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Does it Work?

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in NLP ·
Tags: NLPDoesitwork
When I talk to people about NLP, if they've never heard of it I find  that's the best response. If they have, then NLP is a bit like Marmite.  They either love it, or they hate it. If they hate it, I don't generally  waste much time trying to convince them. I know people who have spent  around an hour trying to convince someone of the benefits of NLP, and  failed miserably! In fact, in some cases it's made it worse. I believe  that if NLP is "sold" in the right way, i.e. not pushy, not making it  out to be a "cure all", and done in a way which invites people to  experience the benefits, then it then becomes soemthing people want,  rather than reject.
I also believe that as you become more skilled  at using NLP, it becomes an unconscious process, working for you every  day, all the time, without you really having to consciously think about  structure and process. I believe that if someone can detect you're  "doing" NLP, then you need to practice some more, and then practice even  more, until it becomes an unconscious process.  I know from my  experience of delivering training at Master Practitioner level, when it  becomes an unconscious process, it's like a light bulb moment. That  doesn't mean that after you have achieved your outcome, you can't then  review the process consciously. I often reflect on experiences and think  "Oh, that was neurological levels", or whatever "technique " I think it  was.



Rapid or not?

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in Hypnosis ·
Tags: Rapidinstantinductions
I'm delivering a 4 day intensive hypnosis training course in London  between May 11th to 14th. It's been running for about 2 years as a 4 day  course. What I've discovered is that what makes the course a success is  the balance between using/knowing/practising a wide range of inductions,  both progressive and rapid. I've made a few enquiries of other training  providers, who i'm not going to name, and 95% of them don't or wont  teach rapid inductions as they say they're not suitable in a therapeutic  setting. Why not?  I teach that if a particular method works for the client, then that's fine. And the more tools and techniques you have at  your disposal means you can continuously adapt to the needs of your  client, doesn't it?



Make it Difficult

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in Public Speaking ·
Tags: #Presentations
Distraction can be dealt with!
Once you have learned your presentation off by heart, with plenty of practice, try delivering your presentation with a radio and tv switched on at high volume, or whilst carrying out a physical task. The more distracting the better.
Anything you can do to make the delivery a little more challenging. This will result in the presentation delivery on the day being much smoother, and it also takes away the "fear" element of something not being as it should, such as environmental noises, or other groups in the same room.



Accreditation

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in Hypnosis ·
Tags: #accreditation
We are now accredited and approved by the C.M.C. (Complimentary Medical Association). We are pleased to be affiliated to this great organisation which has a huge input into the regulation and standards of comlimentary medice worldwide.



Is meditation bad for you?

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in Hypnosis ·
Tags: #meditation
New Scientist 12th August 2020 article - "Studies show that about 1 in  12 people who try meditation experience an unwanted negative effect,  usually a worsening in depression or anxiety, or even the onset of these  conditions for the first time,"  Interesting read backed up by research  from 55 studies. Written by Clare Wilson.

I posted this on facebook, and of not surprisingly poked a hornets nest! Opinions were differening, some very defensive, and some not so much. I have to say i'm a believer in science. I know stats can be manipulated, and science can be " moulded", but when you have 55 case studies, all published in scientific journals all saying the same thing then i find that hard to dismiss, whatever my personal beleif system. Some of the stidies showed that meditation casued andxiety, and even depression in some of the participants. If I remember correctly it was 1 in 12. That doesn't mean meditation is bad, it means that we need to be aware that even good things can have negative results for some people. Holding the belief that we're all different works for me! There is no one size fits all when it comes to human beings.



Use Video!

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in Public Speaking ·
Tags: Publicspeakingvideo
 
 
It's a well-known fact that most people hate seeing themselves on camera, whether it's a still or a video. As a speaker/presenter it's absolutely essential to become comfortable with how you look and sound on camera. Your voice will never sound like it's you. This is because we hear ourselves differently to those externally, which means we will always sound different when we hear our recorded voice.
 
 
Most people now have a video capable smartphone, with good to excellent image quality. Use the video to record yourself delivering your talk. Once you have recorded the first "take", then review the video and give yourself feedback on what you could do differently the next time.
 
