The experience in using this technique is that it is very effective. The client, typically, either responds immediately to the command given or stops processing with the normal linguistic processes almost immediately. Fun!
In the examples above the word functioned as a noun for the first half of the sentence. In the second half it functioned as a verb. This made it very easy to build an embedded command. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Any word can do the job. It doesn’t even have to make sense, logically. Remember, confusion is desired, related and conducive to trance. Take for instance the following example: “The director shouted at the actors to take their place for everything and everything in its place.” No embedded command there, but certainly it would be confusing enough to the listener. It sure works greatly as part of a larger trance induction.
Here is a small list of words easily used as pivot words because they can act as both a noun or a verb. Notice how many of these pivot words are also Phonological Ambiguities.
Well, maybe today not necisarily exercising, yet a handvest how to construct Punctuation Ambiguities.
Step 1 – Identify the message you, as a NLP Practitioner, want that the client receive.
Step 2 – Check each of the words in the message to determine whether they are phonologically ambiguous.
Step 3 – Form two sentences, one of which has the phonologically ambiguous word as the last word in the sentence, the second, a command, in which the ambiguous word occurs as the first word in the sentence.
Step 4 – Delete the first word of the second sentence and say the entire sequence to the client. You will help yourself to acquire this skill (as well as the others presented here) by generating a set of phonologically ambiguous words which occur naturally in your work. One set which we have found very useful are organ language (words which identify body parts and functions, e.g.,hand, shoulder), phonologically ambiguous words.
It may seem harder than it actually is. Here’s a way you can practice getting good at it: Take the words in the above list one by one. Write a sentence that ends with one of the words. Could be about anything at all, but it ends with the word you’ve chosen. Then write another sentence that starts with that same word. Then say them together, but only use the word once. When you get to the pivot word, pause ever so slightly before the word and then just speak as if you are saying the second sentence naturally.
Remember, to increase your efficiency as a NLP Practitioner, know your positive intention for the message you want to convey, build rapport and pay attention on what and how you use language. Leave people and business in a better place that where you found them, every day!
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