Hypnosis is a powerful technique to make the unconscious mind contribute to the change process.
Ericksonian Hypnosis for Business and for Individuals
Milton Erickson is probably one of the most famous hypnotists who has ever lived. He gave his name to a style of therapy known as Ericksonian Hypnosis. Arguably it is the purest form of hypnosis because it just "happens" without any of the usual psychological props.
Ericksonian hypnosis is a very respectful method. There is no authoritative command. The Therapist has a very high degree of rapport with the subject and uses indirect suggestions. Erickson's sessions would often begin with apparently simple chat or story telling as the subject relaxed. Observing the subject's reactions the Therapist just uses confusion and very unspecific language to get the subject into trance. Very often the person would find him/herself deeply relaxed and in a suggestive state without even realising that anything had happened. he/she would simply be relaxed and listening to the Therapist. The indirect and embedded suggestions of Ericksonian hypnosis would bypass the relaxed conscious mind and slip directly into the unconscious where, if phrased correctly, they would be accepted without resistance. The style has been described as "artful vagueness". Although Ericksonian hypnosis is famous for its subtle inductions, it does include some specific techniques. Probably the most famous of these are the confusion technique.
To Erickson the unconscious mind was not a repressed Freudian entity but part of everyday life that was always aware. Where NLP is using a language of precision and details, Hypnosis will exactly do the opposite. Non specific and confusing language will keep conscious mind busy, trying to understand while you will be sending the right message to the unconscious mind directly. I often use hypnosis in an informal way, using the techniques at certain moments of the session to anchor changes in the unconscious mind of the client. In business, Hypnosis can help on many ways. Formally or informally used, it can help the process either in conflict situation, on change process, or anywhere the unconscious mind can be the strong link to get the right results. As a business man, you can be facing situations where a hypnotic trance can help you moving on, crossing the bridge or the edge keeping you away from your goal or the realisation of your goal.