Training Firm Canvasses Technology-oriented Curriculum

Funmi Ogundare

The Programme Director, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mr. Rajiv Sharma, has stressed the need for the curriculum of schools in the country to be technology-oriented and that it should be tailored towards training people’s mind, fine-tuning the language and programme people for better future.

Rajiv said this recently while briefing journalists on its licensed NLP practitioner programme scheduled to hold in Lagos between October 20 and 23 for module I; and October 27 and 29 for module II, as well as November 6 to 9 for module 1 and November 10 to 12 for module II in Abuja.

He said since technology is evolving, the Nigerian curriculum should also change fast. “Our curriculum should ride on technology, even if it is old, it can always be revised not only because of technology, but because of advancement which keeps changing.”

Explaining the NLP, Sharma said it trains people on skills and the way they think, speak and programme their thoughts, adding that the success of every person depends on the thinking, language and habits.

“We programme people to think in more effective ways: How to rewire your brain so that you can generate new thoughts. When you have lived in a place for a couple of years, you are not thinking something new, so how can you get new results. That is where neuro linguistic programming steps in and generate in people new thoughts, ideas and systems. It is the action that you take towards your goal that matters, so every day you should take action towards achieving it.”

Asked how long he has been running the programme, the director said, “I have been doing it for 16 years. We run programmes that have been certified and created by Dr. Richard Bandler and the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He invented the programming in 1970 and runs it in the US.

“Since then we have been so grounded in neurolistic things. We are working on this in Africa so that people can become more aware about how to solve their problems faster and become more practical.”

He said so far, it has trained professionals, leaders, celebrities and business people, saying, “LNP teaches you how to probe people, there is a model for that, so that you can get details from the person, otherwise when people speak, they distort information and we generalise.”

For those that have gone through the programme, Sharma said they normally double their income in 12 to 18 months, “because you get new ideas and when you get new thoughts, you have to implement and you can actually get new results, it will impact on your income, it will also impact on the way you do things. Neurolistic programming can be applied to every field; it can be applied to journalism, law, doctors, engineers and business people, engineers.

“They probe deeper. You can actually learn the language, sales people use the programming all the time because they have to sell more.”

He expressed optimism about working with teachers and school owners saying, “we are looking at people who work directly with schools, it is easier to go and do the training in schools through teachers, there are NLP for teachers because if you go and do one session with them, it will not have impact. But you have to teach them every day and transform their style. If they are using new methodology, the children will automatically feel the difference.”

He listed some of the topics in the licensed NLP practitioner course to include sensory awareness and calibrations, how to establish and maintain rapport, use of anchors, representational systems, precession questioning, influential language, state management, strategies, among others.

The Director of Technical and Vocational Services, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Mr. Laolu Oguntuyi said NLP reawakens one to make use of the senses by changing a negative perception to positive.

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