When it comes to weight loss hypnotherapy, or indeed any sort of hypnosis at all the general thought is that the ‘Magic Is in the Script‘. There are so many books available, and so many courses built around the ‘best’ scripts and a high price can be paid when wanting an ‘effective’ script for ‘Gastric Band Hypnosis’ for example. So, if there are so many books and courses available with super high prices attached, then they must be special and there must be a real skill to writing the ‘ideal hypnotherapy script’ right?
Maybe But Not Necessarily…
In fact, I believe the real magic of any hypnosis session or intervention with the client isn’t simply in the words that are being said but in everything else going on. So, in this short article (whilst I will discuss how to build an effective hypnosis script) the real work here is about the nuts and bolts of why any script can work or fail miserably, depending on who is using it.
It’s All In The Theatre Darling
First and foremost, let’s not forget the route of scripts. They come from theatre, and productions. They are used in soaps and films and they are nothing more than words on a page. And whilst there is such a thing as a badly written script, there is also a tremendous amount of brilliantly written scripts that we’re led to believe is simply ‘a bad film’ or ‘ a bad piece of theatre’ all due to the way in which the words are said, and all thanks to the actor playing out the role. So, Lesson One: Just as the actors are what make or break a film, it is the hypnotist that makes or breaks the results, and not the words.
The Script Begins Far Before The Client Closes Their Eyes…
The truth of the matter is that a script (in the conventional understanding of a hypnotherapy script that you may use when the client has their eyes closed) is simply a crutch, and (in my opinion) it’s simply an excuse to give us something to say whilst the client is programming their own mind for success. In this sense, if we are wanting a client to actually achieve weight loss results with hypnosis then we need to accept that the script, and the performance begins as soon as the client has their first contact with us. The ‘script’ is everything from the email, to the phone call enquiry, to the free consultation, to the wording in your after-care workbook or audio. The actual ‘closed eye’ hypnosis bit is the least significant part, if we’re following the direct suggestion, authoritarian model. And if you start believing in yourself you’ll see you really don’t need it!
If you do still feel more comfortable putting together a session outline or ‘script’ then you need to make it personal, and emotional. It needs to be hard hitting and it needs to ‘wake the client’ up to the reality of the road they’re on, and not put them to sleep. Whilst relaxing music and dolphin sounds can serve a great purpose, or tool when assisting clients with anxiety, or stress related conditions, if we’re wanting to motivate our clients into actually doing more and eating less, we need to be dealing with the hard hitting reality of where they are at. As a weight loss practitioner think heart attacks, and clogged arteries, think coffins and death, and then motivate with the images of their high energy, sexy, glamorous new life. Say goodbye to rainbows and unicorns and HELLO to theatre, charisma and hard hitting results.