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Master Communicators at IABC


Master Communicators at IABC

If you're interested in enhancing your communication, thinking and personal effectiveness skills then this is the group for you.

Regular monthly seminars in Brussels where you can learn more...

Website: http://widecircle.eu
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Members: 30
Latest Activity: Oct 17, 2016

Why did I start this group?

"As a professional communicator, I went for the training with the idea to learn techniques to communicate better, and I had so much more than that!!! It's simply amazing. This training is definitely worth the investment, it's something for a life time." ~ Coralia Catana, European Economic and Social Committee


Through our series of NLP-based seminars you get an opportunity to explore your own communication style and enhance your existing communication skills, whether as a presenter, writer, leader, trainer, manager, advisor, coach, parent...


NLP enables people to communicate effectively, whatever the context. Being able to communicate effectively builds lasting relationships and good relationships get things done!


What is NLP?

Its origins are in the modeling of excellence. Back in the 70s at the University of Santa Cruz its creators, Dr Richard Bandler and Dr John Grinder, asked a simple question: "What is the difference that makes the difference?".

They studied a wide range of people, starting with therapists who helped people get amazing results in their lives and went on to study entrepreneurs, leaders, people who could spell well, people who were good at languages, and the list goes on....

They found a common element: all these people demonstrated excellent communication skills. They modeled these skills and they are now taught as a core part of NLP.

As professional communicators I believe that we should be aware of these skills and ultimately acquire and master them.

Positive communication is good for us...

NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) is a powerful technology that when used ecologically literally enables you to transform your life: you get more freedom, balance and choice. You have more fun!

Not only do you begin to create more of what you want in your life, you also have the tools to enable others to do the same.

I believe everyone should know this stuff!

You will be more content, have fantastic relationships and the planet will be a better place as a result.

Who is it for?

The group is for anyone interested in developing their existing communication skills and discovering more about NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) along the way. You may already have had some experience of it and this may be good or not as good as you would like it to be. You may simply have heard people talking enthusiastically about NLP and want to discover what all the hype is about. You may never have heard of NLP, are struggling to pronounce it and still massively curious...!

What is our purpose?

Practice makes perfect and you must practice the correct things...


Communication Mastery takes time.

NLP is a discipline based on practices. This is reflected in the various levels of qualifications you can achieve. Whilst NLP institutes offer introductory and foundation courses, the first level of skills acquisition comes with being awarded a Practitioner certificate.

As is implicit in this word, it is about being a practitioner and to be a good practitioner you need to practice.

My aim in setting up this group is to raise awareness of NLP as the most powerful communication toolkit there is and explain more about how it works.

Face-to-face seminars
To complement this we provide a fun place in the center of Brussels to experience & practice NLP and share your learnings, discoveries and questions. These seminars are open to all levels of professional communicators: beginners, practitioners, master practitioners, coaches & trainers.

Next steps

Please start a discussion now and invite your friends to join us!

Who am I?
I currently sit on the IABC Belgium Board as Past President & Vice President Marketing and have worked in professional communications for over 20 years.

I'm a Master Practitioner and an internationally accredited trainer of NLP and other related disciplines. I'm also an accredited NLP Master coach.

More info: http://gerrymurray.com

Discussion Forum

How can NLP help you?

Started by Gerry Murray. Last reply by Hugh Barton-Smith Oct 16, 2009. 1 Reply

What sorts of recurring 'problems' do you encounter as a communicator? Have you ever wondered how you can dissolve them easily?

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Comment by Gerry Murray on January 16, 2012 at 12:57

Discover NLP Seminar

For members of this group who are interested in Communication, Learning & Change...

"NLP could be the most important synthesis of knowledge about human communication to emerge since the explosion of humanistic psychology in the sixties." ~ Science Digest

Whatever your profession, knowing about NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) can enable you to achieve outstanding results in all areas of your life

This short seminar will introduce you to the basic principles of NLP and how to apply these in your daily life. You will have an opportunity to learn about some core NLP tools and to experience them for yourself in a fun, friendly and supportive learning environment.

NLP provides an effective toolkit for communication, learning and change.

