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In my Friday 10 Questions, I often ask for personal experiences. I believe these offer a richer dynamic to the interview because it shows a personal side to the interviewee. Perhaps those of us reading the interviews can connect with those words (or disconnect as the case may be). Now I understand that there are some people out there who feel this compromises their privacy (or their client’s privacy).
This makes me aware of one thing, I need to disclose something more to you. I keep my business site and such very separate from this particular blog. The client stories I tell on it, though true, consist of a few detail changes to keep the client identities private. I have actually had clients read about themselves and not quite recognize their description. So, for those of you who are concerned with my client’s privacy, please know I would never compromise them.
But the feelings and such that I share with you are very real. I often find myself, especially when revealing the more personal matters in my life, wanting to keep them closed off from the persona you see. But, I believe that it is important to shed a light on my career and how I live life as a hypnotist. Some can relate, some learn, and some will walk away shaking their head. That is all okay. Transparency.
I once took a course in counseling and my professor felt that by sharing some relivant personal stories with clients, this was an exceptional way to help the client relate and be more open to sharing their true thoughts. It is also another way to give advice without lecturing or putting someone on the defense. I have embraced this.
But my question to you today is: when dealing with a professional, do you want to relate to them and possibly connect or is there another experience that helps you more? If so, what is it?