Imagine, just for a moment, that you are your hypnosis subject.
That you’re in a conversation with “you” trying to listen to the story that you’re telling.
What words are standing out?
How is the story piquing your interest?
Is your story grasping your attention enough to stop you from thinking about how you wish that you had eaten lunch beforehand, for example?
And how, to make up for missing it, you’re going to devour one of those fresh baguette sandwiches from that new French restaurant next to your office.
Wait. You had that yesterday. Maybe you’ll treat yourself to the duck…
So, is it working?
Is your story enough to compete with a hungry stomach?
A cold office?
Or any of the other things that creep into someone’s mind when a story is lacking that je-ne-sais-quoi.
Or otherwise put, when boredom has crept in – and the listener would prefer to create their own story in their head… rather than listening to yours.
We’re all guilty of it.
An unintentional technique to occupy the conscious mind and keep it entertained… when it has decided that it no longer is.
And while this has its advantages when you’re stuck without a book on a long train ride, for example, it spells disaster if your hypnosis subjects are doing the same… when in fact you think you’re practicing conversational hypnosis.
So, it begs the question, how do you get good at telling stories so you become a fantastic conversational hypnotist?
Fortunately, the answer is easy.
You start by telling stories. And lots of them.
The more stories you tell, the better your storytelling skills will become.
Filled with drama and adventure. Overflowing with emotion.
Packed with personal change.
Believe it or not, even the most mundane story can be turned into a gripping tale.
And that makes storytelling the perfect vehicle for conversational hypnosis.
Turning an everyday event into a riveting experience. Keeping your subject enthralled. Getting past their conscious critical mind and easing them into trance, naturally.
Making your stories, well, hypnotic. Once you know how to do that, you can turn ordinary events that you might otherwise think are boring into spellbinding yarns.
So how do you it? By making sure every story has a number of crucial, basic ingredients…
The 3 Basic Ingredients Every Story Needs
To tell a good story that holds your subject’s attention, it needs to include the following:
1. A Sequence Of Events
This is not necessarily the beginning, middle, and end of traditional stories. All it means is that the story has to be a sequence of events.
For example, imagine someone ordering a burger:
“He called, he ordered, he ate.”
It’s a sequence of events, but it’s not a story. It’s the basis for a story, which you can expand on.
“He was hungry, so he called, ordered a burger, and ate it.”
2. A Break In The Sequence
Breaking up the original sequence of events is a simple way to extend any story. It acts as a trigger to tell the unconscious mind that a story is on the way.
To do it, just extend the time period in which the sequence of events occurs:
“He was working late, trying to get his report finished, but he just couldn’t concentrate. He was too hungry. He knew he wouldn’t be able to continue until he had something to eat.”
3. An Emotional Change
In order for your story to have the right impact, there needs to be an emotional change.
There has to be a shift in emotions that alters one of the story’s characters in some way. This shift acts as a signal to your listener that the story has reached a satisfying conclusion.
“He was working late, trying to get his report finished, but he just couldn’t concentrate. He was too hungry. He knew he wouldn’t be able to continue until he had something to eat.
So he picked up the phone, ordered a burger, and devoured it with pleasure.
Just what he needed.
He felt so good, in fact, that he decided he’d done enough work for one night. Instead, he took off his shoes, put his feet up, and let himself relax.”
The other thing to remember is that any story you tell, as a rule of thumb, should be based in reality.
It needs to be something that actually happened, to you or to somebody else. That’s what gives it its ring of truth and helps your listener identify with whatever’s going on.