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100+ Hypnosis Tips, Insider Secrets and Techniques

Calvin D. Banyan, MA, CI, CH

In August, 2000 I was a guest speaker at the National Guild of Hypnotists annual convention in Hew Hampshire, USA.  I was speaking on the topic of how to do successful age regressions. The night before, I got the idea that it would be great if I give my audience a handout that contained all of the techniques that I could think of that increase the probability of success when doing age regressions. I sat down at my computer and just started typing out each one as fast as I could in the order that I used them. Since I've done hundreds of age regressions and also teach how to do them they just flowed one after the other into my mind and into the computer. I came up with 77 in about an hour and a half.

The next day I gave out the handout. After the 2 hour talk, some of the hypnotists from the audience came up and told me that those couple of sheets of paper that I gave them made the whole convention worthwhile for them! Wow, what a complement.

When I got back home to Minneapolis/St. Paul, I decided that I would take a while longer and see if I could improve the list. Over the next couple of days I came up with 180! As I was doing this, I thought that this would make a great outline for a book for my students. Then as I was writing the book, I came up with more tips. But rather than renumber everything, I just added them in as I thought of them, and called those the "Bonus Tips." Well the bonus tips didn't make it into this article, but the other 180 did.

I hope you like the tips. To save time, I just copied them from the contents of the manuscript. In the book I spend at least a few paragraphs on each tip, and sometimes I will write several pages. Feel free to skip around as you look through the list.

Part 1: Tips, tricks and insider techniques and secrets for getting off on the right foot

Chapter 1

Getting Started In Hypnosis And Becoming Better

  1. Get the best training you can before you start
  2. Use what you learn as soon as you can
  3. Sometimes videos are preferable over books for learning hypnosis
  4. Become Affiliated With The Best Hypnosis Organizations That You Can
  5. Join A Union And Stay In Practice
  6. Don’t Make Guarantees Of Success, It May Be Illegal
  7. Build Confidence By Practicing Your Skills In Role Play
  8. Practice With Friends On Non-Hypnotic Hypnosis Sessions And Age Regressions
  9. If You Plan To Use The Word “Sleep” Explain That You Do Not Mean Sleep Like When They Are Asleep At Night
  10. Start Off Your Practice Working With One Or Two Popular Issues And Then Broaden Your Practice

Chapter 2

Setting Up The Office For Success

  1. Keep A Book Of Scripts And Outlines
  2. Keep Your Patter Script Book Out Of Sight
  3. Prepare An Outline To Follow
  4. Professional Advertising, Cards, Brochures, Signs, Print Ads And Yellow Pages
  5. Answer The Telephone So That The Client Expects To Succeed
  6. Give The Client An Estimate Of The Number Of Sessions And Keep Your Promise
  7. Professional Environment, Office Or Home Office
  8. Professional Attire Appropriate To The Work You Do
  9. I Know I Shouldn’t Have To Say This But Grooming Is Important Too
  10. Avoid Scheduling Marathon Sessions
  11. When To Schedule Marathon Sessions And How To Handle Them
  12. Be Set Up To Audio Or Video Tape Your Sessions
  13. Have A Tape Recorder Set Up To Take Over If You Have To Leave To Cough Or Go To The Bathroom
  14. Have A Tape Recorder Set Up To Do The Direct Drive Technique
  15. Have Someone You Can Consult With For Ongoing Guidance
  16. Have Someone You Can Refer Clients To
  17. Be A Walking, Talking Example Of How Well Hypnosis Works

Chapter 3

Preparing Your Client - Before You Begin The First Session

  1. Send Your Soon-To-Be Client Information About Yourself And Hypnosis
  2. Send Them A Relaxation Tape To Practice With
  3. Always Have Your Client Go To The Bathroom Before The Session
  4. Have Your Client Pay Before The Session
  5. Have Your Client Fill Out A Good Intake Form
  6. Have Your Client List The Benefits Of The Change They Want To Make
  7. After Each Session, Always Say “I’m Glad You Enjoyed That!” The Next Client May Be Listening

