This week’s free hypnosis training lesson is a psychological pep talk for growing/aspiring hypnotists.
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***You’re Not Alone***
Fact: Many hypnotists (or comedians) I’ve met/known have depression and/or anxiety. Performing is one of the few things that makes them happy (which is ironic when considering many are also introverted).
Starts to make sense why, when thinking about the cliche image of rock stars, our idols end up drinking so much or doing drugs.
Additionally, while getting into and perfecting your approach to hypnosis can be feel like a natural “high” if you will, it makes sense to note you’ll experience down points during your journey.
While performing can be fun (especially when hypnotizing somnambulists), there will come a point where you may tire of your routines or think the lack of reactions from your volunteers or audience is a negative sign. Think again.
I remember one of my first theater shows was in a nice large auditorium with 100’s of squishy red seats. At the time I wasn’t very well known so less than 20 people showed.
The primary bummer was feeling like the audience didn’t like the show. The lights were bright so I couldn’t see if they were smiling or bored and I only heard laughter at certain points.
What happened after the show has followed me as a professional learning experience up-to-date. People told me they enjoyed (if not loved) the show and that they had several “wow” moments.
Thus, while I may not have seen their faces, they were entertained and they were quite to ensure they were paying full attention and didn’t miss anything (both of which I misinterpreted due to lights and silence).
As this week’s video demonstration below shows, there were moments of laughter from both my volunteers and the audience.
First, because the attendance for this event on campus was so small that evening, there weren’t 100’s of people meaning there obviously wouldn’t be as many laughs (something I took personally).
Secondly, because talking is one of the biggest aspects of hypnosis, people in the audience were generally quite to ensure they could hear and understand what jokes/routines were taking place (something I misinterpreted as disinterest at one point).
As you can tell, these are small insignificant details. Yet, they (along with accidentally forgetting to include certain routines), made me feel like I lost my touch that show.
The kicker was seeing a group of people approach me after the show, which is normal. This group consisted of some of the volunteers as well as some of their friends.
While the volunteers specifically came up to thank me, their friends followed suit simply to hear me talk about the show, psychology and more with expressions of happiness and awe.
This was the moment I realized, yet again, that I was taking things out of context and that despite the crowd size, those who attended enjoyed their experience (whether as an audience member or volunteer).
The truth comes down to a simple fact, we hypnotists have trained in, tweaked, polished and perfected each of their own approaches to hypnosis. Yet, we take it personally if there’s not a lot of laughing from the audience, if they’re quite and we can’t see their faces, if we see they’re faces and they looked tuned-in versus happy, etc.
We sometimes take these things personally without realizing the obvious: they’re there to watch what we have in store for their peers on stage, they want to ensure they’re quite enough to hear/understand everything and that your volunteers’ experiences matter more than how often or hard your audience laughs.
This week’s video demonstration is an example of a good show I misinterpreted the outcome of…
Concentrate on the safety of your volunteers and their time on stage. At the end of the day, as long as they fully enjoyed their experience, you’ve successfully done your job.
While audiences reactions (such as group laughter) are a great sign for you, remember that not everyone laughs out loud all the time and some want to ensure they don’t miss what’s being said/done next.
I’ve seen many get upset over decent shows simply because they didn’t have a ton of volunteers, the audience was very big or the audience laughed very little. All this and possibly more despite the praise they received from the organizers, volunteers and volunteers’ friends after the show (like I had).
You have an incredible skill that many still don’t understand (even half as much as you do). You have the ability to make people experience things through the psychological help of hypnosis that they wouldn’t otherwise believe they’d be capable of.
So, in closing, you’re awesome, you should be proud of your knowledge of/dedication to the craft and continue to connect with like-minded individuals that inspire you to keep growing. In the long-run, if nothing else, you’ll have had a memorable time with a skill you can carry with you for the rest of your life.
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