This happened today and I thought I’d share it with you. If you need to build rapport with a crowd instantly then this is going to put you streets ahead and get you in sync.
At the moment I’m building a following around the Gold Coast, Qld and Far North Coast, NSW after moving here a fortnight ago. (Hence the absence of posts over the last few weeks. Moving keeps you busy).
So I thought I’d do something different and headed to Palm Beach/Currumbin Farmers Market. I’d visited there recently and spoke to the organiser. They have about 3,000 or so people pass through there each Saturday morning. At one end of the market there is a section for some musos. I was given 3 x 10-15 minutes sections when the musos had a break.
Here was a challenge. And I love challenges. Develop immediate rapport with a group of about 100 people and do a hypnosis demonstration. Each demo was a different group as they moved on after enjoying a bracket from the musicians while having a coffee.
To add a little more interest my hypnosis demonstrations had not been advertised. The only warning on the unsuspecting crowd was when the guitarist introduced me. Thats it.
First group was OK. Introduced myself. Mentioned the H word and you could feel a mix of interest as well as WTF. i spoke about one or two hypnotic concepts and then got a volunteer up to help demonstrate the finger vice and also bucket and balloon convincers. Quite a few, say 20 or so people, joined in. As I like to choose my battles for the greatest success I let her go back to the crowd and brought back the guitarists. Although, after that, the volunteer and a few others asked for my card and some info on hypnotherapy.
The second group was OK. Again, I introduced myself, got a volunteer and went to arm catalepsy after a handshake induction. This was good. And again, after the demo a few people wanted more info.
But I felt that I wasn’t capturing the whole crowd.
Last demo coming up. How can I approach this differently? I was noticing that I was listening to the music, feeling the sun, relaxing, hearing the birds etc. So I decided to utilise the experience that the crowd was having.
I got up. Introduced myself. And, already…you are sitting in the sun relaxing….listening to the music….talking with your friends….and you begin to have certain feelings……and that means that you can begin to think certain thoughts….and you notice that you are enjoying a certain state of mind….in essence you are experiencing a hypnotic state.
The connections was tangible as I could see most of the heads nodding in agreement with me as I was also nodding. Yes! One volunteer, more enquiries.
A great practice session and an opportunity to notice what I was noticing. More learning.
I trust that as you are sitting at your computer…reading this blog… you may begin to notice that you notice you can do this too :)
Have a great weekend. Love to hear your results as you implement this.
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