There are fundamental principals that will be of great help to you in your practices as a Conversational Hypnotist. The first of the skills that you will use in your hypnosis training has been to learn and practice going first. In going first you will be allowing yourself to access the states that you are looking to project onto your subject. To do this you will enter your own trance first usually before or as y start your induction.
When you send yourself into trance you will be sending signals, sub-communications to your listener that show them how to enter a trance and access the same state you are in.
Also as you are in trance you will have the ability to learn and experience that time more fully with your subject. Going first creates a win/win situation for you and the person you are interacting with. Putting this trust in your unconscious will amaze you and show you abilities you may not be aware you even have.
As you start going first in all your hypnotic interactions you will not only be benefiting the person you are in session with you will learn from these trances as well. Going first is a very fundamental and vital part of your Conversational Hypnosis.
The next fundamental skill you will want to pay close attention to perfecting is that of basic structure in your hypnotic inductions. When you stick to and follow a structure you should have the ability to quickly and easily bring out trance in those around you. This efficient way of working in your inductions will help to reduce the anxiety you may have in the beginning of your inductions as well.
It is important to remember with the basic structure we are going to look at that hypnosis is a natural and common occurrence. There shouldn’t be any reason why you cannot access it quickly once you have the structure to follow. The first step in this basic structure is to create the atmosphere by simply asking the person very directly to close their eyes and enter into a trance.
As they do this you will move on to making a suggestion along with your hypnotic themes and language. Suggest that every time you do a thing that they go deeper into trance. For example, “Every time I say relax I want you to go deeper and deeper into trance.” Then as you continue with your language use the word relax in your statements.
Then you simply make yet another suggestion of something you will do to get them to learn more easily, the do the action you suggested. It is the same concept as in the example above only with a new trigger and a new action, being to learn more easily.
After that you will instruct them to come out of trance as you count backwards from three or so. As you count down you will add in self esteem builders on how you would like them to feel when they open their eyes.
This is a very simple way to show how quickly and easily you should be able to get a person into trance. As you work on this you will get better and better at it and eventually it will come naturally.
The third fundamental skill in hypnosis that you should know is about and how to use your linguistic bridges. These are the linking words that seemingly flow together and create a great hypnotic theme and rhythm to your language. Linguistic bridges will help you to tie in the hypnotic themes that are so important to your hypnosis as well as create a relaxing atmosphere from the language you are using. You should practice these well and often as they are part of the core of what you will be doing in hypnosis.
Finally the last fundamental you need to read about now is that of pacing and leading. This is what makes the dance of hypnosis artistic in the way that it is shared between the hypnotist and the client. This is a very versatile skill that will be a part of the core of your hypnosis practices. Pacing and leading is a simple pattern that will help you to create a trance that is elegant and strong.
The first step in pacing and leading is to pace. Pacing is to say three to four facts, things that are verifiably true. If the sun is out say it is a sunny day. After your pace you will add a lead. A good leading statement asks through statement the person to do something that is simple and easy to do in the state they are in, such as relax or breathe.
The next step in this process is to repeat the entire process each time giving fewer paces and more leads. You will in a way count down your paces and count up your leads. (4 paces to 1 lead, 3 paces to 2 leads, 2 paces to 3 leads and 1 pace to 4 leads) All the while you will be integrating your trance tones into your speaking more and more with each repeating of the process. And as usual to end the trance you are so elegantly creating you will simply reverse the entire process.
So in summary the fundamental skills you should know and practice well would be going first, basic structure of inductions, linguistic bridges and pacing and leading. If you can master these skills and start to use them naturally as they just come to you, you will become a much more skilled hypnotist than you are at these beginning stages of your learning. Conversational Hypnosis relies on these fundamentals and it is vital that you learn to use the to the best of your ability.