Introducing Frames

Introducing Frames

Introducing Frames

What do we mean by "a frame" in NLP?
A frame is the word we use to define or describe the boundaries around an experience or an event. It's another way in which we filter our perceptions of our world based using our mental template or our internal representations. This is usually outside of our conscious awareness, like other filters that operate. Yet it creates automatic ways of thinking about things.
 
There are numerous different types of frames in NLP, in this post we mention a selection of them:

Ecology Frame: This is an important frame because it's about maintaining integrity and creating Win-Win situation for all concerned. This frame is particularly important when, as a Coach, you are looking at creating change for your Client. Ecology can be considered on 4 levels - firstly for the individual. 2 for their family/business. 3 for their community. 4 for the planet.

As If Frame: Opens up the options for the individual - gives them an opportunity to explore what else is possible by acting  'as if '- they've already achieved their outcome. In a number of NLP processes the as-if frame takes the form of a visualisation and acting as-if is one of the first steps in modeling someone else's behaviour.
 
Backtrack Frame: Very useful as a NLP Coach or a Trainer or if you are chairing a meeting. When someone is wandering, bring them back on track. "In a few minutes I'm going to ask you to backtrack." It reviews the information presented to check for understanding and also enhances rapport. To be able to backtrack effectively you need to listen carefully to what others are saying.
 
Evidence Frame: Key frame in NLP. The purpose of this frame is to ensure that the outcome is grounded in reality by using a sensory-specific evidence procedure. This means stating it in clear detail with what will be seen, heard and felt when an outcome has been achieved. A good question for the NLP Coach to ask is "How will you know you have it?" Or "What evidence will you accept that tells you that you have your outcome?"
 
Contrast Frame: By asking a question like, "How is this different from the current situation?" then as a NLP Coach you are assisting the Client to access additional information through a contrastive perspective. Another good question to ask is "What's the alternative?" - this leads the Client to create other choices, which can then be assessed.
 
In our next post we will be exploring the art of Reframing.