What are the 7 essential coaching skills?

Individuals who have achieved the ACMC (Associate Meta-Coaching) Credential have been benchmarked and demonstrated competency in all 7 of these Essential Coaching Skills. The 7 essential coaching skills are:

1) Listening:
Being actively present to a client, collecting and synthesizing the sensory information (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) as well as non-sensory specific terms so as to accurately reflect back the content presented as well as process information.

2) Supporting:
Providing a sense of safety to client through questioning, listening, celebrating, expression affirmations of belief in and trust in the client, through managing environment, and the conversation.

3) Questioning:
Asking a person to turn and reflect inwardly to respond with ideas, answers, resources, and solutions, inquiring about the client’s world of ideas, beliefs, frames, goals, … etc.

4) Meta-Questioning:
Asking question about previous questions, asking about one’s mind-body states and about higher level states of awareness. Meta-Questioning invites a client to explore higher frames of mind, that is, thoughts and feelings about thoughts and feelings.

5) Inducing States
To say words, use metaphors, tell stories in such a way that invites another to recall or imagine a mind-body-emotional experience. To use voice and gestures in such a way that a client begins to think-and-feel as if in that way of thinking and feeling.

6) Giving Feedback:
Saying words with the support of gestures, movements, voice tone, etc. that both provides support and a mirroring back to the client of a specific behavior that leads to an improvement in performance, state, belief, etc.

7) Receiving Feedback:
Hearing and asking about information that mirrors back how a response came across, taking that in, reflecting upon it, asking more questions about it, integrating what one finds useful in order to improve performance toward a desired outcome.

If you are interested to learn the skills and competency of the 7 Essential Coaching Skills, do join us in our next Meta-Coaching (ACMC) Boot-Camp. Contact us now for more information.

What is APG (Accessing Personal Genius)?

APG (Accessing Personal Genius) is the flagship of Neuro-Semantics. It is the workshop that introduces the Meta-States model, that sets the foundational skills for Neuro-Semantics, and that takes NLP to a whole new level of systemic thinking and operating. As the flagship it is the principal training that opens up all of the other areas in Neuro-Semantics. It is the second module in Meta-Coaching (Coaching Genius).

Accessing Personal Genius (APG) is the foundational workshop for learning the Meta-States model. This model entered into the field of NLP in 1995 with its acceptance by the International Trainers Association (INLPTA) as “the most significant contribution to NLP” in that year (Dr. Wyatt Woodsmall). Since then, 25 to 35 thousand people have been introduced to Meta-States directly through the day-day APG training.

APG is designed to facilitate psychologically healthy people to breakthrough personal barriers and unleash new levels of potential. It can even help those on the low end of healthy functioning to gain new levels of personal power and resourcefulness.

The potential benefits from Accessing Personal Genius (APG) Training includes:
· Accelerated learning state of mind.
· Expanded creativity and problem-solving skills.
· Unconditionally esteem yourself as a person beyond what you do.
· Eliminate self-depreciating thoughts.
· Eliminate old limiting beliefs.
· Install new empowering beliefs.
· Manage internal dragons via slaying, taming, or transforming them.
· Own your personal power for proactive response-ability.
· Embody great ideas and concepts into your muscle-memory.
· Put more pleasure and joy in life via accessing your strategy of meta-level pleasuring.
· Take an intentional stance with your highest objectives and values.
· Eliminate attention deficit with intentional fullness.
· Develop a laser beam focus for a healthy genius state.
· Graciously handle interruptions via discreet state shifting skills.
· Use personal congruence via alignment for a higher level of personal integrity and credibility

Would you want to breakthrough personal barriers and unleash new levels of potential?
If your answer is “Yes”, then contact us now and join us in our next APG training session.

What’s the big deal about coaching?

Someone asked why are we are devoting the Second International Conference of Neuro-Semantics (Malaysia, 2013) to Coaching. He asked, “What’s the big deal about Coaching?”

Dr. Michael Hall replied, “The reason why is because what we call coaching is really about being a professional communicator which begins with really, really listening, and then enabling people to sense that we care about what they said and think, and then asking the kind of probing, penetrating, and incisive questions that can get to the heart of things quickly and powerfully. It also means listening and calibrating so precisely that you can mirror back their own responses so that people can actually hear and listen to themselves.”

Of course, in saying that, Dr. Michael Hall was really summarizing the seven core coaching skills that we train and benchmark in the Meta-Coaching System.

He continued, “And when you can do that, then with your communications you can manage, lead, interview, consult, and do many other things that are of high value in companies and organizations. And of course, you can coach, and you also have the foundational skills for counseling and psychotherapy. These are the essential skills that supervisor and managers and even senior managers need. They are the skills for selling, skills that anyone leading an organization needs in selling ideas and proposals. So that’s why.”

