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2. Overview of how we modelled Robert Dilts

Levels of modelling
This report is a model of our modelling of Robert Dilt's modelling Martin Snoddon! In order to get the maximum from reading it you will need to keep in mind who is modelling whom and for what purpose. One way to organise the complexity of the information is to consider the levels of modelling involved.

Levels of modelling:
(Read from the bottom-up)

See Sections:
Our behaviour and description forms the CONTENT
from which we identified the patterns of PROCESS
which constitutes our model of modelling.

This whole report,
particularly 2 and 6

Robert's behaviour and description forms the CONTENT
from which we identified the patterns of PROCESS
to construct our model.

Content: 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
Process: 3, 4, 5, 10,
             11, 12

Martin's behaviour and description forms the CONTENT
from which Robert identified the patterns of PROCESS
to construct his model.
Content: 3, 7
Process: 3, 7, 8, 9

Our modelling process
We consider that the 'product modelling process' has five stages:

1. Preparation
2. Information gathering
3. Model construction
4. Testing
5. Acquisition
For more on each of these stages please read our article How to do a Modelling Project.

In the first day and a half of the Northern School workshop we observed Robert Dilts going through each of the five stages while modelling Martin Snoddon. During that workshop and subsequently we went through the same five stages to model Robert, but in a different way.

Although we have numbered the Stages 1-5 modelling is not a linear process; rather it involves multiple iterations (see our article Iteration, Iteration, Iteration). To give you a sense of this we have organised this report into three major iterations:

First iteration     - Modelling from observation
Second iteration - Modelling in the moment
Third iteration    - Modelling from recordings

Below we outline what happened during each iteration using the five stages of product modelling as a framework.

First iteration - Modelling from observation

Stage 1. Preparation
 - We set personal outcomes and filters for Day 1 of the Northern School
   workshop (e.g. for conscious and unconscious uptake; and to identify
   which of Robert's abilities we might want to model on Day 2)

Stage 2. Information gathering 
 - Observed Robert modelling Martin for 3 x 40 minutes
   (see the video clip of Robert interviewing Martin in Section 3)
 - Observed Robert answering questions from the group
 - Observed Robert present his model of 'Healing from the Heart'
   (see Robert's model in the Appendix, Section 9)

Stage 3. Model construction
 - Identified potential patterns in Robert's modelling from our observations
   and notes. (see our comments on the video clip in Section 3)

Second iteration - Modelling in the moment

Stage 1. Preparation
 - Decided a focus for our modelling: 'Selecting what is Essential',
   and agreed that with Robert

Stage 2. Information gathering 
 - Interviewed Robert (40 minutes)
   (see video clips 02-09 of our interview with Robert in Section 4)

Stage 3. Model construction
 - Identified potential patterns in Robert's modelling process
   (see our comments after each video clip in Section 4)
 - Presented a prototype model to the group (see Section 6)

Third iteration - Modelling from recordings

Stage 1. Preparation
 - Got permission from Robert, Martin, Fran and Derek to use the
   material publically
 - Submitted a proposal to the NLP Conference 2007

Stage 2. Information gathering 
 - Reviewed recorded material
   (see the Appendix for:
° Sample transcript of Robert modelling Martin in Section 7
° Copy of Robert's notes taken while interviewing Martin in Section 8
° Copy of Robert's model in Section 9
° Full transcript of us modelling Robert in Section 10)

Stage 3. Model construction
 - Identified patterns from the transcripts, selected relevant elements and
   set aside the rest
   (see our example in the Appendix, Section 12)
 - Put essential patterns together into a model
   (see our diagrams and explanation in Section 5)

Stages 4 and 5. Testing and Acquisition
 - Described our 'How Robert selects what is essential' model at an
   NLP Conference
 - Facilitated conference participants to acquire our model
   and got feedback
 - Later, wrote this report (which involved many iterations)

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