Chapter 4

During The Pre-Hypnosis Interview

  1. Go Up And Greet Your Next Client Yourself
  2. Don’t Let Your Clients Fall Asleep During The Session-- Hypnosis is Not Sleep!
  3. Project Confidence That Things Will Go Well--Have A Yes-I-Can-Help-You-With-That Attitude!
  4. Being Likeable Is Perhaps One Of The Single Most Important Determining Factors Of Outcome!
  5. Let Your Clients Know That It Is Alright If They Call You (at the office)
  6. Listen To Your Client And Find Out What She Thinks Her Problem Is
  7. Use Active Listening Techniques So Your Client Will Feel Heard And Understood
  8. Don’t Believe What Your Client Says When She Tells You What She Thinks The Problem Is
  9. Never Argue With Your Client, You Must Be On The Same Side-- It Should Be You And Your Client Against The Problem.
  10. Do A Good Pre-Talk-- Remove Fears And Misconceptions And Build Trust.
  11. Do A Brief Demo Of What Hypnosis Might Feel Like
  12. How To Best Use Suggestibility Tests
  13. Tape Reminders To The Side Of The Chair That Your Client Doesn’t See
  14. Use Sticky Notes For Reminders On The Outside Of Their File
  15. Suggest That The Session Will Be Brief, A Waking Suggestion To Set Up Time Distortion
  16. Get The Hypnotic Contract

Part II: Tips, tricks and techniques for a successful hypnosis session

Chapter 5

Increase Your Success For A Successful Age Regression Session By First Doing A Direct Suggestion Session

  1. Save Age Regression For The Second Session
  2. Let The Client Know That It’s Alright If They Cough, Have To Move, Or Say, “I Can’t Hear You ”
  3. If Your Client Is Wearing A Short Dress, Cover Up Her Legs With A Blanket So She Won’t Have To Manage Her Dress
  4. If You Intend To Touch The Client Get Permission Before Hypnosis Starts
  5. Have The Client Check The Time Before The Session Starts So You Can Use Time Distortion As A Convincer
  6. Ask Your Clients If They Are Comfortable. Discomfort May Be Distracting
  7. Ask If The Client Is Ready To Do Hypnosis With You Now 
  8. Maintain Control Of The Session From The Start
  9. Use The Words "As If" To Make Some Suggestions Easier To Accept
  10. Use An Appropriate Induction For The Client
  11. Encourage And Reinforce Any Positive Response
  12. What To Do If Your Client Opens Her Eyes During The Session
  13. Watch Your Client’s Feet When Doing A Hypnotic Induction Or Deepening Technique--They Are Hypno-Meters!
  14. Watch For Physiological Evidence Of Hypnosis
  15. Hypnotize To A Depth Of Somnambulism Which Is Required For Revivification
  16. Test Depth Of Hypnosis With A Hidden Test, So That If Your Client Fails The Test It Does Not Negatively Affect Session
  17. Immediately Deepen The Trance, Even If You Have Established Somnambulism

Chapter 6

Deepen The State Of Hypnosis

  1. If Needed, Deepen With Counting Down
  2. If Needed, Deepen With Fractionation Technique
  3. If Needed, Pyramid Inductions
  4. Deepen By Using Anchoring, And Conditioning
  5. Deepen Or Induce Hypnosis By Post Hypnotic Suggestion
  6. Deepen By Using A Convincer, Always Use Convincers And Tests You Know They Will Pass
  7. Deepen By Having Them Become Aware Of A Sensation They Weren’t Thinking About
  8. Give The Suggestion That All Sounds, Sensations And Thoughts Take Them Deeper
  9. If They Just Won’t Go Into Hypnosis, Give Them A Tape And Have Them Practice Until Next Time
  10. Once You Have Somnambulism Use A Key Word To Re-induce Somnambulism In Subsequent Sessions
  11. Deeper Is Not Always Better. Some States Are Too Deep For Hypnosis

Chapter 7

Giving Hypnotic Suggestion

  1. Check Out The Suggestions With The Client Ahead Of Time
  2. Have The Client Bring Is Suggestions That They Would Like To Receive
  3. Set Up Ideo-Motor Response
  4. Set Up A Safe Place
  5. Use Compounding Of Suggestion
  6. Use Patter Scripts From Successful Hypnotists
  7. Use Compounding Of Suggestion After You Emerge The Client
  8. When You Emerge The Client, Embed Suggestions For The Change The Client Came In To See You For
  9. When You Emerge The Client, Embed Suggestion For Time Distortion
  10. When You Emerge The Client, Embed Suggestion For Sensitivity Of A Color Or Object
  11. What To Do If The Client Will Not Emerge
  12. Use The Fact That When The Client Emerges, They Are Still Highly Suggestible – Use Waking Suggestion
  13. After You Emerge Them, Suggest A Pleasant Experience

Chapter 8

Wrapping Up The First Session

  1. Answer Questions And Discuss Subjective Experiences
  2. Suggest That Each Session Will Be Ten Times More Powerful Than The Time Before
  3. Check Time Distortion
  4. Point Out Convincers Used
  5. Review Session And Congratulate The Client On Doing Well

Part III: Tips, tricks and techniques for successful age regression sessions

Chapter 9

Preparing For The Age Regression Session

  1. How Will You Handle A Past Life Regression If It Happens?
  2. Review Last Session And Answer Questions
  3. Increase Success By Saying Are You Ready For Another Hypnosis Session?
  4. Avoid Telling The Client That You Are Going To Do An Age Regression Session. Talk About What You Are Going To Do But Not How (Age Regression) You Are Intending To Do It.

