I was one representative of MindSonar UK as we ventured to the ANLP (Association of Neuro-linguistic Programming) Conference at Heathrow in London to exchange thoughts and discuss the industry.
There were certainly plenty of industry experts there, with around 500 NLP coaches, HR directors, HR leads and learning and development facilitators.
Presenting at the conference were the leading lights within my professional group.
The likes of Roberts Dilts, Art Geyser, Shelle Rose Charvet and Anneke Durlinger, all fantastic people from with our industry that have contributed so much in business through their skills.
These industry experts all came to have a look at the Mindsonar stand to see what we were doing and discuss the tool with us.
Robert has commented on Mindsonar before and thinks it is a fantastic tool and is advancing the way in which we are taking psychological profiles forward.
He told Mindsonar’s global website: “MindSonar is an easy-to-use tool that helps coaches and consultants gain insight into critical elements of people’s thinking styles. It has important implications for coaching, recruitment, marketing and team development.
He added: “I recommend it to NLP professionals as a supporting technology for their NLP work both with individuals and in organisations.” (Robert B. Dilts, Santa Cruz, USA)
We also had a lot of interest in MindSonar talking to people from South Africa and India, Slovakia and even the USA.
While we already have MindSonar representatives in America, it is still one of those tools that is just getting to be known and, the people we spoke to were fascinated how they could use it to potentially support their private school for children with difficulties.
It was a wonderful experience to expose MindSonar to the NLP community, the HR community and the learning and development community, all part of our wish to spread the word about what we are doing.
I am a self-confessed sceptic of any skills and tools I use as I like to see the results and the impact.
It’s not that I don’t trust what I do, but being a sceptic keeps me looking at what I do and how I do it from new perspectives.
One of the best tools I use is a psychological tool called MindSonar. You see, I am a language and behaviour profiling consultant, NLP trainer and executive coach and last year, this fantastic online psychological tool arrived on UK shores.
Every time I use this tool I always ask myself: ‘Is this online tool more flexible and reliable than other tools that businesses use?’
On 29th June, the answer to the question became a resounding ‘yes’!
Why? Well, it was the first ever International MindSonar E Summit featuring ten people from around the world, myself included, giving a five-minute presentation each how MindSonar practitioners use this psychological profiling tool in their own particular area of work and expertise.
The presenters at the E Summit were from diverse backgrounds; human resources, psychology, business & executive coaches, teaching, training, counselling and recruitment.
Reliable and flexible
Having listened to everyone else’s views, as well as my own, I am being totally open and honest with you when I say that Mindsonar is both reliable and flexible and certainly has a place in the world’s personal and organisational development.
Its reliability is tested regularly using the nationally-recognised Cronbach’s Alpha and its flexibility becomes apparent when you listen to the E Summit on webinar and listen to the ten different approaches to using the tool.
So what is special about this tool compared to psychometric tools, please note that I do not call MindSonar a psychometric tool as it does not label your personality as being like x or y.
This tool is context-specific. It measures your value base, how you learn and how you think and thus behave in that given context.
Developed in 1990 by Dr Jaap Hollander, a Dutch psychologist who now runs the Institute of Eclectic Psychology, the tool has practitioners across three continents.
Its beauty is that it does not confine you to being a set personality. What is unique about it is the flexibility and diversity of its application. I am yet to come across a situation where the application of MindSonar is not helpful.
The varied speakers and subjects were fascinating to listen to. They were:
Jennet Burghard, Netherlands: MindSonar and Start-Ups.
Scott Morris, USA: Finding Hero – Capitalising on Individual Strengths in Team Building.
Monica Castañeda, Perú: Empowerment through self-knowledge and MindSonar.
Michelle Akel, Ecuador: MindSonar in Market Research and Consumer Behavior.
Tomasz Zawadzki, Poland: The evolution of Influence.
Bianca Negron, Puerto Rico: The Value of Personal & Employer Branding Powered by MindSonar.
Ian Clarke, United Kingdom: Recruitment in a Boutique Label Printing Company.
Carlos Arguello, Ecuador: MindSonar in HR: Hiring & Recruitment.
Debbie Yarhi, Guatemala: Successful Leadership with MindSonar and Lego Serious Play.
Bianca Mackintosh, Netherlands: A New Workshop Powered by MindSonar.
Building blocks to innovation
I like to think the goal of the E Summit was most definitely met and that was:
To create awareness about the different uses of MindSonar and to promote collaboration between different MindSonar professionals around the globe.
This collaboration was fantastic to see and will be the building blocks to new and innovative, yet specific ways to support the development of those of us who use the tool.
A consistent message came through from everyone and that was to say that it is an accurate and cost-effective targeted solution.