Think about what it’s like to be a fat hypnotist. Generally speaking, consulting hypnotists are associated with the use of hypnotism for weight loss, smoking cessation, and stress management. There are lots of other uses, some of which are truly incredible, but most clients come for “the big three” that I listed.
In the consulting world, it’s usually helpful for the consultant to model the outcomes that they are selling to their clients. If you’re targeting weight loss clients, you probably should be at a healthy weight, yourself. I was overweight when I started in hypnotism in 2004, and my weight just kept increasing over the years. So, I avoided weight loss clients. I took them if they reached out to me for a session, because I knew that I was good at hypnotizing people, and I wanted to help folks, but I didn’t get many requests, because the visual impact is really quite simple. Not inspiring.
How do you role model health and success when you’re obese?
I once sat at a hypnosis conference in which one of the speakers was morbidly obese. Toward the end of his presentation, during the Q&A period, someone from the audience asked him, “How do you feel comfortable working with weight loss clients when you yourself are clearly overweight?”
His answer was, “I don’t have to be able to lay an egg in order to know how to cook one.” Clever, eh?
I mean, conceptually, he’s right. We don’t always have to do something in order for us to know how to do it for others or to effectively help them do it. I can’t argue with him at all about that.
But to some extent, don’t people come to hypnotists, and coaches, and consultants, to be shown a better way of doing things because there’s a supposition that the professional can actually do it, as well? Isn’t there a value to modeling the state of achievement that one claim one can help clients achieve?
Would you hire a fat hypnotist? How much should knowing and doing be separated versus go hand-in-hand?