I Want to Learn How to Do Hypnosis!

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?

Anybody Can Learn How to Do Hypnosis

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 knowing how 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

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Want to learn how to do hypnosis?
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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 hypnosis 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: How to Do Hypnosis

  1. Take a live training.
  2. Use the knowledge from step 1 to hypnotize at least 100 people as quickly as possible.
  3. Continue to build your hypnosis knowledge with books, videos, courses, and seminars.
  4. 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”.

Related: Learn Stage Hypnosis Training with Erick Känd

25 comments on “I Want to Learn How to Do Hypnosis!

    • You can shape people’s opinions by being charismatic, influential, and persuasive. There are hypnotic elements to that, but these are also also personality traits of people with exceptional communication skills.

      As a side note, hypnosis can benefit people who realize they are emotionally resistant to respecting, or being tolerant of other people’s opinions.

    • Good question. You’d think Hypnosis would be under the Psychology umbrella, but it’s not. Psychologists and therapists utilizing Hypnosis in their private practice have typically taken Hypnosis certification courses after earning their college degree.

      The subject of Hypnosis is not really covered in college curriculums with any depth. If you want to learn hypnosis techniques, you’ll need to take an independent certification course outside of college. If you do some research, you’ll find there are many courses and programs available.

  1. Hey Erick, I’m only 13 and I live in Columbus Ohio. I’m trying to learn some basic hypnosis to just start off by messing around with my friends, but I also want to help my dad try to get in better shape. I think hypnosis is really cool and I want to get into it, but I’m not sure where to go. I hope you can help, thanks!

  2. Erick Kand sir, I am from Bangalore Karnataka. I need to learn the hypnosis like controlling of 100 people at a time just by eyes. Can you tell me how many days it will take to learn, and how much it would cost?

    • That Molly Moon thing isn’t real. You CAN’T hypnotize a crowd with just your eyes. This is real life, not some vampire diaries parallel universe. Wake up and smell the coffee.

  3. I am about to be 16, and found this article. I’ve been researching and looking up on how to be a hypnotist. I’m wondering if it is possible for me to be one at a young age? I don’t think it means anything, but i’m not a professional. Is there anyway I can become one without live training, learning somewhere online or is it better for me to do live sessions?

  4. Hi Mr. Erick Kand sir,
    I want to learn hypnotism and power of subconscious mind.
    Can you recommend any videos?

  5. I so believe in hypnosis and having read the book” In search of Bridey Murphy” I am completely intralled by the subconscience mind. I had quit smoking by this procedure many years ago but started again after not smoking for at least 8 years. I had been in a car accident and smoked a cigarette for some stupid reason. Stupid. Now I need to do it again and found a seminar close to home that performs hypnosis. I can’t wait to get back to being a non smoker. I have tried everything everything and nothing ever worked. I really want to learn hypnosis to give others the benefits of what I had enjoyed. I never thought it would happen to me and was surprised at the results.

  6. I want to learn, but have no idea where to start. I live near saint Louis MO. Can u point me in the right direction, please….

    • See if there’s a group at Meetup.com for other hypnotists to practice and share information. Take a live training as soon as possible and learn to do useful things with the skill. Continue practicing. Goal #1 is to hypnotize at least 100 people successfully.

  7. Please recommend me some good online programme if I can’t attend a live hypnosis training. I really want to learn hypnosis. More on street or stage or even both.

  8. Hi Mr.Erick,
    I’m Vanitha from Chennai, India. I am very interested in learning hypnosis after watching your shows on Youtube. Kindly guide me on this. Thank you in advance. Regards.

    • Get started by searching for a live hypnosis training in India. If you can’t find it, fly to a country that has it. The first hypnosis seminar I ever attended was in Thailand which is the opposite side of the world from where I live.

      However, if you are looking for a distance learning program for therapeutic hypnosis, this is the one I recommend as an affiliate:
      5 Path Hypnosis Training DVD Set

      – Erick

    • Hi Vanitha, I learned some of this stuff through an online program. There are many different programs though, but you can just go to a site and see what you like. I did it that way as well 🙂

      Good luck

  9. Wow, thanks for sharing those videos. I am starting out in this career and learning from experts like yourself has helped me fine tune my technique. Thanks again.

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