NLP Techniques - Embedded Commands & Embedded Suggestions

    Before we begin, you may be familiar with the concepts of your unconscious mind. Perhaps you've heard things like it is always listening, taking care of everything that is important for you to go about living your life happily, healthily and so forth. From breathing to digestion, from dreaming to sleeping, your unconscious mind takes care of millions of processes every day.

    While your conscious mind is right here listening to me and it's totally aware of everything that I'm saying. When you have a conversation with yourself, that is your conscious mind at work.

    Kinda cool, isn't it?

    "Because you see a change in their behavior (thoughts, feelings, actions) that indicate what you suggested worked."

    But here's the thing ‚Äď there is no such THING as an unconscious or conscious mind. These are descriptions, they are not empirical but we use the words of conscious and unconscious to describe various processes at work.

     So what exactly is an embedded command then?

    An embedded command is a form of covert suggestion that as the name suggests is embedded within a larger communication or content.

    There were several examples in the introduction to this video I just gave you. But more on that in a moment.

    For now, the first thing if you want to get good with embedded commands, it's easy, realize that there isn't a some place you are trying to lodge a suggestion ‚Äď rather you are looking to present your suggestions in a covert or non overt way so a person's conscious mind doesn't screw things up. Sometimes it's better to be overt in your communication and just come out and say something and other times being more subtle helps.

    So in the introduction to this video I used several embedded commands, such as:

    Embedded commands:

    Use them... now… your unconscious… is always listening… living your life healthy, happily… dreaming to sleeping… your unconscious… is … at work

    and just a moment ago

    get good with embedded commands, it's easy.

    So you see even in this very tight communication it is possible to pack several embedded commands.     

    In this video, I'm going to teach you what embedded commands are, how they work and how to use them now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    Here is ONE process on how to do this:

    1. Figure out what it is that you want to say or prime in another person's mind. Write it out. It could be something like ‚Äúyou are going to enjoy this course‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúlearning can happen quickly‚ÄĚ

    2. Next figure out how what kind of wrapper you are going to use to deliver the embedded commands. In this case I created the context of an introduction and talking about two concepts, within which I embedded my suggestions.

    3. Choose your method for marking out the commands or suggestions. There are lots of ways to do this: I chose to change my tempo and reduce my tone when I was marking out my suggestions for your unconscious mind to pick up on.

    4. If this is your first time using embedded commands practice delivering the suggestions within your wrapper story with friends and others who are not going to give a hoot if you error.

    5. Once you've got it down ‚Äď use it for real and notice how you get on.

    That's it!

    How many times do you need to give the suggestion?

    One last thing- how many times do you need to embed a suggestion in order for it to stick? Good question ‚Äď remember there isn't a 'somewhere deep' you are looking to stick anything ‚Äď you are looking to prime and impart a pattern of thoughts on your listener, so for some people they may pick up in 3-4 suggestions, for others it may take 10-12 goes. It is going to vary from person to person.

    How do you know when they have "got it"?

    You would now, because you see a change in their behavior (thoughts, feelings, actions) that indicate what you suggested worked.

    OK that's it for now. Got some cool ways you use embedded commands? Feel free to leave a comment or question below.

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