Of all the ways to hypnotize a subject, one stands out as the best.

It is fast – it can get results in minutes, if that.

It's easy – so simple that untrained hypnotists accidentally use this all the time.

Of all the techniques I know, this is probably the most reliable. After a little bit of practice, you can wield this with such skill that it's hard to resist.

And it's invisible. Most people will not know what you did, only that it felt amazing.

It's so good that most hypnotists I know use it. Many of them, if not most of them, use it multiple times a day. There are a few who do not and some of them get great results. I remember one skilled hypnotist who, on learning this technique, transformed. He instantly became that much more hypnotic …

And happier as a person.

The best part is that you can combine this with other hypnotic inductions. No matter what your favored style, technique or school is, this meshes with all of them.

That's a lot of build-up, so let's cut right to it:

The hypnotic induction to rule them all is …

Self-hypnosis.

This is so common that a lot of hypnotists reading this are probably feeling disappointed. “I already know that!” No doubt, but it always pays to remember the fundamentals.

The non-hypnotists reading this might find that intriguing. How could hypnotizing yourself be the best way to hypnotize someone else?

It works on so many levels.

The first is that self-hypnosis is a great way to enter the perfect mental state for it. It often leads to you feeling calm, focused and a sense of peace. You can add other emotions, like excitation or compilation – whatever the context calls for.

I find this especially useful in, we say, non-ideal environments. Sometimes you find yourself on a busy street, a crowded train or the middle of a park. My self-hypnosis trances allow me to focus on one person and blank out the rest of the world.

Most people have never received that level of attention. I know I like anyone who filters out all reality except me.

It also helps with subjects who've never been hypnotized before. They do not know what to do or expect. So show them. When the hypnotist enters a trance state, it gives the subject a model to follow.

And it's hard to resist. Watching someone in a trance makes you want to join them. It's almost irresistible.

Perhaps the biggest benefit is that it's good for the hypnotist. The process is intense and can take a lot out of you. A trance state, like a flow state, allows you to do your best work for long periods at a time.

Self-hypnosis is good for the hypnotist, subject and the trance they create between them. You can not ask for much more than that.