The First International Neuro-Semantic Conference – Wow!

The First International Neuro-Semantic Conference was truly a special event! It brought together people from around the world who have the vision of making the world a better place by offering skills that help people become their best.

The conference was held in Grand Junction, Colorado (the home of L. Michael Hall, an originator of Neuro-Semantics) July 1 through July 3, 2011. Representatives from 14 countries attended: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong-China, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United States. Seventeen presenters delivered 20 workshops on the themes of Business, Coaching, and Personal Development along with 3 keynote presentations.

Dr. Hall commented that “…the passion and energy at the Conference was incredible! It was exciting. It often felt like a burning fire of passion and care for what we have and what it can do in the world…” I agree wholeheartedly Michael! The conference was lively, inspirational, and practical. The collective wisdom, optimism, and hope expressed by the presenters and participants was amazing. This gathering of diverse people, a global community, with the common mission of promoting excellence and self-actualization to change the world for the better – one person at a time – was something to behold!

My contribution was a workshop entitled “How to Make Meta-States Stick.” Meta-States in Neuro-Semantics are the frames we create, the meanings we create, about ourselves, our possibilities and potentials. Our frames limit us or they can unleash us toward growth and transformation. While it can be relatively easy to visit useful frames, the challenge is making them home, making them stick, for lasting change.

I presented a framework for understanding what makes changes become integrated into who we are for lasting and robust change.

The audience offered a lot from their own extensive experiences helping people sustain positive frames to improve their lives. This all made for a lively, stimulating, and thought provoking 75 minutes! As I had hoped, participants left with new ideas, practical strategies, and inspiration regarding how to make changes that last – and how to assist others to achieve their goals.

For me a successful workshop is one where I have the opportunity to teach and share useful ideas AND where I learn from the knowledge and creativity of the participants! This workshop met both criteria.

Indeed the whole conference was characterized by learning, sharing, and exploring possibilities.


The next International Neuro-Semantics conference will be help in Malaysia is 2013. To learn more about Neuro-Semantics you can visit ; and look for more articles here, coming soon.

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