Training yourself to become an effective conversational hypnotist can sometimes be difficult because there are so many areas to cover and so many techniques to master. Let me be the first one to admit that it is not going to be a walk in the park if you are seeking true personal excellence. But then again, nothing is really easy in this life, right?
The easiest thing to do in our world today is to simply quit and I am fairly certain that this is the last thing on your mind. And this is the reason why I created this check list for you. It will cover a variety of techniques, mixed together to give you a better sense of your responsibilities as a persuader/ influencer/hypnotist.
Bear in mind that no singular list can ever sum up all of the things that you need to cover when you are practicing conversational hypnosis. But this does not mean that you will never get a good handle on the subject. This just means that you have to learn as much as you can and practice as much as you can, too.I
If you are ready to improve your chances of becoming a successful hypnotist, let me help you review some of the most essential techniques in conversational hypnosis and hypnosis in general.
1. Refocusing – The fastest way to bring someone into a hypnotic trance (even if the subject is not aware that he is being hypnotized) is through the process of refocusing.
Refocusing is actually very easy to achieve when you are interacting with another person. All you have to do is to introduce a peculiar stimulus that will temporarily take away your subject’s attention on whatever he was thinking of at the moment.
Hypnotists are known for being extremely creative with the process of refocusing. They use a variety of ruses and tools to achieve hypnotic trances.
One of the more popular tools is the swinging pendulum. The pendulum really has no magical powers, as you may already know. It’s the swinging motion that really helps the hypnotist create the hypnotic trance.
The same effect can be achieved with an imaginary crystal ball or a swinging pen cap.
A shiny golden watch with a chain or a gleaming pendulum might sound neat, but since you can’t use any of those things when you are covertly hypnotizing people, your best recourse would be your own words and the stuff that you find in your immediate environment.
For example, instead of holding a swinging pendulum in front of your subject, you can just ask him to take a look at a strange looking tree in the distance. The distraction will allow the subject to enter a hypnotic trance.
2. Suggestion – The power of suggestion is still a vital component in any kind of hypnosis. The ‘truth’ as it is perceived in objective reality has little to do with the kind of reality perceived by your subject. What is true for ninety other people might not be true or real for your subject if you conditioned him to believe otherwise.
So instead of just trying to persuade your subject to believe, I want you to really exert some effort to create an alternate world for your subject. This alternate world will have slightly modified coordinates so that the truth as you espouse it will gain immediate validity.
3. Agreement Frames – If your main goal in an interaction is to simply gain the approval of your subject so you can produce a definite outcome (e.g. a sale), what you really need to do is to use agreement frames. Agreement frames are used not only for establishing rapport but also for preconditioning the subject to just agree with everything you are saying. Agreement frames can work quite well because you are working directly with the subject’s feedback and you can adjust your statements based on whether the subject is actually responding to what you’re saying.
4. Project Confidence – If reading your subject’s body language in general is important then it also logically follows that you have to be more conscious about your own gestures, body postures and facial expressions. If you want your subject to respect you as an authority, always use gestures and expressions that exude confidence and calmness. Your gestures should always be dynamic and open, not closed and defensive.
5. Guided Visualization – A person can experience several levels of trance; the deeper he goes into the trance the more in-tune he becomes with you and your message. How can you ensure that your subject will slip deeper into a trance without him noticing it?
The trick is in the way you create guided visualizations for your subject. Guided visualization is simply appealing to a person’s creative unconscious.
You see, the human mind depends greatly on visualizations to make sense of the world. Language itself would not mean anything if a person was not able to imagine something.
When I say “fat red cat with yellow bouncing ball”, your mind will immediately attempt to decode my message by taking each element of the expression and giving it a corresponding image or in some cases, sound.
You should take advantage of the fact that people are so dependent on visualizations to make sense of reality. Try to create deeper trance states by encouraging the subject to imagine himself in some other location or event.
Once the subject is in that new location in his mind, you can continue deepening the trance by asking the subject to think about your message again, before shifting to another imaginary place. Hypnotherapists use this technique all the time and the results are nothing short of amazing.
People have been known to quit smoking or alcohol almost overnight under the hands of powerful hypnotherapists who did nothing but give the ‘talking cure’.
You can take the same powerful principles in clinical hypnotherapy and appropriate them for conversational hypnosis. You might not be in a clinical hypnotherapist’s office but you are still a hypnotist capable of using different techniques to achieve the best outcomes.
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