This article is about some of the barriers that get in the way of learning new skills generally and hypnotic persuasion specifically.
Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
If we define our comfort zone as all that we know how to do. All the situations, behaviours and thoughts that are habitual and ingrained into your life might be another way of saying comfort zone.
Then all of your learning, growth and development must be outside of your comfort zone and therefore uncomfortable to some degree. To me this means that if you want to learn, grow and develop being a little bit uncomfortable is a natural part of the process.
A Persuasion Skills Interlude
I am currently working on a new course, Persuasion Skills on Steroids Deconstructed. It consists of three hours of video recording of a Hypnotic Persuasion Skills Seminar that starts at the same level as the Persuasion Skills Black Book but builds hugely on those foundations with some really cool new techniques and ideas.
But that is not what makes this course special. If you have read some of my articles, books and seen my videos you already know that I use hypnotic persuasion techniques to teach hypnotic persuasion techniques. The beauty of Persuasion Skills on Steroids Deconstructed is that the whole training is transcribed and deconstructed. All my patterns, anchors and sneaky trainer tricks that are demonstrated throughout the videos are deconstructed, written down and explained in the accompanying report. It seems to have created a little bit of a stir. You can click through and read a few of the responses here.
The Importance of Mindset
One of the things I deconstruct on the course is how to preframe a conversation so that people are already thinking the way you want them to before you get to anything contentious. For example if I wanted you to donate to a save the elephant fund (I don’t even know if they are endangered it was the first thing that came into my head when searching for an example) I would want to set a frame around the conversation first.
After introductions and any scene setting that we needed to do I would discuss the ivory trade, the near extinction of certain types of elephant, the cruelty and barbarism of it all. The important thing would be to engage you into the conversation in such a way that you state open support for doing something about helping elephants. I guess you can see how much easier I could now get a donation from you, and you would, depending on how the conversation was managed be even happier to donate the money.
On this course I used the idea of comfort zones and turning confusion to understanding as an important element of preframing the mindset that I want the students in. What has completely amazed me is what Bill managed to do with this little concept. Here he is in his own words:
Some Concluding Thoughts
When I look at accelerated learning for a subject I look for three things. The easy one is the tools and techniques. For example with NLP language Patterns the patterns are the tools we focus on. The trouble is there is no point in learning these tools if you have beliefs that don’t support you using them.
In short I want to work on a beliefs and identity level with you before I introduce you to any content. The tools are generally easy to learn and apply once the beliefs are in the right place. The beauty of Persuasion Skills on Steroids Deconstructed is that you get to see me work that process with the students on the recording and that also works on you as you watch the course.
You can then go through the deconstruction and break it down so you see how I constructed it in the first place and how you can build it up for your own purposes. You get it again on a third level when you look at the whole course overall and notice that I have applied the same process again to the whole course.
The best thing about this is because you have to think through the course on multiple levels we can bypass much of your conscious faculties and you can take on a lot of the information on an unconscious level. Here is an example of how powerful that can be.