The effect of anchors can be increased by using multiple anchors in conjunction with one another. The subject is asked to recount several good experiences in his past and to formulate a separate anchor for each one.
Subsequently, when the feared occurrence is brought to mind the therapist uses each anchor rapidly, one after the other. This blitzes the client with positive messages whilst he thinks about the thing he is scared of.
THE VOICE! – Okay, no need to shout
Ideas and suggestions can be anchored verbally in a number of ways. The important thing is that the anchoring is approached methodically and subtly disguised within the sentence structure. Having said that, the tone of voice used is important. Letting the voice tone go down towards the end of a sentence adds emphasis, and sometimes indicates an order.
With the voice rising this implies a question? (Apart from in the case of teenage girls? And English people who have visited Australia? Who talk like this all the time? Like they are asking you a question when really they’re making a statement? God knows why they make themselves sound so idiotic though?). Anyway, the NLP practitioner can put slight emphasis on word to ingrain it as an anchor. The subject will notice some words as slightly more emphatic than others.
If one wishes to put an idea into the subject’s mind covertly then keywords can be used. For instance, a salesman might sprinkle the keywords into a conversation but over a time span that will make them unnoticeable. A touch can also be used in conjunction with a keyword.
A speaker can use gestures in conjunction with sentiments expressed in a sentence, or with the keywords described above. For example, a person in an interview could recount all of their good points and past achievements whilst gesturing with their right hand; then when discussing how they would handle the new role, they could use the same gestures to emphasise how successful they would be. The interviewer would have correlated the two scenarios in his subconscious and would see this person as perfect for the job.
Priming is a very good technique for influencing someone subconsciously. Prior to the session beginning, the NLP practitioner can begin to prime the subject as to the ideas that he wants to anchor.
This is done in an informal and conversational way so that it goes under the radar as it were. Later on these anchors can be incorporated and built upon in the session. In the same way later on you might say, “Send me an email and tell me how you are progressing”, thus anchoring the idea of progressing positively in the future.
Shaping is the use of behavioural stimuli to get the reaction you want. We all know that animals respond to the promise of the reward of food in exchange for doing something.
In the same way humans respond to social cues and can be persuaded to act in a certain way. For instance, a salesman may attempt to shape a client’s behaviour – he will react with positive body language and smiles to buying behaviour and negatively to non-buying behaviour.
Post-Hypnotic Anchor Words
NLP anchors can be used post-session, post-hypnotically. The practitioner confidenceputs the suggestion in the mind of the subject that he will experience a particular state of mind when a certain situation arises.
Whilst in hypnosis the practitioner recreates the desired state in his subject’s mind (perhaps that of confidence or abstention from cigarettes) using the techniques described in Creating NLP Anchors – Part 1. Then he uses language that implies that a similar state of mind will be experienced when a trigger occurs.
The trigger might be seeing a particular colour or the feeling of desiring a cigarette. The point is that it must be something that the subject will encounter during the normal course of his day and preferably more than once in order to reinforce the anchor.