Online Thought Leadership: Can Twitter Put You in a Trance?

Do people who know how NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) or hypnosis works have an unfair advantage on Twitter & Facebook, among other social networks?

I think they DO.  (Ummm…I KNOW they do. Some of my best friends are master NLP and persuasion artists and they have LOTS of Twitter followers who do what-ever-they-tell-them-to-do ;-).

If there was anyone who would know for sure, it’s Richard Bandler.

You know, THAT Richard Bandler. The one considered the “Grandfather” of NLP. And a REALLY great hypnotist.

Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-FormationsI was talking with a colleague and she happened to mention his new book, Richard Bandler’s Guide to Trance-Formation (she’s his publicist). I mentioned how fascinated I’ve always been with NLP and the ability to understand someone’s mental map and how they think. And how cool it would be to actually meet Richard Bandler.

What I told her I didn’t have was a simple explanation for what NLP actually is, and how it works.

I’ve read a lot of books that went into laborious details about it, gave all these long drawn out explanations on all of the terms, complete with illustrations of eyes looking up, looking down, looking left and down, looking right and up (reminding me of that rhyme we used to say in elementary school “Look UP, Look DOWN, Look at my THUMB, Gee You’re DUMB…LOL!).  I think they called them “accessing cues”…

All it did was make me dizzy and not want to think about it. So many unread pages….

So she sent me an email one day not long after and asked if I would be interested in interviewing him.  (umm..YES!!)

I got a copy of the book, and I must say that in the first 3 short chapters, I actually GOT what NLP is. Forever.

If you’re interested, it’s how we represent the world in our own mind – the map or model we create to make sense of and navigate around the world AND the distinct way we each process our experiences.

Does understanding how you process experience give someone an unfair advantage on Twitter when they want to persuade you to “click here” to “see”, or “listen” to or “download and read”?

Does knowing how to use certain words that are more hypnotic and trance-inducing than others make a difference in whether you actually take any action at all?

Good questions. Listen to my interview on The Business of Online Thought Leadership Radio with Richard Bandler and hear what he has to say about social media, hypnosis, trance and NLP.

It’s right here:

Does Twitter Put You In A Trance? Dr. Richard Bandler tells you the truth

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4 Comments

  1. Margit Crane says:

    Michelle,

    I’ve been fascinated by NLP since 1984. I was a new teacher, struggling with teenagers and my mentor used NLP techniques to help me become more purposeful with my students. Many years and many classrooms later I now have my own business working with teens. NLP works!

    Another funny story about NLP: I went to an NLP workshop about 5 months ago and they had a raffle for a free session. As they were pulling business cards I called out, “I hope you’ll pick my card!” And they did. It was a great free session 😉

    Margit Crane

  2. Greg Turner says:

    I heard you give a great talk yesterday at the Meetup on Social Media. As a former hypnotherapist, and a person very into hypnosis and NLP, I am so glad you are thinking about its application to Social Media. I just listened to your interview with Richard Bandler – great stuff. I love the way your thinking is headed, Michelle.

  3. MichellePrice says:

    Getting into their world with them…;-)

  4. MichellePrice says:

    Hi Greg!
    Sorry for the late reply! I have a new filter and it’s working really great. So many sploggers (spam bloggers 😉 )… I believe it’s the ability to influence that NLP provides. What I want people to know is how to recognize it when it’s being used to manipulate. Thanks for the kind words by the way. Richard is SO interesting!

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