 
Because it's a live video, and you are delivering the feedback to yourself, it's way more effective than having a coach or trainer give feedback. A coach or trainers feedback will always be subjective, and based their map of the world, not yours. As a challenge, prepare a short presentation, about 2 minutes, (an introduction to yourself is always useful), then record it, review and feedback. Repeat 10 times. Finally, watch the 10th "take", then rewatch the 1st "Take" and notice the difference. This is a great way to really improve your presenting skills.



Stories Connect

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in Public Speaking ·
Tags: Stories
 
"The audience won’t remember much about what you said, but they'll remember how you made them feel"
 
 
This is such a true quote, and a great maxim to apply to speaking. Using personal stories is a great way to make a real connection with your audiences. People will have had similar experiences, and as they connect with those experiences they will generate emotions, and strong feelings based around your story. The key is to make the story connect directly to your message. The technique is the same as story writers use to create films/books. There's a good guy, a bad guy, a hero, tragedy, redemption etc., and these scenarios can all be applied to your speaking sessions. Using metaphors is also a great way to connect, and to help audiences understand what might be a complex topic. Giving them a "real life example" of the "thing" in action is much more powerful than saying "This thing is great and you should all get one". A great way to introduce a story/metaphor is simply to say "Let me give you an example of that"....



Applied Hypnosis

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in Hypnosis ·
Tags: Hypnosis
I'm often asked to explain what is "Applied Hypnosis". For me, hypnosis  is not just about "fixing " stuff. As a generalisation, most people  divide hypnosis into 1 of 3 categories. Stage, clinical, and self. Those  definitions are okay up to a point, but they don't really portray how  useful hypnosis is in a much wider context.
Hypnosis can be applied  to any area where there is a thought process driving the outcome.  Athletes rehearse a race hundreds of time mentally before getting  anywhere near the track, golfers mentally rehearse their shots before hitting the ball. There's hundreds more examples.
These are  all scenarios that require mental rehearsal, and are therefore perfect  for the application of hypnosis. You'll find that a lot of people will  just dismiss this idea and say it's "just thinking about it". Well, yes  it is, and hypnosis can be used to direct that thought process, helping  the unconscious mind to really prepare and achieve the outcome. So,  applied hypnosis is just taking the concept of hypnosis, whatever your  definition of that might be, and applying it to areas of your life that   maybe need a few tweaks here and there to achieve your goals.



NLP & Science

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in NLP ·
Tags: NLPScienceMasterPractitioner
NLP has been with us since around 1975, and still has it's skeptics. I  spoke to someone yesterday who said "There's absolutely no science  behind NLP". I didn't continue the conversation, as the outcome would  have not been worth the effort, and i'll likely not see that person  again any time soon. It always amazes me though, how people can dismiss  something based on lack of scientific evidence, but won't pay any  attention to anyone who has had great results through using NLP. I've  seen/facilitated hundreds of life changing breakthroughs on Master  Practitioner courses, and I couldn't honestly attribute any of them to  science.



Take your time!

Training - Steve Adams
Published by in Public Speaking ·
Tags: Pausingspeakingpresentations

 
One of the most common traits of nervous presenters is the speed at which they manage to deliver their words! It's like the formula 1 of the communications world, where every word, sentence and paragraph has to be delivers as quickly as possible. The reason is, the end game is to get it over with. Be done and be able to go back to doing the everyday things.
 
Unfortunately, it does the speaker a huge disservice. Audiences need time to process and think about what you are saying, and maybe think about questions they have, or how what you're saying matches their idea, or conflicts with their ideas. Giving them time to process the information is vital. You can achieve this if you:
 
Speak more slowly than you would normally. To practice, create your 2 minute introduction, grab your video camera/phone, and record the first run at normal speaking pace. Now, record it whilst counting 1 elephant 2 elephant between each word. This will be a challenge! What you will discover is that somewhere between these 2 methods is your ideal speaking speed.
 
So now, add 1 elephant, 2 elephant, 3 elephant, 4 elephant at the end of each sentence/paragraph. Repeat and video. Review and feedback.



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