Teenage Empowerment – Client Testimonial for Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Greater Seattle Clinical Hypnotherapy NLP ServicesHi, Greater Seattle Hypnosis Friends!

I like working with teenagers. Got a nice message from one young client today:

“I am so grateful for how much you helped me to change my life, decide my future, and grow as a person.” — A. R., Issaquah, WA.

That’s right!

A.R. was in a dark place in her life when she first came in for hypnosis & NLP services. She was making some unhealthy, self destructive choices.  That’s changed now.  New habits are in place.  She glows with life, confidence and positive energy.

I was thinking this morning about how Dr. Bandler’s work in developing Neuro Linguistic Programming (a high tech conversational hypnosis) has touched so many lives in powerful, wonderful ways. He’s the tree of NLP, I’m a branch from it as his Licensed Trainer of NLP ®, and I get to touch so many leaves (lives) through my teaching and client work.

Trees are a beautiful metaphor.  Life and growth and strength.  I think people, including young people, are incredibly powerful–if they only knew how to access and activate that power.  I know how to help do that.  It’s called NLP.  And it’s what I teach students at Mindworks NLP and do with clients at my Bellevue hypnotherapy clinic, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.

Learn more anytime!

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm) Mindworks Hypnosis

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP ™

All the Best,

Improve Confidence and Kick Self Doubt Out the Door with Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Make your own best decisions, call Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.

Make your own best decisions, call Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Sometimes life feels like random events move us creating random outcomes.  We might doubt our abilities, and hesitate or waffle on decisions–be those decisions large or small. We’re paralyzed with self doubt. Confusion.  Lack of confidence.  Indecisiveness.  Fear.

I think there’s a better way to live.

I found this ridiculous item at “Stupidiotic” store in Las Vegas.  It’s called the “Decision Aider.” For those who can’t decide.  A random magnetic pendulum helps you “decide.”

Do you want to keep waffling on decisions?  The answer is:  “No!”  What would it be like to live with confidence in yourself and your ability to make fast and clear-minded decisions?  That sounds preferable to me!  And guess what?  Hypnosis & NLP is a tool to create that in you.  With my trademarked process called Designer Feelings®, we build your: Unshakable confidence.  Clear thinking.  Quick synthesis of large amounts of information. Optimism.  And energy to go for it!  All blended into one powerhouse state of mind for success.

You know what’s nice about making a decision?  You’re doing something, you’re moving forward.  And that’s always good.  Even the wrong decision is better than the limbo-land of no decision.  Why is it better?  Because you can always take stock, change course, and make new decisions later.  That’s called “control.”

In the world of NLP, we express it as:  “There is no failure, only feedback.”  And that feedback helps us move in the directions we want.  Success, joy, fun, abundance, etc.

If you’d like to improve your confidence and decisiveness, we can help.  Our trademarked process is called Designer Feelings®.  That’s what we do, kick self doubt out the door, and then lock it.  So it can’t get back in.  And you’ll find yourself making the best decisions for your life.  The first one is calling Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  425-564-8608.

Connie Brannan, CHt.

Connie Brannan, CHt.

All the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of NLP®
Originator of Designer Feelings®

Not That, This! An NLP Visualization Technique for Positive Change

Happy successful life with NLP and hypnotherapy.Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

How would you like to learn to minimize problems out of existence?  You can!  Here’s an easy and powerful NLP technique to “explain to the brain” the things you want and the things you don’t want.  Not that!  This!

I was working with a lady in my office one day recently, and in the course of our work, she complained to me: “You’re minimizing my problem!” Yes! Yes, I am. And so should you. That’s the whole point of this work: to minimize problem(s) out of existence. And yes, we can.

Would you like to minimize your problems to the point that they don’t exist? Here’s an NLP technique to do just that. Literally.  Read more…


A problem is only a problem if we define it as such in our own mind and life. Take “stuck in traffic” for an example. Some people caught in Seattle traffic listen to music and smile and dream happy thoughts. Others smack the wheel in rage and hurl obscenities and skyrocket their blood pressure. It’s the same situation, the response is different.

One man’s misery is another man’s joy. My sister works in the field of accounting, and she loves it. It’s her passion. I did that work for awhile, and let me tell you, it was not my passion. It was mind dead boredom. I know a man who had his leg blown off in the war. He’s not vegetating in a wheelchair like others in his situation, he’s out and about helping design his own artificial running leg. He’s an athlete. And he runs.

Things stop us from achieving our goals only if we let them. The right mind set and the right set of driving emotions moves us forward. Here’s the great and relatively unknown aspect of all this. We control that mind set and set of driving emotions.

That control panel is called NLP. Neuro Linguistic Programming. We can control how we feel, think, and act. We can program (instruct) our minds to respond how it’s useful and appropriate to respond to move us forward towards our goals. Any goals. That’s NLP.

This control panel in our minds is sensory operated. It’s visual. It’s sound-based. It’s feeling based. And these things, pictures, sounds and feelings, lead us into behaviors and beliefs. People think of beliefs as solid things, tangible, like a rock. They’re not. They’re more fluid, like a flowing river. And we can change the direction of them at will. That’s NLP. It’s effective communication with our unconscious minds, that part of us which defines and determines our reality

This programming (instruct the mind) technique I’m sharing today is visual. I call it: Not that, This! It’s formal name is “The Visual Swish.” In this technique, we take the unconscious mind by the hand and show it clearly what we want. And what we don’t want.

When the unconscious mind understands what we want, it will take us there. A simple still image can convey an enormous amount of complex information and meaning. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” as they say. Looking at a picture, we absorb incredibly large amounts of data quickly.

Again, here’s the article:


Not that feeling, this one. Not that belief, this one. Not that habit, this one. Not that body, this one.

Play with this visual technique. It’s a five minute process which could change your thinking and your actions, your outlook and your life.

I hope you enjoy your “Not That, This!” outcomes. There’s so much more to this control panel in our minds. If you’d ever like to learn how to run your mind and optimize your life, take our Seattle NLP Training courses. Michael and I are Licensed Trainers of NLP ® through the originator of NLP, and we offer certification courses here in the Seattle area.

All the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Licensed Trainer of NLP ®
Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Two for One: Self Confidence Issues & Performance Anxiety Removed in One Session

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Hi, Seattle area and beyond Hypnosis Friends!

Yay, for success!  Here’s another happy client testimonial.  Desirae Townsend, of Maple Valley, WA. had two main goals entering my office.  As she told me, she had “struggled since childhood with a fear of performance.”  She wanted to share her music, her joy with her family, friends, other musicians, and was unable to do so.  She also had this ridiculous embedded belief:  ‘I’m not good enough.”  As I told her, “that’s got to go!”  And so we did.

She had one two-hour Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy session with me last month at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  We worked on those issues, and I also taught her self hypnosis as well.  She was kind enough to send me an update on her positive changes.  Here’s Desirae, sharing her excitement:

“Hi Connie,

I just wanted to give you an update on my progress post appointment for performance anxiety and self esteem.  About not feeling good enough… That has been totally reversed.  I never even think that anymore.  The cool part is that I used to get anxiety stepping into new situations by myself or sometimes even going to the store but now I don’t even question I, just step right in.  It’s been so awesome and I feel a huge sense of freedom!

Re: performance:  I have since had 3 guitar lessons and have had no trouble playing my guitar in front of my teacher or anyone else that I told you about. I’ve also used the self hypnosis tools you taught me numerous times since our session and they are working great as well.

Thank you so much!  You have changed my life!!  I’m so grateful to you!!!  I will always recommend your work!!  What you do to help people is so important and so powerful. Thank you again! I can’t say that enough.”  — Desirae Townsend, Maple Valley, WA.

Just a note on self hypnosis.  It’s a fantastic tool.  I offer it to clients.  Remember that old saying:  give a man a fish, he has dinner.  Teach him how to fish, and he has ability to feed himself for life.  Coming to my office is a nice, big salmon presented on a platter.  Self hypnosis is fishing!  I’m glad Desirae is using self hypnosis.

Find out more about what I do and how I can help you personally.  I offer private client sessions in my office in the beautiful Bellefield Office Park in Bellevue, WA.  I also offer a free in person consultation.  No obligation, and no cost.  Because, when people understand what this is, this transformational power of skilled NLP plus hypnotherapy, well, they jump on it!

Call me and we’ll set up a meeting.  I’m happy to do that!  My phone number is (425) 564-8608, and of course all my information is here:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net.

Best Seattle Hypnotherapist & NLPAll the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ®
Design Human Engineer ™
Persuasion Engineer ™
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

An Extra Piece of Chicken

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

I’ve added another article that I’ve written to our Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP website.  I invite you to check it out, and several other articles I’ve written and share there.  I explain some of the unique tools and processes I utilize in my work for greater client success levels. Because, as we all know, the proof of a service well done is in the pudding.  It’s in my client successes out in the world after going for it with me in my Bellevue hypnosis clinic.  Here’s the article:

Feel Great and Choose New Behaviors.Many years ago, when I worked as an Office Manager for a building services company, I had a great boss.  He taught me a lot about successful business including the concept:  “give them an extra piece of chicken.”  Give your clients more than they expect, give them something above and beyond the services they’ve contracted for.  In addition to office cleaning, he might offer to shampoo carpet for the suite, or have the exterior windows cleaned at no additional charge.

An extra piece of chicken.  I have built that idea into my Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy clinical work as well.  I give clients something extra, beyond what they came if for.  I give them a gift called:   self control.  Or, in other words, control of self.  Control of state of mind and body, control of your responses, control of your experience of LIFE!  I call it:  The keys to the Kingdom.

If you can control how you feel, you control how you will respond and interact in any given moment.  If you can control how you feel, you can control the very thoughts that run in your mind.  You begin to think differently about yourself!    You create new, empowered beliefs.  You move from an “I can’t” mentality to an empowered place called Choice.  Rather than a cork bobbing on the emotional life of the sea, you’re at the wheel, driving the powerboat on a course you set.  Full speed ahead!

And I give this power to clients to take home with them beyond our work in the office.  It’s called an “NLP Anchor.”  Using “Designer Feelings™” we create a desired state of mind and body and belief.  It’s unique for the person, purpose and goals at hand, whether it be as an antidote to anxiety, fear, laziness, smoking, overeating, distraction, etc.  We work to automate the changes inside the mind, so they become the automatic new feeling in the contexts under discussion, and the automatic new thinking and new behaviors.

AND we give ongoing self control, as our extra piece of chicken.

lightswitch onWhat is an anchor?  It’s a physiological stimulus-response we set up in the body/mind.  Think:  light switch.  On!  Activated, It quickly brings about the desired and designed feelings into the body.   How cool is that?  And you control this switch.  That mechanism  can be set up as a touch, or a phrase spoken, an image conjured in the mind, a gesture.  I’ve had clients call it “my calm button,” “my confidence trigger,” my “go for it,” a little girl called it “my happy magic finger trick.,”   It’s not magic, it’s one technique among many in NLP.  And it’s amazingly powerful to all who experience it.

Here’s an example:  a person might come in for hypnosis services to address stress eating.  We create the antidote to stress.  Perhaps it’s a feeling blended of calm, confident, and happy.   We automate new unconscious responses that replace stress and replace stress eating.  Goodbye, stress eating, and goodbye to overweight!  Goal met, happy client!

However, this new feeling, this NLP anchor, has a greater utility than just food.  Perhaps there are other times and places where calm, confident and happy might be useful to our hypothetical client.  Perhaps giving a presentation at work.  Great!  Perhaps for golf excellence.  Great!  With the anchor, a person has control.  And can initiate the good feelings, anytime, anywhere.  Power.  Almost every client that leaves my office is given a custom designed anchor and instructions in how to use and activate!

As I said:  the keys to the Kingdom.  This is beyond price.  Because these anchors last forever, with the proper use.  And I explain the proper use.

NLP done right, it’s beyond awesome.  What’s sad about NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming is that so few people understand what it truly is, and how to use it–including people who purport to offer it therapeutically, and even those who teach it.  NLP done poorly from a place of only partial understanding may still have some utility, but not much.

Perhaps it’s like the difference between a genuine diamond and a “faux diamonelle.”   There’s high quality “real deal” product and there’s cheaper, inferior, imitation product.  I offer the real deal, as a Licensed Trainer of NLP® through the Society of NLP® — I’m taught and certifed by the originator of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler.

Feeling is believing, and we’ve developed and trademarked the ultimate great “Designer Feelings™ process.” Designer Feelings™ are available only at our hypnosis clinic, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  They activate automatically in the contexts desired, and are forevermore available to you as a source of self control.  Call us at (425) 564-8608 and find out more anytime!

All the Best,

All material herein is Copyright © Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP®, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP, 2015.

Our Seattle NLP & Seattle Hypnosis Training Dates are Set!

Society of Neuro Linguistic ProgrammingHi, Hypnosis Friends!

I consider myself one lucky person, because I get to pursue my passion–which is hypnosis and a high-tech hypnosis called NLP.  NLP has been aptly described as “The Art & Science of Excellence.”  Yes!

