Notable Living Contemporary Teachers


Foundation of Teaching
Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Strategic Mind-Messaging, Presence, Positive Affirmation

Example of Teaching
“If you can’t enjoy what you have, you can’t enjoy more of it.”

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Richard Bandler

Richard Bandler is a co-founder with John Grinder of the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. A student of mathematics, Richard began studying the work of Gestalt therapy founder Fritz Perls when he was asked to edit transcripts of Perls’ lectures and workshops for the book “Eyewitness To Therapy” (1973) for Science and Behavior Books. He also began to work with family therapist Virginia Satir at this time.

Richard met John Grinder, a linguistics professor, as a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1974 Bandler and Grinder began to make a model of the language patterns used by Perls, Satir and Hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson, which they published in their books “The Structure of Magic Volumes I & II” (1975, 1976), “Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, Volumes I & II” (1975, 1977) and “Changing With Families” (1976). These books formed the foundation of the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Richard is an author and co-author of numerous other books on NLP and its applications, including Frogs Into Princes (1979), NLP Volume I (1980), Tranceformations (1981), “Reframing” (1982), “Using Your Brain” (1985), “An Insider’s Guide to Sub-Modalities” (1988), “The Adventures of Anybody” (1993), “Time For a Change” (1993) and “Persuasion Engineering”(1996).

Much of Richard’s later work in NLP has focused on applications of submodalities, the subtle distinctions one can make in one’s sensory experience and internal representations. His background as a musician and his interest in sound theory and the neurological impact of sound lead him to develop the area of Neuro-Sonics, which utilizes qualities of music and sound to create specific internal states. Richard is also the founder of the model and techniques of Design Human Engineering (DHE).

In addition to his creative genius, Richard is known for his sense of humor, his ability to use sophisticated language patterns, and his dynamic training style.



  1. “We take the very best of what people do, synthesize it down, make it learnable and share it with each other – and that is what the real future of what NLP will be and its gonna stay that way!”
  2. “The evolution isn’t over. We are the experience that the universe is having.”
  3. “Do you want to know a good way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones.”
  4. “Brains aren’t designed to get results; they go in directions. If you know how the brain works you can set your own directions. If you don’t, then someone else will.”
  5. “Disappointment requires adequate planning.”
  6. “The greatest personal limitation is to be found not in the things you want to do and can’t, but in the things you’ve never considered doing.”
  7. “The reason people have problems is that they have too much time to think.”
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