Chapter 10

Doing The Induction And Deepening for Age Regression and Subsequent Sessions

  1. Have Your Client Quickly Re-Enter Hypnosis Using Post-Hypnotic Suggestion
  2. Quickly Have Clients Re-Enter The Deepest State Of Hypnosis Appropriate For The Work By Using Post-Hypnotic Suggestion, Conditioning Or Anchoring
  3. Use Similar Techniques As You Used In Previous Sessions If They Worked Before
  4. Suggest Similar Subjective Experiences That They Shared With You In The First Session

Chapter 11

Using The Affect Bridge, Age Regression Based On A Feeling

  1. If Using Affect Bridge, Suggest Becoming Aware Of Other Feelings Before Going To Affect (Emotions)
  2. Watch For Physical Evidence That The Client Has Connected With The Emotion
  3. Point Out The Change In Physiology Associated With Bringing Up The Feeling To The Client Before Proceeding
  4. Tell The Client That The Feeling Is Connected To Every Time That They Ever Felt That Way, It Is A Bridge To The Past
  5. Count Backwards When Going Back In Time (3, 2, 1) And Forward When Progressing Forward In Time (1, 2, 3)
  6. Lightly Tapping On The Forehead Makes The Suggestion More Directive/Assertive And May Help In Regression
  7. Start With Simple Questions, "Daytime Or Night Time?" "Indoors Or Outdoors," "Alone Or With Someone"
  8. Go For First Impressions, "Quickly, First Impression, Day Time Or Night Time?"
  9. If Client Says, “I Don’t Know” Say “I Know You Don’t Know, First Impression, 1, 2, 3, Day Time Or Night Time?”
  10. Educate And Practice With Your Clients Before The Sessions If They Seem Over Anxious Or Analytical
  11. Discuss With The Client Before Hand That Trying Too Hard Can Get In The Way. Just Have An Easy-Going Accepting Attitude Toward Instructions And Suggestions.
  12. STAY IN PRESENT TENSE. Speaking In Past Tense Is The Biggest Mistake That Hypnotists Make When Attempting Age Regression
  13. NEVER SAY, “REMEMBER!” This Is The Other Biggest Mistake That Can Take Your Client Out Of The Revivification And Put Her Into Hypermedia
  14. Encourage Revivification By Having Them Describe Where They Are. This Deepens And Intensifies The Experience, While Bringing In More Detail.
  15. The More Of The Senses That They Use To Describe The Regression Experience The Deeper They Go Into It
  16. Encourage Revivification By Having Them Describe People That They May Be With
  17. Encourage Revivification By Telling Them That They Are Going Through It Again And It Will Be Clearer
  18. Encourage Revivification By Having Them Go Through It Again And This Time They Will Really Be There
  19. Ask Your Client How Old She Is When In The Regressed State And Then Call Her By That Age Whenever Addressing Her In The Age-Regressed State
  20. Ask Them What Their Name Is And If It Is Different Use It Rather Than Adult Name
  21. Ask Them How They Are Feeling. This Tends To Deepen The Experience.
  22. Have Her Locate Where They Are Experiencing The Feeling In Their Body

Chapter 12

Uncovering How The Problem Started, The Initial Sensitizing Event (ISE) And Subsequent Events (SSE)

  1. Learn How To Age Regress The Client To Where It All Started, Called The Initial Sensitizing Event
  2. If Your Are Working With A Client On Smoking Cessation, Don’t Go For ISE, Rather Regress To The First Cigarette
  3. If Trying To Uncover The ISE (Or Other Unknown Material) Never Lead The Client
  4. Move Forward In Time With Statements Like, “What Happens Next”, “Move To The Next Significant Event.” And “Go On.”
  5. Avoid Questions That Start With “Why”
  6. Never Use Leading Questions, Even Multiple Choice
  7. Avoid Assumptive Statements
  8. A Good Way To Do Regressions Is To Pretend In Your Mind You Are There With
  9. Check To See If You Have Uncovered The ISE By Asking, “Is The Feeling New?”
  10. Double Check By Instructing Your Client To Go Back
  11. Realize That You Are Only Building Up Evidence Of An ISE
  12. The ISE Should Be Consistent With The Known History Of The Client