I have two businesses, one is client work and hypnosis services through Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP, in my Bellevue office working one on one with people.  We tweak and install new strategies for success of all varieties, and that’s mightily rewarding work.  I love helping!

The second business is Michael’s and my Washington State Licensed private career school which we operate in the Greater Seattle area, called Mindworks NLP.  We share the teaching duties as we share these amazing tools, both for those looking to become certified professionals and also for those looking to enhance their own power and control over their lives.

We are pleased to announce our next Seattle area training dates.  Space in these live hands on trainings is limited, to assure our personal attention and verification of student skill sets.  In other words, personal guidance and feedback galore, something which was missing in my own original NLP trainings–and I have determined MY students shall have.

Here are our dates:

Mindworks NLP

 Hypnotherapy Certification Program – Discover the “Magic of Hypnosis” – 4 days, July 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2015.  Info link is here:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

Licensed Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming Certification Program: Weekend Format, 8 days, July 18, 19, 25, 26, August 8, 9, 15, & 16, 2015.  Info link is here:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com  

Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming Certification Program: (open to  Practitioner level or higher students). Weekend Format, 8 days:  September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, & 27, 2015.  Info is here:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

Power of Mind Workshops – 1 day each
—-NLP for Personal Development – June 6, 2015
—-Rapport and Relating, NLP for Dating – June 13, 2015
—-Self Hypnosis – June 20, 2015
—-NLP for Sales and Business Success –  June 27, 2015

More information is available on our website, http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  Michael and I are both Licensed Trainers of NLP ® through the developer of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler and his Society of NLP ®.  If you’re really interested in learning and excelllence, then you won’t settle for anything other than “the real deal” trainers.  There are only approximately 34 such Licensed Trainers of NLP ® with our certification level in the entirety of the US, and we are both the only trainers involved.

We hope to see you in one or more of our upcoming Seattle area NLP and hypnosis trainings.

All the Best,

It’s Time! Hypnosis for your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Time for Skilled Hypnosis & NLP!

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Did you see the New Year’s fireworks celebration at the Seattle Space Needle?  I did!  It’s officially here, happy 2015!

“It’s time!”

Those are action activating words for me, and I hope for you as well. It’s time.

It’s the first week of January.  Time for assessing the new year ahead and taking stock of healthy goals. It’s time to lose that extra weight you’ve been carrying around.  It’s time to stop buying and smoking those ridiculously expensive and unhealthy cigarettes.

It’s time to dump the fear that’s been holding you back from truly experiencing and enjoying life and connecting with others:  fear of public speaking, fear of flying, fear of rejection…(you fill in the blank).  Fear is often unnecessary, and we can communicate that fact to the mind, on unconscious levels, and choose something different.

People tend to work those New Year’s Resolutions for a a day or two, a week or two, then give up.  You don’t have to go it alone when there is skilled help available.

I love what I do.  I help activate people’s desires and make them real.  My work (hypnosis and NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming® ) is a joy-maker and a success-maker.  This time of year, people are very in touch with those desires–we call them New Year’s Resolutions.  Let’s make them real.  Call me and I’ll set up a free in person consultation in my office in Bellevue to explain the work I do and how your dreams CAN become reality.  (425) 564-8608.

Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy is more powerful than “traditional” hypnotherapy alone. NLP is a conversational hypnosis that speaks directly to the mind beyond conscious thought, using the currency of life experience:  sights, sounds, smells, taste, emotion, and it’s an amazing success accelerant.  NLP is my prime work tool, as I am and Michael is also, a Licensed Trainer of NLP ® through the originator of NLP. There are only a few dozen of us at that skill & certification level working and teaching NLP in the United States.

Tick.  Tick.  Tick.  Time is moving.  And life is happening.  If you want yours to be different in positive ways that you have resolved, the time is now.

All the Best,


What is NLP? It’s “Hypnosis on Steroids!”

Neuro Linguistic Programming

Neuro Linguistic Programming

Hi, Hypnosis Friends & Enthusiasts!

People come to my Bellevue hypnosis office because they want something different.  Something different to do, or something different NOT to do.  To get over negative emotions, to create a desired outcome, success, of all varieties.   NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming, is my number one go-to tool to help.

After I explain hypnosis and hypnotherapy, I’m often asked:  “What IS NLP?”  Here’s a video where I explain:

As I say in the description of this video on my Youtube channel: “This methodology and mindset helps us take control of our experience of life! How we feel, how we think, what we DO…it’s all movable furniture and we, each of us, is the movin’ man! We can get the life we want.”

A hypnotherapy session in my office is really two sessions in one, in that it also includes a full NLP session as well as traditional hypnosis.  I call what I do “Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy™.”  What I do is very different from other therapies and even from other hypnotherapists.  🙂  The approach is different from other therapies in that it is one of empowerment.  NLP is my favorite thing, as well as my expertise. It’s the difference which makes the difference.

What is NLP?  Another tool for unconscious communication.  It’s been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  That’s because it works so amazingly well and fast when the practitioner is skilled and creative.  I am a Licensed Trainer of NLP ® through the Society of NLP ™ which is a source of great pride for me.  There are only a few dozen such trainers in the entirety of the US, licensed through Dr. Richard Bandler, the co-originator of NLP.  My husband, Michael,  (also one of those Licensed Trainers of NLP ® ) and I operate a Licensed Private Career School here in Washington State, Mindworks NLP, and we teach and offer NLP certifications.  NLP is cool.  NLP is fun.  NLP is amazing.  My students get so excited by it that they have been known to start chanting in class:  “NLP!  NLP!  NLP!”

It’s actually pretty rare that a Licensed Trainer ® is also doing one on one client work as well as teaching groups.  I see private clients because this is my passion and my fun.  You can learn more here, anytime, at my client website, and here, my school website. I do hope you will discover the power of NLP at some point in your life. It’s worth knowing.

All the Best,

Sounds Good – NLP for Personal Change


Adjusting Sounds with NLP

Hi, Seattle Area Hypnosis Friends!

Here is an article I’ve written about the power of the mind and the power of NLP to make positive changes in life.  I use these same amazingly successful techniques involving sound to guide clients to personal change in my Bellevue NLP and hypnotherapy clinic.

The topic is sound…music, speech, how the soundtrack of our lives influences our emotional states.  And how WE can enhance this and alter this influence for our own well-being.  We can do all sorts of things, for example release negative emotions, create motivation, move us forward in our desires.  By “tinkering” with sound in our minds!

Music moves us, elevates us, stirs our emotions, in the direction of any emotion you can name.  Think of a march by John Phillip Sousa, or how any stirring anthem activates our feelings of patriotism.  Think how a quiet, beautiful orchestral piece of music calms and relaxes.  Think of a horror movie soundtrack, full of tension and suspense.  Sound is a huge part of our experience of our lives and key to our memories and emotional states.  Imagine a love movie with no soundtrack–would it have the same emotional impact?  No!

By altering the sounds we play in our minds in simple ways, we can experience life differently, more positively, and here are a few easy ideas to do so:

That's RidiculousWe’ve all had arguments, with a coworker, with a spouse, with a friend, and sometimes they “eat” at us.  We play them over and over in our minds, and churn up even more negative emotions like anger and irritation.  Here’s something to do:  as you think about that argument, create a new soundtrack.  Let the voices fade and cue in the circus music.  Clown music.  Carnival music.  Play that for awhile as the argument runs in your mind, and let it transform your experience of the argument.  Done?  Great!  Now, think about it.  That argument seems kind of silly, doesn’t it?  Less power.  Less force to disturb.  And that’s a GOOD thing.

Here’s another use for improving your life with sound.  You want to get to the gym, you know you need to exercise.  You want to exercise, but somehow…you just aren’t doing it.  Here’s what gets me going, and pumps up my motivation.  The Rocky Theme.  You know the one, where he’s running up the steps in Philadelphia:  “getting strong now, gonna fly now…”  Play that music in your mind when you want a lift of success and motivation.  The resultant emotion will propel you out the door and to the gym.  Or insert any other inspirational music which speaks to you.  Movies are a great source to reference, because we all know them.  You can pump up your confidence as well with music such as Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Superman.

Here’s another wonderful use of this:  play with sound to combat what we call “negative self talk.”  That’s the little critical voice in your mind always telling you what you can’t accomplish, and spraying you with curses:  “You’re lazy!,” “You’re stupid!,” “You’ll never get it done!” and so on.  Imagine that voice to be a different voice, a silly voice, a cartoon voice.  Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Elmer Fudd, something ridiculous.  Hear the same words in that new, ridiculous, cartoon voice.  Maybe it’s a squeaky, high pitched cartoon voice.  “You’re lazy!”  The impact on you is different, isn’t it?  Now it’s absurd, and not to be taken seriously.  The voice is a joke!

The secret here, we can choose how we feel.  Play with these simple techniques above involving sound to feel good now!

Connie Brannan, CHt.

Connie Brannan, CHt., is a Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist and Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming™, certified Stage Hypnotist, and co-creator of Mindworks Hypnosis:

Mindworks Hypnosis – A Seattle, Washington, Hypnotherapy and NLP Practice

Connie is a published author and creator of several self-help audio hypnosis products, a speaker and a teacher. She offers NLP certification trainings in the Seattle, WA area with her husband, Michael, also a Licensed Trainer through their licensed private vocational school, Mindworks NLP.

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She is a member in good standing of several professional organizations including the National Guild of Hypnotists, the International Association of Professional Conversational Hypnotherapists and the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming™.

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NLP is Empowerment – 1 Day Seminars NLP for Sales & NLP for Personal Development


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Hi, Hypno-Friends and Enthusiasts!

NLP is a conversational hypnosis.  It’s super powerful.  It’s been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  Yes, it is!  🙂  It’s the prime tool I use in my clinical work — and one of the main reasons I have over 140 testimonials of success on my website.

NLP is magic in action and Michael and I LOVE it.  We are both Licensed Trainers of NLP ™ through the co-creator of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler.

In addition to the clinical work we do using NLP, Michael and I own and operate a Washington-State licensed private vocational school:  Mindworks NLP.  We TEACH hypnosis and NLP, to empower others to create their own success.

Through our school, we are offering two “taster” NLP one-day seminars this month.  On Sept 21 (Saturday) we offer “NLP for Sales and Business Success.”  On Sept 28 (Saturday) we offer “NLP for Personal Development and Life Success.”  More info is here, NLP One Day Seminars!  We sell these hands-on, live, experiential courses for $97.  However, right now, we are offering an “Early Bird” special of just $67.

NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming is an amazing methodology to control your emotional states, create motivation, calm, happy, persuasion, anything else you like where it’s useful to be that.  It’s about communication, and reading and understanding people through language and body.  It’s about influence, and effective communications.  We play with these tools.  Live and in person.  We show you, we guide you, we critique you to make sure you “get it.”  This isn’t some impersonal online nonsense or literature.  This is the real deal.  Live NLP demonstrations and exercises from two Licensed Trainers.

If you’d like to learn these tools, the opportunity is NOW.  This month.  We have sign up buttons on our webpage:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com/.  If you’d like to join us and partake of more success in life, we’re happy to have you.  We only offer this a couple times a year, so now is a good time to improve business communications and sales techniques and enrich your life with our personal development NLP as well.

Hope to see you soon!

Warm Regards,
Connie & Michael

Strategies of Success Seattle NLP Training

http://www.seattlenlptraining.com. Mindworks NLP is the premiere Licensed Private Vocational School teaching NLP in the Pacific Northwest. NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of successful strategies and how talented people do what they do. Change your strategies, and change your success. Here we demonstrate a very successful 2-second shirt-folding strategy. Modeling excellence, that’s NLP in action. Learn from two Licensed Trainers of NLP ™, Connie & Michael Brannan.

Claustrophobia Ended With Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Goodbye to Claustrophobia with Seattle’s best hypnosis.

Hi, Guys!

I love my inbox.  It’s filled daily with happy stories, the kind that make me smile.  🙂  Today’s happy story is Diana of Bellevue, WA.  She came to me with severe claustrophobia.  Her anxiety happened in planes, elevators, cars, anywhere she felt confined.  That’s over, now.

“Thanks a bunch for all that you’ve done for me. I’m so impressed with your skills and am fascinated by NLP and hypnosis. Both topics are very much outside the realm of what I know, but are amazing in their ability (in talented hands) to deliver such positive change in a person’s life.”  — Diana, Bellevue, WA.

Her life has opened up, now.  Good job, Diana!  Good feelings, where there used to be fear and anxiety.  And the freedom to live a more full life.

That’s the power of skilled Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy™.  And the best place to find that in the Seattle area?  Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  I’m a Licensed Trainer of NLP® and that means I’m the best in Seattle and in fact, in this part of the country.  Dr. Bandler (co-originator of NLP) has 31 Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming® in the entirety of the US, that’s all.  Licensed Trainers are the top of the hierarchy in training and skillset.  I’m one.  Michael is another.  That means, we’re good.

Diana agrees!  Find out for yourself any time:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net

Warm Regards,

NLP: Drive Your Own Bus

How would you rather feel?

