Hypnothoughts Live 2016
Las Vegas fun may be over for another year but my Mike Mandel Hypnosis t-shirt is perfectly intact as are my memories from all the great classes. The lights, shows and craps tables of Vegas were not the main draw … honestly.
I did play craps, of course, and I returned home with a respectable $114 USD in winnings and a dress for Dear Daughter #1. She has a swanky wedding in the fall and I used the dress as an incentive to win money. I loved it on sight; a little black number with gold and black fringe and the cutest neckline … ok, I am digressing.
Hypnothoughts Live was loaded with classes from business models to intensive hypnosis training. I attended workshops on public speaking, insomnia, musical inductions and working with students. My favourite workshop was in the final time slot of the conference. The instructor, Kevin Laye, was amazing; funny, knowledgeable and inspiring. He was partial hypnotist, partial scientist and a whole lot brilliant.
William Wood, the most enthusiast NLP instructor I have ever seen, presented a fun and interactive workshop . We had a lovely mutual admiration moment on the last day.
Preparation is King
I was thrilled to be speaking at the conference this year. Uber-prepared, my speech was finalized and memorized long before I left home. My PowerPoint was saved on two flash drives and two electronic devices. I brought three times the amount of handouts and business cards I needed as well as an extra electronic page turner with extra batteries. Most importantly, I brought a special adapter for my iPad to connect to the projector.
Did I say I brought an adapter? It was that crucial piece of equipment that I left in the Monte Carlo when my best friend and I moved to the conference hotel, the Orleans. After realizing it was not amongst my belongings, severe panic settled in. Fortunately, I learned that a fellow Storm Rider, Haris, had brought his computer and VGA adapter. Go Haris! I was good to go and great it was!
It was fun and gratifying to speak to my greatest mentor and friends.
As always though, just before I head into a new situation like this, I question the validity of my talk even though I know my stuff and have no stage fright whatsoever. Attending other presenters’ workshops increases my doubt when they present detailed protocols or success patterns.
I cannot decide if this is merely a self preservation tactic or nervousness disguised. My talk was motivational which set it apart from the practical presentations but, in the end, it was a positive thing.
It still begs question, as I know I am not alone, why do we doubt ourselves continuously?