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Lessons from the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Doug O’Brien sent me some AMAZING news: Andy Austin is coming to New York City!

IMPROV!: The Use of Improvisation and Drama in Slightly Crazy Environments

April 17th, 2009:

This introductory presentation will outline the “rules” and formula for successful and comedic improvisation.

As readers of The Rainbow Machine — Tales From a Neurolinguist’s Journal will be aware, I often like to utilize the building of humour, tension and drama into his change work sessions and rarely do I rely on any pre-set or rehearsed routines and scripts. Given my client group, often the client will bring their own drama and unique humour to the session and a high level of flexibility and responsivity is needed in such situations.

No previous acting experience is required and no one will be expected to perform in front of the group. Book early and hold on to your hats, because this will be a fun and fast paced evening.

LESSONS FROM THE CUCKOO’S NEST: Further Tales From a Neurolinguist’s Journal.

April 18 & 19th, 2009:

Working with other people’s madness isn’t always easy, and it isn’t always fun – but it can be. Psychological and emotional pain is rarely ever funny but I often question if change really needs to be serious. Far from joking at another person’s expense, during this weekend workshop you will be introduced to, and will explore, some therapeutic patterns and algorithms that I have found useful when working with challenging clientèle and serious mental illnesses.

I’ve learned a lot from Andy over the years, both in e-mail and on Usenet. Now I get to meet him and train with him. If I’m alive in April, I’ll be there!

Update: Here’s the link to sign up! There are discounts for signing up early, so go!

Written by Michael DeBusk

December 23rd, 2008 at 1:36 am

Andy Austin’s starting something AGAIN

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This time, though, it’s a Web-based discussion forum. I’ve browsed it a bit and will join after I’ve “lurked” for a time. (That’s one of my rules for myself.) It looks like a lot of fun.

Go check out Andrew T. Austin’s NLP Forum.

Written by Michael DeBusk

August 5th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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The Rainbow Machine by Andrew Austin

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I finished reading this amazing book last night and fully intended to post a review of it here. However, I recently joined the NLP Connections forums and found that Michael Perez had already said everything I wanted to say (only more lucidly and more coherently).

To reiterate, if you like NLP, you like stories and you value something a little more conversational than yet another description of the swish pattern, do yourself a favour and let Andy tell you the story about the time he told a little girl a story about how there was this secret rainbow machine…

So I’ll simply refer you to Michael Perez’s review of the book. I believe you can read the review without registration, but if you want to read the rest of the high praise from the folks in the community, registration is free.

Written by Michael DeBusk

November 18th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

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The Rainbow Machine

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I just got Steve Andreas’ latest newsletter, and in it he posts some delightful news. Andrew Austin‘s new book, The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neuro-Linguist’s Journal is ready to be shipped! I just ordered my copy!

If you don’t already know of Andy, you’re missing out. He’s one of the most outrageous characters in the field. I’ve always loved his war stories… and now he’s collected a huge number of them in one book:

A delightful read! Outrageous, funny, insightful, & touching. You’ll enjoy it from start to finish. Packed with experiences from his background working in hospitals, social work, to private counseling practice, Andrew Austin shows how NLP can be anything but boring. Don’t wait for the movie! 🙂

Steve Andreas’ newsletter contained a couple of excerpts. Just enough to make me wish I had my copy of the book right here, right now. Oh, man…

Link to order The Rainbow Machine from Real People Press

Written by Michael DeBusk

November 1st, 2007 at 1:52 am

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