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Integrating Neuro-Linguistic Programming Into Your Voice Work
with Paul McKenna
Thursday 29th September 2022 at 3-5pm (BST)

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is, at it’s core, a methodology of human modelling.

The principle concept being that if any individual is excelling at a given task, if we were to observe, analyse and break down the steps of thinking and action that the individual took to achieve those results, so that we had a step-by-step process or ‘behavioural pattern template’, then technically anybody could then replicate and apply that same behavioural pattern to themselves in order to achieve better results.

From this single principle the field of NLP has grown and expanded over the past 50 years.

It’s development has encompassed concepts of effective goal setting, personal development, the human neuro-sensory experience, behavioural and emotional adaptation, analysis of verbal and non-verbal communication, and much more.

It is broadly applicable, with practitioners spanning widely across many industries and disciplines, from marketing all the way to sports psychology.

In its most simple form NLP can be described as a collection of behavioural tools and techniques that can be used to help people create positive generative change in their lives and the lives of others.

Although NLP processes can be applied to any field or endeavour, they are especially helpful within the realms of coaching and therapeutic work, as many of the original NLP techniques were modelled from highly effective therapists, before being honed and built upon over many years since their conception.

In this 2 hour experiential workshop, you will learn some key principles of the NLP model of change, as well as practical application of some effective NLP techniques that can be used to shift a person’s experience towards positive change.

Within this teaching will be an exploration of how these principles can then be applied within the context of voice work specifically.

No prior knowledge of NLP will be assumed, and the techniques covered have the dual benefit of being helpful for both your own self-work and also when working with others.

This will enable you to begin integrating the techniques right away into your own life and practice after this workshop.

If you would like a certificate of attendance for this event, please send us an email.

Paul John McKenna is a Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist based in Manchester, UK.

Whilst previous working in bars, call centres and as a gigging guitarist and singer, Paul trained in Hypnosis and NLP in 2006 and realised he had a passion for therapy and change work, later completing a degree in Speech and Language Therapy studying language development, clinical linguistics and the management of language, communication and voice disorders.

Post graduation he took on a role working within the NHS rehabilitating people with clinical voice disorders and vocal injuries.

For the last 10 years Paul has continued to train and study various aspects and methodologies of NLP and Hypnosis alongside his work as a Speech and Language Therapist, bringing these therapeutic modalities into his work helping to rehabilitate injured and disordered voices.

A nationally recognised specialist in the performing voice, Paul runs one of the UK’s leading and most established NHS laryngeal endoscopy clinics for professional voice users at Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester, where he assesses a wide range of professionals, from public speakers, teachers and therapists to student actors and singers, all the way to stage and screen actors and professional touring and recording artists singing all genres from opera to death metal.

From his experience taken from thousands of therapy sessions over many years treating a wide range of vocal issues, Paul uses tried and tested processes integrated with NLP and Hypnosis to help his patients and clients develop a robust and flexible voice that enables them to confidently meet the vocal demands of their working lives.

Paul has contributed to national guidance for Speech and Language Therapists in the management of voice in the context of COVID-19, provides masterclasses at national and international conferences and events and has previously held the position of Director for the British Voice Association.

Alongside his NHS work, Paul provides voice assessment and therapy interventions privately, alongside individual coaching and training in vocal optimisation, as well as workshops and masterclasses for performing arts establishments to students and coaches, educating people on vocal health with the aim of preventing vocal injuries for performers and voice professionals.

For bespoke training and coaching, you can contact him directly via his website, and via email at

Thursday 29th September 2022 at 3-5pm BST

This course is free for Voice Study Centre's MA/PGCert students and £30 (VAT inclusive) otherwise.

If you would like to book a place on this course, please use the payment form in the 'Book Your Place' tab or email

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