provocative coaching

Provocative Coaching

Sometimes change requires a push…

Often with coaching, clients try to avoid responsibility. The more you tell them that they are capable of change, the louder their inner voices tell them they are not. Provocative coaching challenges this. It puts fun and laughter back into your change work.

Frank Farrelly (1931-2013) first called it ‘provoke therapy’ then provocative therapy, and said “Provoking change is not just about playing the devil’s advocate, it’s about the effective use of challenge, warmth and humour in equal measure”.

In this one-day workshop, you will learn:

  • How the approach differs and when to use it
  • Stacking states for a powerful push
  • Pushing by pulling
  • Challenging you clients 1st statement
  • Exaggerate to absurdity
  • Playing Devil’s advocate
  • But what is the problem?
  • Moving beyond your clients limits

This rare opportunity is being offered to those interested in overcoming limitations and those sometimes frustrated with the “Yes but” people.


Open course: We run this as a one-day workshop one or twice a year

Location: Birmingham NLP and Hypnotherapy Training Centre, Birmingham. B30 1AB

On-site training: Can be run on-site to suit you and your team

Contact me for more information: Mark Peters 0121 251 6172 or email


High Performance CoachComplete Coaching package

Our Complete Coaching Package will move you into the field of Higher Performance Coaching (HPC) which is far beyond the standard Coaching programs most often on offer. Based on your experience and training you will be qualified to work in the fields of:

  • Personal development coaching
  • Executive Coaching
  • Business Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Sports Performance Coaching
  • Youth Coaching and more….

Our Complete Coaching Package builds on the powerful work of Timothy Gallwey, Sir John Whitmore, Michael Breen, Anthony Robbins and others. It goes beyond just using the GROW model or wheel of life and looks at the structure of your experiences that have brought you to where you are now. Understanding the structure of subjective experience moves clients and coaches from the heavily focused left-brain coaching models to an understanding of emotional drivers and creative thinking (right-brain) power.

Learning outcomes

You will learn the power of ‘metaphors in leadership and coaching’ that cut to the heart of the language we use to express how we perceive ourselves and the world around us.

  • You will learn what direct and indirect coaching is as we explore the coaching continuum
  • You will learn through practical practice with real life scenarios on each other

What will I gain?

You will build both practical and theoretical practice

  • You will gain training in the most up to date coaching program available
  • You will gain accreditation/certification with nationally and internationally recognised organisations
  • You will gain 2 qualifications: (1) NLP Practitioner (2) Coach


On successful completion of this Complete Coaching Course, you will be fully qualified as a coach with SNLP and have the options to join Association for Coaching (AC) and/or International Coaching Federation (ICF) and ANLP.
Coaching accreditation

How is the course delivered and what does it cost?

The full coaching package is delivered in three modules with a total cost of £2000 and includes all accreditation fees.

Spring Course 2022:
  • Module 1: 4th to 7th March
  • Module 2: 11th to 13th March
  • Module 3: 8th to 10th July
Summer Course 2022:
  • Module 1: 17th to 20th June
  • Module 2: 24th to 26th June
  • Module 3: 8th to 10th July
Autumn/Winter Course 2022:
  • Module 1: 9th to 12th September
  • Module 2: 16th to 18th September
  • Module 3: 28th to 30th October


What if I am already qualified in NLP do I get any credits?

If you are already qualified as an NLP Practitioner or Master-Practitioner by one of the recognised bodies then you can opt to just attend the 3 day Coaching for Change module at £749 which includes all accreditation fees.

What next?

Contact us to discuss details and to book. You can pay in interest-FREE instalments, by invoice or even by card (good ol' cash always welcome too)

Phone 0121 251 6172 or email us


Need Funding Assistance?

We are a registered training provider for DWP and UK Register of Learning Providers, so you may be eligible for a loan or grant. Our UK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) is : 10086886


To secure your place please pay a £200 deposit, with your credit or debit card, using the button below


To book your place(s) please complete the registration form below







coaching for change

Coaching for Change - an NLP Perspective

Details include:

Coaching is defined as “enabling clients to shift their perspectives and thereby discover different solutions to achieve their goals”.