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

You don’t have to be a master of calibration skills to notice that one of these twins is having a bad moment.  The “why” is irrelevant, what is very important to notice here is the WHAT.  Two twins, sitting together, one happy as a clam, the other in a very horrifically unhappy state.

What may not be apparent to you about each twin’s response:  It’s learned, and it’s a choice.

How a person responds to a moment of life or a situation is absolutely a choice.  The same exact circumstance can trigger any gamut of emotion and response from agony to ecstacy.

One person might see a snake and jump and scream and run, another person might see that snake and stare in fascination and wonder, another might pick it up and make it into a beloved pet.  One person might be stuck in a traffic snarl and put on a music CD and sing along, one car over a person in the same traffic snarl might grab a baseball bat and vent some road rage.

The stories and experiences of our life generate unconscious patterns of response.  And we can notice those patterns, and change them at will.  We can install new, more useful and desired unconscious patterns and responses in ourselves.  That’s NLP.   Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  New emotions and ideas that lead to new behaviors, and new beliefs, and vice versa.  And all of it leads to a life that we want, that we choose.  Success.

Dr. Richard Bandler, the co-originator of NLP, calls this work learning “to drive your own bus.”  Absolutely.  And part of that drive is:  “How do you want to feel?”  Choose something wonderful and useful for the situation.

The difficulty is finding or acquiring the NLP skill set that makes this happen.  Here in Seattle, you have two options.  You can find a skilled and licensed practitioner of NLP who will make short work of your unhappy and limiting beliefs and unwanted behaviors (like me:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net/), or you can learn NLP yourself from legitimate sources (like me:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com/) and use the tools for your own life success.  I am a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming® and this is my passion.  Unlocking choice for people.

Call me anytime to find out more!  (425) 564-8608.

Warm Regards,

Want Success, Seattle? – NLP for Sales, Testimonial of Success

Sales Success – With the help of Seattle’s Mindworks NLP.

Candi of Mercer Island was seeking sales and business success!  She’s finding it.  In herself–with a new state of mind.  She attended our NLP for Sales one day seminar last week and began her education on the power of NLP to change how you think, feel, and what you can do.  She created her ideal sales state of mind, and guess what?  It works.

Here’s what Candi wrote:

“Hi Connie!!!  I had my best selling day yesterday!  Got congratulations from my boss and my whole team!  Thank you!  I am calm, confident, articulate, tenacious…THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!”   –Candi of Mercer Island

If you are feeling limited or unsuccessful, well, that problem is no problem.  There are tools for change.  Wonderful tools.  My primary tool is NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming (I’m a Licensed Trainer of NLP through Dr. Richard Bandler–the co-originator of NLP) and it’s amazingly powerful.

Michael and I are currently offering these “taster”  one day seminars.  Obviously, to Candi, the taste was delicious.  We have another one happening this Saturday.  It’s called:  NLP for Personal Change and Life Success.  As of this typing, there are only five seats still available.  You can sign up here if you’d like a taste of success.  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.

As always, if you’d prefer expert guidance to your goals, I also offer one on one NLP blended with hypnotherapy sessions as well.  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net.

Hope to see you in a class of Mindworks NLP – Seattle NLP Training, or in my hypno chair one on one.

Warm Regards,


What is NLP? It’s Hypnosis on Steroids.

Does hypnosis work?  Does NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) work?  Absolutely, Yes!!  The evidence mounts.  Here is a video testimonial from Julia of Seattle, filmed today at the Mindworks Hypnosis offices.  Julia is another impressed client, who is marveling at the “profound differences in her life” via a process that feels so “comfortable.”  Yes, that’s NLP and hypnosis done well.  Julia had a single Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy session prior to this report.

You can find out for yourself.  Call us!  Connie & Michael (425) 564-8608.  Here comes my favorite expression again!!  🙂  “The proof is in the pudding, and you and your success is the pudding.”  Julia is enjoying hers.

Warm Regards,

It’s “Act Happy Week!” – The Chemistry of Success


Get happy with hypnosis and NLP

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

My calendar of events tells me it’s “Act Happy Week” beginning on March 19th.  Yay!  I’m ready!  I’m celebrating!!  Big time!  Are you?

I’ll tell you why I think you should participate in this as well.  When you choose to “act happy,” or “pretend” to be happy, you unleash all kinds of good chemicals in your body.  Pretty soon you’re not acting, you’re feeling and being happy.  Happy is good.  Happy leads a person into all manner of success making, improving health, relationships, even cognitive function, wealth.

Happy is the chemistry of success!   We got endorphins, we got oxytocins.  We got dopamine.  I don’t know what all.  I don’t need to know.  I can feel it and it’s good!

This is no stretch for me.  I’m happy pretty much all year long.  For those of you who have found happiness to be difficult, start now, with “Act Happy Week!”  Practice.  Smile, dance, laugh, and begin to feel good.

Yes, I’m extremely good at happy.  Why?  I’m a Licensed Trainer of NLP.  NLP is a methodology that offers shortcuts to creating new feelings in your body at will.  You can pump up your happy and hold onto it where it’s useful for your success.  Any time of year.  Why not?

Warm Regards,


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The Snowball Effect – Positive Changes Grow with Mindworks Hypnosis

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

“My life has improved across the board!”  Michael has received a wonderful testimonial of his clinical changework utilizing Neuro Linguistic Programming.  Watch this video.  It’s longer than most, because Margot here has a LOT to say about how her life is noticeably improving.

Michael worked with this lady, and helped her with a fear of travel, and also turned “boring moments” of her life into excitement.  Boring is an attitude, a state of mind.  Change your mind and you change your life.  Michael helped her to recognize life as an exciting adventure.  And it is, for her, more and more.  Listen!  Watch!

Margot has noticed improvements in public speaking, comfort, teaching, socializing, work, travel.  Life is fun (and exciting) again.  Suddenly, adventures materialize to meet the expectations — life has a way of doing that!!  Margot here is more open to opportunities, now she NOTICES them, and that gives her more.  Nudges towards adventure.  She’s been acting on them.  Yay, Margot!

When you make positive changes in your life, many things are touched and improve as well.  NLP is a powerhouse avenue to positive changes.  It’s been described as “hypnosis on steroids.”  Yes, it is.  Look at this lady’s life transformation–spoken in her own words, after a few minutes of changework with Michael.

I have a friend who says:  “If it’s true, it ain’t bragging.”  I’m not bragging when I say Michael and I are GOOD at what we do.  Very, very good.

Michael is also available (as am I) for client sessions.  Call us:  (425) 564-8608 and discover the most effective hypnotherapy in the Seattle area and beyond.  No brag.  Just fact.  🙂  Ask Margot.

Warm Regards,

The Saga of the Raging Bull Washer – or, Skill Makes All the Difference

Wash problems out of your life with hypnosis.
Wash problems out of your life with hypnosis.


Well, Michael and I moved into a new place recently.  It included a lovely set of “new?” appliances.  Or, so it was purported.  The washer and dryer sitting in our laundry room looked beautiful.  Uber fancy!  Digital.  Lots of controls.  Front loading.  However, the first time I tried to wash some clothes I encountered a frightening problem.  The thing jumped around the room like a raging bull on steroids!!

I mean scary movement.  Possessed. On the spin cycle, the washing machine repeatedly jumped violently–smacking the pipes, the dryer, it hit the wall again and again to the point that it gouged out a nice hole in the paint and plaster.  Yikes!  I had set some clothes on top of the machine, they were flung around the room.

I set the spin to “slow.”  Same deal.  My adrenalin was pumping.  I unplugged it from the wall.  What to do?

Michael and I tried to figure it out.  We know NOTHING about washing machines.  The thing was installed on a white plastic tub/liner on top of a linoleum flooring.  We thought “Perhaps it’s that liner that’s sliding, it’s not sitting on a steady surface.”   So, we removed the door to the room so we could maneover around in there and tugged and tipped and pulled to get the washing machine (weighs a ton) off of the liner and sitting firmly on the floor.  We did it!

It still jumped around the room like a raging bull!

The next day we were at one of those large home supply stores and talking to appliance clerks about the problem.  They had no advice for us, except that we should buy a new machine.  Well, we could do that.

When we moved into our place we had found a “handy man” to help us install some blinds.  We called the handy man–he had said he was knowledeable about appliances and could fix them.  He looked at it, played with the feet, pressed buttons, etc. and did nothing at all useful to fix the problem.  We paid him $100 for his time–but nothing changed.  The bull still lived in our laundry room.

We thought:  this is ridiculous.  So we called in a real live appliance repairman to help us.  An expert, someone actually trained in washing machine repair.  Someone who knows what the hell they’re doing.

So, we waited for our appointment, and the repairman came.  He took 5 seconds to figure out the problem, and about 3 minutes to fix it.  Turns out the shipping screws were still installed in the back of the machine, next to plaques reading “remove before use.”  Whoever had set up the appliances in our home had not done that.  Those screws were holding the drum in an unnatural position, so that it couldn’t spin properly.  That was all of it.  He removed the screws and the thing works perfectly!!!  Spins perfectly, sits steady, purrs like a kitten.   And washes clothes like a dream. Yay!!!  🙂

The point:  when somebody is skilled and trained and knows what they’re doing, it makes all the difference in the world.  And they do make it seem so “easy” to fix things.  Because it is, to someone who is the real deal.  Our washing machine repairman was the real deal.

There’s a lesson here, for me and Michael, and for everyone.  Go for quality.  Find someone well trained who can really help you when you have a problem.

This is applicable to the work I do as well.  If you’ve got behavioral “repairs” to make, you can ask your neighbor, ask the butcher at the market, ask Dear Abby, go forever to bumbling talk therapists or take a chance with abysmally unskilled script-readers posing as “hypnotists” or you can come to people who know what the hell they’re doing and make short work of the problem.  That’s Michael and me.  We’re the real deal.  Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapists and Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming®

Call us for a free consultation if you’d like to learn more about our professional services:  (425) 564-8608.

Warm Regards,


Why, Why, WHY, is the Wall Painted Green?

“Why” is not useful information.

Hello, Hypnosis-Friends!

Michael and I often are called upon to explain NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming and hypnosis to people who don’t really know what those things are.  They have murky and mistaken ideas, sometimes fueled by “Hollyweird” and sometimes fueled by our culture’s seeming fondness for ridiculous beliefs like “change is difficult and slow.”

No, it’s not.  Change is instant.  The build up to the decision to change might be slow.  Change itself is FAST.  And easy, especially with the tools I have up my sleeve.

Here’s one of the most prevalent false ideas I encounter.  People think they have to know “why” a problem exists in order to change it.  WRONG!  That’s an idea created and endorsed by “talk therapists” (nothing like what I do) who want to milk a client for repeated sessions continuing over months and years sometimes decades with little to no progress.  My work is fast.  As in, hours to positive changes.  Let me repeat that.  Not years, HOURS.  Sometimes, minutes.  🙂

Hypnosis and NLP are what are known as “brief therapies.”  And it’s not talk therapy, it’s not about the “why?”  We figure out “how” you do it (it being a problem) and change that, so you don’t do it.  Easy!

Color your life the way you want with hypnosis.Michael has created a lovely metaphor to explain this idea of NLP vs. Talk Therapies.  Imagine you’ve bought a new home.  (I just did!)  Imagine one of the rooms is painted a hideous color –a foul yellowy-green.  Yick!!  Ok, you now own this home.  The bedroom is painted green.  You hate the color.  You want it to be different.  You’ve decided you want it to be blue.  What do you do?

Do you sit and wring your hands endlessly and cry “I don’t understand!” and speculate on WHY is that wall green?  “Why, why, why?”  What were they thinking?  What is the cause of that choice?  Or do you simply get out the bucket of blue paint and the brush and get to work making it different?  With NLP, we get out the bucket of paint.  And we paint, making the room what we want it to be.

Now, the wall is successfully blue.  Do we care WHY it was ever green?  No.  Not me.  I don’t care!  It’s not green any more.  And we never even needed to figure out why.  If we HAD figured out why, would that spontaneously turn the wall blue?  Of course not.  Knowing why doesn’t fix things.  Fixing things fixes things.

As I expressed it to a potential client.  This is not a quest for understanding.  This a quest for change.  As in NOW.  NLP and hypnosis are movement, not chitchat.  I lay down the ground rules for my clients…if you stray into story about why, that is not useful information to my work, and I’ll stop you.  And I do.  This isn’t talk therapy.  This is life change.  Now.

Learn more about what I do here:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net/ and http://www.seattlenlptraining.com/.  If you’re tired of talk and want to DO something to make your life better, then you’re ready for my brand of therapy.  Hypnosis and NLP.  The change-makers.

Warm Regards,

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The School Side of Mindworks – Learn NLP ®

Michael and I are in a mini video making orgy!  Having fun with it.  Here’s another video, this one about the school side of what we do – Mindworks NLP, our Seattle NLP Training.  We teach the methodologies of success that I use to help people in my office.  Here is your “take life by the horns yourself” version of success – by learning and creating a better life experience for yourself.

We’re selling power.  Get yours anytime.  Here’s the NLP website:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com/.

We are Licensed through Dr. Richard Bandler to teach these methodologies of success.  He created NLP.  He’s the guy!!!  I call him “The King.”  It’s not some watered-down, wannabe version calling it self NLP, it’s NLP®.  Registered Trademark.  We sell the real deal.  We are the real deal, two of Dr. Bandler’s Licensed Trainers of NLP®.

It’s the not so secret secret of my success helping clients.

We offer taster seminars to full-blown certification training programs.  Learn more here:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  It really is amazing!  It’s the study of successful thinking, and it’s also a “high tech hypnosis.”

If you’ve been following my blog, you know this is my passion.  I’d love to share it with you.

Warm Regards,

Find Your Power

Learn from the best.
We learned from the best.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!  I’m sharing a “musing” today.

My teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler, in addition to being mega-uber famous, is a nice guy.  Very nice guy.  After conducting intensive seminars, he also makes time to make himself available for his students.  He’ll answer questions people are too reticent to ask in class, he’ll pose for photographs, and he’ll autograph any of his dozens of published books.  I did all of those things with him, including asking him to sign a copy of one of his books for me, “Frogs Into Princes.”

He kindly did.  He wrote in my book, “Connie, find your power.”

I was and am thrilled.  “Find your power.”  Dr. Bandler gave me a direct suggestion.  Yay!  I’m doing it.  I made a photocopy of that page, cut out that sentence in Dr. Bandler’s distinctive writing and stuck it under my acrylic desk blotter at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  I look at it every day, and I remember to continue to find my power more and more.

Dr. Bandler IS NLP, he is co-inventor of it, and named it.   What is NLP?  Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of successful thinking, it is a type of conversational hypnosis that creates positive changes fast faster fastest.  It’s been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  I live it.  I love it!  I use it.  I teach it.   It’s the basis of my personal success, as well as all the positive changes my clients have enjoyed, and the clients of my students as well.

“Find your power.”

I use social media, primarily FaceBook, not as a search engine optimization gimmick (as some local hypnotists do) but because I think it’s fun and a wonderful way to share and connect.   I mentioned on FaceBook about Dr. Bandler’s directive sitting under my desk blotter.   Someone posted in reply criticizing Dr. Bandler–thinking it was a negative comment about me.  “Why?   Is it lost?  That implies you don’t have power.”

If someone says to you “find your keys,” does that imply you don’t have keys?  No, it means you have them and you want to get them in your hand so you can use them to turn on the car and get going!  I think “find your power” means connect with your power, grow your power, and the premise there is, you have power.  I know I do.  I know we all do.

One of the presuppositions of NLP is that we, every one of us, do indeed have infinite resourcefulness and power.  Everything we need is already inside us to create change in ways that we find useful.  NLP, it’s a methodology of continued empowerment.  If you don’t like where you’re at, you choose and do something else!

Thank you, Dr. Bandler.  “Find your power.”  It’s an ongoing joy-filled process, and I’m working on it!

Warm Regards,

NLP for Personal Change & Success 1Day Workshop

Your Trainers
Connie and Michael Brannan

Hello, hypnotic interested parties!

Who wants more personal satisfaction in life?  More confidence?  More influence?  More joy?  Who wants to control their habits?  NLP is a super-streamlined avenue to personal change.  It’s been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  Who wants in on our 1-day workshop this Saturday? For an investment of only $97, it may just change your life.

1 Day Seminar NLP for Personal Change & Success – Registration Closed.  Future dates to be announced.

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) can be defined as:  the study of human excellence.  If it weren’t already taken, the slogan for NLP could be:  “Be all that you can be.”  Yes, you can.  We’ll help you get there, with the transformational secrets you’ll learn in this amazing 1-day event.

Now is the time to improve your life!! Learn and experience incredible subconscious communication tools for personal (& business) success, and pumping up your joy and fulfillment.  It’s all about crafting your own experience of life, “driving your own bus,” as co-creator of NLP, Richard Bandler, says.

Learn simple techniques you can use immediately to increase personal satisfaction, self confidence, influence and power.  Eliminate undesirable habits!  Program in more useful ones.  Control your emotional states and more!

This seminar/workshop is hands on, with class demonstrations and exercises as well as lecture.  So you can expect a very interactive and experiential training event.  You will learn with not one, but TWO Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™, Connie & Michael Brannan.

Our price for this seminar is $97 to enjoy the FULL day’s experience.  Ample free parking available.   We’ll be providing coffee, decaf, tea, and pastries in the training room.  There’s a restaurant on site as well as numerous other choices nearby for lunch.

Space is limited, so sign up now to guarantee yours!
Location: Bellevue, Washington 98004

Call me, Connie, at (425) 564-8608 for any info or questions or sign up now.  Or, if you’re ready to rock and roll, here’s the “buy now” button.  Sometimes you’ve just got to take action in your life and GO FOR IT.  🙂  Sorry, registration is now closed for this event.  There’s still time to get in our our 2/11/12 event:  NLP for Sales & Business Success!  More here:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

Warm Regards,

New Years Resolution Giveaway! Enter to Win 3 Free Hypnosis CDs!

Lose Weight with Bellevue hypnotherapy, for your positive changes through hypnosis.
You could win this!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

New Years is a marker, a time for fresh beginnings.  A time for looking and moving forward.  A time for your healthy New Years Resolutions.  Michael and I want to help you succeed in that!  Right now, we are offering a giveaway for our newsletter subscribers.

A free drawing.  A chance to win.  Win what?  Three titles (of your choosing) from my Sensory Enhanced Hypnosis audio CDs.  I have 7 titles to choose from including Lose Weight and Feel Great, Stop Smoking, the Stress Management Program.  More information about my products is here:  AMAZING HYPNOSIS CDS.

These are essentially “hypnosis sessions in a box.”  Nothing is a as powerful as individual one-on-one Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy, but these CDs are a tool for your success as well.

How to enter?  Simply join our mailing list to “The Monthly Trance.”  It’s free to join.  All that is required is your email address.  Here’s the link.

Get Tranced!

It’s also on the home page of Mindworks Hypnosis  on the upper left.  On January 1st, we’ll pick a name at random from our current US subscribers, and one will win their choice of the CDs.  The lucky winner will be notified by email.

The Monthly Trance archives are here.  They’re articles, tips, processes, events and more about the doings of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  Stay in the loop!  🙂

Yes, New Years is looming, which for me personally is a wonderful thing.  My wedding anniversary, 26 years now, happens in a few weeks.  I like fresh, I like new.  We’re moving to a new home in January as well.  (My office stays in Bellevue!)  All this is good.  I’m resolving that 2012 should be my best year ever!  Do you likewise!

Warm Regards,
Connie & Michael

Hello, Success and Achievement!

I worked with the gentleman below for anxious feelings which were inhibiting his success and helped him reconnect to his own positive energy.  It was always there, in abundance.

“Hello Connie,  I just wanted to let you know, so far everything is going great! I’m very happy I had the opportunity to meet someone like yourself in my life. You’ve helped me so much…you have a tremendous amount of positive energy and that’s what I’m naturally all about! : )  Thanks again!   Best regards,  Wasiem Hamadeh, Renton, WA”

Yay, Wasiem!  You go, boy!  🙂

For the record, I’m not medical.  I never “treat” anxiety or any medical conditions.  I simply help people feel better, choose different behaviors, and life improves and goals are met.

Doctors subscribe to the one-size-fits-all methodology of change.  Categorization.  Labeling. And then medicine’s idea of the grand fix–here, take this drug.  Or these drugs.  You have “depression.”  Here’s a drug for that.  You have “anxiety.”  Here’s a drug for that.  You have “insomnia.”  Here’s a drug for that.  Problem is, that often doesn’t work in creating solutions and a better life.  Client-centered NLP and hypnosis does work.

Everyone is different, and what they need is different.  I figure out how (not why) my specific client is choosing (yes, it’s a choice) to feel anxious, or sad, or stuck, or what
have you.  All these “medical conditions” which really devolve down into feelings and behaviors flowing from having those feelings can be easily changed with NLP and hypnotherapy.  We choose a better feeling or blend of feelings instead.  Take two of these (better feelings, how about happy and joy-filled) and and you won’t need to call me or anyone else in the morning.

Warm Regards,

The Extinction of Fear


I’m helping a client who has a phobia:  fear of dinosaurs. That’s a new one!  And it’s also proof positive that these fears are irrational and cannot be solved consciously.  How many dinos is she likely to run into on a daily basis that it should be a continuing terror in her life?

They’re extinct!  Let’s make the fear be extinct.  I know how!  Got to get into the unconscious mind to solve these things! 🙂

Fear can be attached to anything, and can be unattached in a heartbeat.  That’s the power of Neuro Linguistic Programming.  NLP.  I know it’s true!  I’ve lived the difference from fear to calm–I had a phobia that lasted decades.  Spiders.  Panic and hysteria and adrenalin and screaming.  After 15 minutes of NLP performed 5 years ago, “poof!”  No more fear.  I like to give clients proof, known in the trade as “convincers.”  Well, my neurology of fascinated clear-minded CALM while standing next to a spider nowadays, it’s a good convincer for me!

It’s  cool to help people with these things, and I’ve worked with pretty much
everything under the sun.  Or so I  thought.  Dinosaurs is a new one.  Beyond the common fears, fear of public speaking, fear of heights, fear of flying, fear of driving, fear of spiders and snakes, fear of elevators, fear of the dentist, I’ve helped people with fears of overripe bananas, record stores, the wind (seeing movement in trees led to
panic), the color red, bridges, sleep, and more.  But Dinos!  As I said, that’s a new one.
We’ll make short work of that fear!

Fear  can be useful, when it’s appropriate.  Historically,  when the saber toothed tiger showed up at the cave, it was a good response to  run away.  If man had walked the earth at  the same era as dinosaurs, it would have been useful to run away then, too,
only we didn’t.

What  are you afraid of that you don’t need to be afraid of?  I can help.   Call me and I’ll be happy to make your fear extinct!  Connie and Michael @ (425) 564-8608.  http://www.seattlehypnosisforphobias.com/ and http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net

Warm  Regards,

November Freebie: Here’s an NLP Technique for Procrastination-Busting. Play with it!

Hi, Hypnosis and NLP-interested People!

Happy Autumn!  I love this time of year.  Crispy!  Fresh.  A time for changes.  Here’s a really easy, fun, fast, and amazingly powerful technique to create change–as it’s used here, a tool to combat procrastination.

Books and mountains of words of advice have been written about procrastination, that inertia that says: “Do it later.” We all know that feeling. It’s something we want to do–sort of, but are just NOT doing. Something stops us. And that something is unknown, unseen, but we feel it. Looking at that sink of dirty dishes, I know the feeling.

I get a lot of clients who express that feeling as well. They want to exercise. They just don’t. They want to start a business. They just don’t. They want to create something, write something, learn something, organize something, clean something, DO something. They just don’t. Excuses miraculously appear that “justify” delay, with an inner thought: “I’ll do it later, I’ll do it tomorrow.”   Tomorrow, the same “put it off” feeling is in place, and more excuses appear.  Is this a familiar pattern to any of you?

Any activity can elicit procrastination feelings. Some people’s joy and positive desire and “I can’t wait, I can’t wait!” is another person’s “I don’t want to. Maybe tomorrow.” Manana!

What if it were easy to change this? What if it were easy to attach a feeling of motivation, passion, joy or even just “routine” to what we want to do? It is. I like the idea of shift to routine. If something is routine, we just do it. Because we do. No thought required. No struggle.

Here’s a simple yet powerful Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ technique to do just that. It’s officially called a “visual sub-modality shift.” Michael calls it “Magic in action.” I call it “fun!” I’m going to walk you through a process to turn an activity that you’re procrastinating on into a routine activity you do easily.

What is routine to you? We’re all different. An example from my life is “brushing my teeth.” I do that every day. No ifs, ands, or buts. No struggle. No inner discussion. I just do it. It’s not a hardship. It’s routine. It might be something different for you. You get up and get dressed every day. Routine. Michael drinks coffee every day. Routine.  You check your email. You bathe. You comb your hair.

Pick an example in your life of a routine activity. Once you’ve settled on that, create an image in your mind that represents that activity. When you create a picture in your mind, the feeling attached (this is something I just do automatically) comes with it. Ok, got it? Good.

Now, what is an activity you’d like to become more routine? The thing you may be procrastinating on, perhaps like exercise. Make a picture in your mind that represents that. Just let it pop in. Got the second picture?  Good.

Now, I’ll walk you through the process.

First, study the picture of your routine activity. Notice all the photo-shop type qualities of the picture. Is it in color or black and white? Is it three-dimensional or flat like a photograph? Is there movement in the picture or is it still? How many images? Is it landscape mode, portrait mode, panoramic? How big is the picture. Is it life size? Poster size? Index card size? How far away from your mind’s eye is the picture?

