Revisiting NLP Models – The Disney Model

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CPD Series: Revisiting NLP Models – The Disney Model 

This is a series of CPD events where we will revisit and explore NLP models and approaches.

The focus of each event will be on the specific model or approach listed, we will have a short presentation on the model, concept etc and then this will be followed by practical practice sessions. We will start this series with the Disney Model.

Date: October 14th

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm

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Revisiting NLP Models – The Disney Model

The Disney Method, developed by Robert Dilts in 1994, is a complex creativity strategy in which a group uses four specific thinking styles in turn. It involves parallel thinking to analyse a problem, generate ideas, evaluate ideas, construct and critique a plan of action.

Robert Dilts Robert Dilts describes Disney’s ability to explore creativity:

Walt Disney’s ability to connect his innovative creativity with successful business strategy and popular appeal certainly qualifies him as a genius in the field of entertainment.

In a way, Disney’s chosen medium of expression, the animated film, characterizes the fundamental process of all genius: the ability to take something that exists in the imagination only and forge it into a physical existence that directly influences the experience of others in a positive way.”

Walt Disney’s ability to connect his innovative creativity with successful business strategy and popular appeal certainly qualifies him as a genius in the field of entertainment. In a way, Disney’s chosen medium of expression, the animated film, characterizes the fundamental process of all genius: the ability to take something that exists in the imagination only and forge it into a physical existence that directly influences the experience of others in a positive way.

The simple yet worldwide appeal of Disney’s characters, animated films, live action features and amusement parks demonstrate a unique ability to grasp, synthesize and simplify very basic yet quite sophisticated principles. Disney was also responsible for a number of important technical and organizational innovations in the fields of animation and film-making in general.

One of the goals of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is to make explicit maps of the successful thinking strategies of people with special talents like Walt Disney. NLP explores the way people sequence and use fundamental mental abilities such as sight, hearing and feeling in order to organize and perform in the world around them.

Like Albert Einstein, who claimed that, “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” Disney took his fantasies very seriously, contending that, “Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.” In fact, the creative processes of the two men have some remarkable similarities. Einstein claimed that his typical thinking style was “visual and motoric” and often used visual fantasies or “special imaginary constructions” to make his discoveries. Disney too seems to have been highly visual and physical in his creative process.

The following statement was given by Disney as a description of his process for creating his stories:

“The story man must see clearly in his own mind how every piece of business in a story will be put. He should feel every expression, every reaction. He should get far enough away from his story to take a second look at it…to see whether there is any dead phase…to see whether the personalities are going to be interesting and appealing to the audience. He should also try to see that the things that his characters are doing are of an interesting nature.”

From the NLP point of view this statement provides a remarkably clear description of the basic elements of Disney’s creative strategy. It involves three distinct perceptual positions working in coordination with one another.

The approach is highly recommended both as a coaching tool and is excellent when used to problem-solve or to help develop an idea or even launch a new business venture or project.

After a presentation, we will have a co-coaching / practice session.

Date: October 14th

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm