International Mastermind Association Interview- Part 1
Transcript of this interview begins at 02:32 of the audio:
Danelle: So we’re going to get right into our introduction of our guest this morning, Erick Känd. Last name is pronounced “canned”
Can you be influenced to do things against your will? Can you be hypnotized? Master Hypnotist Erick Känd can answer these questions and more.
Erick, good morning. Welcome and thank you for joining us.
Erick: Good morning. Thanks for having me here. I’ve got my Starbucks here so I’m ready to roll.
Danelle: Well, you are not the only one. I don’t have my Starbucks but I do have my black chai tea and it is popping this morning so we are ready.
So please tell us before we truly give in to our conversation here and talking about hypnosis and the brain, and the book Think and Grow Rich, which I know that you’re familiar with. Please tell us about yourself and how you got into hypnosis and its interest to you and all of that.
How I Became a Hypnotist
Erick: Well, I first was exposed to hypnosis probably around eight years old. I was at a county fair in California, and they had a hypnotist perform on one of the free stages. And of course, I saw these things that were happening in this show, people getting their hands locked around a piece of rope, and stuck lying down on the floor and seemingly unable to get up, and that just kind of blew my mind. It seemed like that couldn’t be real?
And of course I found books on hypnosis in the comic books I was reading, and I remember ordering these things and reading them and I still never understood it. I just couldn’t really wrap my head around it and grasp how this could even be real at all. And then as I got older, it just sort of faded into the back of my mind.
I actually used to work full time as a CPA, Certified Public Accountant, and one day it just kind of got in my head that I wanted to, as part of my own self-improvement, to find out about hypnosis again. So this is back in the days when people actually used phone books. So I opened one up, and I literally found a hypnosis school. People always ask me, “Where did you learn hypnosis?” I found a school within 10 blocks of my house! I mean, I could have walked there.
So basically, I started taking these classes on clinical hypnosis which is basically using hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. At the same time I was flying around going to seminars to learn the entertainment side as well. I really threw myself in with both feet learning all aspects of it, and it really was for my own self-knowledge, self-improvement, while I was pursuing it. But as I was doing the clinical work, I found out I really enjoyed working with people, and I found it to be very effective and very rewarding work to use hypnosis to help people to achieve their goals and change their behaviors for the better.
I rented an office space from a Chiropractor so I could start working with people on nights and on weekends. And after a while, it started to get more and more successful. I told myself, “Okay, if I reach a certain level of clients in one week just doing part time, I’m going to turn in my 30-day notice and just go full time with it.” So that’s what I did. It didn’t take me long. It just seemed like the universe was lining up and creating one opportunity after another and bringing the people in, and I went full time with this.
I did that for a few years and that was successful, and then I moved to Florida for no real good reason. I used to live in California, and I just wanted to move to another state just to see what it would be like and because I could, so I did. There was no particular reason I moved to Florida. When I made that change, when I made that shift, I was already doing some stage hypnosis shows, and I started doing the shows full time. Because I find what I’m doing in the entertainment and the seminars and working with large groups of people, I’m really not home enough time to see people one-on-one and do a good job with that.
So that’s been my focus for about the past 10 years…the entertainment side and the presentations to large groups. So that’s the back story.
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