Frequently Asked Questions


What is NLP?

Neuro: The nervous system (the mind), through which our experience is processed via five senses:

Linguistic: Language and other nonverbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning. Includes:

Programming: The ability to discover and utilize the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

In other words, NLP is how to use the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.


When was NLP created?

NLP was initially created in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler a student of mathmatics and gestalt therapy and John Grinder a Professor of Liguistics at The University of California Santa Cruz. They began modeling and duplicating the "magical results" of a few top communicators and therapists. Some of the first people they studied included Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, gestalt therapist Fritz Perls and family therapist Virginia Satir. Since then, many others have contributed to the growth and development of the field.


Can anyone study NLP?

Yes, Today, NLP is widely used in business to improve management, sales and achievement/performance, inter-personal skills; in education to better understand learning styles, develop rapport with students and parents and to aid in motivation; and of course, NLP is a profound set of tools for personal development.

Some of our students include Salespeople, Business Executives, Managers, Business Owners, Lawyers, Teachers, Trainers, Counselors, Educators, Doctors, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Consultants, Hypnotherapists, Psychologists, Athletes, Entertainers and Performers. Regardless of profession, the majority of NLP participants are searching, and finding, better and more effective ways to increase their performance and improve their effectiveness.


What are some beliefs of NLP?

(This is a short list summarizing some of the thinking behind NLP)


Do you have a program that rewards students for referring friends and family?

Yes, we have a referral program. Please contact our office at 808.596.7765 so you can learn how to participate.


Does TEP offer private business training and consulting?

Yes, we work with many corporations to design trainings that are tailored to meet their desired outcomes. You can contact us at 808.596.7765 if you are interested.


When did The Empowerment Partnership begin teaching NLP?

The Empowerment Partnership has been teaching NLP since 1982.
We will continue to expand this list to keep you up to date and based on what we hear from you.


What if I have more questions?

Please call us at 808.596.7765 or write to us at if you have any additional questions.