Another person asked, “Well, what about conflict? And when Dr. Michael Hall inquired a little further about what he meant, he said, “What about dealing with groups in conflict or even just with one person who is hard to get along with or lead, who is always complaining and bad-mouthing others?”

The conversation between Dr. Michael Hall and the person went on as follows …

“Well, yes. That’s where the mirroring skills really become powerful for constructive confrontation. First you calibrate to the person by receiving what they are saying, how they are saying it, and all of the non-verbal expressions that they use, then after some framing, you mirror it back so that the person can see and hear themselves- they can see and hear themselves as in a mirror, the mirror of your eyes.”

“And that works? They don’t get madder because of that?” “Would you like me to mirror that back to you? [“Yes, okay.”] And you are in a good enough state of mind and emotion to receive it? [“Yeah, sure.”] Then what I just heard you say in a questioning tone of voice that sounded like this, ‘And that works?’ And as you said it, your nose scrunched up like this (repeating what he saw) and your eyes went up like this (mirroring back what I saw) as you said, ‘And that works?’ (Pause) … Okay, so how was that?”

‘That was pretty good I guess. But, of course, I wasn’t upset in the first place.’
“Yes, I sensed that. And that is also why I asked the framing questions to make sure that you truly wanted the feedback and that you were ready for it.”
“Oh, that’s what you mean by framing!”

“Yes, as a communication process, framing enables the person or persons you speak to, to have a way of interpreting what you’re saying so that it serves and enhances the interaction. It gives them, in technical terms, an interpretative schema so that they will be much less likely to mis-interpret what you offer. And it’s one of the powerful tools that coach or any professional communicator uses. If what you have to say could be mis-interpreted, if it could ‘push a button’ and get someone upset or if it could be used against you later, framing helps to prevent that.”

“So that’s the big deal about coaching! It’s really just communication skills- it’s just a way to make yourself more clear and precise so that there’s less mis-understandings and confusion? Is that right?”
“Well, yes, although I wouldn’t use the word just as you did. It is so much more than ‘just communication skills,’ it is some of the highest and most advanced skills on this planet, the ability to create mental clarity and precision, to align people to a common vision, to excite and inspire people to step up to the possibilities of their potentials, and to take the quality of their experiences and their very lives to the peak of human possibilities … so it is so much more than just communication skills.

“Okay! When you put it like that – sign me up now.”

Would you want to step up to the possibilities of your potentials, and to take the quality of your experiences and your life to the peak of human possibilities?
If your answer is “Yes”, contact us now for a free consultative coaching session.

Testimonials and Feedback from Module 1 Coaching Essentials Workshop

Module 1 Coaching Essentials Workshop

Thanks to the participation and contributions from the participants of our recently concluded Module 1 Coaching Essentials Workshop, we had a fabulous 3 days of experiential learning.

Rating (Rating from 1 Star to 5 Stars) 1 = Poor, 2 = Average, 3 = Good, 4 =Very Good, 5 = Excellent

Topics and Content:              4.3

Schedule and Flow:               4.3

Physical Set-Up:                    4.3

Food and Venue:                   4.3

Facilitator:                              4.5

Overall Workshop Rating:      4.3


Some comments from the participants:

In my professional life, I will apply meta-programs for different tasks.

In my professional life, I can use WFOs for solutioning.

Professionally, I can use Meta-Model for communication.

In my Professional life, I can apply the NLP Pre-suppositions and NLP Communication Models.

At work, I can use Meta-Programs to help me understand people when dealing with colleagues and clients.

Tools learned (e.g. Meta Model, WFOs) can be applied during my consultation work.

I can apply Meta-Programs, The Communication Model & Perceptual Flexibility at work.

Professionally I will use Meta-Model, WFOs and Meta-Programs.

For my personal life, I created my circle of excellence.

In my personal life, I will be using WFOs and Meta-Programs.

I can apply Meta-Programs in my personal life to help me understand myself & my family better.

I can apply State Management & WFOs in my personal life.

What I like best about the workshop is the interactions and discussions.

What I like best about the workshop is the applications (of the various tools).

I like the practical sessions in the workshop.

I have learned (a lot) and enjoyed the workshop.


Join us for our next Module 1 Coaching Essentials workshop.


Testimonials and Feedback from Module 2 Coaching Genius Workshop

Module 2 Coaching Genius Workshop

Thanks to the enthusiasm and contributions from the participants of our recently concluded Module 2 Coaching Genius Workshop, we had a fabulous 3 days of experiential learning.

Rating (Rating from 1 Star to 5 Stars) : 1 = Poor, 2 = Average, 3 = Good, 4 =Very Good, 5 = Excellent

Topics and Content:              4.5

Schedule and Flow:               4.5

Physical Set-Up:                    4.0

Food and Venue:                   4.4

Facilitator:                              4.7

Overall Workshop Rating:      4.3

Some comments from the participants:

“Thank you Michael for an information-loading 3 days and a wonderful time. It has brought great insight and awareness that I have felt is definitely crucial in developing myself as a more effective coach. I look forward to seeing you in Bali. :)”

“Thank you for an informative, invigorating and interesting course. I learn a lot during these three days.”

