Nail these three key areas, and you’ll be an awesome hypnotist. No joke. In this blog post and accompanying video we’ll discuss:
- The required knowledge of a great hypnotist
- How to practice in order to build skills and confidence
- Building in momentum and growth with a community of friends
- How to get started on the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy for free
We’ve been teaching hypnosis for a long time. And to be brutally honest, we didn’t always realize the importance of each of these three pillars in building solid skills as a hypnotist. There is a real magical power to putting all three pillars.
It’s like a pedestal table. The pedestal has 3 legs. Without all three, the table is wobbly, or perhaps even comes crashing to the ground. But when you have all 3 supports, you have a rock-solid table on which you can throw amazing dinner parties.
Hypnosis Mastery Pillar #1 - Knowledge
This one is pretty obvious. If you want to really master hypnosis you have to put the necessary knowledge in place. For any field that has any proximity to science, this holds true. You can’t be good at physics if you don’t understand Newton’s laws of motion. You can’t be a great doctor if you don’t understand biochemistry and anatomy.
Likewise, you can’t be a great hypnotist if you don’t understand the foundational concepts of how to hypnotize someone and help them change while in trance.
Without knowledge, what can you do? You can learn to read scripts at people. You can learn to follow the steps of an instant induction. You can learn to do what you’re told without thinking or really understanding any of it.
How do you build master-level knowledge of hypnosis? You can obviously read books, watch videos or take courses. We recommend you start by getting a solid general understanding of hypnosis rather than specializing in any particular area. Learn from someone who is genuinely knowledgeable, and who makes learning FUN.
There’s nothing less exciting than learning from a boring teacher. If you like our style of teaching you can learn from us. We specialize in exactly these general principles.
A cardiologist, anaesthesiologist or hematologist starts out by studying general medicine. Only after becoming a general practitioner of medicine do they specialize. We recommend the same with hypnosis. Get great general knowledge and THEN focus on a niche that interests you, whether it be weight loss, smoking cessation, anxiety reduction or recovering from emotional trauma.
Hypnosis Mastery Pillar #2 - Practice
Would you trust an orthopedic surgeon who has only ever read books on putting broken bones back together? What about a hairdresser who’s only ever watched YouTube videos on coloring hair? How about your dentist, who’s about to give you a root canal?
Head knowledge is just step one. You can have expert-level knowledge, yet still be a total amateur when it comes to getting actual results. That’s why practice is so important.
When you’re working towards mastery in hypnosis, you must hypnotize a lot of people, and help those people make positive changes in their lives.
Practice calibrating people in everyday conversation. Practice doing a variety of trance inductions in different settings. Practice common therapeutic interventions and NLP techniques while your practice partners are in trance. Discover what works well and what doesn’t.
As you practice, you’ll become much more confident in your performance. This will come across to your future clients, as you'll have more prestige.
You can arrange to practice with people in your everyday life, or you can practice as part of live training with other hypnotists. We do recommend you avoid practicing with close family members and friends in the beginning. They are less likely to take you seriously, and it may hurt your ego (Read: Should You Practice Hypnosis With Friends and Family?).
Let’s build you up rather than leave you feeling broken down.
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Hypnosis Mastery Pillar #3 - Community
This is the ingredient we didn’t fully understand ten years ago. Hypnosis is one of those unusual professions or hobbies such that most people don’t run into other hypnotists very often.
It’s hard to build long term momentum to stay interested, keep learning, and keep growing as a hypnotist, without building relationships.
Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to join a community of other hypnotists, make friends, and stay involved. You can join Facebook groups, attend conferences, or even start your own local meetup group. Or you can do all of the above!
We started attending Hypnothoughts Live in Las Vegas, which led to the formation of amazing friendships with other hypnosis trainers. We all support each other and it’s fabulous.
For our students in the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy, we started a community called “MMHA Engage”. With thousands of members from all around the world, it’s a fabulous resource for our members, who come from all walks of life and all kinds of professional backgrounds.
If you’re serious about mastering hypnosis, you just need to put these three simple pillars in place. Get the knowledge, get the practice, and immerse yourself in a community of like-minded hypnotists who will encourage you over the long term.
It takes work, but the work is ridiculously fun.
If you like our style of teaching, we invite you to check out the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy. It’s free to get started, and we look forward to meeting you!