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A highly emotionally-charged hypnosis session by George Bien

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A dynamic hypnosis demonstration by George Bien

George Bien demonstrating hypnotic suggestibility testing

George Bien
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Gary Null's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing.

George Bien was
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Hypnotic suggestibility testing

George Bien
featured in the "Best-Seller"
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Just A Breath Away
by Rev. Ed Tabbitas.

George Bien conducting an hypnosis seminar for the Somnambulistic Sleepwalkers


Three needles inserted in hand and subject feels absolutely nothing!!

Needle Anesthesia with Hypnosis

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Below: A modern medical miracle facilitated by hypnosis.

Lennie and George
Lennie & George

George Bien's hypnosis graduate Lennie (above), was casually sitting on one of those large exercise balls, she slipped back and hit the top of her spinal column in such a way (one shot in a million) that her head was literally disconnected from her spinal cord. If she had moved a fraction of an inch in any direction, her head would have literally disconnected completely!

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The Questions!

1. “I know that you are both a hypnosis and an NLP trainer. When working with clients do you favor any of the two. If so, which one, and why?”
2. "I’m told that I’m rather bland in front of a group.  How did you become a person of so many personalities?”
3. " I was told that my emotions would only interfere with my objectivity, and that I must maintain an emotion-free attitude to maintain that objectivity. What's your take on this?"
4. "I received my hypnotherapy certification a few years ago and work full time as a hypnotherapist. I love my work, and I'm doing a lot better than most of the hypnotherapists in my area, but I'm afraid that I might burn out. What would you suggest?
5. "Do you ever get hecklers or trouble makers in your talks or seminars? If so, how do you handle them?"

 

Dear George,

I know that you are both a hypnosis and an NLP trainer. When working with clients do you favor any of the two. If so, which one, and why? This is probably a very elementary question for you, but I'm newly certified and would appreciate your input.”

Thank you for your time.
-Darlene


 

Dear Darlene,

You bring back a lot of memories of when I was first certified. Almost every question I had was probably elementary for a seasoned pro, but the answers were important and eye-opening for me. In those days I met some extremely pompous, self-aggrandizing hypnotherapy trainers, but the majority of the ones I met were very humble and eager to share. William Ward said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." I hope that I can rate high in this hierarchy with my answer.

It's been said that all learning begins with the simple phrase, "I don't know". And a person's eagerness to learn contributes greatly to the outcome.

Let’s look at Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and how the process works. Richard Bandler said, “NLP is an attitude and a methodology that leaves behind a trail of techniques.” As you can see, in NLP techniques or patterns are last on the list. Before any technique can really be effective, the NLPer should first create rapport. Without this no technique will work. Within that frame is the “outcome.” Without a specific outcome, there’s no way of telling if the behavior is or isn’t relevant. And within that frame you must consider other outcomes, and if the desired outcome would conflict with other outcomes the client has, and/or the outcomes of important people in his/her life. This is ecology. It’s only then that one utilizes various NLP techniques. This is a wonderful structure to work within, and its effectiveness is self-evident.

Let’s now look at Hypnosis. My hypnosis mentor Gil Boyne called hypnosis “an emotionalized desire to satisfy the suggested behavior.” The important word here is “emotionalized.” The client actually feels like doing what is suggested. And the above initial frames are also necessary to create the hypnotic alliance between a client and the hypnotist. Namely: rapport, outcome and an ecological check. So you might think that we begin the same way with the two modalities. But there’s an exception. This “emotionalized desire” can be taken a step further. Hypnosis actually helps generate rapport, which is “a meeting of the minds of the emotional level.”

According to Spiegel (1978), there are three major styles for evoking or inducing the trance state:

  1. Fear. One can be frightened into a trance state by the use of fear and coercion.
  2. Seduction. Under appropriate conditions a person can be seduced into a trance state. This can be sexual, nonsexual, or a combination of both.
  3. Instruction and/or Guidance. A person can simply be guided or instructed into a trance state.

According to Boyne, there are five principles by which the hypnotic state is produced:

  1. Startling command. A shout, loud noise, or anything that gets our immediate attention, puts our protective filters off guard. Hence, our logic and reason are bypassed.
  2. Loss of equilibrium. We are born with only two fears: fear of falling and fear of load noises. If our equilibrium is challenged, our need to regain equilibrium supercedes any suggestion that might be implanted. It goes into our subcoscious directly.
  3. Misdirection - Physical misdirection / Mental misdirection. Similar to No. 2 above, this causes our conscious attention to be occupied and opens access to our unconscious.
  4. Mental Confusion. As above, this also occupies and tires the conscious, leaving an open door to the unconscious.
  5. Relaxation. This is self-evident. Relaxation is an ideal way to program the subconsious with new ideas.

