Are you a hypnotist or maybe someone who is interested in hypnosis? Or maybe you just clicked out of curiosity? No matter what your background, these techniques are going to come in handy to enhance your hypnotic skills.
It seems apt to define hypnosis at this point for the purpose of this article. Simply put, it is a technique by which a person becomes more open to suggestions made by another, while in a state of trance.
When we say ‘trance’, it could refer to anyone who is just daydreaming or zoned out, perhaps while driving, or it can also refer to the state induced in a therapy setting. A trance state is like a hot line to the unconscious mind. The ‘critical faculty’ of the individual that typically serves as a filter between the conscious and unconscious mind becomes more permeable to direct suggestions.
Here are 6 tips to being a better hypnotist
This word is everything. It refers to the relationship between any two individuals and the level of trust or likeability between them. Good rapport can happen at work, at home, at a checkout counter of a fast-food chain, or between a hypnotist and their client. Rapport is that intangible quality that naturally brings your subject’s focus front, right and centre to what you have to say.
Take a moment now to think of a person you follow on social media. You probably engage with their content because you know, like and trust them. If you are nodding along right now, then they have done a phenomenal job in building rapport with you.
To build a good rapport you need to:
- Be authentic
- Give your undivided attention to the person you are interacting with
- Make eye contact with them
- Mirror their body language.
Note with mirroring: We don’t mean to suggest you match everything they do exactly. Doing that may seem like you’re making fun of them and can achieve the opposite result of rapport. Instead, just as intuitively as you communicate, lean forward like they do, nod or tilt your head mildly if they do, etc. You get the idea.
The best part is that you can build rapport even over an online session with your subject by still following the bulleted points above. To learn more about rapport, click here.
2. Tacit contract
This refers to an unspoken, unconscious contract between two or more people. It’s like a domino effect, where doing one thing automatically hints at compliance with the other. For instance, at work if your boss says, ‘When you send in that report today, you can go home,’ it means that you can only go home once you have submitted your report.
With a hypnotic subject you could say, ‘When you are ready to make those wonderful changes, you will close your eyes.’ It clearly implies that when they close their eyes, they are ready to make changes. You can use a tacit contract at the end of your session too. ‘When you have made all the changes that are just right for you, you will open your eyes, coming back to now.’
3. Hypnotic voice
Your hypnotic voice is somewhat similar to the voice you hear over the radio on a late-night show. It is slower and more mellow. It is very effective in a trance state as the unconscious mind picks up on the change and really takes notice.
We recommend slowly easing into your hypnotic voice from your regular voice. Your subject’s unconscious mind will tune in to what you are saying and readily accept direct suggestions, leading to an effective session.
Your hypnotic voice can also be used in a regular setting while narrating an experience or trying to get people to really focus on your words. But obviously in a noisy setting that same voice will have much less of an effect or may be a wasted attempt entirely.
We suggest you use your best judgment on when to use the hypnotic voice. Practice makes perfect!
We cannot stress this enough. Calibration is one of the most important skills to have as a practicing hypnotist. As the late Derek Balmer would say, ‘You can’t see what you can’t see,’ meaning if you don’t know what you are looking for, it’ll be difficult to find it.
Calibration is important because it allows you to gauge whether a person is going into trance or not. It opens up a verbal and non-verbal feedback loop with the person you are communicating with. Always be calibrating.
As a hypnotist, if you fire off suggestions to your subject without looking to see if you notice any changes, it could make your work much more difficult. Using calibration properly can help dictate the future course of action.
You could even use calibration with sales. For example, if your client is clearly bored or showing no signs of interest, do you think continuing the presentation would result in sale? Probably not. When you learn how to calibrate, you’ll be able to assess and pivot when the time is necessary.
Use calibration, just be sure not to confuse it for mind reading.
Linking small phrases of language together to make a long never-ending sentence can automatically produce trance states in people. The way you do this is by using linkages! Some recommended words you can use to link sentences together are ‘And….as’, ‘Just’, ‘And …..yet’, ‘Because’ etc. Direct suggestions embedded in the sentence get absorbed by your unconscious mind automatically.
And as you wonder how you can make a never-ending sentence, you can just start practicing today because even if you have never done it before, you can easily get the hang of it through practice, only to realise how easy it is to do after all.
See what we did there?
If you want to improve your technique in making linkages or even if you are looking at new ideas on how to naturally improve your hypnosis skills, we recommend our Hypnotic Language Cards that will help you practice.
6. Hypnotic hangover
This is the state that your client will be in just as they come out of trance. They are still in a highly suggestible state so use this to your advantage. Say positive things to wrap up your session and to leave them feeling optimistic and wonderful.
For example, ending the session with ‘You did great and you will sleep really well tonight feeling happy and calm,’ will enhance your subject’s experience. Also, when you notice someone daydreaming or zoning out, say positive things to them. By using calibration you’ll be able to notice whether or not they are more susceptible to your suggestions!
There Is Much More To Discover
We hope that you will use some or all of these techniques in your daily lives. Be flexible with them and use them as principles to guide your future communication with your hypnosis subjects or the people you interact with.
We’d like to leave you with a simple question...
Which one will you integrate into your hypnotic work or into your life today?
Of course you are free to choose to either integrate just one into your everyday interactions or you might decide to go feet first and use them all!
Whatever option you go with, when you are ready to discover even more principles of hypnosis and language, we have two incredible choices available.
If you are wanting to learn more about hypnosis, hypnotic principles, and how to hypnotize almost anybody, we would recommend a membership to the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy.
If you are wanting to discover more about personal growth and understanding how your language can transform your life for the better, then we recommend becoming part of our Personal Growth Membership.