Autocue Software for Hypnotherapists – a quick review of the apps available
At a recent Hypnosis Training Seminar taught by Dr Jonathan Royle and assisted by myself, we discussed Autocue software for the iPad, for reading Hypnosis / CMT scripts. As mentioned over the weekend, I tend to have my CMT script printed on paper and laminated (to keep page turning quiet), however I did have autocue software on my iPad, and decided to have another look at it to see which one it was, as promised. Unfortunately it appears to have been discontinued, and is unavailable, so to save you the time and effort I had a look around the app store and found the following free apps…
Please note that the views below are entirely my own based on a very quick search of the iStore. If you are a developer of any of these autocue apps and would like to add your comments to the original Facebook post, please see the link below. I would like to hear from you.
To import a script, you have to upgrade to the “Premium” version (so I’m not sure exactly what the free version does, apart from take up space on the iPad.
Nice, clear display, with variable speed settings (25-300 words per minute) and a clear guideline in the centre of the screen to help keep track of where you are. If you need to slow down or speed up, you can manually drag the script up / down the screen, and it has the ability to skip to other scripts (which might be useful if you want to break the CMT script up or have different sections for smoking / phobias etc. Importing scripts isn’t difficult – simply email them to your iPad or host them on DropBox or GoogleDrive and within the appropriate app, select “Open In”. The “Pro version appears to have more functions, including “Mirror Mode” (for the glass prompts politicians etc use) Video Recording, Rich Text Editing (multiple text colours, styles highlighting etc) multiple guides, bluetooth remote speed control etc. (price ranges from £4.99 for the teleprompter to £8.99 for the video teleprompter). It might be worth the extra £4.99 if you want to have your script in a range of colours (embedded commands etc) but as a free app it does almost everything a Hypnotherapist might need.
I didn’t like the format or feel of this app – it looked like it had been built on a website and imported to the app store. The only way to import a script was to have it on a webpage and enter the page address (not ideal), and once I had clicked “cancel” whilst I went looking for a suitable page to test it, I couldn’t open the options screen again!
This stands out from all the other autocue apps, with the ability to adjust the speed of the scrolling display by tracking your voice! This did have a few concerns – what happens if you go “off script” at any time (if you want to insert the client’s name, skip past a sentence for whatever reason etc) but a test of these potential issues proved that the software was indeed capable of recognising when additional words or sentences were added or skipped, and handled it all remarkably well. As with Prof. Hornett, you can manually scroll up or down the script if you need to. As an added bonus, the app also has the ability to record your speech as you read it out. This may not be much use for the CMT script after you have first recorded it, but if you do personalise your sessions, it can save you a lot of hassle. Importing Scripts is easy via DropBox, Google Drive etc within the app. Looking at the “Pro” version’s (£14.99) additional functions, (text colour, font, video recording) I personally don’t think it is worth the additional money for a hypnotherapist – the free version will work well enough!
I would suggest testing this app out with any background music you may use during a session, before using it in a real-life session with a paying client, as background music / sounds may affect the Voice Tracking. (Obviously I recommend that you test out any autocue software extensively before taking it into the therapy room, to ensure you are fully conversant with the menu systems etc first!).
If you are interested in reading your script(s) from an iPad, Prof. Hornett and PromptSmart are two of the best free autocue apps available. Download both, try them out and see which ones you are comfortable with.
If anyone has already used any of the above mentioned apps, one of the premium (paid for) apps that are available, or similar for other Non-iOS devices, please feel free to comment on the relevant post on the EHW Facebook Group and let us know your thoughts!
An interesting (& free) tool to help you create great content for your hypnotherapy blog and website!
Every month I have to write a couple of pages of text for the local magic society magazine and blog, and although I doubt many of our members read my ramblings, it gives me a platform to share my ideas with my peers and rally the troops! It is also a chance to write about a subject that I would otherwise normally just read about.