Reading the above, you would probably think that hypnosis is much more powerful. Well here’s the clincher. NLP Change Techniques do not remain on the conscious level. They generate emotional responses, hence they integrate the subconscious. For any change to be permanent it has to be put on the unconscious/subconscious level. Hence hypnosis permeates any process that involves permanent change.

I don’t favor hypnosis over NLP, or NLP over hypnosis. I use a combination of the two. And whether I’m using NLP, EFT, Hypno-Kinesiology, Straight Hypnotherapy, or any other "change technique", as soon as the work is put on the emotional level, hypnosis has come into play. Without it, no change would be permanent.

Best always,
-George

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Dear George,

"A friend of mine took your 'Become a High-Powered Speaker and Trainer' workshop, and told me that you are a composite of some of the top speakers, also some actors, and even comedians, and you display an array of emotions when you present.  I’m told that I’m rather bland in front of a group.  How did you become a person of so many personalities?

Thanks,
-Andrew


 

Dear Andrew,

Will the real George Bien please stand up!  LOL!  Based on your final question Andrew, I’m guessing that what you said is positive.  So, “Thank you.”  I would just like to add that I sure hope that if anyone sees a lot of personalities in what I do, they realize that it’s not Les Brown, Wayne Dyer, Terry Cole Whittaker, or George Carlin that they’re watching, but George Bien!

We all have multi-personalities.  Have you ever thought about a movie that you’ve seen, and gotten into the role of the leading man or woman?  I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard friends of mine imitate Robert DeNiro’s character Travis Bickle in the 1976 movie “Taxi Driver”, when he’s standing in front of a mirror saying, “You talkin’ to me?  You talkin’ to me?  You talkin’ to me?”  Or imitating Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan in the 1983 film, "Sudden Impact", saying "Go ahead, make my day!" We all go through the imprinting period, the modeling period and the socialization period.  We are all natural modelers, and we integrate what we like about others, and sometimes even what we don't like, into our own personalities.  The difference is in how comfortable we are in expressing the many facets of our personalities.

When I watch a great speaker (not just listen to, but watch) I automatically get into the role of what they might be thinking, feeling, experiencing, etc.  This is also true when I watch a great actor or comedian.  To be congruent, you must be associated to the actual experience, or at least to your perception of the experience.

There are number of reasons why a person might not be as expressive as they’d like to be, and two common ones are: 1) they’re uncomfortable displaying vulnerability in front of others; 2) they could have disconnected from their emotions in general because of the pain often associated with feeling.  Ask yourself if any of these possibilities hit home.

I do my best in the speaking workshop to get people to literally strip themselves of inhibitions, and stretch.  I’ve cured myself of a paralyzing social phobia by stretching.  And I don’t mean stretching as one does before they do physical exercise.  My stretching was forcing myself to do some absolutely outrageous things (nothing harmful in any way to others or to me).  I might go into more detail about this in a future ezine.

Let me ask you Andrew, “Can you begin laughing (appropriately) in a social setting to the point that it becomes so contagious that others join in?  If you slipped and spilled a drink on yourself in a professional setting, would you be embarrassed, or would you simply find it amusing?  What if you ran on stage to give a speech at a convention and people started laughing before you began speaking.  You didn’t understand what was so funny, until you then noticed that a long trail of toilet paper was attached to your pants.  Would you be humiliated or would you simply laugh it off?"  Well, all the above have been part of my experiences.

If you haven’t already done so, start watching speakers, actors, comedians, etc. with a new attitude.  Naturally, they should be people whom you enjoy and admire.  Then make these people parts of you by modeling them.

Yours, mine and every else’s experiences are comprised of behavior, emotions, patterns of thinking, and the beliefs or assumptions on which those patterns are based.  Our behaviors, what we are feeling, thinking, believing, and how all of these elements interact with one another, combine to give rise to our experience at any given moment in time.  That assortment of content and relationships constitutes the makeup of the experience.  It is within these frameworks that we find the differences that differentiate someone who is proficient at a skill from someone who is not.  When you watch these people, ask yourself, “What behaviors, expressions, experiences are proof that a person is adept at what they do”?   Another aspect that is an absolutely essential element of experience in the creation of most abilities is, “Out of what beliefs is the person whose style you wish to emulate, operating”?   This might be a bit difficult to determine without actually speaking with the person.  So search for interviews that they may have given, and look for clues to their beliefs.

