the class and say “Go into Trance Now” and “You are getting sleepy and sleepy”.

Now I was pretty good at this way of doing hypnosis, but then I got this book, “Practical Applications of Medical and Dental Hypnosis”, by this guy Erickson. He was doing things with hypnosis that I could not believe, I was hooked. I bought every book I could get my hands on written by or about Milton Erickson. I began to use his language patterns easily and effortlessly not just in therapy. I even started using it in ordinary conversation and with my students. Although I was not aware of it t the time I had processed these patterns unconsciously. To think, I used to think that my students were falling asleep and not getting my jokes. They were in fact in trance, what a great tool for training.

Metaphor 3 Confidence:

The key to using Milton Model or any other technique in training is confidence. How many of you remember when you first learned to walk? When a child first begins to learn to walk, I wonder what goes through its mind. It crawls around and can more or less go where it needs to. Then one day he or she looks up and thinks look at all these people standing on two legs and moving around. I wonder how I can do that, kids are great as they know no fear and are prepared to try anything. So the child starts by standing up, and then falls down, but the kid is not deterred, so the kid tries again, falls tries again and falls, and eventually after effort after effort, the child manages to stand, what an accomplishment, but the kid is not done yet.

Metaphor 4 Understanding:

Speaking of not being done, I don’t know about you all, but has anyone here ever bought a new computer and had no idea how to make the damn thing work? You switch it on, load the software, and get ready to start only to find that for some reason the thing does not want to work. I used to have a Mac, I was one of those people who believed that it was the Rolls Royce of Computers, unfortunately it was more like an Edsel, or for my British Colleagues, a Reliant Robin. I would buy things for the Mac and they would not work, but I would sit and work it out and typically it would take three times the ordinary time, because I would not read the manuals. However, when I finally understood what was causing the machine not to work, I would be so pleased, Like I had just discovered relativity, it felt so good to understand what needed to be understood.

Small What:

I know you are wondering what we are going to do this morning (MIND READ). It is good to be curious (LOST PERFORMATIVE) Well we are here to take the Milton Model into Training, As Master Practitioners of NLP soon to be trainers, you use Milton Model Patterns for therapy and negotiations do you not (TAG QUESTION)?


Why would we want to use the Milton Model in Training?

Can you see the benefits of using trance..forming (CONVERSATIONAL POSTULATE)in your training design?

Would it not be great to be able to access the unconscious….minds of your students to help them to become magnificence?

What is the relevance of the relevance of using MM in training?

How many of you Use Milton Model Regularly (EMBEDDED COMMAND)?


So let us review, what the Milton Model is. The Milton Model is the language patterns of MHE. It was the building blocks of what made Erickson the great therapist he was. There are 19 different linguistic patterns. If you master the Milton Model, then you will be an exsquisite hypnotist and there by an exquisite trainer (CAUSE AND EFFECT). And that means you will be the best you can be (COMPLEX EQUIVALENCE). Perhaps, as you are sitting here hearing what I am saying (PACE CURRENT EXPERIENCE PHONOLOGICAL AMBIGUITY) and you think, I know how to use this in therapy or negotiation, but I am not sure how I will use it in a training session. That’s okay, you are processing all of this on an unconscious level (PRESUPPOSITION). And you should (M/O OF NECESSITY) Speaking to you as a trainer (SCOPE AMBIGUITY) you can (UNSPECIFIED VERB)

The Milton Model is a way for you to be specifically vague. Hypnotic language patterns should be used in a structured fashion for optimal results. Remember when we use hypnotic language patterns, we are in direct contact with the unconscious….minds of our students. A training room feels great, when it is full of keen students learning and enjoying themselves. (SELECTIONAL RESTRICTION VIOLATION).

One thing I would like you all to do during this training is listen to Tad, David Lori and Wayne. You will hear them use Milton Model Patterns all the time. Notice that easily and effortlessly (NOMINALISATION). You can you know (LACK OF REFERENTIAL INDEX).

Now you mastered the Milton Model already, it may have been during practitioner or perhaps even master practitioner, if not then, it will be today (DOUBLE BIND).

When I was at trainer’s training, I was talking to a guy, who told me that Erickson once said that all people can learn easily and effortlessly (EXTENDED QUOTES). Great times, great times (UNIVERSAL QUANTIFIERS).

Some of you may still not be sure you can use the Milton Model in training, which is just fine, once you have done the exercise I have designed for you, you will. (UTILISATION). That’s a good thing (COMPARATIVE DELETION).

What happened there? Well, over the past few minutes I have utilised all 19 of the Milton Model patterns. Did you pick them all up?

Close 4:

So, I had trouble with this Mac. However, if I did not own this Mac, I would have never understood one of lifes great lessons. PC’s are better than Mac’s.

Close 3:

The kid manages to finally stand up, the next step was to get across the room. Like the way this child stood up he learned to do it by trial and error. Okay the kind probably fell a few times, but eventually and confidently, the child eventually took those first tentative steps toward the future, upright and going in the right direction.

Close 2:

Like the child, Erickson had to learn how to do basic things. He had polio when he was in his teens, and the doctors thought he would not survive. But survive he did, and he managed to get on track simply by being curious about how to do the normal things that we all take for granted. It was through this curiosity, he became a Master of observing human behaviour.

Close 1:

Speaking of Masters, you all eventually Mastered that trail of techniques, and look at you know, trainers of NLP. You will now be embarking on the journey of helping other people master what you have already done. That first day of practitioner training must seem like another lifetime ago.

Sitting where you are now on that 3rd day of the training, I made a decision to just let go and let my unconscious take in all the information it needed to in order for me to be excellent. Just remember, we who are here to help you develop and become the best trainers you can be know that you are wondering, and yes it is a good thing to wonder. Have a nice lunch see you at 1:00 sharp

This is how to use the Milton Model for Trainers.

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