We actually carry our inner pictures floating around us in space. Some are right in front of our face, some are at arm’s length, some are across the room, some are to the right of us, the left, above, below, behind, etc. Find the picture in space. Notice the clarity, focus, contrast, brightness, the saturation of color if there is color. Notice all those photo-shop type qualities.

Step two. Take the second picture, the procrastination one, and MATCH every quality to be the same as the qualities of the routine picture. We’re not talking content of the pictures here, we’re talking those qualities I’ve just mentioned. Brightness, location, size, clarity, color/no color, etc. Make your procrastination activity picture match in every way the routine picture.

Now, count to five.  Or, look out the window for a moment. Distract yourself. Think about something else. Just for a moment.

Now, think about the activity you had been procrastinating on…how do you feel about it now? Think about doing it right now or at your next reasonable available time. How do you feel? Are you making inner excuses not to do it or are you feeling more inclined to just do it?

If the change in feeling is pleasing to you, then, snap your fingers and tell yourself to keep the activity picture just like that–with the new qualities.

NLP is the real deal for life change.

NLP is the real deal for life change.

How we feel determines how we think, and what we do. This shift in feeling and thinking right now is going to lead to a shift in behaviors, what we actually DO in “the real world.” Prove it to yourself. Play with this and write to me with your success!

Enjoy your new-found power to get things done!

To learn more about NLP, and the magic of instant changes, visit our website: http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.

Warm Regards,

Allergy Relief in Action – “My Nose is Free!!”

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

As well as “doing” this work to help people make healthy and positive changes in their lives in a clinical context, Michael and I also teach.  The school side of what we do is inform and prepare others, including other area hypnotherapists, in the processes and power of NLP and hypnosis.  This video, below, is part of a class demonstration last weekend of what is known as “The NLP Allery Relief Process.”  The video is not complete, but it’s a good chunk of the work.

The idea here is:  Allergies are learned responses which can be unlearned and new responses learned.  Robert Dilts, an NLP “big name” who created this process I am demonstrating, called allergies “phobias of the immune system.”  NLP fixes phobias.  NLP can fix allergies as well.  Quicker than you can imagine.

In this video, we are replacing the neurology of an allergic response Gaia had to drinking coffee (runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing–your typical too much histamine responses) with a neutral experience.  Drinking water.  She can do that.  No problemo!!  We take that as a resource for unconsciously learning a new response to coffee.

What if she could drink coffee (as she used to be able to do) as easily and as comfortably as drinking water?  She can.  She does.  Watch!  As I touch her hand (firing off the resourceful state into her neurology via what is called an “NLP anchor”) she is relearning coffee drinking comfort, as easy as drinking water.

I love me some NLP!  If you’d like to learn more about the magic in action of NLP, check out the school side of what we do:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  Mindworks NLP is a fully licensed State private vocational school.

Warm Regards,

The Art of Strategic Change

Hi, Guys!  I have a riddle for you!  🙂

What does a military strategist and a skilled NLP change worker have in common?  Answer:  A LOT!!

Here’s my goal in the work I do with clients:  strategic change, elegant change, fast change, helping clients get the most bang for the buck, finding the key strongholds of the problem, and taking them out in strategic, rapid fire sequence.  Using imagination, strategy, and fire power to win “the war” against the issue at hand.

My “strategic change” blitzkrieg is a different approach than  traditional “talk therapy” counselors.  They’re all about discussion, about rolling around in the muck, accentuating and revivifying negative thoughts and emotions over and over  and feeling bad.  Metaphor:  A counselor would want to figure out WHY an unwashed person smells so bad, uncover the origins and chemistry of body odor and what the person did to create it, whereas I would say:  You smell bad.  Take a shower.  And I’d show them the shower, and even turn it on for them.

Pig rolling in mud.

Let's TALK about it: Pig rolling in the mud.

Talk therapies:  It’s not about movement, and it’s not about change.  It would not be unusual for a person to see a counselor for YEARS on a particular issue.  To me, that’s absolutely ridiculous.  RIDICULOUS!   Unconscionable, really.  Is it about the money, about milking people for money?  There’s no way in hell change takes years.  It takes minutes.  That’s the firepower of NLP and hypnosis.

And I’m always working to increase my personal firepower!  To increase my arsenal of weaponry.  How?  I am continuously learning more, and becoming more and more skilled, mastering the work of hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, conversational hypnosis, energy work, and more.   It’s a different focus than some hypnotists.

Some of my colleagues spend their money on marketing guys to help artificially pump up their web presence and SEO (Search engine optimization)–one guy pays someone else who is not even a hypnotist to write his blog and the posts are insipid!–you know where I spend my money?  On learning, on live trainings with the best of the best!  To become better at the work I do.  To me that’s massively more important and I believe leads to true and legitimate success.  My arsenal is knowledge and skill, not fluff and puff.

Another hypnotist friend of mine (and he’s wonderful and I love him) tells clients:  “it will require at least three sessions and possibly six before results start to show.”

Frankly, that’s not good enough for me.  No way.  I expect some level of positive results to show after a single session with me, and complete success on any specific issue in at MOST four sessions.  What happens though, is that an array of issues are interlinked (for example confidence and self esteem and weight loss), and all of that is sorted through in around four sessions.

One of my clients yesterday used this phrase describing his desire to quit smoking NOW:  He wanted  “One and Done!”  It’s not always possible to complete the work in a single session depending on the person and his situation, but in his case, we did that for him.  “One and Done!”  Many of my clients experience this!

Am I better than my friend who takes up to six sessions for a change to appear?  Apparently I’m more skilled.  And I know what makes the difference.  It’s the NLP.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (my specialty) is what makes the difference.  It has been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  It’s faster than traditional hypnosis.  More powerful.  It’s the BIG GUNS in my arsenal for your strategic change.

I enjoy being a military strategist.  Every day is different, and every person is different, and I get to use my creativity and fire off the big guns.  Yay!  Take that smoking!  Blam!  Take that, overweight!  Blam!  Take that, fear!  Blam!  A talk therapist will not take the stronghold.  A hypnotist reading a script at you will not take the stronghold.  I can.  Let’s do it.

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnosis & Licensed Trainer of NLP

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist & Licensed Trainer of NLP


Hypnosis is as relaxing as Hawaii!

Hypnosis is as relaxing as Hawaii!

Aloha to my hypno-friends!  Michael and I took a rare vacation last week to somewhere I had never been:  Honululu, Hawaii.  Magical.  Lush.  Hypnotic.  Beautiful.  Water, water everywhere!

So relaxing!  Sitting on the beach, feeling the warmth, hearing the waves, just relaxing.  And, also in our case, sitting in a hot tub overlooking the ocean, bubbling away all cares and worries.  Deep relaxation.

You know what’s cool about a vacation?  You are accumulating experiences, wonderful states of mind and body that might be outside your repertoire of day to day hectic life.  And you know what else is cool?  You have continuing access to those experiences any time you want them.  And when you access them (that process has a fancy name:  it’s called memory), you get to live them all over again in your neurology, feel them all over again, in your body.  Relaxed lives in my memory of the hot tub afternoon in Waikiki.  Our minds and bodies are connected, really one cybernetic system.  You think about it, and you feel it.  Automatically.  Naturally.

That is the truth, and it’s also useful.  Because, with NLP and hypnosis, when you have a feeling you enjoy, you can capture it.  Bottle it, as it were.  And uncork that bottle at will, when it’s useful to have that feeling again.

This is called “anchoring,” and it’s the bread and butter of NLP, and hypnosis.  Finding useful states and bringing them into new situations where they help.  Where they change things.  Bringing calm into fear.  Goodbye fear.  Bringing energy into fatigue.  Goodbye fatigue.  Bringing creativity into stuck.  Goodbye stuck.  Bringing motivation into “I’ll do it later.”  Goodbye procrastination.  Bringing happy into depressed.  Goodbye depressed.  Sounds good, does it not?  And it’s SO EASY.  When the therapist has the artistry and skills to do the work well.  I do.

NLP is the real deal for life change.

NLP is the real deal for life change.

If you’re in a funk or stuck or sad or lazy or unmotivated — if you enjoy those states–revel in them!!  If you don’t enjoy those states, change them.  Skilled NLP makes it happen faster than anything else on this planet.  Find out.   Call me.  (425) 564-8608.  I’m Connie and I’m a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ and that’s something very special.  There are only 38 Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming in the entirety of the United States of America, and I’m one and my husband, Michael, is one.  Licensed through the co-originator of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler.  I’ll change your state for you.   You want a taste of vacation level relaxed?  It’s in you, and we can access and also attach it to that stressful situation.  Goodbye stress.

If you love your stress, enjoy!  If you don’t, take a vacation from it.  Some people take permanent vacations.  It’s called retirement.  If you want to retire your stress and fear, and etc., let’s do it!

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLP

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLP

Another Alcohol Problem Bites the Dust

Stop Unwanted Habits with Hypnosis and NLP.

Stop Unwanted Habits with Hypnosis and NLP.

I love my client communiques in my mailbox in the morning. “J” of Woodinville says: “And I am doing great…..no urge to smoke or to drink.” Yay! Another alcohol problem bites the dust.

Too much wine, or beer, or hard liquor for that matter, can ruin lives.  Ruin health, figures, families, finances.  If alcohol is a problem in your life, guess what?  You don’t have to label yourself the horrific A-word,  “ALCOHOLIC” and be in battle mode against it for the rest of your life.  No way.

You are someone who drinks.  And you can choose alternative behaviors, including less or no drinking.  Hypnosis helps.  NLP helps

Change your mind and change your life.  It really is that easy.  When you change how you think about things, you change how you feel and you change what you do.  My local competitor is named “Positive Changes,” but that’s what I sell, too.  If you’d like some positive changes around your drinking behaviors, call me and explore the magic of hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming as an avenue to change.

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, CHt.

Connie Brannan, CHt.

“I don’t crave ice cream at all now. I am in shock!!!”

Hi, Hypno Friends!

I received some more feedback today, another happy testimonial from another happy client.  She had come in for help with weight loss.   Here’s what she had to say about her ice cream and chocolate cravings after experiencing a single session of Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy with me:

“I don’t crave ice cream at all now!  Or chocolate.  I am in shock!!!”  She goes on to explain how people around her are noticing the positive difference in her.  “I’m smiling all the time.  People think that I am in love!  But I am not!  Absolutely not in love, I just feel GREAT.  I believe that it’s the hypnosis!!” Saliha B., Issaquah, WA.

She’s right!  What I’m hoping people can learn from this is that hypnosis helps.  Not just in re-shaping and sculpting the body, but in changing your life.  When the positive changes start rolling, it affects everything, reaches fingers into everything.  It’s about changing your very experience of life, not only improving how you look, but improving how you feel, and how you think, and what you do all at the same time.  Improving your outlook, your energy, your confidence.  Your healthy and happy.  All good.

Saliha IS in love, by the way.  With herself.  That’s the difference.  When you feel good about yourself, you make better choices. We custom blended a new feeling for her, a mixture of confident, happy, optimistic and healthy.  Feeling that way changed everything for her.

Do you want a taste of happy like Saliha?  It’s so much more palatable than chocolate.  Hypnosis works for weight management.  Call me.  Connie:  (425) 564-8608.

Warm Regards,

Fish Phobia Gone Fishing – Forever!

Hello, hypno-friends!

I got another wonderful testimonial today.  I worked with a girl who had a terror of water and fish, beaches, and pools.  We did some hypnosis and NLP around that, and here is her report:

August 1st, 2011

Hi Connie,

It was a real pleasure working with you!  I Just came back from our vacation from Maui, we had an amazing time, and guess what, I was able to swim in the ocean, and we even went for a submarine tour to watch the fishes…I still can’t believe I did that…I just wanted to give you more update about my former fish phobia and that it (hypnosis) is working.

Warm Regards,
NB., Bellevue, WA

Truth be told, fear is one of the easiest “fixes” with hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  Learn more here:

http://www.seattlehypnosisforphobias.com and here:


Here’s to your joy-filled summer,

The Color of Happy

The color of your life should be happy.

The color of your life should be happy.

Hi, there!

My mom liked yellow.  Bright sunshine-y yellow.  She used it in her artist’s pallette, she decorated her home with it.  Our kitchen growing up–bright yellow.  Yellow curtains, yellow walls, yellow touches.  Warm.  Welcoming.  Love.  I like yellow, too.  🙂  She also liked rose color, and had in reality a pair of “rose colored glasses.”

When you think of happy, what color is it?  I like red.  Bright, vibrant, jewel tone red.  That’s excited and happy.

One of the things you learn in NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, is that you can create more of what you want in your life and less of what you don’t want in your life by simply adjusting the representations of the world in your own mind.  Sounds easy.  (It is.)  Sounds simplistic.  (It is.)  But, guess what…it’s amazingly powerful and it works to make permanent and positive shifts in your life.  One of those possible adjustments in submodalities (as they’re called) of your internal representations is color.