Chapter 13

Transforming The Sensitizing Event Using the Informed Child Technique

  1. The ISE Does Not Have To Be A Great Trauma In The Child’s Life
  2. Have The “Child”, Go Into The Background And Say “Now I’m Speaking To The Adult”
  3. Switch Back And Forth Between Adult And Child By Calling Child By Her Age And The Adult By “Grownup ”
  4. The Informed Child Technique Requires That You Regress Before ISE
  5. Using The Informed Child Technique Consists Of Changing The Effect Of ISE By Having Grownup Or Hypnotist Tell The Child What The Child Needs To Hear To Get Through The ISE Without Being Negatively Affected By It. Generally, The Child Can Benefit From The Experience Using The Wisdom Of The Adult Self And Hypnotist.
  6. Inform The Child That She Is Loveable, Capable And Remove Negative Erroneous Beliefs Created By ISE.
  7. Inform The Child That She Gets To Grow Up
  8. Inform The Child That The Adult-Self Must Always Tell Her The Truth
  9. Inform The Child That Adult Will Always Be There For Her
  10. Inform The Child That Nothing Really Bad Ever Happens
  11. Then Have The Informed Child Go Through The ISE
  12. If There Are Any Problems, Say “Everything Stops”
  13. You Can Always Interrupt the Process
  14. Take Your Client Through the ISE Again Feeling Safe and Secure
  15. Have The Child Merge With Adult
  16. Have Adult Recognize That She Is That Child
  17. Have The Child Or Adult Make Statements Of Change.
  18. Giving Suggestions After Age Regression Is A Must!

Chapter 14

Setting The Client Up With A Vision Of Success

  1. Do A Age Progression To Provide An Expectation of Success
  2. Do Informed Adult Technique, Where “Future Self” Informs The Client She Can Really Make The Change
  3. After Age Progression Is An Ideal Time To Give More Suggestions For The Change That They Want To Make

Chapter 15

Age Regression To A Specific Date, Time Or Event

  1. You Can Age Regress Your Client By Suggesting That She That She Will Go To A Particular Time, Place Or Event
  2. Clarify The Event With The Client Before The Session
  3. Going Through The Event Repeatedly Can Bring Out Details

Chapter 16

Wrapping Up An Age Regression Session For Maximum Results

  1. Give Suggestions For Change While Emerging The Client. Easy Critical Factor Bypass At This Time
  2. End the Session Powerfully By Having Your Client Proclaim the Change She Has Just Made
  3. Have The Client Check For The Old Feeling
  4. Do A Post Hypnotic Interview To Remind The Client Of Insights And Changes
  5. Answer Questions About The Session

Part IV: Preparing the client and hypnotist for continued success using hypnosis

Chapter 17

What You Can Do After The Session For Continued Great Results

  1. Suggest That Each Session Will Be Ten Times More Powerful Than The One Before
  2. Make The Next Appointment Right After Your Session Is Through
  3. Offer The Client A Reinforcement Tape, That They Probably Won’t Need To Use
  4. Make The Next Appointment For 3 To 10 Days Apart
  5. Offer To Teach Them Self-Hypnosis
  6. Return Calls Right Away

Chapter 18

Continue To Learn And Grow As A Hypnotist

  1. Learn About Waking Suggestion
  2. Learn And Use Forgiveness Work
  3. Learn And Use Parts Mediation Work
  4. Become Trained In 5-Path An Almost Universal Approach To Dealing With Most Issues That A Hypnotist Encounters
  5. Become Trained In And Use the 7th Path System of Self-Hypnosis--A Holistic, Mind-Body-Spirit Approach To Helping Yourself and Others
  6. Learn And Use Energy Hypnosis Such As EFT And BSFF
  7. Seek Out And Attend Training From Experts In Hypnosis

Well those are all of the hypnosis tips, insider secrets and techniques that I promised you. The book has all of the information on each tips and bonus tips (not listed in this article). It is available now and the title is, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: Basic and Advanced Techniques for the Professional. Learn more or purchase...

Copyright © 2000, Calvin D. Banyan, The Hypnosis Center, Inc. All Rights Reserved.