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A couple of days ago I mentioned in my NLP Techniques blog how I got a shopkeeper to pay me to take his goods.

Using Confusion Patterns as a Covert Persuasion Skills

This article outlines the process I used to get this result.


Note: I gave the shopkeeper his money back a few minutes later, explained what I was doing and set him up to buy a copy of my book. Whilst I love practicing patterns I firmly believe in creating win / win situations.

The situation happened by accident and was as a result of me listening to a hypnotic recording about boosting your confidence in delivering hypnotic language patterns. The process uses patterns and concepts fully explored in the Advanced Persuasion Patterns Programme.

The Situation

I had gone to my local shop to buy a drink. I was still half in trance from listening to the Confidence in Language Patterns MP3 that Andrew Milne from Happy Minds has created for me. I am often in the shop, have good rapport with the shopkeeper, and we talk regularly.

I paid for the drink with a five pound note which he rang up on the till and I was due to get £4.21 change, which was showing on the till display. We were just flapping our gums at each other as I paid and the shopkeeper obviously distracted only gave me the 21p.

I don’t usually run confusion patterns without some preparation but I had just been handed a golden nugget, a perfect opportunity to practice some patterns on the fly. Normally it would not even have occurred to me until long after the event had occurred… but remember I had just been listening to an MP3 Trance Recording about developing confidence in practicing patterns.

First Stab at the Result

I noticed the change was wrong. The shopkeeper is not doing this deliberately so from his perspective he is following his normal transaction process. You might already have worked out when I point out I have the wrong change we will have interrupted his process (a pattern interrupt for those NLP Jargon Junkies).

Interrupting a pattern has the potential to lead the subject into a direct trance and that means you have the opportunity to embed some commands. I said to the shopkeeper, “You’ve given me the wrong change – (pause and then into slow hypnotic tonality including the embedded command in bold) – You need to give me another ten pounds
The shopkeeper laughed embarrassedly, opened up the till and stared getting a ten pound note out. He then stopped part way through obviously figuring out something was wrong and told me that can’t be right as the till was registering change of £4.21

Second Attempt

Normally I would have been happy to stop here but remember I had been listening to a Trance Recording about developing your persuasion skills. The shopkeeper obviously still a little confused asked me how much I had given him. I replied “Twenty pounds. How much change am I owed from that?”

Notice I have asked the shopkeeper a question that forces an internal representation on him about the amount of money he “owes” me. He answered me with £19.21 hesitantly and was obviously not sure. He said as much to me.

Third Attempt for the Result

I paused for a moment, got out my wallet, looked inside and said “You are right, I must have given you a tenner. How much change do you actually owe me?”

Notice I have used an agreement frame that opens him up, switched the amount again and directed his mind with an assumptive question. He told me £9.21 and gave me back my fiver plus four more pound coins.

I deliberately stayed and chatted for a few minutes to make sure that the transaction was complete in his mind as I wanted to know that I had completely gotten away with it. I then gave him the five pound note back and explained what I had been doing.

There is no way I would have stayed working this situation if I had not been listening to that confidence in language patterns recording, so I told the shopkeeper and suggested he ban Andrew from the shop as it was entirely his fault. So if you are reading this Andrew be warned.

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