As with many other writers, often the hardest part is coming up with a fresh subject / title / idea that will appeal to readers. It’s great if there has been something of interest on TV, I’ve seen a live show or a recent news article has come to my attention, but often I’m sat staring at a blank screen looking for inspiration. If you regularly write articles for your blog etc (and you should – Google loves fresh, relevant content) you may have suffered a similar fate.
Today was no different, so I decided to see if there was a source of inspiration… and as always Google helped.
Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator seems to be a fantastic free tool worthy of investigation. Yes it is automated, it isn’t perfect, and no it won’t write the blog article for you, but it will give you some food for thought, and at least a title to start off with.
The site asks you for 3 nouns… honestly I don’t think it matters what 3 word-types you include (you can always edit the suggested title afterwards)… inputting “Trance”, “Cigarettes” and “Hypnotherapist” (probably the first 3 words anyone writing about smoking cessation would consider) kicks out the following 5 subject suggestions –
- How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Trance
- 7 Things About Cigarettes Your Boss Wants To Know
- Think You’re Cut Out For Doing Hypnotherapist? Take This Quiz
- 20 Myths About Trance
- 10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Cigarettes
Not a bad start!
Now obviously some of these will need refining, editing (or in the case of a previous search which kicked out “Why We Love Smoking (And You Should, Too!)” ignoring – unless your blog audience is other (potential) hypnotherapists wanting to learn about smoking cessation and making lots of money!
Look at your ideal audience – your potential hypnotherapy client – and work these blog titles around them, so that they have maximum impact, and without too much thought you might be left with…
- How To Solve Your Biggest Problems (Fears / Addictions etc) With Trance
- 7 Things About Stopping Smoking Cigarettes You Need To Know
- Think You’re Cut Out For Being a Great Hypnotherapist? Take This Quiz (Great if you have a quiz plugin on your WP site that also shares results to Facebook etc)
- 20 Myths About Trance (Hypnotherapy? / Stopping Smoking? etc)
- 10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Cigarettes (Hmmm, pretty stuck on how to turn this tile around right now!)
I haven’t spent ages considering each title… that’s for you to do… all I have done is converted them to something a little more appealing, reader targeted and added a couple of additional ideas.
But in just a few minutes we now have 4 fantastic titles to get your audience interested. Yes, the titles do resemble some of the formats used by sites such as BuzzFeed and Distractify – but they use them because they work! Honestly, admit it to yourself, you have been scrolling though Facebook and a BuzzFeed title has piqued your interest enough to click on it…
Now Hubspot suggests that these 5 (4?) subjects are enough for a week’s blogging. And for some people and industries this might be true – however, you are not a blogger who performs hypnosis occasionally, instead you are a hypnotherapist who blogs occasionally for the benefits of better Google Rankings and more clients (or at least I hope you are!). Personally I believe that the 4 subjects we have are enough for about a month of blog content.
Given that by signing up to their free mailing list, they promise to send you another year’s worth of topics (which could realistically be 4-5 years’ worth if you only post once a week) i reckon it’s probably worth sending them your email address.
So what are you going to write in your blog under these fantastic titles? That’s entirely up to you! But remember, it should be interesting, educational, entertaining and above all – inspiring! Remember to focus on your keyword(s) for SEO (Yoast is the plugin for this), add suitable images (from the royalty free photos included in the Elite Hypnosis Websites Kit) which have been renamed and had the alt attributes edited, keep the sales pitch to a minimum, and have someone else (a friend, family member, colleague) proof read it and give you honest feedback. Once it is published share the hell out of it on your Facebook Business Page, Twitter Feed, and even your own personal Facebook profile (set to public so that it can be re-shared around the world!).
As always, if you have any questions, join us at The Elite Hypnosis Websites Facebook Page… and of course, if you have written a blog using any of the above titles, then please share it with us at the group!
