The techniques you will see demonstrated in the video accompanying this article are incredibly powerful. This article deconstructs a speech from a complete hypnotic master. It is just a shame he was one of the most monstrous men in history. I would suggest that if you are of a sensitive disposition, are easily offended or rather stay on the more positive side of life then this article may not be for you. But if you want to see the raw power of covert hypnotic persuasion in action and have it deconstructed for you to understand then read on.
Learning from the Source
Quite a few years ago I had the opportunity to attend a high level course from someone that is very respected in the NLP community, who has a lot of skills and is a good trainer. The trouble is I dislike the person intensely (I did then and I still do). From my perspective I think he has questionable values and morals, whilst I recognise that this is my issue my favoured response is just to stay away from him.
The problem I faced was that I recognised the course content as very valuable and unique to this individual. In the end I decided that my dislike of him was enough for me to not do the course. A wiser and smart friend of mine found out that I wasn’t intending to do the course and he supportively started throwing reframes at me. Here are the big three reframes that he hit me with:
- Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean he doesn’t have something to teach you.
- If you are any good at the stuff you preach should you not leave your emotions behind long enough to take the lessons / good from what he has to say even if he can’t do it himself?
- How good would you feel taking the teachings of a guy you find questionable and subverting them to a better cause?
After being put through the gauntlet by my friend I went on the course, got a huge amount from it and made a promise to myself to look for and take the learning from whoever is there to teach me.
Powerful Orators are Powerful Hypnotists
There are a number of powerful speakers who have some of their most influential speeches recorded and any student of persuasion should look them out. They include JFK, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill and Ghandi amongst others.
The video you are just about to see is a speech from Adolph Hitler another powerful orator. Remember just because he was an evil man it doesn’t mean that there are things we can learn from him. Hitler knew how to connect with his audience and move them.
A couple of days ago Edward, a good friend of mine on Facebook spotted one of Hitler’s speeches with subtitles and started watching it. He noticed a couple of things and posted it on my wall. I thought I should do an article deconstructing some of the patterns but before I could Edward had done it all for me. Below the video is an edited version of the masterful deconstruction Edward posted on my Facebook Page.
Accelerated Learning Skills for Persuasive Language
To get the most from this you probably want to go through the video several times and on several different levels. It is just a little over ten minutes long so you might want to portion out some time when you can give it some attention. Here is a suggested process to get the most from this exercise.
- Watch the video all the way through once, focus on the content / words and just notice what you notice.
- The second time watch the video again but from a persuasion skills perspective. Whenever you spot a pattern, some body language, or pace change take notes. Stop and rewind the video if you think you missed something, take notes.
- Compare your notes with Edward’s below. He spotted a huge amount of stuff, but there is still more stuff going on.
- Watch the video a third time noticing all the pace and pitch, body language and patterns that you and Edward have picked up. But this time also notice the impact it has on the audience.
- The final and most important stage; spend a few minutes looking at all the material you have found and work out situations where you can use it. You don’t have to be a presenter or speech maker for these patterns to work for you so widen the context to every area of your life.
You have probably an hour or so of work here, but take your time. The video is just over ten minutes so you could take ten minutes a day and before the end of the week you will have learnt some very powerful patterns from a man that used those same patterns to bind a nation and take them to war against the world. I trust you can find some more ethical uses for these patterns but they are that powerful.
Before watching the video please also note that the views expressed in the video and the guy that posted it are entirely their own and neither are supported by Edward or myself. Our interests purely lay with the NLP Persuasion Techniques being used.
Edwards FB Deconstruction
Did you notice how he starts quite slow with lots of big pauses and almost no energy and within a few minutes is completely powerful, totally dominating with loads of energy and power in his delivery. This is a classic charisma pattern. You will find several different variations of this in the Advanced Persuasion Patterns down load course.
I have edited Edward’s comments slightly so they make more sense in this context. But essentially this is what Edward has to say.
Holy cow. Skip to right before 2 min and see what he anchors to the Nazi hand sign. “the one and only power in Germany.
Also check out how he points to himself just as the audience stop clapping and just before he starts the next sentence. Non verbally he is saying “All that applauding the one and only power in Germany….That’s me” -RB
I definitely understand why he was said to be one of the most persuasive speakers of all time. Just the masterful body language alone. Look at the shift from the first minute or so and the build up to stir people’s emotions. WOW.
Check out the body language up to 40 secs. “I am in control here and you know it.” He even slowed down his blinking rate. I have no idea how good the translation of his words is – but even so he is doing so much
Listen to the voice role at 40 to 60 beats… sounds just like a Baptist preacher.
I liked the “fixed pole” metaphor… linking it to his group after the whole “us vs. them” theme he was using. That makes the crowd come to its feet. Lots of weasel phrases and embedded command too. Presuppositional language… the list just goes on and on. Was he just a natural communication genius or….?
I of course am horrified at what the man did and yet I can see how he “mind controlled” the German nation with his speeches. Dark side of the Force and all of that. This is so skilful it is scary.
“We can be happy to know that this future belongs entirely to to us!” OMG. He gives them a command to be happy – links it to being part of his group… and makes them feel special because they are part of that group and that this happy feeling is just for them and only them. OMG. (6:55) With some presupposition and time distortion to boot.
Look at the anchoring around 8:25 to when he talks about shoulders. These two institutions (he has his two arms pointing at himself and together) – then when he says they will carry on “their” shoulders (German men) and he points at HIS shoulders and is almost in a bicep pose (strength). Notice how he also says “will champion” and then takes each hand (symbolic of the two institutions) brings them together (HE is bringing them together) on points them both to himself. So in about 10 seconds he has influenced the audience to believe:
1) He is the one to bring the two institutions together.
2) He is strong/a German man who will “shoulder” the burden….
and he links it all to the German State and German Reich – and then he points right at HIS feet! So the German State/Reich are “at his feet!”
Edward is great and he has studied a whole lot of Hypnotic Persuasion Skills and I suspect he noticed a whole lot more that he hasn’t written down. So as a suggestion why not add the pattern, body language or thing that you noticed to the comments below. That way we can build a bigger library of patterns for all of us.
If you want a crash course on how to construct and deliver a presentation this powerfully all the information is in Hypnotic Presentation Skills Deconstructed. Click through here and find out more: