Need a Speaker Who Won’t Put The Audience To Sleep?

Looking for a good speaker in the Corvallis area? Look no further! I give fun, free interactive talks on hypnosis anywhere in the Corvallis area.

Will the audience cluck like a chicken? Why yes: yes, they will. But not because I do a stage show, because I don’t. I just ask the whole audience to do it first thing, to get it out of the way (people don’t need to be hypnotized to cluck like a chicken; just asking will do!).

How do these talks go? I’ll describe a recent one: I spoke at my mom’s retirement community in McMinnville (Hillside) for their annual Health Fair. I asked the audience to cluck like a chicken, just to break the ice, and they were pretty good! Then I had the audience do the “magnetic fingers” suggestibility test, and over half of them succeeded on the first try, as usual. I spoke about hypnosis for a while and answered questions, then walked the audience through a simple relaxation process followed by guided imagery, which included recalling a happy childhood memory that they hadn’t thought about in years.

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Placebos are Strange, but Effective [Video]

This three-minute YouTube video talks about the power of placebos, especially pills containing no active ingredients that are given to patients as if they are real.

Placebos Work

Placebos work surprisingly well! They use the power of expectation — the same thing that hypnotists call the power of suggestion. Our minds and bodies tend to make our expectations come true; our minds and bodies tend to treat our expectations as commands to obeyed. So if we’re given a pill and told that it’s a powerful painkiller, then our minds and bodies tend to treat this as a command: “Dial down that pain or make it go away entirely,” just as if we’d taken a real painkiller.

And it works for anything, not just pain, and not just with pills.

Hypnosis is Like a Placebo, Without the Placebo

Placebos usually use physical objects (tablets, capsules, injections, creams, etc.), while hypnosis relies more on words, words said after the client is in a state of hypnosis, where the words have a stronger and longer-lasting effect.

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Is Guided Imagery the Same as Hypnosis? [Video]

zzzGuided imagery is hypnosis, often an unavowed, disguised hypnosis done by therapists who are concerned that their clients might be afraid of hypnosis. Sometimes the therapists are afraid of hypnosis themselves, and let themselves believe that guided imagery is different. It isn’t.

Guided imagery is a powerful technique when used powerfully, but is a wimpy technique when used wimpily. You’ll mostly find its more powerful uses among hypnotherapists, who are using it as one valuable hypnotic technique among many.

The thing I like best about hypnosis is that it keeps going where other therapies stop short. Relaxation is not the goal. An altered state is not the goal. A pleasant experience is not the goal. These are building blocks that lead up to the goal — the goal that you, the client, select.

Let’s face it: hypnosis is a very Western modality. It builds a to-do list into a meditative process. I like that.

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

How to do Therapy: A Gumby Show Example [Video]

This clip from the Gumby Show episode “The Rodeo King. Pokey acquires the delusion that he is his favorite TV character, Buster Bronc, and Prickle — “that’s Doctor Prickle” — shows the attitude of any good therapist by immediately trying something else when his first attempt doesn’t work. In the clip:

  • Pokey tries modifying the patient’s environment first.
  • When that doesn’t work, he switches to hypnosis.
  • When this, too, fails, he “prescribes the symptom.”

This brief clip from a children’s TV show in 1957 demonstrates a can-do attitude and a flexibility of method that is not always found in today’s therapists!

But we all knew that Gumby was special.

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Five Questions Everyone Asks About Hypnosis [Video]

Everyone has questions about hypnosis, and these five are among the most common:

  1. “Will I cluck like a chicken?” Not unless you really want to!
  2. “Can I be hypnotized?” Yes, if you have at least normal intelligence, and you want to be hypnotized. (If you’re seeing me for hypnosis, it also helps if you speak English and hear well enough to understand what I’m saying.)
  3. “Is it true that people in hypnosis can’t move or speak or respond or remember?” No, that’s death! Hypnosis is relaxing and people often don’t feel like moving or talking, but they can and do. And amnesia for the session is unusual and easily reversed.
  4. “Can I get stuck in a trance?” Not after I say the magic words to bring you out (revealed in the video!)
  5. “Is hypnosis the same thing as mind control?” No. Hypnosis alone is terrible for mind control. Sometimes cults or governments have used hypnosis along with more conventional brainwashing techniques, but by itself, hypnosis is far less reliable than ordinary criminal methods like bribes, threats, and blackmail. That’s why you never hear of random bystanders robbing a bank through hypnosis.

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Robert Plamondon
Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.