The Really Good Fun Cartoon Book of NLP

A simple and graphic(al) explanation of the life toolbox that is NLP

By: Philip Miller


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Size: 210mm x 148mm
Pages : 158
ISBN : 9781845901158
Format: Paperback
Published: June 2008

NLP pronounced en el pea. Let’s just get the name thing out of the way NLP stands for neuro linguistic programming - yes, I know it’s weird and yes, I know it’s funny (peculiar, not ha ha) - but, that’s the name. How come?

Concerns the brain and the things that go on in your mind. Also the rest of the neurological system, including the five senses.

This relates to language, both spoken and non-spoken (sometimes called body language).

This is about your behaviour and your thinking patterns.

The concepts and ideas of NLP can be of great benefit to people in all areas of their lives; be it at work, with family and friends or in other activities. The problem has been how to get this across and explain those ideas and show how they can be easily learnt and applied.

Traditionally the world of NLP training and literature has been full of technical sounding expressions, just think of the name - neuro linguistic programming. It takes a lot of persistence and effort to get through all this to access the real benefits that NLP can bring to people.

The Really Good Fun Cartoon Book of NLP seeks to cut through all this by using simple (non jargon) language and amusing illustrations to get across the principles of NLP and how people can think about using them in their everyday lives. Knowing when and how to dip into the NLP life skills toolbox is really useful as is the idea that it’s all just a learning experience.

This book will help you get even more from life - to become an even more interesting and interested person, but only if that’s what you want.

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Philip Miller

Philip Miller has spent the last 38 years in business. He is Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer of NLP, specialising in running training courses on the use of NLP in business. He is the Visiting Fellow of Small Business Development at Cranfield University School of Management and works as a tutor on the Business Growth Programme (BCP).


  1. You've got to hand it to NLP Trainer, Phillip Miller, for the ingenuity that he put into The Really Good Fun Cartoon Book of NLP; an illustrated guide to the life toolbox, that is NLP. The book begins with the four pillars, of NLP-”- rapport, the senses, outcomes, and flexibility-”and then moves on to NLP presuppositions. The book next covers how to understand people at seven different levels: environment, behavior, capabilities, beliefs and values, identity, and purpose.

    In very simple terms, Miller explains sensory-based language, predicates, anchors and perceptual positions, rapport, calibration, listening skills, language patterns, and the meta-domains of NLP. This book touches on all aspects of NLP while providing readers with practice exercises to boost their skills.

    Some NLP practitioners might find it disconcerting that the author so assiduously avoids the"vocabulary, of NLP. For example, he refers to the Meta-Model as"reading between the lines of conversation., Nevertheless, he does explain the"vocabulary, of NLP in the appendices. Additionally, there may be some readers who will find the absence of"jargon, quite refreshing.

    What everyone will agree on; the colorful cartoons, found on nearly every page, are funny, amusing, and whimsical. They are the art of Robert Duncan, whose work has appeared in advertising, web sites, and magazines the world over. Even if you dont recognize the name, youve seen his work somewhere.

    Miller, himself, is a Certified NLP Trainer, specializing in NLP for business and teaching as a visiting fellow of Small Business Development at Cranfield University School of Management in England. His writing style is friendly, light, and conversational. He writes directly to the reader, as though chatting over a cup of tea or maybe sharing a beer at a local pub. The text is peppered with charming and amusing anecdotes from his own life that aptly demonstrate his points.

    With this book, Miller has truly made learning NLP into fun, in a way that even youngsters can understand. So if you want someone to learn about NLP, and they say its too complicated, hand them this book!
  2. Excellent little book, it easily debunks the mystique and hype around NLP enabling anyone to understand it. For me, the great benefit is that I can understand human relationship and communications much more clearly ” a great benefit to my work
  3. This book makes the basic principles of Neuro-Linguistic Programming accessible in a popular, visually-enhanced style. Light relief on NLP, at last! Nothing wrong with chuckling your way to psychological insight. If funny, quirky cartoon characters facilitate the dropping of the proverbial “programming” penny - more power to Philip Miller's bony, old elbow, I say!
  4. I really liked this book. It's simple, very accessible for people new to NLP and good for someone like me who is very visual. It's also an easy one to pick up, dive into a chapter, have a quick browse and then put it down again and absorb. I know a lot of people think a really good book should be one that you can't put down, however I like this about the book because it means that I would probably revisit it more than I would do another book, as I am not given an information overload each time I look at it, and therefore reinforce the learning's each time I go and have a quick fix look! Basically it's set out in very easy to swallow chunks. It of course gives a very surface level of NLP but doesn't promise to do anything else and 1 found it to be a handy refresher book on basic NLP ideas. The drawings are fun and there are little tasks at the end of each chapter to review what you have learnt and have a good old think about things. All in all a good basic NLP book which is nicely set out with fun pictures, relatable examples and good information.
  5. Phil has written and illustrated a little gem in The Really Good Fun Cartoon Book of NLP. In less than 150 pages he has covered a huge amount of ground and, unlike a lot of NLP books, he has done this in jargon-free plain English and with lots of anecdotes and stories to being the ideas to life. It's also easy on the eye. The prolific cartoons ensure that you're not faced with page after page of dull blocks of text.

    A “cartoon book” it may be, and it's certainly well illustrated with cartoons, but it's no “light-weight' ” it's well written and the material is accessible to just about anyone.

    Being a bit lazy, and to help me review it, I asked some of the participants on one of our recent NLP Practitioner Certification Courses to read the book and let me have their comments. Interestingly enough, all of the comments were positive. They said they would like to be able to give it to family and friends to give them a taster of what's included in a Practitioner Course ” but they would also like to keep a copy for themselves to quickly refresh their knowledge from time to time!
  6. A terrific little book for anyone curious to find out what the acronym 'NLP' is all about. The text is easy to read and the anecdotes and cartoons are a great way to re-enforce the learning. The NLP toolbox is broken into small, manageable steps that can be incorporated into everyday life to make living easier.
  7. I love this book. It is simple, fun, creative and above all an open door to everything that NLP seeks to represent in a way that just encourages you to want to learn more. And it is presented in a way that suits the learning style of a large part of the population - me included!
  8. This book lives up to its name. It is clear and easy to read, and explains the key NLP principles in a fun way. The cartoons and stories enhance the messages giving you a greater understanding, and even a smile along the way.

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