Robert Dilts

Robert Dilts

Robert Dilts has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)—a model of human behavior, learning and communication— since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler.


A long time student and colleague of both Grinder and Bandler, Mr. Dilts also studied personally with Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Gregory Bateson . In addition to spearheading the applications of NLP to education, creativity, health, and leadership, his personal contributions to the field of NLP include much of the seminal work on the NLP techniques of Strategies and Belief Systems, and the development of what has become known as ‘Systemic NLP’. Some of his techniques and models include: Reimprinting, Integration of Conflicting Beliefs, Sleight of Mouth Patterns, The Spelling Strategy, The Allergy Technique, Neuro-Logical Levels, The Belief Change Cycle, Generative NLP Patterns, the Unified Field Theory for NLP and many others.


He is the principle author of Neuro-Linguistic Programming Vol. I (with John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Judith DeLozier, 1980), which serves as the standard reference text for the field, and has authored numerous other books on NLP.


Changing Belief Systems with NLP (1990) and Beliefs: Pathways to Health and Well Being (with Tim Hallbom and Suzi Smith, 1990) describe his work in changing limiting beliefs and creating functional belief systems. Tools for Dreamers (with Todd Epstein and Robert W. Dilts, 1991) and Skills for the Future (with Gino Bonissone, 1993), explore the applications of NLP to manage and enhance creativity.


Effective Presentation Skills (1994) covers the key skills necessary for successful public speaking.


Strategies of Genius Vols. I–III (1994-1995), apply the tools of NLP to model the thinking processes of important historical figures; including Aristotle, Sherlock Holmes, Disney, Mozart, Einstein, Freud, Leonardo and Nikola Tesla.


Dynamic Learning (with Todd Epstein, 1995), explores the development of effective strategies for learning and teaching.


Visionary Leadership Skills (1996), studies tools and skills necessary for “creating a world to which people want to belong.”  


Tools of the Spirit (with Robert McDonald, 1997), explores how NLP principles and processes may be used to encourage and enhance spiritual growth and development.


Modeling with NLP (1998) covers the tools and skills for modeling the behavior of exceptional people, illustrating the application of NLP modeling procedures to the study of effective leadership ability.  


Sleight of Mouth (1999) describes the set of verbal reframing patterns he developed to conversationally influence beliefs.


The Encyclopedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding (with Judith DeLozier, 2000), provides a comprehensive overview of the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, including its wide range of applications, techniques and influences.  


Alpha Leadership: Tools for Business Leaders Who Want More From Life (with Ann Deering and Julian Russell, 2002) describes a new model of leadership that captures and shares the latest know-how on the practice of effective leadership, offering approaches to reduce stress and to promote satisfaction.


Dilts’ most recent work From Coach to Awakener (2003) provides a road map and set of toolboxes for coaches to help clients to goals on a number of different levels of learning and change.


Recognized internationally as one of the foremost developers, trainers and practitioners of NLP, Mr. Dilts has done consulting and training throughout the world to a wide variety of professional groups and organizations. Past sponsors and clients include Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, The World Bank,   Alitalia, Telecom Italia, Lucasfilms Ltd., Ernst & Young, The American Society for Training and Development, The University of Miami School of Medicine, and all of the major NLP institutes. He has lectured extensively on NLP, making presentations and keynote addresses for The European Forum for Quality Management, The World Health Organization, Harvard University, The California Association of Special Education Teachers, The University of San Francisco School of Law, The Erickson Foundation, The International Coaching Federation and The National Tumor Institute of Italy.


Dilts was involved an extensive study of leadership skills, organizational values and creativity for Fiat, spanning more than fifteen years. He has been an associate professor for the corporate university for the Fiat Group and headed several major leadership initiatives for the Fiat Group. From 2001–2004, he was Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board for ISVOR DILTS Leadership Systems, a joint venture between ISVOR Fiat and the Dilts Strategy Group. ISVOR DILTS provided a range of innovative leadership development programs to large corporations on a global scale.


Dilts also headed a project with the State Railway of Italy involving organizational learning and communication skills for trainers, instructors and presenters. He has developed a certification program for NLP and systemic thinking skills for the management development group of IBM Europe, and supervised the design of Tools for Living, the behavior management portion of the program used by Weight Watcher’s International.  


Dilts is a co-developer (with his brother John Dilts) of the Success Factor Modeling TM  process, a method to identify and transfer the critical success factors necessary to promote effective entrepreneurial activities within both new and traditional companies, by analyzing crucial patterns of business practices and behavioral skills used by successful individuals, teams and companies. The Dilts’ apply the Success Factor Modeling TM  process through their consulting company, Dilts Strategy Group. The mission of the Dilts Strategy Group is to bring together proven business criteria with strategic knowledge, through the Success Factor Modeling TM  process to support companies’ growth and development on many levels. DSG’s services include: modeling, training, consulting, coaching and hosting seminars in the application of the Success Factor Modeling TM  process to groups and organizations throughout the world.  


In 1982 Mr. Dilts co-founded the Dynamic Learning Center with the late Todd Epstein. In 1991 He and Epstein (together with Judith DeLozier and Teresa Epstein) established NLP University, which provides a full range of basic and advanced NLP training. He and Epstein were also the founders of Dynamic Learning Publications and The Academy of Behavioral Technology.


Dilts is also a co-founder (with Tim Hallbom and Suzi Smith) of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Health  IASH maintains an international directory of certified NLP Health Practitioners. (IASH). IASH is a non-profit organization, established in 1994, which supports research and networking relating to the application of Systemic NLP methods to the area of health. As part of this mission, IASH provides administration for The NLP World Health Community and Health Certification Training.


In 1981 Mr. Dilts established Behavioral Engineering, a computer software company using NLP concepts to create interactive computer products for education, training and personal development. He is the author of over two dozen computer programs including Spelling Strategy and Math Strategy, Typing Strategy and Mind Master—a unique computer interface utilizing the electrical activity of the skin to allow the computer to respond to a person`s thought patterns. The Mind Master was featured in two television documentaries on computer aid to the handicapped and an interactive theater production at Expo 86.


Mr. Dilts is also the co-inventor of a unique biofeedback device known as the NeuroLink, which simultaneously monitors and records activity in heart rate, body temperature and the electrical activity on the left and right sides of the body. Dilts’ State Enhancement Coach software combines these key measurements of nervous system activity with artificial intelligence and NLP methods and principles to help people achieve optimal states of health, learning and personal performance. The NeuroLink was the core technology for the MindDrive products marketed by The Other 90%.


Dilts is a founder of the Global NLP Training and Consulting Community (GTC).   The vision of the Global NLP Training and Consulting Community is that of a worldwide network of competent trainers, consultants, developers and sponsors who share the mission of   bringing the presuppositions and practices of NLP to social systems, organizations, groups and individuals.


From 1979-1981 Mr. Dilts was Vice President and Director of Research for NOT Ltd. Division of Training and Research in NLP where he helped design the curriculum and testing procedures for the first NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner certification programs with Leslie Cameron-Bandler-Lebeau, David Gordon and Maribeth Meyers-Anderson.


Mr. Dilts has a degree in Behavioral Technology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He received the President`s Undergraduate Fellowship in 1977 for research correlating eye movement and brain function conducted at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco.


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