The following is an outline for a three (3) hour speaking engagement.
You will discover that this outline is easily changed to work with a large number of groups.
There has also been time allotted for the use of demonstrations.
9:00 Begin with a short personal history. Your training, experience, and how you became interested in hypnosis.
9.10 At this point explain to your group the following.
1. What you will be discussing.
2. How it will pertain to them.
9:25 History of hypnosis.
9:30 Hypnosis today. (Hypnosis in therapy.)
9:35 Hypnosis in the future. (How you see hypnosis in years in years to come.)
9:40 Discuss the qualifications in order to be hypnotized. Ability to concentrate, normal intelligence, and the willingness to follow suggestions.
9:50 Remove fears. Fear of losing control, fear of telling secrets, and the fear of not exiting.
10:05 Group suggestibility test. NOTE: DO NOT USE THE TERM SUGGESTIBILITY TEST. USE THE WORDS CONCENTRATION TEST. FEW PEOPLE WANT TO FAIL A CONCENTRATION TEST. USE LIGHT AND HEAVY HAND TEST.
10:15 Ask the entire group how many people felt the heavy feeling stronger than the light? (Look for show of hands) Ask how many people felt the light feeling stronger than the heavy ? (Note show of hands) How many felt both of the sensations very well. (PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE INDIVIDUALS THAT RESPONDED WELL TO BOTH)
10:25 Break. Usually ten minutes is enough time. If the group is extremely large you might want to extend the break to fifteen minutes.
During break try and talk to some of the people that responded best to the suggestibility test.
10:35 Everyone can be hypnotized. Give examples of waking, or walking hypnosis.
Driving a car, and not remembering the last few streets. Watching television, and not noticing some one walking into the room. Etc
10:50 Small group suggestibility test in front of the audience. Select three, or four people who responded well in the first test. Use the fall back test one at a time. Have the audience give your volunteers an applause for volunteering.
11:00 Prepare for hypnotic induction. Select two people who responded the best to use as subjects. Explain to the entire group how one feels while being hypnotized. Ask your subjects if they would like suggestions that would build their confidence?
11:10 Hypnotic induction. Any type of induction that you feel comfortable with. Try to avoid a long drawn out induction. Your audience will become bored. About ten to fifteen minutes total.
11:25 Exit from the hypnotic state, and allow the volunteers to share their experiences with you and the audience.
11:35 War stories. Share with the group some of you past experiences in hypnotherapy. Usually about two case histories.
11:50 Questions, and answers.
12:00 Closing statements, and end of talk.
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Hypnosis is a capital instrument for relaxation and alleviating stress. It helps calm down both the brain and body, giving a useful rest. All the same it can be rather costly to hire a clinical hypnotherapist, and we might not always want one around when we would like to destress.