I’m a 52 year old consultant and trainer from Turkey. I have a background in multinational advertising agency management, industrial design management and management consulting for creative industries in particular. I’m also a professional Erickson coach.
I have recently been awarded the Richard Bandler NLP practitioner certificate, having attended the certificate programme delivered by Ufuk Önen in Istanbul. Having recently thrown another certificate previously given by an ordinary NLP programme to the trash bin, needless to say, I’m both honoured and inspired by the teachings of the Richard Bandler NLP programme.
During my career in advertising, especially when multinational advertising agencies were making an entry to our emerging economy in the second half of the 80s and the first half of the 90s, I was one of the fortunate professionals to have been exposed to intensive training, from management skills to creative thinking, from strategic tools in communication to business skills, in an effort to make admen from us in this land. I’ve had the opportunity to attend training programmes in New York, London and a few other corners of the world, all delivered by professional training institutions and the in-house capabilities of the acknowledged multinationals that I was working for. Later on in my career, I’ve also let several costly motivational speakers inform, motivate and entertain me in various energetic environments.
While attending the Richard Bandler NLP certificate programme with Ufuk Önen, I realised that this man with a single marker in his hand and a small white board behind him, with no power point presentation or audio visual attraction to accompany him, managed to keep my focused attention to every minute of the entire programme.
Ufuk Önen came up with memorable anecdotes and relevant pieces of information to illustrate every headline in the syllabus. He applied impactful executions to the attendants with whole hearted sincerity yet with austerity and authority. He invited us to join him in contributing to the linguistic aspect of your work and search for words in the Turkish language that may be significant to the practice of NLP.
In the end, he made me conclude that among all the international training programmes that I’ve ever attended during my career, his delivery of the certificate programme simply stood out.
In summary, Dr. Bandler, I wanted to send a message to you to inform you that your esteemed name is in such good hands in Turkey. Like Ufuk Önen, I also will do my best to pass on the lantern to people that I can reach in some capacity.