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to set up a Facebook post to share thoughts, content, get leads and advertise your business and then send it out to several groups whose members might be interested in what you’ve got to say? Yes, you can do it one group at a time, by copying and pasting the same content over and over again, but that is time consuming, especially if you don’t want to be put in “Facebook Jail” for mass posting.
Perhaps you’ve got a new blog post that encourages readers to sign-up for your email list, or you might have a free e-book, special offer etc. The possibilities are endless!
I’ve been using some great social media software for sometime now, that allows me to select a collection of groups (made easier by being able to “bundle” Facebook groups into categories) and after writing content rich posts, including links to my sites / blog / sales pages etc, will send the post out to all the selected groups at set time intervals with just one click! That means that instead of sitting at the computer waiting 5 minutes between each copy & paste, I can mass-post to 30 groups at a time in just seconds. That means I can do something else for the 2 1/2 hours it would have taken! Sometimes I’ll get some more work done whilst the software “does it’s stuff” so that I can maximise my productivity (and my income), and other times I’ll send quality time with the family, knowing that my message is being sent out to a potential audience of hundreds of thousands of people ready to spend money!
Up until now I have kept quiet about this software, because I know how valuable it is, and it would be a shame if my competitors got hold of it, but I’ve decided that now is the time to share it!
If you only buy one piece of Social Media Marketing software this year, it should be OctoSuite!
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Most hypnosis trainers will tell you that you can’t learn hypnosis in just 2 days. I know that in these two days you can arrive with no knowledge of hypnosis on the Saturday morning, and be treating your first client on the Monday morning. I’ve met Dr Royle’s past students who have done just that. But then again a lot of training courses want you to believe that their very expensive courses are worth every penny, because they contain the secrets of hypnosis that you can’t learn in two days. Now, it is true that you can’t learn everything about hypnosis in just 2 days. In fact it is true that as a trained, qualified hypnotherapist you will learn something new with almost every client you see, but that has nothing to do with the course that lasts for 6 months and cost thousands.
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I want to send you away from my training event, never needing to attend another hypnosis course ever again – including my own!
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A Free Christmas Gift from our web-design team, to all Hypnotherapists!
We are in a festive mood today. With less than 2 weeks till Christmas, and more importantly, for Hypnotherapists, less than 3 weeks until New Year, we’ve decided to give away one of our Seasonal Graphics. Great for Facebook, Twitter, Blog Posts and your own website, this graphic could seriously pull on the heart-strings of the most hardened cynic!
This seasonal image is ideal to get your followers to start thinking about getting Fit and Healthy for 2016, and to start looking at New Year’s Resolutions.
Unlike the graphics in the pack in our Selfy Store, this one has a small watermark at the bottom, with our website address on. All we ask is that if you are using the free version below, please leave the watermark in place. If you would prefer to have a version of the graphic without the watermark, simply visit our Selfy Store and buy the full pack of 15 graphics, designed by us, for hypnotherapists!
(Click on the Image for the Full Size Copy, then Right Click and Choose “Save As”)
We’d love to hear how the graphic has worked for you, and the reaction it got from your audience / potential hypnotherapy clients!
And from everyone at Elite Hypnosis Websites, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Running your own website used to mean learning complex coding, and spending lots of money and time, getting it right. But those days are gone, and now you can be in control of one of your main promotional tools.
As a Hypnotherapist, you should be spending your time doing what you do best – treating clients and changing their lives. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be your own webmaster too!
Elite Hypnosis Websites offer a great package of ready to go websites, designed specifically for Hypnotherapists.
It is up to you how many of them you use – chose your favourite design to replace your current site, or use all of them, with different domain names, to corner the market in your area!
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And if that wasn’t enough, all our sites are mobile friendly, easy to update, and have the facility for blogging – essential if you want to add fresh content to your site on a regular basis.
We provide you with a stack of online training videos, suggested plugins, and even some Royalty Free, Attribution Free images to use in your blogs, tweets and facebook posts!
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