Space doesn’t allow me to elaborate more on this subject.  I would strongly suggest that you take an NLP Certification program, and/or a course in Modeling.  If however you have emotional blocks that need to be addressed, work with a qualified hypnotherapist.  You can get referrals by contacting the International Association of Counselors and Therapists: www.iact.org 

Best always,
-George

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Dear George,

"I'm a newly Certified Hypnotist, and I'm having difficulty separating myself from my clients. What I mean is I'm trying my best to disconnect emotionally. I was told that my emotions would only interfere with my objectivity, and that I must maintain an emotion-free attitude to maintain that objectivity. What's your take on this?"

-John
PS If you don't want to answer me, it's OK.


 

Dear John,

I'm a bit puzzled by your PS. Even if I didn't use your question in the ezine, why would I not want to answer you? I admit that due to the extraordinary volume of email that I receive, you'd have to be quite patient, and sometimes I do extend the patience of some writers.

Yes, you are correct in saying that as a hypnotist/therapist, you must be as impartial as possible, and maintain consistent objectivity. However, to disconnect from your emotions would make you no more than an automaton. Keep an open mind, avoid being judgmental to the best of your ability, conduct your initial calibrations based on sensory specific detail, then put together a recipe for effective change for the client. But you must bring yourself to this dinner table.

In previous e-zines, I’ve talked about getting out of one's own way. This, of course, is crucial. One does his/her best work when he/she allows the Heart of the Divine Intelligence to work through them. But John, the Divine Intelligence is working through YOU! To shut yourself off emotionally would mean that you wouldn’t feel the core of the Magnificence that would envelope the interactive therapeutic process.

As few days ago, I did a hypnosis presentation for a wonderful, highly consciously-raised group of people. As is usually the case, people form the group volunteered to come up and have me work with them. It was an absolutely delightful group, yet there was one young lady who said that she couldn’t be hypnotized. My mentor Gil Boyne taught that three things are necessary for successful hypnosis: 1. an excitement of the imagination; 2. mental expectancy; and 3. rapport. This lady’s imagination was hardly excited (even after watching a demonstration with another audience member), and her expectancy was one of total failure to enter hypnosis. She believed this completely. All I had to work with was the rapport. I won’t go into the details of the 20-or-so minutes that I spent with her in front of the group, but the end result was that, not only did she believe that she was hypnotized, we also did some wonderful change work. John, do you think that this would have been possible if I cut myself off from my emotions? If I just went through the gestures of being a staunch professional hypnotherapist who did his best to exclude his feelings and sense of connectivity? Of course not! With all the credentials in the world, I would not have been able to reach this wonderful lady if I didn’t allowed myself to blend, unify, mix, merge, fuse, unite (need I say more) with the experience.

To get out of one’s own way means to not consciously think the process through, but still be connected emotionally; to feel, sense, intuit, then modify, alter, adapt, adjust and revise as needed. Years ago, I also learned from my mentor Gil Boyne that one must not try to do anything while doing therapy; rather one should allow the very essence of the Divine Intelligence to manifest Its Presence. What the therapist becomes is the channel, the conduit for this Manifestation. This does not mean to disconnect emotionally. The essence of hypnotic rapport is a “meeting of the minds on the emotional level”, hence the emotional interchange, facilitated by Divine Guidance, becomes the ultimate prescription for effective change work.

Study the modality diligently. You must first know your stuff well to prepare yourself for any possible therapeutic interaction. Remember, “Repetition is the mother of skill”. Then it’s time to let go and intuit. It’s like the musician who studies and internalizes his scales and arpeggios then while performing lets go completely of these rudimental elements, and loses him/herself in the music, allowing the God-given, emotionally-driven, heartfelt, spontaneous musical tapestry to unfold.

Learn your craft well John, then let the Divine Intelligence work through you.

Best always,
-George

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Dear George,

"I received my hypnotherapy certification a few years ago and work full time as a hypnotherapist. I've developed quite a large clientele and see 20 to 25 clients a week. The sessions last about 2 hours. Now, here's my challenge: When my day off finally comes around, I feel so drained that it's difficult for me even get out of bed. Don't get me wrong, I love my work, and I'm doing a lot better than most of the hypnotherapists in my area, but I'm afraid that I might burn out. What would you suggest? Also, what techniques would you recommend one should use with people who have trouble with imagery."

Thanks in advance,
-Lawrence


 

Dear Lawrence,

Hey, it's only one question per customer. Just kidding!
I'm going to answer your second question first. You used the word "imagery". For a person to have trouble with imagery, he/she would have to be blind, deaf and paralyzed. And even in such an extreme case, they would probably experience some form of imagery. Imagery can be visual, auditory and/or kinesthetic. I believe that you mean "visualization", which is strictly visual.

We all know the old Chinese Proverb that says, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. The literal translation actually is: “A picture’s meaning can express ten thousand words”.

Having a strong visual ability is a great asset. There are many therapeutic techniques, like the NLP “Fast Phobia Cure”, that work best visually. People are born with the ability to visualize but some lose a bit or most of that ability over time due to lack of use. Yet what is interesting is that often these same people actually see very well with their eyes closed when they dream quite vividly. My father will tell you that when he closes his eyes, he can’t see anything. Yet when asked to describe a car he previously owned, or a person he knew in his youth, he describes both quite well. His eyes also move up left, which in NLP terminology means that he is accessing visual-remembered information as a normally organized person. He has simply lost touch with an ability that he actually still has. An exercise you can do with your clients is to have them stare at an extremely well-lit object for a few moments (focus a lamp or flashlight on the object). Have them then look away and attempt to reproduce the image in front of them with their eyes open. After this exercise is satisfied, have them attempt to reproduce the image with their eyes closed. Then have them go back and forth - eyes open, then eyes closed - attempting to reproduce the image.

Below is my adaptation of a B. J. Hartman induction that can be used with people who can visualize but need a little help in boosting that ability. It can also be effective as a form of disguised hypnosis with a client who may have some fears about being hypnotized. Bernard James Hartman wrote a wonderful book, “A System of Hypnotherapy” (1980 Burnham Inc. Publisher).

While the client is still in the waking state, say the following: “What I would like you to do is to close your eyes and visualize or imagine some things, and when you do, let me know that you have done so by nodding your head. If you understand what I mean, please nod your head now. Good . . . . . Excellent. I want you to visualize or imagine a house . . . . That’s right . . . . Now, a tree . . . . good, very good. Now I’d like you to imagine a person . . . . That’s right, and now an animal . . . . Good.” After the client imagines each suggested picture, begin chunking it down (types of house; type of tree; type of person; type of animal). Continue this until the client is able to imagine or visualize a number of suggested objects. When the client successfully creates the suggested images, say to the client: “That’s good. Now just keep your eyes closed, and in your mind’s eye, see yourself as you are here, sitting in the recliner (chair, etc.), except for one thing - the image of yourself has his/her eyes open . . . .”

“My comments now will NOT be directed towards you. Rather, they will be directed to image of you in your mind’s eye. I want you to see that image of you with his/her eyes open, staring out into space . . . . . Staring so much that your image of you has a desire to close his/her eyes. Eyes tiring . . . . . oh so heavy . . . . . oh so drowsy . . . . . oh so sleepy . . . . . The image of you just wanting to close those eyes . . . . . feeling so good . . . . . yet so . . . . . . drowsy . . . . . so droopy . . . . . . so sleepy . . . . . . Now, just let me know by nodding your head, when that inner image of you closes his/her eyes. Eyelids . . . . . . so heavy . . . . . . so very heavy . . . . . . . so droopy . . . . . . so sleepy. Good . . . . . . now just go deeper into relaxation.” Gauge your suggestions based on your calibration of the client’s responses. For more on using imagery with your clients, read the section on "Effective Uses of Imagery" below.

Now let me answer your first question:
It sounds to me like you might be on the verge of burnout. You might even be there already. Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding. Don’t confuse this with clinical depression. Burned-out people are often happy and productive in non-work activities during the early stages. Clinical depression dominates all aspects of a person’s life.

Occupations that are usually most prone to burnout include hospital nurses caring for the terminal ill, dentists, because the feedback from their patients is mostly negative, and the top echelons of the business world, mostly “Type A” personalities. Burnout candidates are usually idealists who chose a career because it promised a lifetime satisfaction.

Here are six basic symptoms of burnout:

  1. Irritability and a general distrust of others’ intentions.
  2. No new ideas in the past six months.
  3. Lack of physical and/or emotional energy.
  4. Feelings of isolation and lack of personal support.
  5. Urge to get out of present job situation.
  6. An attempt to feel good about self by focusing on “how much” one does.

Lawrence, I’m not suggesting that you are definitely experiencing burnout. However, if you are experiencing a number of the above symptoms, it’s definitely worth investigating.

More info on burnout:
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/burnout_signs_symptoms.htm

http://www.mindtools.com/stress/Brn/StressIntro.htm

For a detailed description of symptoms of burnout, check out Dr. Beverly Potter’s extensive summary:
http://www.docpotter.com/boclass-2bosymptoms.html

Here are some tests you can take to find out if you are experiencing burnout, and to what degree..
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_08.htm

http://www.lessons4living.com/burnout_inventory2.htm

http://quiz.ivillage.co.uk/uk_work/tests/burnout.htm

Let me know how things turn out Lawrence.

Best always,
-George

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Dear George,

"Do you ever get hecklers or trouble makers in your talks or seminars? If so, how do you handle them?"

Thanks,
-Michael


 

Dear Michael,

This is certainly a timely question.  I feel blessed that I haven’t had a real trouble-maker or problem person in my seminars for longer than I can remember.  I’ve happily been attracting people of great quality and character.  Yet something happened at the 2007, IACT-IMDHA Miami Conference that was quite the contrary.

I was excited about giving my talk “Celebrating Change”, yet the equipment problems and a disruptive table in the back of the room were enough to dampen any speaker’s sparkle.  The wireless microphone had a popping and buzzing sound, so I had to use a hand-held, wired one, with a short cord no less.  To top this off, a table in the back of the room was getting more attention than my speech, due to the loud conversation of one of the attendees.  Normally, I would have simply walked up to the table and try to win over the talker by engaging in the conversion, but the short mike cable didn’t allow for much mobility.  I tried a “dramatic momentary silence”, but that only opened the door for the person’s louder conversation.  In hopes of disarming the talker, I was about to bring the obviously needed attention to the table by acknowledging its “wonderful celebrity”, when a sudden hush took over the room and the attention was back on my talk.  It was smooth sailing from that moment on, and I enjoyed delivering the message in a passionate and fun way.  I found out the next day that a conference attendee actually walked up to the table (out of my view) and scolded the loud-talking perpetrator.  She said to the loud-talking woman, “We paid to come here and hear George speak.  You are a presenter at this conference.  You should know better!”  Pretty strong words, don’t you agree?  There’s no need to tell you who the “attention-seeking-talker” was.  I’ll just say this, “She must have needed more attention than she was getting!”  How sad.

In this case, I don’t deserve the credit for defusing the disruptive individual.  The talker was put in her place by a conference attendee - an even better scenario.

There are basically four types of people that you will have in a seminar/audience.  Let’s start with the “Emotive”.  As the name implies, these people are emotionally-driven and are usually well-liked.  They’re people-people. They don’t like details. They are process-oriented and enjoy interaction.  They smile and gesture enthusiastically and are fun to be around.  The can see the big picture. They like getting attention.

The next type is virtually the opposite.  It’s the “Director”.  Even though these people are process-oriented, they deal specifically with facts, and are very good at separating business from personal relationships. Their gestures are forceful. They take command, and often come across as being “pushy.”

“Reflective” people are precise, calculating, and scientific.  They do a lot of research and are very detail oriented.  Their work often defines who they are, and if you tactlessly insult their work, it’s like killing their children.  If they have a weakness, it’s called “Analysis-Paralysis.”

Finally, “Supportive” people are light-hearted, well-liked, laid back, and may not speak a lot in seminars, workshops, meetings or gatherings. They like knowing what the ground rules are and like things spelled out.  One of their best qualities is that they are superb listeners.

In your seminar you could say something like, “This is what we are going to cover in the next two hours . . . . . . . . . . I know that it’s important to have the facts, so here are the important points . . . . . . . . . . Now let’s look at the big picture, so I can fine tune each segment in detail . . . . . . . . . . I will then put its usage in your hands . . . . . . . . . . " etc.

If your seminar, workshop or talk reaches each of these, you’ll most likely do a great job.

