Over the last few months I’ve been receiving a good amount of e-mails asking me to do more reviews. A lot of my readers have told me that the reviews have really helped them filter out the good from the bad and saved them a lot of money and time by only dealing with training material that will make them better Hypnotists. So since you wanted more reviews I’m going to give you more reviews and I’m going to start it off with a review of Jeffrey Stephens Hypnosis Video Workshop.
Let’s Get Down To The Basics
I first heard about Jeffrey Stephens through Nathan Thomas one day while him and I were on Skype masterminding our plans to take over the world. Yep, you guessed it. I watched WAY too much Pinky and the Brain growing up.
During our talk Nathan was telling me about his friend who was getting really amazing results and doing some really awesome things with hypnosis. The one thing that intrigued me the most was his claim that he could get anyone to become a non smoker within 20 min. For anyone out there who actually see’s clients you know this is a very BOLD claim. A claim so BIG and BOLD that it got the attention of Igor.
The story goes that Nathan talked to Igor about Jeffrey Stephens and then the next thing you know Jeffrey Stephens was on a plane on his way to Las Vegas to attend one of Igor’s rare live training events which was paid for by Igor. That is one hell of a first impression in my opinion.
Well a few months ago Jeffrey released his first hypnosis training project which was a video recording of a hypnosis workshop he put on for a number of students. Due to being busy working on my launch of TRANCED OUT at the time I didn’t get to purchase it when it was released, but a friend of mine did and let me watch it for review purposes. So let’s get right into the review of Jeffrey Stephens Weekend Hypnosis Workshop…
Jeffrey Stephens Weekend Hypnosis Workshop Review
This project is basically a collection of online videos which were recorded from a live event that Jeffrey put on. The video was broken up into 8 different videos with each one covering a number of different topics and subjects. Beside the videos Jeffrey also included a cool 50 page manual filled with tons of techniques and step by step instructions to help you get the most out of the training videos. Beside the videos and the manual you also get a masterclass Jeffrey did with Igor and a few other cool bonuses which you can learn about on his sales page.
BTW, This hypnosis training is completely digital just so you know. This means you get instant online access to it once you purchase it. This isn’t a physical product that is shipped to you. I just wanted to make sure I mentioned that little detail.
Now, for those of you who are into production value and enjoy movie level editing then you may be a little let down. The videos are your standard online videos and don’t have any special Hollywood qualities or effects. For the most part this is a pretty cut and dry hypnosis training course. So while the production of the videos won’t win Jeffrey any awards the content he provides is solid and to my surprise, quite unique.
The first thing you will notice is that he has a very commanding presence. There is NO doubt in my mind that Jeffrey believes himself to be the BEST hypnotist in the world. I have said this before and I’ll say it again. If you don’t have confidence you don’t have ANYTHING!
Jeffrey isn’t an academic teacher by any means, but his love and passion for this profession come through every word he speaks. He has a very laid back style and doesn’t believe in censoring himself one bit. I’m not talking about cussing or anything. I just mean he speaks his mind when he wants and doesn’t hold back just because it’s the socially accepted thing to do. He loves hypnosis, uses it all the time, attempts fun and new things with it and isn’t afraid to tell you so.
Jeffrey covers a massive amount of techniques, topics and subjects, but begins the class with a nice strong hypnotic foundation by talking about Context, Intent, Compliance and Congruity. As Jeffrey speaks on these subjects you can tell that they play a major role in the work he does and that they are the support beams of his hypnotic belief system. You’ll hear him talk about these principals throughout the entire training and with good reason.
The Intent and Context
The intent you have is your outcome, your goal. Another way to say this would be your surety of outcome or the absence of doubt. One example would be knowing 100 percent without a doubt that you are going to hypnotize this person, allow them to have a good time and exit the trance feeling great. It’s critical to know your intent before you even begin. This will serve as your subconscious guide in many ways. The context is basically anything that gets the subject mentally examining what they know about hypnosis.
These two principals set the stage in so many words and when understood properly will give you a strong hypnotic foundation. Jeffrey goes over these two principals more times then I would like, but I guess he wanted to make sure his audience/students understood how important they are for long term success.
Compliance: Are They Following Your Instructions?
Jeffrey then begins to cover the concept of compliance which is something I pay a lot of attention too when I work with people. Compliance is basically having the subject follow your instructions. This can be done in a number of different ways which he talks about on the videos. Compliance makes sure your subject is following your instructions, listening to you and also helps to build rapport. I never move on with hypnotizing anyone unless compliance is there first. From compliance Jeffrey touches on the subject of CONGRUITY.
Congruity: Do Your Words Reflect Your Actions?
A simple way to define CONGRUITY is basically when your physiology matches your spoken words. For instance, if you are speaking about confidence, but don’t stand up straight or look at your audience your may come off as not being congruence because your body doesn’t match what your saying. It’s important for your words and actions to speak the same language. Many people believe that are spoken words only make up about 7 percent of our total communication. This is a very important skill for new hypnotist to learn.
