In this blog, you’re going to learn 3 really simple ways to speak more hypnotically and to get people to focus and go into hypnosis. Now, to make sure these powerful hypnotic language hacks are right for you, just for a moment imagine how good it will feel when you’re able to quickly or instantly create a state of waking hypnosis after just a little reading. How fascinated will you feel when you notice how people can easily become relaxed and suggestible if they take a moment to just focus on words and meanings, whilst absorbing what is being said. Now, a friend of mine, who is great at going into hypnosis, found that by really focusing deeply on these methods, whoever engaged with them, wherever they were, and whatever they were doing, could instantly just go into a waking hypnotic state. She also found that these things work great when someone is already in hypnosis as well, because when people simply relax and focus on what’s being said, they may simply go into hypnosis with their eyes open, without even realising just how relaxed they have become…
How do you feel right now?
Did you notice yourself beginning to drift into a trance-like state?
Did you start to become highly transfixed upon what you were just reading?
If you did, then it means the 3 hypnotic language hacks that you’re about to learn have already worked, as I interspersed them through the above paragraph. Feel free to read through it again, and pay close attention to how those words make you feel, before we break down the 3 key elements that were employed to turn it into a truly hypnotic message.
#1 – Engage the imagination
The use of imagination is a powerful tool in communicating hypnotically. Instead of simply asking or telling someone what to do, or giving a direct example of what something was, is, or will be like, have them ‘imagine’ it instead. By asking a person to use their imagination, they are then much more able (and likely) to experience your intended message for themselves on a deeper level, connecting to it in their own way, rather than feeling forced to engage, or not engaging enough. To illustrate this, compare the following two examples:
“The next time you hypnotise someone, you’ll be able to use these hypnotic language hacks and experience more success. So, make sure to use them wherever possible!”
“Imagine how much more successful you will be, if next time you hypnotise someone you employ these hypnotic language hacks. You might even consider who you’re going to use them with first…”
Which example above did you find to be the most compelling? Most people tend to find it’s the second one. The reason being, though both examples pretty much say the same thing, the first example is more likely to create conscious resistance, because you’re directly telling someone what to do. Also, in that example, the direct suggestions aren’t linked to a specific situation where they’re actually doing it, and if they were, it would come across as even more bossy.
In contrast, the second option incorporates imagination, and therefore becomes much less ‘direct’, allowing the person you’re talking to to actually engage in thinking about what’s being said, and to begin to imagine themselves in a situation where they are using the methods and being successful. As well as that, the second sentence lets them construct their own idea of who they’re going to do it with, which can cause people to engage their imagination further, and think about practising with someone they know.
Imagine how easily people will connect with what you’re saying, just by simply directing them to use their imaginations a little more… It’s simple, but powerful!
#2 – Tell stories
Hypnotic stories and metaphors do not have to be elaborate works of fiction, with protagonists and journeys, wizards and love affairs, etc. Stories can be as simple as recounting something that someone else said, or an experience that was had. So, when thinking about giving hypnotic suggestions in a less direct way, you can simply reframe your point (or your intended results) so that it seems like it’s not you telling them to do something. So, for example, instead of saying to someone, “you should probably eat less cake, because all those excess calories are making you fat. Stop eating the cake and you’ll lose weight!” (quite a blunt example, I know), you might instead tell a ‘story’ to deliver your point. Here’s an example of a story, that I just made up, to deliver the same suggestions mentioned above, but in a slightly less direct way:
“I spoke to a friend of mine the other day, who was struggling with her partner. Her partner kept buying cookies every day, as a token of affection, but after a while my friend ended up finding her jeans started to get tight. Long story short, she had an honest chat with her partner about the problem, and he agreed to only buy her cookies once a week. As a result, her jeans soon became more comfortable, and on the day where she got her cookies, they always tasted better than ever before, as it was much more of a treat to have them just once a week.”
The advice within the story was to cut down on treat food in order to lose weight, but because it was delivered as a story, talking about someone else, it would reduce resistance, whilst still getting the point across. Also, when we listen to stories, we relax a lot more than if someone is telling us what to do, and this is because we think ‘it’s just a story’. This relaxation allows your intended message (the moral of the story) to sink in without being consciously or critically picked apart, as a direct command/request might be!
#3 – Intersperse your desired themes
Finally, a tool widely used by hypnotherapists and conversational hypnotists around the world, and popularly used by the influential Milton H. Erickson, is interspersal. This means ‘interspersing’ words and suggestions on your intended theme throughout a seemingly unrelated sentence. So for example, you might be talking to someone about a random topic, perhaps ‘watching TV’, yet you want to use this conversation to get them to relax, become calm and perhaps even go into hypnosis. So you would intersperse key words and phrases throughout your conversation, in order that the person keeps hearing them over and over. This repetition will usually result in someone following those suggestions, often without necessarily realising they’re doing so. Sticking with the TV example above, here’s a couple of sentences that include some interspersed suggestions for relaxation, calmness and hypnosis. I have put the interspersed words in bold, so you can more easily notice them:
“Watching TV is great. I love to put on cooking shows and sit down to relax a while. I much prefer documentaries than soap operas, because they can help you to zone out of what’s happening around you. Whereas, when watching some of those dramatic soap operas, there’s often so much going on, you can almost start to feel hypnotised by the sheer amount of stories within stories that you have to keep track of. Documentaries are much easier to remain comfortably focused on, and I find they calm the mind.”
So, now that you know how these 3 hypnotic techniques work, you might find it interesting to go back and re-read the very first paragraph of this blog again, and notice how many times they were used throughout. And if you’d like to learn even more awesome hypnotic language hacks, you might want to check out our Hypnotic Language Cards.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog that explained how to use these 3 powerful hypnotic language hacks, and if you have any more questions about this topic, or anything else for that matter, do please get in touch, because we’re always happy to help!
– written by Rory Z Fulcher