For many people hypnosis can seem like something that requires a superpower. The reality is that nothing could be further from the truth.
Hypnotizing a person is something that almost anyone can do. All you need is a willing participant and a little bit of patience and practice.
Oh and you'll probably need to know how too!
So let me take you through what you need to know in order to hypnotize someone:
Step 1. Make sure that you are in an environment where you will not be disturbed and you are able to get the full attention of your subject. That means turning off phones, computers and pagers.
Step 2. Next you will need to have the full attention of your subject. They need to be willing and able to follow each of your instructions.
Step 3. Get the subject to focus on a spot somewhere on the wall and begin your hypnotic induction. There are many different hypnotic inductions that you can do. The Dave Elman induction is probably the simplest and most powerful a beginner can use.
Step 4. Stay calm and relaxed during the induction. Allow yourself to speak slowly and rhythmically so as to keep your subject calm and focused. It does not matter if you have to read your induction.
Step 5. Keep going. Do not allow the fear of failure or something unexpected to put you off. To be a good hypnotist it's important to be relentless in perusing the hypnotic state. When a person is in hypnosis they are not unconscious. So it does not matter if the person moves, coughs or scratches themselves.
Step 6. Remember to bring them out of hypnosis at the end of your session! Although people naturally either fall asleep or come out of hypnosis by themselves it is important to bring them out properly. A simple count from 1 to 5 will do the trick confidently.
Learning to hypnotize someone takes a little practice. It's okay to repeat the steps over and over again with the same person. Hypnosis is not a one shot deal. The more times you do the induction with the person the more chance you have of getting the correct state of mind.
I recall that all it took me was a few hours before I was able to hypnotize my first subject. Whilst it takes more practice and understanding to get the kind of hypnosis phenomena you see on YouTube and the TV, you will be well on your way to hypnotic mastery.