In my professional life, I will begin to use meta-stating techniques in coaching sessions and will share knowledge to help empower my clients.

In my professional life, I will practice meta-stating, removing blockages and excuses and creating alignment.

In my professional life, I will begin asking meta-questions.

I created a genius state for my professional life.

In my personal life, I will begin facilitating transformational / effective change by tackling meta-states levels.

For my personal life, I created a personal genius state for “flow” performance.

In my personal life, I can access my genius state to achieve something I want.

What I like best about the workshop is the in-depth explanation about meta-states that drives the behavior.

What I liked best is the demonstration of the patterns.

What I liked best is the experience (& states) when running the patterns.

I like best the Accessing Personal Genius patterns.

What I like best about the workshop is generating my own genius state.

What I like best about the workshop are all the (coaching) patterns.

Michael has been an excellent coach.

I have learned (a lot) and enjoyed myself very much.


Join us for our next Module 2 Coaching Genius workshop.


Who will benefit from attending Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp training?

Who will benefit from attending Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot Camp training?

Meta-Coaching is for anyone who is passionate about supporting others in making permanent positive change, and who want to be at the forefront of human development in terms of Self-Actualization Psychology.

Specifically, Meta-Coaching is ideal for:

  • New coaches – Learn a powerful coaching model that you can use immediately.  The beauty of this adaptive model is that you can build on it as you grow, you gain more coaching experience, and your business grows.
  • Experienced coaches – Give your clients the benefits of the most progressive cutting-edge coaching techniques available anywhere.  Add more than 300 coaching patterns to your ‘tool box’ as you bring a  ‘Wow’ factor to your coaching.
  • NLP Practitioners and Master Practitioners – Discover how to package your skills in a profitable way that differentiates you in the marketplace.
  • Teachers and Trainers – Use the complimentary power of training and coaching as effective tools for the development of students at any age.
  • Individuals committed to personal development – Meta-Coaching allows you to actualize your highest and best in terms of your emotions and beliefs so that you can communicate more effectively, unleash your best potentials, and discover your passions.
  • Sports coaches – Meta-Coaching supports performance at the highest level.  It brings a profound understanding of what motivates a person to peak performance, and gives them the tools for sustained motivation and peak performance.
  • CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers and sales managers – Learn how to influence your employees to reach targets, achieve budget, overcome obstacles, and exceed Key Performance Indicators as you become a self-actualizing company.

Are you looking for a cutting-edge coaching methodology that transcends traditional Performance Coaching, taking both Coach and Client to higher levels– to Developmental and Transformational Coaching?

Join us in our next Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp, which are being conducted internationally.

Contact us to find out more about The Meta Coach Training System.

What would I expect to gain from attending Meta-Coach ACMC Boot-Camp?

This advanced Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot Camp training module involves more than 180 hours of coach-specific education. Ideal for those who want to become a Professional Coach and those committed to personal development and self-mastery.

This Coaching Boot Camp will equip you with cutting-edge skills and business strategies for coaching in any of the following coaching specialties.

  • Executive Coaching Coach coaching CEOs, leaders, and executives for optimum personal performance, motivational mastery, and outstanding business results.
  • Personal – Life Coaching Coach coaching individuals to take charge of their lives and transform their career, relationships, health, personal development, and spirituality.
  • Organizational – Group Coaching Coach coaching groups to become high performing teams.
  • Self-Coaching – Apply the coaching patterns to yourself for profound life transformation and personal mastery.

This eight-day training program is the Meta-Coach Boot Camp— intense, rigorous, and powerful to challenge you in your own self-actualization so you grow in the following three areas:

Your Authenticity as a Coach

  • You’ll emerge with a sharp, highly focused understanding of yourself and your life aspirations.
  • Your highest abilities and individual powers will be thrown into sharp relief; you will discover the place from which you will excel – and be empowered to coach with and from this authenticity.
  • You will learn how to balance life and work as you learn how to integrate training, consulting, therapy, and mentoring in a congruent way.

Coaching skills and mastery for you

  • You’ll gain the credibility and confidence from a thorough grounding in the most advanced cognitive behavioral coaching models in the field, including the Matrix Model and the Axes of Change Models.
  • ACMC accreditation licenses you to use Meta- Coaching methodologies and patterns with your clients.
  • Facilitate extraordinary results for your clients by knowing exactly what to do, how to do it, with whom, when, and why in the coaching context.
  • Facilitate clients in creating Business Plans with a comprehensive yet simple planning methodology.
  • Enjoy the confidence of knowing that your professional development is sustainable. You’ll learn advanced skills for benchmarking yourself and your clients for ongoing growth and development.