When you identify a color that when you consider it, makes you feel happy, take that color and use it.  Use it like a wash of watercolor paint and splash it, overlay it on your internal visual of any situation that needs more happy in it.  If you have an internal picture which feels negative when you think of it, and the visual is dark, gloomy, full of rain clouds, pour in the sunshine.  If yellow is your happy color, fill the picture with a golden glow.  Imagine the light shifting in that image.  The quality of the light shifting.  The color shifting.  Your feelings shift as well.

Here’s another experiment!  🙂  If a problem is bright and vivid, take the color out of it.  Nullify it.  Take a tension headache.  Imagine a color for it.  Change the color.  Lessen its intensity.  Drain the color out of it.  Make it turn into opaque, crystalline, clear, fading, fading the color.  The discomfort fades, too.   Now, of course, I have to lay out a disclaimer.  I’m not medical and headaches may indicate a medical issue which may require medical treatment–see your doctor for headaches, especially if it’s unexplained, recurring or sustained.   But for a run of the mine head discomfort (I get that with caffeine withdrawal), play with the color experiment.

NLP is really amazing, and my clients are often amazed as well.  Their conscious minds are trying like mad to understand how it is that they feel so dramatically different (and better) so suddenly.  Improving confidence, reducing fear, reducing stress, removing cravings for nicotine and sugar and so on.  “How can it be so easy?”  It just is.  NLP has been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  Yes, it is.

If you want a taste of that, and help to add some new color to your life, call me.  It’s not just a new color, it’s new sound, feeling, taste, smell, and pictures.  It’s a new creation–called your life how you want it.  Better than Burger King’s “have it your way.”  You can, you know, have it your way.  Your life, that is.

Warm Regards,

PS:  That beautiful watercolor artwork there was painted by my mother, artist Francine Porad.  🙂

Mindworks Hypnosis – AKA Wild Owl Central

Owl out my window.

Owl out my window.

Hi, Guys!

I have something very magical to share.  The wild owls came back, this time 3 of them.  Came back to the same tree a few feet outside my office window, where they enjoyed a picnic of raw rodents.  They are absolutely beautiful creatures.  The owls, not the rodents!  🙂  I took some pictures, and even a video, and I’m happy to share them.  Lunch time!

I have my own theories as to why, out of the hundreds upon hundreds of trees in the area where I have my office, the owls chose the tree and branch by my window.  I think it’s got something to do with “energy.”  As part of my Ericksonian hypnosis work, I tell stories and metaphors.  That very tree is the object of one of my metaphors.  For healthy, and thriving life, and positive energy.

I lavish positive energy on that tree every day, and I believe it “stuck.”  The tree is magificent, and if you remember, I told the story here on my blog (with photographic evidence) of how it bloomed before any other tree in the area.  Mere coincidence?


That tree is special.  The owl knows that.  Feels that.

I love my owls.

The Twins

The Twins

Here are some pics.  They are lovely, mysterious, and beautiful.  I was holding a seminar in my office space this past weekend, and the owls came to visit, and participated.  During a hypnotic interlude, one owl did a dance for us.  I attempted to capture it on video, but the dance was done.  Owls have their own agenda!  Owl Nondance!

Warm Regards,

Drive Your Own Bus

NLP is the real deal for life change.

NLP is the real deal for life change.

Hi, Hypno-Friends, Enthusiasts, & Interested Parties!

There’s still a few seats available for Michael’s and my “Power of Mind” Workshop we’re offering.  It’s happening this Saturday, July 16.  More info:


and http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

It’s a driving school.  Not about motor vehicles.  It’s about LIVES.  Your life! About running your life the way you want.  Taking control.  The King of NLP, and my teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler, calls learning and using NLP “Driving your own bus.”  Yes, I do.  Perhaps, you want to, too! 🙂

This powerful seminar/workshop focuses on using NLP for self development and life success.  NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) can be described as an amalgam of linguistics and hypnosis, and is based on the study of human excellence.  If it weren’t already taken, the slogan for NLP could be:  “Be all that you can be.”  Yes, you can.  We’ll help you, as you learn and experience powerful subconscious communication tools and techniques you can use immediately to increase personal satisfaction, self confidence, influence and power.  Eliminate undesirable habits!  Program in more useful ones.  Control your emotional states and more!

It’s not fluff.  It’s not hype.  It’s REAL.  The testimonials on my website (and there are dozens upon dozens) are because I incorporate NLP into my therapy work.  In one of the video testimonials we received, a woman says:  “Everyone should be required to learn this (NLP) at an early age.  It would make the world such a better place.”  I absolutely agree.

If you want in for a one-day workshop showcasing NLP and more about hypnosis in general, too…join us!  Remember that old airline slogan, “We love to fly, and it shows.”  Well, We love NLP, and it shows.

Warm Regards,
Connie & Michael

Michael and Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotists, Licensed Trainers of NLP (tm), Design Human Engineers (tm), and more!

Michael and Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotists, Licensed Trainers of NLP (tm), Design Human Engineers (tm), and more!

Connie and the Ducks

Hi, Hypno Friends!

The ducks love me.  And, rightly so!  🙂  My office is in the most beautiful location, trees, water, fresh, green, lush, and…sinking.  It’s a wetlands.  And it’s wetter than usual.  We’ve had some flooding.

What used to be the tenant office parking area for my building is now part of a giant mud puddle, or as I call it, “the swamp.”  While it’s harder for us humans to scrounge for parking spaces, the ducks and other wildlife love it!  And the ducks love me.

I feed them.  Duckbread.

Yesterday I was  walking to my office by way of the swamp, and in it were 7 tiny baby ducks, several adults and one “half-pint” sized duck.   I see them every day!  Those are “my ducks.”  🙂  They were all hungry, apparently.  I had made a special trip to the Orowheat bakery thrift store (again) here in Bellevue to get a big package of bread for the ducks, and now…feasting time.   Duck frenzy.  A happy frenzy.

It is so cute to see those baby ducks eating.  And the happy sounds!  🙂  One thing I’ve noticed about ducks, though, they stop eating when they’ve had enough.  I’ll be tossing out the breadcrumbs and they’ll be scarfing them down, then suddenly they’re swimming away, totally disinterested.  Done!  Time to preen, time to sit in the sun.  The rest of the bread gets picked up and whisked away by the giant crows that also live in the area.

These ducks look VERY healthy.

What a good lesson for humans, too.  Stop eating when you’ve had enough.  In fact, that’s part of the “Naturally Slender Healthy Eating Strategy” I help install in clients during hypnosis.  NLP studies excellence and “what works.”  I help people take on the unconscious patterns of naturally slender people–and my clients become slender.  It works!  Goodbye, bored eating.  Goodbye, stress eating.  Goodbye, I have to finish my plate eating.  Goodbye, I see it so I have to eat it eating.  Hello, healthy eating.  Hello, in-tune-with-the-body eating.

Ducks know things.  Useful things.  And they know that I’m a friend and want the best for them.  I want that for my clients, too.  If you would like to eat healthier and take on the habits, thoughts, feelings that go along with healthy and result in weight loss and ongoing weight management, maybe it’s time for hypnosis.

Hypnosis for weight loss!

Hypnosis for weight loss!

I know whereof I speak.  I live the “healthy eating strategy” and it’s a huge part of how I lost 80+ pounds.  Now, whether you’ve got 8 to lose, or 80, these tools will reshape your life and body.  Call me and find out more:  (425) 564-8608.  http://www.loseweightseattle.com.

Warm Regards,

July 16th – 1 Day Seminar NLP for Personal Change & Success

We are Licensed thru the Co-Creator of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler.

We are Licensed thru the Co-Creator of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler.

1 Day Seminar NLP for Personal Change & Success

I talk a LOT about NLP–I consider it my prime tool for helping me, and helping others.  Would you like to learn more about it, and also some cool DOING of NLP?  You’re in luck.  Michael and I are offering a 1-day “Power of Mind” Workshop next month.  It’s all day, Saturday, July 16th.  Click here to learn more: 


Here’s more information!  NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) can be defined as: the study of human excellence. If it weren’t already taken, the slogan for NLP could be: “Be all that you can be.” Yes, you can. We’ll help you get there, with the transformational secrets you’ll learn in this amazing 1-day event.

Now is the time to improve your life!! Learn and experience incredible subconscious communication tools for personal (& business) success, and pumping up your joy and fulfillment. It’s all about crafting your own experience of life, “driving your own bus,” as co-creator of NLP, Richard Bandler, says.

Learn simple techniques you can use immediately to increase personal satisfaction, self confidence, influence and power. Eliminate undesirable habits! Program in more useful ones. Control your emotional states and more!

This seminar/workshop is hands on, with class demonstrations and exercises as well as lecture. So you can expect a very interactive and experiential training event. You will learn with not one, but TWO Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™, Connie & Michael Brannan.

Our price for this seminar is $97 to enjoy the FULL day’s experience. Ample free parking available. We’ll be providing coffee, decaf, tea, and pastries in the training room. There’s numerous restaurant choices nearby for lunch.

Space is limited, so sign up now to guarantee yours!
Location: Bellevue, Washington 98004

Call me, Connie, at (425) 564-8608 for any info or questions or sign up online now, below or at http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

NLP Life Success Workshop 7-16

I do hope you’ll join us.  Space is limited, and we’re excited to share what we know and love so much.

Warm Regards,


A Chance to Trance Sat June 18 – The School Side of What We Do

Michael and Connie Brannan, Clinical Hypnotherapists, Licensed Trainers, Design Human Engineers, and more.

Michael and Connie Brannan, Clinical Hypnotherapists, Licensed Trainers, Design Human Engineers, and more.

Michael and I created and operate a private vocational school here in Washington State, Called Mindworks NLP.  We are fully licensed by the State, and offer Neuro-Linguisitic Programming ™–it’s a “high tech hypnosis,” certification trainings.  That’s a big deal, and we LOVE it.  We also are offering a few “taster” courses.  These are 1 day seminars, which are an introduction into the things we love, hypnosis and NLP.


The next one day seminar is Saturday, June 18th.  If any of you readers out there are interested in learning self hypnosis, and powerful goal setting techniques, as well as some language of unconscious influence, well, here’s a day well spent for you to think about joining us.  We hope you do!   Hear ye, hear ye, read all about it:

1 Day Seminar:  Discover the Power of Hypnosis to Improve your life!

–Activate unconscious problem solving
–Increase motivation, energy, personal power
–Let go of undesirable habits, install better ones
–Enhance creativity

This powerful seminar/workshop shows you how to unleash the infinite power within you to achieve all this and so much more! You’ll learn to reprogram your own mind to act in ways you desire. Your mind and your body will be working together–for your health and success!! This amazing and experiential workshop/seminar is taught by Master Hypnotists and Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Connie & Michael Brannan.

Hypnotic change is immediate, powerful and lasting!

Our  price for this seminar is $97 for to enjoy the FULL day’s hypnotic experience.  Incredible!  This special price is time limited, and seats are limited as well, so if you want to assure your spot in this life-enriching learning experience, sign up now! 

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Here’s more info, about all our offerings.  Take a taste of what we do for a day and learn some cool tools, or have the full-meal-deal and become a “Nelper” and a helper.

Our next Licensed Practitioner Certification Program schedule:  Intensive Format, 8 days straight:  August 6 thru August 13, 2011

New:  Our Licensed Master Practitioner Certification Program (open to Practitioner level or higher students).  Discover our unique Residence Program Format, 4 full weekends:

Sept 10, & 11, 2011
Sept 17, & 18, 2011
Sept 24, & 25, 2011
Oct 1 & 2, 2011

Power of Mind Workshops schedule:
NLP for Sales & Business Success:  Saturday, June 25, 2011
Self Hypnosis for Life Success:  Saturday, June 18, 2011
NLP for Personal Change:  Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hypnotherapy Certification Program:  “Discover the Magic of Hypnosis”  4 days, July 21 thru July 24, 2011

 These tools have changed my life!  Perhaps your life/business success/communications skills deserve a pump up!  Call me and I’ll tell you more.

Warm Regards,

Goodbye, Panic Attacks

Hi, Guys.

Something nice to brighten my Monday! 🙂 I received another terrific client report.  Yes, hypnosis works:

“Hi Connie!

I don’t know if you remember me, but we worked together last September before I went off to attend college. I came to you with extreme Anxiety and now I am pleased to say that I have not had ONE single Anxiety Attack since September 2010, that’s 9 MONTHS! I want to say thank you sooo much. I have been able to live my life back the way it was Normal and Anxiety free– On no drugs!!

Thank you so much.
Katelyn Culbert – O’Leary”

I love to hear good reports from my clients.  Thank you, Katelyn!

Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, CHt.

Connie Brannan, CHt.

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Goodbye, Fear of Heights!

Hi, Hypnotic Friends!

I get such warm, wonderful feedback from my clients, and those notes, emails, and communications make me happy.  Yay!  Success.  I fully expect a great result for my clients, as I do everything I can think of to make that happen, however it’s always nice to hear it from the horse’s mouth!  Periodically, I share those testimonials, because I want people to know.  YES, HYPNOSIS WORKS!  Fantastically well.