Change management is defined as “a structured approach to shifting/transitioning individuals, teams, and organisations from a current state to a desired future state”

The common element is the change of perspective or state.

Coaching for Change is a set of tools to develop belief and behaviour change and to gain commitment by overcoming resistance.

NLP Coaching has a distinct advantage over other forms of coaching as it enable the client to congruently achieve the objectives established in their coaching plan. NLP offers coaches the ability to tailor selected interventions to take into account the client’s unconscious mind where both resources and incongruities are present.

If you are already trained in NLP and want to explore the uses and possibilities of coaching, either in your personal or professional life, this is the ideal course for you. NLP is the perfect foundation from which to build your coaching skills.

It also comes with the reassurance of a robust and internationally recognised qualification from the Society of NLP if that is of interest to you.

What You Will Learn:

  • The relationship between and the differences of coaching, therapy, consulting and counselling.
  • How coaching benefits both the organisation and the individual
  • How coaching skills are essential to managers.
  • The main coaching models and how they fit with NLP
  • How to set goals so you can achieve them
  • How to give feedback that quickly modifies behaviour
  • How to coach a client to achieve their outcomes
  • How to structure your own coaching programmes
  • How to apply a simple top ten tips to coaching

What next: Contact us on 0121 251 6172 for dates of open courses; alternatively we can deliver on-site to suit you and at a day rate rather than delegate rate.

coaching course outlineThe Course Outline shown below is to give you an ideas of the content. It is flexible depending on the needs, experience and interests of the group.

Day 1 - Introduction, structure and...

Background to coaching for change:

  • What coaching actually is
  • A brief history of coaching

How the NLP strategy model ties in planning implementation including:

  • TOTE for results
  • Well-formed outcomes
  • The NLP Framing tool
  • Classic coaching models such as the GROW, SMART, CLEAR etc.
  • Meta Programmes and how they structure your decisions
  • How we naturally motivate and organise ourselves and how we can use that to create natural motivation and productivity.

Day 2 - The use language in coaching

What our language says about our internal world

  • How to gain rapport easily and effortlessly

Using the NLP language patterns:

  • Meta model
  • Milton Model
  • Sleight of Mouth
  • Small words with big meanings

The language of results:

  • How to verbally frame an outcome so it is the ONLY possible result
  • How to effectively structure questions and use feedback to easily achieve results

Day 3 - Bringing it all together

  • How to structure your coaching programmes
  • Top 10 tips for coaching for change from an NLP perspective
  • Perceptual positioning
  • Timelines
  • Practical coaching practice

Coaching for Change Course Dates

Summer course 2022

  • July 8th to 10th

Winter course 2022

  • October 28th to 30th

How can I book?

To book your place(s) please call us on 0121 251 6172 or email
To secure your place you can choose to pay a £50 deposit online, with your debit or credit card by clicking on the button below.
If you would prefer to pay by cheque or bank transfer I can send you a standard invoice with payment details. Please email or call Mark Peters on 0121 251 6172

What does it cost?

The Coaching for Change course is £749 per person. You can pay a deposit to secure your place and spread the balance over a series of installments or you can pay in full by invoice.
Please note, as an added bonus, the price also includes Certification as a Licenced NLP Coach with Society of NLP (SNLP)

Course prerequirements

The minimum requirement for attending this course in an accredited NLP Practitioner qualification. Please contact us if you would like more details of the NLP courses we offer or to check if your current NLP Practitioner certificate can be used.
With your current knowledge of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) you already have some of the most powerful change work techniques available. This 3-day training will enable you to put those NLP skills into the context of coaching and give you additional tools to become a highly effective coach.