If you already have some prior knowledge or experience of NLP then this seminar will be a valuable refresher for you.

Price: €5 and is donated to charity

"NLP may be the most powerful vehicle for change in existence" ~ Modern Psychology

"NLP has not only untapped tremendous potential for treating individual problems, it has transformed into an all purpose self improvement program and technology" ~ Time Magazine 


Gerry Murray runs the change leadership consultancy Wide Circle and advises organizations on how to improve how they manage communication, learning and change. He is an NLP Master Practitioner and Coach, and an internationally accredited Trainer of NLP and related disciplines. He is passionate about learning and development and people achieving their full potential. 

Gerry has a degree in Linguistics and French, is a Chartered Marketer and has an MBA in General Management. In the past 5 years he has trained thousands of people in how to improve their communication skills, learn more effectively and deal with change. 

He is Past President of IABC Belgium.

This event is organized in conjunction with People to People International.


Comment by Gerry Murray on June 13, 2011 at 19:20

The path to mastery is a never-ending one... Join us today!

I'm in the process of planning the short seminar program for the year Sept 2011-June 2012. What are some of the skills you think people can acquire to truly become Master Communicators?



Comment by Gerry Murray on September 30, 2010 at 12:29
The Strategies of Success

Although extracting a model of excellence is mostly done with specific skills in specific contexts, it is relatively easy to translate that model across contexts. Since Bandler & Grinder's early modeling some powerful patterns have emerged such as the five strategies of successful people.

- Know your outcome
- Take MASSIVE action
- Have exceptional sensory acuity
- Have behavioral flexibility
- Operate from a physiology and psychology of excellence

NLP provides a synthesis of knowledge and aspects of it are to be found in popular self-help programs such as the Law of Attraction and most, if not all, motivational speakers have been trained in NLP.
Comment by Gerry Murray on November 18, 2009 at 14:19
Today's NLP Presupposition

"The meaning of the communication is not simply what you intend, but also the response you get."

Explanation: The response you get may be different from the one you wanted but there are no failures in communications, only responses and feedback. If you are not getting the result you want, change what you are doing. Take responsibility for the communication.
Comment by Gerry Murray on November 16, 2009 at 19:04
Today's NLP Presuppostion

"Every behavior has a positive intention"

Explanation: All our actions have at least one purpose - to achieve something that we value and that benefits us. These actions may be considered 'good' or 'bad' by others. NLP separates the intention behind an action from the action itself. A person is not their behavior: When a person has a better choice of behavior that also achieves their positive intention, they will take it...
Comment by Gerry Murray on November 11, 2009 at 21:57
Today's NLP Presupposition

"All actions have a purpose"

Explanation: Our actions are not random - we are always trying to achieve something, although we may not be aware of what that is.
Comment by Gerry Murray on November 10, 2009 at 22:11
Today's NLP Presupposition

"People work perfectly"

Explanation: No one is wrong or broken. We are all executing our strategies perfectly, but the strategies may be poorly designed and ineffective. Find out how you and others operate, so a strategy can be changed if necessary to something more useful and desirable.
Comment by Gerry Murray on November 9, 2009 at 6:49
Today's NLP Presupposition:

"People make the best choice they can at the time"

Explanation: A person always makes the best choice they can, given their map of the world. The choice may be self-defeating, bizarre or evil, but for them it seems the best way forward. Give them a better choice and they will take it. Even better, give them a superior map with more choices on it.
Comment by Gerry Murray on November 7, 2009 at 13:47
Agree fully with you Hugh.

We have some fantastic fun NLP exercises designed for this purpose.

True flexibility comes not just by expanding our vocabulary but also from expanding our repertoire of predicates in all 4 representation systems. That way we increase our choice & our flexibility to adapt our language to that which best fits with our listener's model of the world.
Comment by Hugh Barton-Smith on November 7, 2009 at 12:45
One phrase that comes to mind is "your kingdom is as wide as your vocabulary". A bigger vocabulary offers more ways of relating to things around us, making our articulation more flexible, and helping our articulation go deeper than the words into how we structure our interpretation of the world.

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