Here’s another success story that I received today, from a gentleman who is allowing me to use his name.  He’s in an industry and a career that involves continually working at extreme heights–and the fear was an issue.  No more.  We had one session together, and here is his report:

“Hello Connie,

Changes….  The evening of the session I was able to go up our step ladder two steps in the kitchen and stand on one leg. The weekend after the session, I spent some time at 45 feet in a small (hydraulic) lift and was much more comfortable than before…

I was also noticing that when I walk on catwalks or spend time on elevated platforms, I usually concentrate on work.  In the past it was nearly impossible because the fear was overpowering.  I’ve definitely made vast headway.  Thanks, you are the best!  — Blake Townsend.

What are you afraid of?  Michael and I can help shift that fear into something more comfortable.  Fear doesn’t always keep you safe, sometimes it makes you more unsafe, as in the man above.  His work calls for steady and focus, not panic.  If you have an unreasonable fear, hypnosis works!  Let me prove it to you!  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net and http://www.seattlehypnosisforphobias.com.

I’ve worked with “phobias” as varied as fear of public speaking, fear of water, fear of “the wind,” fear of spiders, fear of snakes, fear of record stores, fear of driving, fear of flying, fear of fish, fear of overripe fruit, fear of noise, etc.  Fear can become attached to anything, and can also be easily un-attached!

Warm Regards,

An NLP “Anchor” In Action!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

This is a VERY cute video.  It’s not just an adorable baby laughing as Dad tears up his job rejection letter…it’s more than that.  It’s an accurate and amazing illustration of ANCHORING.

I talk about anchors, and I use anchors all the time in my work.  It’s an NLP term.  (Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a high tech hypnosis.)  In this video, every time the baby hears/sees the paper rip, he immediately laughs uproariously.  EVERY TIME.  Stimulus, response.  Stimulus, response.  Same stimulus, same response.  Over and over and over again.    Simply explained, an anchor is an unconscious association that’s been created, a link-up in the brain.  This means that, this leads to that.  When it rains, I feel sad.  When I see a spider, I recoil in fear.  When I see a stop sign, my foot moves off the gas pedal.  When I smell chocolate brownies, I remember my mother.  Anchors!

Now, laughter is a wonderful thing to anchor.  Keep it!  When a response is less than desired, however, that’s where NLP comes in.  We can change our anchors.  Absolutely easily!  I worked with a gentleman with a debilitating fear of heights this past week.   That fear response, it was simply a learned response, an anchor.  I’m in a high place, and that means PANIC!  (Not anymore, after working with me!  Now it means calm, comfortable, confident, and clear-minded.)  What we do in NLP work, we help people break out of these unconscious patterns and install new anchors, for better and more resourceful responses.

People think they’re stuck.  They’re trapped.  They’re not.  NLP creates anchors, good ones, and replaces the non-useful ones.  I’d be happy to show you how.  As a client:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net or as a student:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.

Warm Regards,

Hypnosis for your Best Golf!

Hi, Hypnotic Friends!

It’s springtime!  And you know what that means.  Time to hit the links!  Golf!  Michael and I also offer sports enhancement hypnotherapy.  Who wants the mental edge?

Here’s more information about that service that we have offered and continue to offer.  I’ve created a new website today, hot off the presses:


Hypnosis for your best game!

Hypnosis for your best game!

If you know any golfers out there who want to be good, or better than good, and have more fun enjoying their sport than ever before (or if YOU fit that description) have them call us!  We deliver golfing fun and excellence.  The “zone” is in you, and we can grab it and bottle it for you.  If the mental edge is of interest to you, check out the website.  I’ve worked with athletes of all varieties, from Olympic caliber to hobbyists.  All can get the mental edge and find improvement in their sport.  Athleticism is beautiful.


Warm Regards,

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist

Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist

NLP Explained – What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming and how will it help me change my life? (Easily!)

Here’s another video! (I’m just a video makin’ machine today!!) 🙂

To experience life change with this methodology:

To learn this life-changing methodology:

NLP is a conversational, high-tech hypnosis…the most powerful change tool on earth.  It’s also been called “hypnosis on steroids.”  Absolutely.  This is the primary thing which has reshaped by body (minus 75+ pounds) and my life.  Do you think I’d have been comfortable and confident enough before NLP to make a video such as the above and chat to the world?  No way, Jose.  Do you think I’d be running my own businesses?  Perhaps, but I doubt as successfully.

NLP is a set of tools for life success.  This is what sets me above other hypnotherapists’ level of success–my NLP.  There are Practitioners of NLP, there are Master Practitioners of NLP, and beyond that level of skill, there are Trainers of NLP.   I’m a Licensed Trainer of NLP ™.  And, when you come to my office, what you’re going to receive is neuro-linguistic hypnotherapy.  In my estimation, the power of this blend and the postive changes achieved through this exceeds anything else I’ve ever heard of or experienced on earth.  I’d love it if you’d let me prove it to you.

Warm Regards,

Say Goodbye to Phobias

I’ve created a new web page highlighting my work with phobia-fixes and fear release!  It’s one of my NLP areas of expertise, and a pleasure to help people with this.  Fear sucks.  Let’s change it.

Seattle Hypnosis For Phobias.
http://www.seattlehypnosisforphobias.com/ Check it out, let me know what you think! 🙂

Warm Regards,


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A Touch of Calm!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I hope you’re having some happy holidays, and more to come!  Wishing you and yours a fun and glorious 2011.  Resolve to enjoy life more and more every day.  I’m about to share with you all a simple technique that is the backbone and my favorite “magic” of NLP–something which drives home like a jackhammer the idea that you control your own life, mind and body.   Specifically, I’m going to share with you a touch of calm, for the holidays! 

NLPLOGONLP is Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™, a term coined by my teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler.  It’s a way of understanding the world and how we create reality.  And can change it.  It’s about enhancing communication, inside ourselves and with others.  For more info on what it is and the myriad of powerful and wonderful uses of NLP, you can check out my primary NLP website:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.

How would you like to communicate to your own mind:  “It’s time to relax!”  And have it actually happen in your body in an instant?  (Your wish is my command!)  Wouldn’t that be especially useful this time of year, with all the turbulence of wild weather, traffic, ice, work demands, family and extended family, parties, gift shopping, holidays, STRESS?

Here it is!  It’s called an “anchor” in NLP parlance.  It’s a stimulus-response mechanism, which we can capture and activate at will.  With intention.  So many times we are stimulated to a response (one we don’t particularly want or enjoy) by living and events.  Examples:  Your significant other starts using THAT critical tone of voice, and your body temperature rises.  You see a chocolate bar and the cravings kick in.  You smell popcorn, and you know you NEED a bucket.  How nice to create a stimulus-response in ourselves that we like.  And use it for…A Touch of Calm.  Apply as needed. 

Here’s a technique for you. 

Begin to remember a time in your life when you felt calm.  I mean REALLY calm.  Relaxed, with clarity of mind.  In that precise moment of time, nothing could ruffle your feathers.  Pick a memory from anywhere and anytime in your life, in any context, from childhood,  to adulthood.  In the hot tub, snuggled in bed, on the beach in Hawaii, in hypnotic trance, jogging, it doesn’t matter.  Let your mind remember CALM.  Now, put  yourself inside that memory, that experience.  Be there now!

Experience it.  What’s going on?  How do you feel?  What do you see?  What do you hear?  What do you smell?  Involve all your senses, fully and completely.  Let calm grow in you.  Feel  calm moving in your body.  Flow it, grow it.  Stronger.  When calm is just about at its peak, and you’re feeling really good, touch the tips of your thumb and ring finger of your left hand together and hold for one second.  Let go.  Think about something else for a moment or two, some neutral thing, and then imagine yourself again inside the calm memory.  Feel it.  Breathe it.  Once again, flow calm through every nerve and fiber of your body.  When you feel good and calm, touch the thumb and fingertip again.  Hold for a second, and let go.  This unique touch is now associated (anchored) with calm.  This touch will elicit calm!  In your body.  Forever.  Just that fast, you’ve trained your mind/body to do that!  How cool is that?  This is why Michael and I call NLP “The Magic of Instant Change.”

Now, whenever you want a dose of calm to flood your body, touch that same thumb and finger together and hold it (for a minute or so) in the way you’ve just anchored, and feel calm return.  Automatically!  Feeling stressed by Aunt Sue’s conversation at the party?  Touch and hold.  🙂  Stuck in mall traffic and beginning to grit your teeth?  Touch and hold.  Standing in an endless line at the supermarket and feeling irritated?  Touch and hold.  Joe at work pushing your buttons?  Push your own.  You now are armed with “a touch of calm” for the holidays.  And any time.  Enjoy!

Warm Regards,


Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist

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The Devil and James Bond


The other day Michael and I were driving, and I noticed the car ahead of me.  I said:  “There’s James Bond.”  (My sister had dated James Bond for awhile, but that’s another story.  🙂 )  The license plate number featured a familiar trio of numbers in it:  007.  Also, in the hot, red Ferrari next to me was the devil (or one of his henchmen) driving…that car featured 666.  Amusing?  Perhaps.  But WHY did those ideas pop into my mind…James Bond and the Devil?  I’ll tell you why!

Because our unconscious minds are amazing meaning-seeking devices.  Continuously looking for patterns!  And finding them.  You and me and each one of us, we are masters of pattern recognition.  It’s how we learn, and how we survive.  How we learn to recognize mom’s face as infants in the pixels of color dancing before our eyes, family, friends, a place of comfort, and how we learn to recognize danger as well.  THAT MEANS THIS.  That red and white octagon means lift my foot from the accelerator and move it to the de-accelerator.  Now!  So I don’t run into the tail end of James Bond.

The mind loves to take what might appear to be random chaos, and attach meaning.  Stars in the night sky, for instance.  Constellations.  To early astronomers, and to us, these are not just scattered blinking lights, these are mythological creatures with names and personalities, codified and recognized, parading across the sky.

I was in in Oregon giving a hypnosis talk a few weeks ago, and I saw my cousin Eddie’s face in the hotel bathroom wallpaper.  He was THERE, I tell you.  His exact profile.  His mouth, his nose, which is absolutely distinctive and recognizable!  Right next to the white rabbit.  Random shapes become patterns, with meaning.  We don’t struggle to make these associations happen, they just do! 

I invite you to read these sentences:

” Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.”

Your mind is effortlessly unscrambling the scramble.  🙂  Because our unconscious minds make sense out of non-sense.  And that’s a good thing!  And a useful thing.

 When it comes to problem solving, it’s massively useful.  When we’re feeling stuck/trapped/locked into a box of limited options (none of which may be appealing), our conscious mind is not much help.  It scours the box.  The solution to the problem is not there, in the conscious box.  It’s out there.  Somewhere else.  When we tap into the unconscious part of our mind, we are looking in a far, far, far broader spectrum, outside that box.  Somewhere else.  Everywhere else.  At everything.   And answers (meaning) are there in the larger jumble.  Our unconscious minds can and do find it.  And this changes everything and dissolves the box.

That’s what hypnosis is about, and how it is useful.  It’s a doorway into tapping into the massive pattern recognition and problem solving abilities of the unconscious mind.

In the news recently, a lady on the television game show “Wheel of Fortune” solved a 27 letter puzzle with only one letter showing, and 26 letters hidden.  Her mind, her unconscious mind, took the information available (how many words in the puzzle phrase and how many letters per word and another letter she knew was NOT there) and scoured the universe for meaning.  What English common phrase fits that criteria?  And, she found it!  Instantly, it seemed!  “I’ve got a good feeling about this.”  Her unconscious mind fed it to her conscious mind.  To those of you who viewed the footage of this amazing problem-solving feat, it did seem miraculous, did it not?  It wasn’t a miracle, it was simply her mind being good at what we all do.  Make sense and attach meaning.  In this case it was useful–she won a $6,000 trip to the Caribbean.

Not just this lady, I think we all should give a great big “THANK YOU, UNCONSCIOUS MIND!” shout out to our unconscious minds.  They keep us alive and thriving, and do solve life’s dilemmas when we get our conscious, linear thinking out of the way long enough for the useful and helpful patterns to reveal themselves.

If you’re interested in learning more about hypnosis and how to tap and direct this power within your own minds, I encourage you to check out:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  One of the ways that Michael and I share our passion is through teaching hypnosis and NLP (which is a super duper high tech hypnosis). 

Warm Regards,


Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist
Connie Brannan, Master Hypnotist

“And I don’t want YAMS!”

I had a crazy dream last night. My husband, Michael, and I were sitting in a restaurant, going out for dinner. There was a party of several people at a table next to us, engaged in a project, making quite a bit of noise. So we watched.

It was a project of intense thought and concentrated effort. The waitress was waiting to take their order. Instead of ordering, they had a large whiteboard standing on a frame and a person standing beside it writing on it. She was making a list, and checking it more than twice. The items on the list? What each person didn’t want for dinner that night. They would shout it out, randomly, as it occurred to them, and it got added to the communal list. The whiteboard person would write it all down. One girl shouted: “And I don’t want YAMS!” “yams” would appear on the board. The list was getting quite long. “I don’t want scrambled eggs with peanut butter on top.”

