Developing Sensory Acuity

One of the key tenets of NLP is that of gaining feedback and recognising the impact of what you are doing. This is sensory acuity and it is a skill that you need to develop to get the best out of your NLP skills. By knowing and calibrating someone’s state, you can more readily understand what is going on in their mind.

Here are some exercises to help you develop your sensory acuity:

Visual Acuity:

1. Postural observation:

·Have a friend stand or sit in front of you.

·Observe and hold an image of that person.

·Close your eyes.

·Have your friend move; an arm, a leg, tilt the head, etc.

·Open your eyes and identify how your friend has moved.

·Repeat the exercise with less and less dramatic moves until you can recognise subtle changes like an eyebrow raised or minor head tilt.

2. Like / Dislike:

·Have your friend think of something that they like.

·Let them build a strong impression of it in their mind.

·Notice the visual cues for ‘like’ – this is called ‘calibration’.

·Now have them build a strong impression of something they dislike.

·‘Calibrate’ for dislike.

·Now have your friend choose either a ‘like’ or a ‘dislike’

·Identify which your friend is thinking of by identifying their ‘state’

3. Yes/No:

·Ask your friend some closed questions that will make them respond with a ‘Yes’.

Are you alive?

Are you awake?

Is it daylight?

·‘Calibrate’ their responses for ‘Yes’

·Ask your friend some closed questions that will make them respond with a ‘No’.

Can pigs fly?

Are you dead?

Can you hold your breath for an hour?

·‘Calibrate’ their responses for ‘No’

·Now ask closed questions without you friend responding.

·Identify your friends response without them telling you.

Auditory Acuity:

1. Friend/Foe:

·Stand back to back with your friend in a quiet room.

·Have your friend think of someone that they like.

·Let them build a strong impression of that person in their mind.

·Now ask them to count aloud from 1 to 10.

·Calibrate the ‘sound’ for friend

·Now have them build a strong impression of someone they dislike.

·Now ask them to count aloud from 1 to 10.

·Calibrate the ‘sound’ for foe

·Now have your friend choose the person they ‘like’ or ‘dislike’

·Now ask them to count aloud from 1 to 10.

·Identify which your friend is thinking of from the sounds you hear.

2. Coin Tone

·Get several coins and a plate.

·Have you friend drop a coin on the plate and name it.

·Repeat this for each coin several times until you have calibrated the sound.

·Have your friend drop a coin at random.

·Identify the coin from the sound.

These exercises will increase your sensory acuity ‘muscles’ and make you more aware and receptive to the changes in the people around you.

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4 responses to “Developing Sensory Acuity

  1. Pingback: Calibration - NLP Connections

  2. arseny

    thanks.

    from Russia with love

  3. If I had a greenback for each time I came to braincram.wordpress.com! Superb writing!

  4. Good exercises. The differences between visual cues that a person gives away when they say yes and no, for example, is enormous. So many things can be done with this. I sometimes use spacial anchoring in relation to how a person processes their ‘yes’ or their ‘no’. Developing sensory acuity is very important and extremely beneficial in situations of persuasion.

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