Let me now address problem attendees.  As I mentioned above, it’s been years since I had challenging situation in a workshop or talk but as the old saying goes, “Never say never!”  And sure enough, this month’s Miami Conference is a reminder that helps keep me on my toes. First of all, understand that attacks are opportunities to see what heights our development has reached. The personification of presenting is when we are able to turn the repartee into a win-win situation.  When you are doing your welcome and introductory portion of your presentation, consider creating a spot for answering questions. This will help you to more easily maintain control if an attack comes.  If you are faced with an attack, the first thing is to try to do is preserve the presentation location.  And if you see an attack coming, do your best to move away from the presentation location.  A good idea would be to teach your group to raise their hands when they want to ask a question or make a statement. This will later allow you to see the question coming and move away from the presentation location if necessary.  Should the attack happen when you are in the presentation location and you cannot get out of the area, then stay there, and when the exchange is over, consider moving to a new, clean location for the continuation of the content.

It’s difficult not to take an attack personally, so do your best to dissociate (go into third person/position) to decrease the intensity of your internal feelings. If you haven’t attained enough flexibility to switch back and forth between the five basic perceptual positions, practice the skill of dissociating ahead of time.  When the attacker is talking be still, look intelligent, and breathe deeply.  If the group senses that the presenter is calm and in control, they are more likely to be calm and in control themselves.  Remember: It’s usually not the content of the attack that is upsetting but the delivery of the attack, and especially the group’s reaction to the delivery.  Does the group perceive the attacker as inappropriate and different from them or are they siding with him/her?

Michael, there are a number of basic things that you can do with the irritants. The “Talker” is a common one.  He/she talks nonstop to you or someone else and ignores what you’re saying while talking with you.  With this type you can occasionally request his/her opinion about your material, and quickly move on. Solicit opinion occasionally and don’t prolong it.  You can also cut them off in the interest of time, suggesting that they follow up with you during a break.  I all else fails, stop talking and stare at them.

Another kind is the “Co-dependent”, who is heavily dependent, does not participate and conveys low self-confidence.  The key with this type of person is to draw them out. Ask them non-threatening questions (which you believe they can easily answer). Repeat the probing every so often to keep them involved.

One of the most annoying is the “Egomaniac”.  This is a pathetic individual who constantly challenges and contradicts what you are saying and offers opinions that differ from yours every chance he/she gets.  Call on this type of person early in your seminar/workshop.  They desperately need the attention.  Acknowledge they made a good point and make it clear that others may differ.  Remember, “It’s your room!!!”  If they continue to be disruptive you might need to have them escorted out!

Then you have the “Pompous Irritant” who arrives late, appears anxious and annoyed, looks busy, enjoys interruptions and often tunes out.  With this type of person, involve them in a task that requires follow-up as soon as they arrive. Tactfully talk to them during a break and ask for help.

Then there’s the “Constant Complainer” or “Whiner” who focuses on the negative, complains frequently, and expresses dissatisfaction about everything.  Remain patient and tactful with this irritant. Take the initiative first. If possible, recognize, address and handle problems before they get a chance to find them – room temperature, breaks, lunch, etc.

And here’s one of my favorites, NOT!  Mr./Ms. “Know-It-All”.  This person emphasizes his/her position of authority by telling everyone how important he/she is. “Know-It-Alls” need to have the final word on every issue, and may challenge you.  Use care with this pathetic soul.  He/she obviously has extremely low self-esteem, so acknowledge his/her status and thank them for attending.  Find opportunities to ask them to share their opinions/experiences.

There is so much I can write about this subject Michael, but space does not allow me to do so.  The above will give you a jump-start on dealing with situations that all speakers dread, but have experienced some time in their careers.  And here’s a little plug: You might consider taking my “Become a High-Powered Speaker and Trainer” Boot Camp.  During a segment of the program, while speaking you are actually challenged to deflect various attacks from class participants, including me. Click here for a brochure (PDF file).

Best always,
-George

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Note: More answers will be added regularly!

The Questions!

1. “I know that you are both a hypnosis and an NLP trainer. When working with clients do you favor any of the two. If so, which one, and why?”
2. "I’m told that I’m rather bland in front of a group.  How did you become a person of so many personalities?”
3. " I was told that my emotions would only interfere with my objectivity, and that I must maintain an emotion-free attitude to maintain that objectivity. What's your take on this?"
4. "I received my hypnotherapy certification a few years ago and work full time as a hypnotherapist. I love my work, and I'm doing a lot better than most of the hypnotherapists in my area, but I'm afraid that I might burn out. What would you suggest?
5. "Do you ever get hecklers or trouble makers in your talks or seminars? If so, how do you handle them?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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