It occurred to me (in my dream) that this project was quite stupid. You walk into a restaurant. Rather than order what you do want from the menu, you’re creating your own menu, of what you DON’T want. How useful is that, if your goal is to eat something for dinner right now? I think the waitress wandered away, probably bored.

Crazy, right? Never happen in a million years, right? But this is precisely how so many people’s minds operate in the wide awake, day-to-day, “real world.” They focus on what they don’t want. That’s not going to move you forward. A shift of focus is called for, a shift to the postive. What DO you want? How would you rather feel? What would you rather do?

I had a client come in last night with a plethora of fears. A litany of fears. Being alone, the dark, airplanes, and more, creating panic attacks. I asked her how she would rather feel. She couldn’t answer that, she was so mired in what she currently feels and doesn’t want. Calm is not on the menu. Only fear. We’ve got to put calm and safe and happy on the menu. Then she can order it, and enjoy it!

What hypnosis does is focus your mind on positive change, and a desired outcome, in a way which stirs the magic of the universe (how’s that for technical jargon?) to actually creating that positive change. It IS magic. But you’ve got to know what you DO want in order to get there. I’ll help you make those shifts.

Warm Regards,

Honing Skills on my Birthday Month

I like words. I like learning them, hearing them, using them. Words are “my thing” (which is terrific for a hypnotist). And they always have been my thing. Soon, I’ll be “honing.” My skills in hypnosis & NLP.  My tools, my abililty to HELP.  My FUN.  Honing. Sharpening. Making better. I also like dictionary.com. 🙂 “To make more acute, intense or effective; improve; perfect: to hone one’s skills.” Absolutely!  🙂  It also means “To move or advance toward a target or goal.” Hone in.

I’m doing both!

Because here’s what I’m honing towards, here’s what I want. To be the absolute best changeworker and hypnotist/hypnotherapist possible. I already am the best in the Pacific Northwest, but the world’s a big place. I want to be one of the absolute best in the universe. So, I’m continuing my education, and studying with and learning from the best of the best. Modeling genius. It’s time intensive, it’s money intensive, it takes committment. But I’m doing it! Michael and I both!

We’re off for a couple weeks of more hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming trainings. In Orlando, Florida, with the co-originator of NLP, and in my opinion, the best hypnotist living, Dr. Richard Bandler. We go where the geniuses perform/teach and it’s not always nearby. We’re doing it! It’s my joy, my passion, as well as my comittment to honing!  It’s also my birthday present to myself!  (I’m a July baby!)

A committment to excellence.  That’s a good thing!  🙂  I’m on Facebook (you can be my friend), and recently noticed an example of a differing attitude.  A fellow hypnotist and NLP-er posted on one of my teachers’ pages whining (or so it appeared to me) that her training certification, the actual certificate she earned from him had an expiration date on it.  Why, she asked.  The answer is simple.  Hypnosis and NLP is not something you learn once, and wham, done.  I guess some people do approach a profession this way.  “I know how to cut that piece of brick.  I’m done.”  Not me.  No way, Jose.  That certificate is only the beginning.

For me, learning is a never-ending unfolding process, and I’m ALWAYS desirous of improving my skills.   One can ALWAYS be better.  Sharper.  More inspired.  In the realm of the mind, there’s no hard and fast, “this is it.”  There are more things to LEARN!  When you bring in native intelligence and a passion for and committment to what you’re doing, and add the continued exposure to excellence, the continued honing (of something absolutely worth honing), you get someone who knows what they’re doing.

I know what I’m doing.  And that means I can help you better, faster, more efficiently, more creatively than other people can.  If you really want change, I certainly think you should seek out the best for that.  Aren’t you worth it? Another wonderful mentor/teacher of mine said to me once:  “It ain’t bragging, if it’s true.”  I’m not bragging.  I am extremely talented at this work, this art, and getting better all the time.

I hope to post here from Orlando and the trainings!   Michael and I send warm (upper 90’s) greetings!

Warm Regards,

Amazing 1-Day Seminar June 5th! “NLP for Sales & Business Success”

connie Purple HoodieHi, Guys!

I talk a lot about NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™.  It’s super cool stuff, in my book, the most powerful tool I use.  It’s the primary thing that’s helped me re-shape my life!  And I use it with clients every day.  It IS hypnosis.  A very, very powerful, effective type of conversational hypnosis.

If you’d like to learn more, Michael and I have an exciting opportunity for you.  We’re offering a set of 3 1-day seminars which explore some of the magic of NLP, and hypnosis.  The first one is happening in one week, and there are still seats available.  It’s NLP for Sales and Business Success.  Saturday, June 5th.

Thing is, even though the “focus” is sales and business, these tools are FANTASTIC for every aspect of life.  It’s about people connections, rapport, communications, influence, and an understanding of how we all represent our worlds, and the power to change our worlds easily.  Amazingly easily.  It’s all very, very, very cool.  In my opinion!  And, since this is my blog, I’m sharing MY opinion!  🙂  It’s a strong one.  NLP is good stuff.  And as it says on one of the video testimonials on my other site,  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com, the world would be a much better and happier place if more people understood NLP.

Well, here’s your chance.  For an amazing low fee of $97 you can spend the ENTIRE day, 9 am to 5 pm with me and Michael and learn hands-on some NLP ideas and processes.  Expect transformations.  In your ability to understand and “read” others and communicate effectively.  What an asset in any aspect of life, but certainly a necessity in business!!  You can sign up now (while there’s still room) on our Mindworks NLP website.  We’ve got a “buy now” button, upper left column.  Here’s more details:

1 Day Seminar NLP for Business Success
June 5th, 2010, Bellevue, WA, 9 am to 5 pm

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is an amazingly powerful set of tools that will enhance your rapport with clients and sales prospects, and employees, increase your persuasive abilities and influence, and skyrocket your bottom line. We’re talking SALES, we’re talking about positive influence, and motivation. This powerful seminar/workshop will focus on the language of influence, both verbal, and nonverbal, gestures, body language, tonality, physical space, and how language connects with behavior. You’ll learn quick techniques you can use right now, this minute, to enhance your business–and, indeed, your positive persuasive abilities in all aspects of your life.

Now is the time to build your wealth!! You’ll learn incredible subconscious communication tools for business (and personal) success–simple techniques you can use immediately to increase rapport, influence and power. Close those deals, so easily, and develop business relationships that will endure. Taught by Licensed Trainers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Connie & Michael Brannan.  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

Our price for this seminar is $97, to enjoy the FULL day’s experience.  Free parking.  Refreshments provided.  Tell your friends.

This is a wonderful introduction to the magic of NLP! I hope to see you there!  Because I love sharing what I love–and this is very much it!

Warm Regards,

Super Secret NLP Habit-Busting Technique

Hello, Hypnotic Friends!

The topic today is habits — habitual behaviors that we engage in almost without thinking.  Learned behaviors which now flow.  Too easily, sometimes.  Sometimes habits are good.  Like bathing.  Like using deodorant.  Like brushing your teeth.

Like looking both ways before crossing the street.  Sometimes habits are bad.  Say, smoking.  Or a “cookie addiction.”  Or any other kind of addiction, sex, alcohol, spending, gambling, and so on.  Or any number of other unhealthy or unwanted or self destructive behaviors, which lead to an outcome we’d rather not come out to.  🙂
Actually, those words, bad and good habits, are misleading.  There are NO good habits and there are no bad habits.  I use those words for convenience and understanding because they’re out there in the vernacular, out there in common usage.  The truth is, there are only useful habits and non-useful habits.
Cool thing is, we get to decide what that is.  If a habit is useful, go with it.  Enjoy.  Live.  Love.  Be happy.  If a habit, however, is not useful, or no longer useful, we can identify that, know that, and change it!  Here’s another one of those self-empowering ideas.  We can change our habits.  Yes, we can.  We are not victims in this life–we make the rules.  You and me.  We can get into the habit of breaking habits, when it’s useful to do so.  And I’m going to lead you through a simple process in this essay to do just that!
We’ll take a “simple” unwanted behavior.  How about something from my own life.  Sugar?  Bakery goods?  Brownies?  Hmmm, I know–candy.  Chocolate.  Hershey bars.

I used to have a habit.  It was called “eat candy bars.”  Anytime, all the time, just about every day or so.  Primarily, Hershey’s with almonds.  I’d get the little bars, and I’d also get those giant sized bars, 8 oz, which I think nowadays cost more and are 4 oz.  Still called “giant” sized, however.  I guess it’s all in your perspective.  And I’d eat the whole thing–eventually.  In a day or two.  And then I’d buy more.  Bad habit, right?  Maybe, maybe not.  I’m sure the Hershey company, and the Nestle company, and the M&M Mars company, thought it was a GREAT habit, and loved me for it.  But for ME, I decided that it was not useful.  I decided to shift that habit, as it became a non-useful habit when I decided to get healthy and consume less calories and less sugar and transform my body.
I decided!  Eating candy bars:  non useful habit.  Let’s change it!
Here’s a simple NLP process to do just that.  NLP, again, is Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ which is a “high tech hypnosis.”  It’s also been called, aptly, “hypnosis on steroids.”  I love my NLP, as taught to me by the Master of Masters, the creator, Dr. Richard Bandler.  He taught me, and I’m teaching you.  Here and now.  Behold!  A habit-busting technique that is so simple and straightforward, perhaps it will become a new habit of yours to use it.  And bust any non utilitarian habits.  Until they invent a Bad-habit-be-gone-spray-in-a-can, this is the next best thing.  Psssssst.
But, before I get into the process, one more story.  I went to a “weight loss hypnosis” talk the other day and it involved imagining bugs/maggots/disgusting vermin crawling on my donut to get me to change my behavior as regards donuts.  This is NOTHING like that.  I find THAT suggestion disgusting, the idea that we need to get uncomfortable about things in order to change.  False!  That’s ill-formed and wrong-directional.  You don’t need to do that.  Thing is, you may want to enjoy a donut or piece of donut sometime in your life.  I don’t believe in taking that opportunity away, or making people feel sick!!  We’re not attaching negativity to the thing, which decreases or limits your choices, we’re enlarging your choices so that it’s easier to choose healthy and useful habits.
Ok.  The chocolate bar.  I used to be able to put myself into a state of desire.  Wanting it.  Which then led to buying and eating it.  Create a picture in your mind that represents a negative habit and your wanting to do it.
We all have desires all the time that we don’t act on.  I had a co-worker once who would have benefited by a slap upside the head.  I wanted to do that, on occasion.  Did I?  No.  Never.
Sometimes I have a desire to stay in bed beyond an appropriate time.  Do I?  No.  I get up.  Sometimes, a scene in a movie is so absurd I want to shout something derogatory out at the screen in the theater.  Do I?  No.  Sometimes, I see a good looking stranger at the gym, and I feel like running up and squeezing his bicep…do I?  No.  We all have desires which we know perfectly well we will not act on.  Create a picture in your mind that represents a temptation or desired behavior that you KNOW you will not act on.
Notice everything about that picture–the thing you will not do, the line in the sand as it were.  You won’t cross it.  You know you won’t do this thing, even though you’d like to.  As you study the picture, notice it’s size, shape, location, color or black and white, movement, focus, brightness, clarity, everything.  Memorize those qualities of the picture.  Qualities of the picture are like the options in a photo editing software.  You’re not looking at the content in any way, you’re noticing the qualities such as focus and color.
Now, take the picture of the unwanted behavior, and match it to those qualities of the “won’t do it” picture.  Every one!  Size, color, focus, etc.  And stick this picture right in the space of the “won’t do it” picture, like two pieces of music on a music stand.  Imagine yourself not doing this thing, and the positive outcomes flowing from that change.  In my case, not eating the candy leads to a smaller body, more energy, more money in my pocket, and feeling good!  Lock in the picture of the unwanted behavior into the “won’t do it” position.  Click your teeth, or snap your fingers, or say “that’s right” and tell your mind to keep it there.  Sometimes I imagine splashing a bucket of shellac over the top of the picture as a sealant for the new qualities.
Top secret NLP insight:  When you change how you represent a situation or problem in your mind, the situation changes!  Read that sentence again.  Let it seep in.
Now, step back and think of yourself and the unwanted behavior.  In this case, you may notice that the temptation to do the thing that USED to be a bad habit has shifted, into something you simply won’t do.  Not a struggle.  Simply a sense of No!  I won’t do that.  Freedom!  You speak the holy word (for Star Trek officiandos, name that episode!).
Play with this and let me know how you do!  And, as always, if you’d like to learn more cool NLP techniques and processes, here’s how:  http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  In fact, Michael and I have three 1-day seminars next month, which is a fabulous introduction to the power of NLP.  One seminar focuses on life change, one on sales and business success, and one on self hypnosis.  C’mon down and learn more.  You know you want to!
Warm Regards,