When I struggle to find the words I want when writing, I often turn to a friend for help. I did so when writing this. I asked, “Who is Rob Hadley?”

Their first response was that if there was one thing Rob Hadley is good at, it’s talking about himself.

I pointed out that this might not be the core skill I was looking to portray.

“Rob Hadley is that hypnosis guy,” came their second response. And that’s about it.

I hypnotise people. I’ve been doing it since 2007 professionally, and probably a little longer if you count my fumblings and stumblings as I found my way into the strange and misunderstood world of hypnosis.

I trained at Coastal Academy initially, but subsequently with Grant Boddington, and then Jerry Kein – the remarkable American hypnotist. This is a pretty good pedigree, by any standards.

I’ve worked with over 7000 clients, many in my specialist area of addiction. I’ve also trained hundreds of hypnotists and stage more shows than I can remember. I love stage hypnosis, and shows like The Harlequin Hypnosis Show are among my favorite times hypnotising people.

I never cease to be amazed at the power of hypnosis. I’ve worked on addiction with great success, and even worked in UBC hospital with severely mentally ill clients. I am constantly surprised by what can be achieved with this poorly understood tool called hypnosis.

So, yes – ‘hypnosis guy’ about covers it.

The thing is, there’s a little more to it.  I am fascinated by people. The psychology, the anthropology, the sociology of these eccentric animals we call humans. I’m anything but academic, yet I am the first to admit I am learning new things every day. I expect that’s why I am pretty good at what I do.

For what it’s worth my background also includes years of working for Associated Press as a press photographer in Africa. I’ve travelled extensively, having seen the sunrise over the mountains of the moon, and the moonrise over the Whitsunday Islands.

I’ve thrown up in an Africa jail cell, and I’ve been thrown out of some of the best clubs in London. That’s what happens when you work in the press as long as I did.

Today I am the hypnosis guy. I do shows, write and do some group hypnosis sessions.  I’d love to see you in my Thirty Days Of Change workshop.