Question: Hey Erick! I’m really enjoying the videos on your YouTube Channel. I want to learn how to do hypnosis. How can a person hypnotize somebody else? I want to learn the technique! Are there teachers or a book or something like that?
Learn to Hypnotize
The first thing you need to know is that ANYBODY can learn how to hypnotize. It is an acquired skill that you can learn, like playing the piano, becoming a black belt in karate, or painting impressive pieces of art.
However, the art of hypnosis is not merely a simple trick or technique that you can master within the next 24 hours. Forget mastery. Forget expertise. The road to basic proficiency requires a significant amount of time, study, and probably some investment.
Of course, this is true for most things that are worthwhile. Knowing how something is done is not the same as having the skills to do it.
So, if you ‘re still motivated, I’ll spell out how to get “mad skills” as a hypnotist in the shortest possible time.
First: Take a Live Hypnosis Training
There’s a lot of of great hypnosis courses and classes available. Hundreds of them! Many people want to learn hypnosis for a variety of reasons. How about starting out with a hypnosis certification course? Whether you are interested in stage performances, street hypnosis, or clinical hypnotherapy, a certification course will give you a broad base of foundational knowledge. More importantly, you’ll have the confidence to begin practicing what you’ve learned.
You could try to learn how to hypnotize from a book, or by watching videos online. However, the average person just won’t know where to begin or how to proceed. Your best bet is to train with someone who has taken the time to organize what they know into digestible chunks of information that are demonstrated experientially.
It doesn’t take long to get “certified” as a hypnotist, but it’s only a beginning step. Imagine if you, as a beginning student, took a week’s worth of piano lessons. How good would you be able to play? Not very well! However, you’d have a knowledge of the basic chords and could continue to improve with a regimen of consistent and regular practice.
In the beginning, hypnosis can seem difficult and hard to grasp. You’ll experience self doubts about your abilities to learn and apply it. It’ll test your confidence. You might fall into the trap of overwhelming yourself with too much knowledge, searching for the “magic bullet” technique of quick-and-easy hypnosis. It doesn’t exist!
But you won’t need more knowledge. What you’ll need is more practice.
Choosing a Hypnosis Training Course
You’ll find a lot of options once you start looking around, and things can get confusing. If you find a course that seems like a good fit based on your schedule, budget, and location, how can you know if it’s a “good” course.
Here’s my personal opinion on this: Find out if the course thoroughly covers the Dave Elman Hypnosis induction. This particular technique is proven effective, widely used, and it’s one of the best all around processes you can learn as a hypnotist. If it’s missing from the course you are considering, I’d keep looking.
Roadmap: Learning Hypnosis
- Take a live training.
- Use the knowledge from that training to hypnotize at least 100 people as quickly as possible.
- Continue to build your hypnosis knowledge with books, videos, courses, and seminars.
- Hypnotize at least 1,000 people as quickly as possible.
That’s it! It takes SOME basic knowledge to get started, and A LOT OF PRACTICE to get good. You won’t get mad skills as a hypnotist by sitting in some classroom or reading a book on “covert hypnosis secrets”.
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