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Neuro-linguistic Programming Advanced Practicum Intensive for Audit Professionals

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Date(s): Jan 11, 2021 - Jan 14, 2021
Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Registration Fee: $449.00
Cancellation Date: Jan 04, 2020
Location: Online

Course Description

Interested in learning soft skill techniques typically only taught to counselors, sales and marketing professionals, politicians, and psychologists/psychiatrists; yet can be used by auditors to deliver breakthrough results in auditing situations?


This one-of-a-kind practicum and advanced skills building course can’t be found anywhere else on the planet! Come try out a one-day practicum followed by a one day advanced skills building intensive to empower you to start practicing the most powerful soft skills any auditor can develop over their career: neuro-linguistic programming. Learn how to use these powerful tools to skyrocket your audit results and walk out of the course able to apply them immediately and in every situation before, during, and after an audit!


Potential CPE Credits: 16.0
Govt Hours: This class meets 16.0 hours of the 24-hour requirement for governmental CPE under Government Auditing Standards (yellow book), in most cases.
Technical Hours: This class meets 16.0 CPE credits of technical training in compliance with Texas Admin. Code Rule 523.102.

Instruction Type: Live
Experience Level: ADVANCED
Category: 02 Auditing

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

·         Learn what are Neuro-linguistic Programming are and how they can be applied to an auditing engagement.

·         Learn the core precepts of each method as this practicum followed by the intensive allows you to learn the eight core tools followed by one on one coaching and group exercises to achieve mastery.

·         Complete guided practice and case studies how to use them during audit engagements.

·         Achieve mastery at using these tools and techniques to boost your effectiveness as an auditor to produce better audit results, better audit relationships, and be more effective in your workplace.

·         Learn an audit framework to create support for these tools within your organization.

·         Be able to work with anyone in any audit situation no matter what circumstance, emotional state, or resistance.

Each topic listed below will be followed by an actual exercises, case studies and/or situation simulations to cement the concept and essential skill.


Day 1, Part 1: What is Neuro-linguistic Programming and How Do You Successfully Use It During an Audit

·         Why is neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is not just for sales any longer and being used across business worldwide

·         What is neuro-linguistic programming and what outcomes does it produce?

·         How to use NLP to realize your goals and objectives during an audit

·         How to use NLP to get the most out of your client and audit team

·         How to use NLP to achieve audit excellence


Day 1, Part 2: The Core 8 Practices

·         Anchoring

·         Mastering rapport building with anyone

·         Achieving optimal communication based on Metaprograms & Using words to get results with anyone

·         Leading auditees to performance (without violating any audit guidelines)

·         Giving feedback to fuel improvement

·         Coaching your audit team and customer to peak performance

·         Handling difficult people

·         Overcoming barriers to audit finding closure


Day 2, Part 3: Using NLP in an Auditing Program

·         How to utilize NLP principles during an audit or within an audit program

·         How to use NLP to understand your client

·         How to build rapport during each step of the audit (framework)

·         How to anchor positive emotions during an audit

·         How to inspire and motivate your audit team and audit clients to be successful

·         How to give feedback to fuel improvement

·         Coaching your client and team for peak performance

·         Handling difficult people on your audit team and during an audit


Day 2, Part 4: Master 8 Skills and Build your Plan

·         Group and one on one coaching to master the 8 skills

·         Build out the framework for where and how you will use each tool during audits in your organization



No prerequisites required.  This course will be comprehensive and cover all essential leadership skills building during the course.


Government Hours: 4.23(q)


Elizabeth Frisch

Elizabeth Frisch, Founder and CXO of The Thrival Company is a chemical engineer with over 25 years of experience leading business performance, engineering, organizational development and auditing programs.  She has conducted audits as a Lead Auditor and Audit Manager and been a trainer of auditors and auditing teams for more than a decade.  During her career she has worked with over 50 different industries, all levels of local, state, and federal governments as well as NGOs/NPOs.  She is the published author of Mission to Million$ - Taking Big Ideas and Making Them Reality (Available on She is nationally recognized for developing a unique and trademarked approach to performance and behavior-based auditing as well as created a unique interviewing method called “The General to Specific Approach to Interviewing Effectively” which she teaches auditors during her training events.


Elizabeth has worked for an ISO9000/ISO14000/ISO18000 auditing registrar and in that capacity was responsible for auditing dozens of companies including U.S. military installations, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, power companies and research and development labs. While employed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Elizabeth developed the initial rules implementing their Clean Texas performance-based auditing program and worked extensively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in aligning the TCEQ program with the EPA’s auditing program. Elizabeth has also developed a culture-change approach to auditing, implementing, and training companies internal audit teams for using audits to drive business performance.  This unique training approach focuses on 1) developing an audit approach that fits how an entity conducts business and aligns with strategic goals, 2) teaching personnel how to audit in a way that changes organizational culture and engages management to support continued high performance, and 3) identifying opportunities and measuring successes of the audit in business terms. 


She is a trained facilitator and has facilitated hundreds of retreats, events, training courses and workshops and is a keynote speaker on the topics of leadership, teams, auditing, and business performance.  She frequently works as a high performance executive leadership coach and is often hired to facilitate difficult dynamics and contentious meeting situations.  Her work in the for profit, non-profit, and governmental arenas allows her to bring a broad and unique perspective on how to combine the best practices in each model of business to create organizations that deliver on their vision and mission and have fun doing it!  From the plant floor to the top floor, Elizabeth is just as comfortable in a hard hat and boots as working with boards and C-level management.  In 2014, she was a Top 3 Finalist for the Austin Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leader of the Year out of hundreds of nominations for this award.


In her philanthropic pursuits, she is a donor and Development Chair for Impact Austin which is one of the largest women’s collective giving charities in the nation. Impact Austin has funded more than $5MM of projects making a huge impact in her hometown of Austin, Texas. She also works as a Senior Trainer for A Nurtured World, a 501(c)(3) non-profit best known for its 1house at a timeTM program which was awarded best “Learning in Action” in 2010 and “Best Sustainable Future Today” by the Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Awards for renovating low income homes to be utility efficient allowing low income homeowners to keep their homes.


Elizabeth jokes she is a ‘recovering engineer’ as she holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and used these skills to become a business performance systems auditor.  Having worked in so many realms, Elizabeth brings an insightful, broad-reaching and often humorous perspective on human nature and behaviors to each group she works with.

Evaluations of Elizabeth’s training to thousands of people across the U.S. has returned a result that 99.9% of them would refer others to her training events and as a consultant for their business performance program challenges!

Additional Information

TAC Rule 523.142(g) requires the CPE Sponsor to monitor individual attendance and assign the correct number of CPE credits. Participants will be asked to document their time of arrival and departure in compliance with this Rule. Additionally, attendance will be monitored throughout the day and CPE certificates will reflect actual attendance of each participant.

If you are making travel plans to come to Austin, we recommend making "refundable" air and hotel reservations or waiting until 14 days before the class to actually book your reservations. Courses are occasionally canceled or rescheduled due to low enrollment. We determine whether a course has enough participants 16 days prior to the course date. If we cancel or reschedule, we will email the participant and his or her billing contact no later than 14 days before the original class date.

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Vending machines with Coca-Cola products and various snack items are available. There is also a refrigerator and microwave in our coffee bar area. Feel free to bring in your own drinks and food if you prefer.

You might want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as room temperatures vary.

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