The Wizard Of Was

One of the challenges you will come up against as you go through life is, how you think about yesterday. In this book Matt Hudson and co author Chris Talbot, show you how time plays a huge part in your every day life.


The Wizard of Was is an NLP orientated book aimed at the general public rather than the trainer/ master practitioner market. It is time-orientated, explaining and building on the techniques of Timeline Therapy™. There is a short introduction by NLP Master-practitioner and co-author Matt Hudson

The main body of the book takes place within a fictive narrative framework which follows the Wizard of was and his elf assistant as they travel through time to help five members of the Watch family with their problems. Split into five chapters, the story follows the Wizard as he first discusses, then addresses the issues facing each member of the family. Before and after each chapter is a recap of Timeline therapy™, how it has, and will, be used in each instance.


Chapter One introduces the reader to the wizard and elf, discusses the appeal of NLP and timeline therapy, quotes The Five Freedoms stated by Virginia Satir and sets the scene for the remaining chapters, outlining the story in the form of a bet between the wizard (betting that Timeline Therapy™ can help everyone) and the elf (betting that it can’t).


Chapter Two [education, quoting C.D Larson’s The Scientific Training of Children] sees the technique used to help young Timmy Watch who is having problems at school.


Chapter Three [the work environment, quoting Brian Dyson, ex CEO of Coca Cola enterprises] follows the wizard as he helps Timmy’s mother Tania cope with her stressful office job.


Chapter Four [relationships, quoting R.D. Laing] examines and repairs Tania and her husband Terry’s troubled relationship.


Chapter Five [health, central quote, Deepak Chopra] The wizard and elf help the last member of the Watch family, Uncle Tony, who suffers from stress related illness.


A detailed section at the end of the book discusses the societal prevalence of the timeline, and introduces the reader to both the concept of their own personal timeline and NLP techniques demonstrating how to elucidate those timelines. The discussion shows the reader how to explore their timelines, and highlights NLP processes for improving life by positively changing the past and creating the future.
Have a thought provoking day and remember;

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Alvin Toffler (1990)