Coaching Business Intelligence for You

  • Embark on the exhilarating journey toward your dream business.  Gain the confidence and skills to build a highly-successful coaching practice that reflects your values and professional ethics to make your life ambitions come true.
  • Learn from people who are at the pinnacle of their profession.  Fast-track your own business by hearing, questioning, and replicating the practices of the expert coaches as you ask them about their marketing strategies, invaluable contacts, and business secrets.
  • Learn business models for marketing, how to charge, how to position and advertise yourself in the marketplace and more.
  • Grow your wealth. Learn how to create a coaching business that is both professionally and financially rewarding.

Are you ready for the 8 day Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot Camp? Would you want to become a professional transformational Meta-Coach?

Contact us now to find out more about our Meta-Coach Training System and for details of our next Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp?


The Benefits of Meta-stating Skills (Covered in Module 2 Coaching Genius)

Co-authored by Dr. Michael Hall & Michael CW Chang

While the course overview of Module 2: Coaching Genius (or Accessing Personal Genius) are listed in the page describing this module in this website, let’s summarize what you can expect to potentially gain when you learn the skills of meta-stating, i.e. gain the ability to use systemic non-linear thinking approach required when we are meta-stating.

Meta-states is not just a model about how we think, feel, relate, act and speak, it is  a different way of thinking about the way we function as a human being. Understanding this self-reflexive consciousness is to enter into a non-linear way of thinking and feeling, and to go for a ride. That’s because our self-reflexive consciousness goes round and round in circles, it spirals up and it spirals down. And often, we can get lost in our own thoughts and hardly know which way is up.

Learning the ins and outs of our meta-state reflexivity will make us a better leader, manager, coach, parent and partner. It will enable us to see into the very structure of experience and to model peak performances. It will enable us to more fully understand the higher levels of our mind that are typically outside of conscious awareness. And it will empower us to take charge of the higher functions of our creative mind to actualize our highest and best.

Meta-stating model is a tool:

1)    For personal development – as you access the prerequisite states of mind and emotion necessary to develop personal mastery and expertise in a given area.

2)    For self-actualization – as you set meta-states which enable you to step in and out of a state of “flow” and turn these “peak performance” on and off at will.

3)    For modelling expertise and expert performances – as you identify the critical frames of mind that facilitates a specific excellence.

4)    For accelerating learning and transformation – as you can quickly get to the leverage frames that make the difference. As a result, Dr. Michael Hall has written many frame game books for winning the inner game in numerous areas – being fit and slim, creating wealth, management, mastery of fear, entrepreneur, business mastery, …etc.

It is an exciting journey and we’re delighted to welcome you to join us in our next Module 2 Coaching Genius class.

Bob Bodenhamer, the co-founder of Neuro-Semantics, states that, “meta-states explains what works in NLP, what doesn’t and how to determine the meta-level or meta-state that makes the difference.” I am wondering what challenges people could have when they take a normal NLP Practitioner without learning meta-states, and not learn the Neuro-Semantics Meta-NLP Practitioner including learning meta-states?

Join us in our next Module 2: Coaching Genius or contact us for details of our next Meta-NLP Practitioner training.






Who will benefit from Meta-Coach (ACMC) Training?

Meta-Coach Training is based on the Cognitive Sciences of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuro-Semantics (NS) as well as the Self-Actualization Psychology of Maslow and Rogers.  It integrates these models into a cutting-edge approach to coaching. The training programs are rigorous and qualifications internationally recognized.

Who will benefit from Meta-Coach Training?

Meta-Coach Training has both broad and specific application. Ideally it is for:

  • New and experienced coaches who want to give their clients effective, cutting-edge coaching.
  • People passionate about transformative human growth and development.
  • CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers, and sales managers who want potent tools to optimize the performance of their teams or business.
  • Parents and teachers wanting to nurture and support human development.

Are you looking for a cutting-edge coaching methodology that transcends traditional Performance Coaching, taking both Coach and Client to higher levels– to Developmental and Transformational Coaching?

Join us in our next Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp, which are being conducted internationally.

Contact us to find out more about The Meta Coach Training System.

About The International Society of Neuro-Semantics (ISNS)

The International Society of Neuro-Semantics (ISNS) is an international collaborative association of trainers in Neuro-Semantics committed to using the models and patterns of Neuro-Semantics in an ethical and professional way.

It is guided by a Leadership Team of 14 people from 9 countries committed to living out the principles of Neuro-Semantics — Actualizing the highest meanings in the best perfromances.

ISNS now has Institutes in 18 countries and represents the New Human Potential Movement building upon the work of the first human potential movement that Maslow, Rogers and the others launched.

Find out more at our  “The International Society of Neuro-Semantics” website.