International Trainers Academy
of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Michael Carroll is the Founder and Course Director of the NLP Academy, one of the leading European providers of NLP Training. Michael is a fascinating character, who makes an impact on all those he meets. He certainly made an impact on the field of NLP when he entered the field and found the general quality of NLP disappointing. As part of his mission to reset the standard, he sought out John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair and has worked closely with them ever since. His ongoing goal is to develop and deliver courses that accredit quality NLP Practitioners, NLP Master Practitioners and NLP Trainers as well as bringing NLP to courses to specialist fields, e.g business, medical, educational etc.
Michael has a unique style of training delivery. He is known to create a collaborative learning environment where the interplay of conscious and unconscious learning processes fully harness the potential of each learner on a course. He cleverly combines metaphor, humour, questioning, and elicitation of altered states to help each learner fully integrate the material. In the words of his clients he is a “training genius”.
As a young man of 22 with little experience but bucket-loads of ambition, he joined a financial services business. In his first month he was the top salesman in the company. After four years he purchased the company. During his time in financial services, he knocked on doors, managed large teams of sales people, developed a highly effective process for passing exams, set up efficient fast track training programmes, arranged complex financial packages for people and had lots of fun. He sold his business in 2000 to concentrate on building The NLP Academy.
Michael came across NLP at a motivational seminar and instantly wanted to learn more. He initially read every book he could on the subject (Michael can read a book in an hour). He took a Practitioner course in 1995 in the UK, and on the last day of the course set up his new business as a hobby and hired the NLP trainer to work for him for a short period of time.
In 1996, Michael’s next step was Master Practitioner and the Trainers Training in California. At his Trainers Training he struck an instant rapport with two of the trainers, John Overdurf and Julie Silverthorn. There were eighty attendees at Trainers Training, and Michael stood out to the trainers (John and Julie) for his skill and enthusiasm to the extent they invited him to their home town in Pennsylvania where he worked with them on their courses and learned so much of the valuable NLP information that was not present on the Practitioner course he took in the UK. In 1998 John and Julie joined the NLP Academy as Trainers where they remain good friends and have become a core part of our faculty.
By 1998 Michael Carroll’s name was emerging on the NLP scene as someone who wants to push the boat and make changes. He attended a John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair seminar in the UK. Michael bonded very quickly with John and Carmen and developed a strong friendship with this amazing couple. John and Carmen requested Michael join them in their http://www.nlpwhisperinginthewind.com project in 2001. Michael was responsible for setting up the website to promote the ideas in John and Carmen’s book Whispering in the Wind. As part of the project Michael set up the most active NLP web forum in the world.
Such was the relationship between Michael, John and Carmen, that the NLP Academy became the natural choice for hosting John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair seminars. John Grinder, Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll make an exciting and diverse team. Together they totally redesigned NLP Trainers Training simultaneously raising the standards to a new level of excellence. Michael’s achievement in working directly with the co-creator of NLP stands alone as one of the highest achievements of any UK NLP Trainer.
Michael formed the ITA with John and Carmen to offer something different to Trainers in the NLP field. Michael is instrumental in developing many of the core ideas that underpin the ITA. John, Carmen and Michael are a robust team that continually flow ideas.
Michael developed the first ever full Multi Media on-line learning tool in 1999 called the Sales Enhancement Series. This series was originally developed for a worldwide telecommunications company to load on to their on-line multi media learning programme. The Sales Enhancement Series was made available to over 10,000 users worldwide.
This was the first time people could experience NLP on their computer screen in video format with supporting slides and transcript. The technology quickly developed and Michael spotted a window of opportunity. He formed an alliance with a specialist multi media and training company and developed the NLPedia series for NLP accelerated learning. NLPedia is the NLP Practitioner material in multi media format. In the programme there are seven CD ROMS with over 25 hours of video filmed at a Practitioner course, 800 Power Point slides, and 600 pages of transcript. This creation is the most in-depth learning tool available anywhere in the world.
Throughout his NLP career Michael has adapted and updated many NLP patterns making them more efficient and easy to use. Michael is also the creator of several NLP processes. A significant contribution to the field is Michael’s work in developing TimeLine Re-Patterning. Prior to Michaels updates most of the TimeLine models were content models breaching the core ethics of NLP. Michael also created the Neuro-Linguistic Sales Process, which is taught in NLP Academy sales courses, in Companies and for the general public. British Telecom, Lincoln Financial, Pervasive Computing are just a few companies who have enjoyed the benefits of Michael’s developments.
Michael’s work schedule is exciting and varied. As well as continually developing and researching, Michael leads the NLP Academy certification trainings, designs and delivers specialist corporate courses and teaches accelerating learning courses. He also coaches and trains presentation skills and gives keynote conference speeches. He relaxes in his spare time at his home in Surrey with his wife Lynda and their four children.