On successful completion of this Coaching Course, you will be fully qualified as a coach with SNLP and have the options to join Association for Coaching (AC) and/or International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Coaching accreditation   
To book your place(s) please complete the registration form below



"I really enjoyed the course…….. the models provided an excellent platform to re-introduce me into the coaching arena, both as a coach and coachee. The NLP focus provides a good approach to coaching and it is something I think organisations can pursue as part of a wider strategy to coaching. The interactive sessions were really effective…………………." Jacqui - NHS Leadership Manager

"Wow... The perceptual positioning exercise alone was worth it..... What I thought was might biggest worry didn't turn out to be so and I answered my own questions. I also now understand the coaching continuum between directive and non-directive" Kate - Head-teacher


coaching directionIn this introduction to coaching workshop you will learn the effective framework of coaching so you can really help the people you work with, and even yourself, make a difference in life and business.

This introduction to coaching workshop will help you, as the coach, to help individuals identify what they need to do and how they need to do it. NLP coaching is about facilitating personal change.

You will learn to win what Timothy Gallwey called 'the inner game'

Coaching workshop includes:

  • Ring of Confidence – build confidence, change feelings
  • Effective use of metaphors – effective story telling
  • Metal model – core of NLP
  • Modalities & sub-modalities – map of the world
  • How to develop well formed outcomes
  • Time Lining

Discover how to consistently put into action your drive and your motivation and how to reach your goals and objectives by learning the skills used in coaching. You’ll learn how to develop an action plan and how to put it into practical application so that you achieve exceptional results. To be successful this plan must defined, in a specific way your, goals and objectives and must contain within it the steps you need to take to get where you want to go.

Top 10 Tips for NLP coaching

  1. Prepare yourself first - get yourself in the 'right state of mind'
  2. Believe in yourself and your client - trust in the skills and resources
  3. Pre-frame for success - begin with the end in mind
  4. Establish and maintain rapport - Trust is essential
  5. Set a Direction - enjoy the journey
  6. Watch & listen - calibrate and feedback
  7. Clear obstacles and gather resource - overcome the naysayers
  8. Use softeners - make questions seem less questioning
  9. Gather evidence - how will you know?
  10. Wire in the language patterns - practice, practice, practice.

Identify your obstacles and discover your personal strategies for overcoming them easily during the Time lining segment of the training. Discover how to focus your energy, remain motivated and develop yourself to your maximum potential.

Take your first step into the world of NLP and Coaching.

Introduction to Coaching Dates TBA

Please contact us to run the workshop on-site for you and your team.


Coaching training in Birmingham

Time to change your life.

Lead, don't follow...

Coaching seems to find many names including NLP Coaching, Life Coaching, high performance coaching, developmental coaching even hypno-coaching, to name just a few, but the basic premise is still the same “the process of helping another person perform at the peak of his or her abilities”.

Courses include

Our aim for Coaching Training in Birmingham is to build on the solid foundation of originators in the field of coaching including Timothy Gallwey , Sir John Whitmore, Michael Breen, Anthony Robbins and others so that you can learn real tangible skills to help both yourself, your business and those you plan to work with.

A Balanced Approach to Coaching

Our Coaching training in Birmingham is a mind and body approach to coaching. Posture as well as thought processes affect the whole so we deal with the whole. By taking a mind and body approach we can help the client feel relaxed and present – by this I mean actually paying conscious and unconscious attention to what is happening RIGHT NOW in the session rather than dwelling on the problem.

Highly qualified Coach

Mark Peters is a highly qualified and experienced coach providing coaching training in Birmingham. He delivers a range of Coaching training courses in Birmingham as well as working with clients on a 1-2-1 basis.

What course do you want to be on?

Coaching is not just about helping others, it is about helping yourself develop clearer and more useful goals; to be the champion of your inner game.

Please take the opportunity to find out more. We will explain why our Accredited Coaching Training could be the new course for your life and career; a new direction and opportunity.

Coaching Training is more than just learning the GROW model and SCORE models, its about understanding that people seek coaches who actively listen and help them think more clearly in order to make the desired changes. As well as knowing what they need to do, clients need to know how. It is the focus on how people make changes that is the focus and essense of our Accredited Coaching Training.