Beside those topics Jeffrey also covers subjects ranging from Instant Inductions, Super Suggestions, Complex Deepeners, Hypnotic Phenomena, Change Work, How to deal with smokers, Weight Loss, Safety and a number of other techniques which can be used for almost any situation when working with a client/subject.
Each of the different topics are covered in detail and backed up with tons of personal examples as well as detailed demonstrations of each technique on members of his audience.
Here’s a clip of Jeffrey producing the Hand Stick phenomena quickly without ANY formal induction. Remember as I’ve said before. The induction process is just a ritual…
Inside The Box or Outside The Box
Now, as I mentioned Jeffrey is quite confident in his approach and very blunt. Jeffrey let’s it be known that he does not believe in just using hypnosis in an office or a stage or on the street. Jeffrey believes that hypnosis should be used everywhere and that one of the WORST things you can do is waste a TRANCE state. I say trance state because Jeffrey does not believe Hypnosis is trance and vice versa. Jeffrey also doesn’t believe in the idea of self hypnosis. It’s outside of the box thinking like this that I enjoy. I really believe that you need to be exposed to different trains of thoughts if you want to become great at hypnosis.
Jeffrey believes that hypnosis should be fun and that your main purpose The Hypnotist is to make sure people are happy and have a good time after working with you. Overall his approach is very simple which is a nice change of pace from those out there who want to make something which is so simple so confusion and complicated.
Many of the techniques including in the course such as the “Golden Box” and the “Magic Mirror” can work with almost any type of problem your client may have. They are quick, effective and easy to remember.
My Pet Peeves With This Training
As you can tell from the review I have enjoyed this hypnosis training. I’ve taken more then one golden nugget from this course which is rare nowadays. Still, I wouldn’t feel right calling this a review unless I also listed a few of my pet peeves with this project. Please keep in mind that everyone has different taste and opinions on hypnosis trainings and the statements I’m about to make are just my own personal opinions.
I had to put that in writing so die hard Jeffrey Stephens fans don’t throw rocks at me while I walk the streets.
My biggest problem with this product is the amount of talking Jeffrey does on this course. I know, you’re thinking what the hell are you talking about Josh? Obviously Jeffrey does a lot of talking on the program as he is teaching it, but there are parts on the program where Jeffrey just seems to go off topic and takes forever to move on to the next section.
Most of these moments start off with good intentions, but eventually they just seem to become long stories which lead nowhere in my opinion. There are only a few moments like this during the entire training, but those few moments just seemed to go on forever for me. Most of these moments arrive from answering questions from students in the class and the beginning of the answer usually provides some good insight.
Still, there were times where it felt as if he answered the question pretty damn good and he should have moved on to the next section. Another example would be when someone goes off on a rant and just keeps going instead of eventually moving on.
I know some people don’t mind that type of stuff, but this was just one pet peeve for me. Don’t misunderstand me either because the majority of this program is pure content, but I had to mention it as it was just something that bothered me.
The other problem which may turn some people off is how candid Jeff is with the audience. Jeffrey loves using hypnosis and he makes no excuses for it. Some of his experiences and stories he shares may offend certain Hypnotists because Jeffery admits to using hypnosis in some very “interesting ways”. Now don’t get me wrong as he does practice safety, but just a warning for those of you who are very serious about this professional. If you are going to watch this training you NEED to keep an open mind and have a sense of humor as Jeffrey does talk about some things that are outside the box.
The Conclusion Of This Review
Overall, this is a very complete training if you’re looking to learn how to hypnotize people or just looking to add a new technique or two to your hypnotic toolbox. The videos along with the manual walks you through each step of Jeffrey’s approach. A good way to look at how this training program is set up is to think of it as a jig saw puzzle. Each piece of the puzzle is important to seeing the BIG picture. Once you take those pieces and start to put the puzzle together the picture begins to make sense and by the end you have the COMPLETE picture.
No knowledge or prior experience is needed for this training even though some prior hypnosis training won’t hurt. Jeffrey’s approach is very simple so if your looking for complex systems, deeper meanings and all that stuff then this course isn’t for you. Jeffrey has a confident style which will appeal to some and not others, but the fact remains the guy knows his stuff and everyone could take a page out of his book as far as his confidence level goes. If you are a Street Hypnotist, Stage Hypnotist or Clinical Hypnotist you’ll get something out of this course in my opinion.
Overall, I rank this training 8 out of 10. If you’re interesting in learning more about Jeffrey Stephens and his Weekend Hypnosis Workshop Training Course then click the link below. That page will also feature a couple of clips from his hypnosis training course as well.
P.S. I didn’t really touch on the manual that Jeffrey includes with this video training course, but it’s a awesome resource. I would say about 96% of the material Jeffrey covers in the course is laid out in the manual. You’ll get step by step instructions for all the techniques he mentions in the video as well as his entire hypnotic process laid out.
So if you decide to get the course make sure you review the manual a couple of times to make sure you get the most out of it.