Frequently Asked Questions

What is NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming is a set of skills that can be learned by anybody to help them better control the software of their brain and achieve positive changes in their life. It focuses on the individual and how they respond to, and act upon, their emotions. NLP looks at the connection between what stimulates a person (in both positive and negative ways), and how they respond. In some regards it is quite like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in this way.

How Do You Work?

Ryan uses a combination of NLP and Hypnosis coupled with the skills he has learned as a lawyer and radio presenter to help you conquer your fear of public speaking in a fun and safe environment. You can find out more specific details on the course by clicking ‘About The Course’

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness and suggestibility. It is completely natural, and most of us enter into a state of hypnotic trance several times every day without ever realising that we have done so. Have you ever had the experience of driving a familiar route, perhaps from where you work to your home and arriving home only to realise that you have no memory of the journey? That is a common type of hyonotic trance. Ryan is a qualified hypnotherapist and uses hypnosis during the course to plant the seeds for successful public speaking in the subconscious mind. You can find the answers to the more common hypnosis questions towards the bottom of this page, but please note that hypnosis accounts for only a small fraction of the day (about half an hour).

How do I go about working with you?

Ryan conducts group sessions to ensure that you get the best possible public speaking coaching at an affordable price. Groups are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 per course, and the cost is €150 per person for a full one day session. During the day you will learn NLP skills and techniques which will ensure you complete the day with confidence in your ability to speak in public and are given the opportunity to do so in a safe an encouraging environment

What Do You Specialise In?

Ryan specialises in helping you overcome any fear of public speaking you may have. Using a combination of NLP skills, hypnosis and 16 years media experience he tailors your coaching to your specific needs and teaches life changing skills which can transform how you approach public speaking and all of life’s challenges

Why ‘Make That Speech’?

Ryan is the only person in Ireland today who can offer the combination of 16 years ongoing media experience with a highly regarded NLP Life Coaching qualification from the Irish Institute of NLP and a diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. Every day he speaks to 46,000 people, almost the capacity of full Aviva Stadium. Public speaking is his life, but not only can he do it, he also has the skills, training and qualifications to ensure he can teach you to do it. They say that ‘Those who can do, those who can’t teach’. In this case, Ryan does both, and that’s the difference that makes the difference and sets ‘Make That Speech’ public speaking and communication skills courses apart from the competition.

What’s In It For Me?

Freedom from the fear and nerves that are holding you back. In the modern world, the reality is that you can’t achieve your full potential in life or business unless you can talk comfortably and confidently in any situation and in front of any number of people. The skills you will learn on a ‘Make That Speech’ course will help you in presentations, interviews, business pitches, meetings, sales and countless other situations. The skills are useful in almost every area of your life.

How Can You Help Me?

We will teach you skills that you can learn, practice and continually improve. That’s the greatest benefit of learning to improve your public speaking and communication skills this way. They are skills, and as such can be constantly practiced and improved upon, though the basics and the foundations remain unchanged. The skills and techniques are life skills and will improve your confidence generally and help you overcome any fear or anxiety you may have around Public Speaking and communication skills quickly and easily.

How are you different or better than any other course?

There are plenty of companies out there offering communication skills courses and public speaking courses. It isn’t for us to say why we believe ‘Make That Speech’ is better than any other course, the reality is we haven’t been on those courses. In our research however, we believe that Ryan Phillips is the only facilitator who can legitimately claim to combine 16 years ongoing media experience with the highly regarded NLP Life Coaching qualification from the Irish Institute of NLP, plus a diploma in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. We believe this means Ryan has more tools and skills available to teach you to be able to speak in public comfortably and easily. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that because somebody can do something means they can teach you how to do it. There is a skill to being able to teach, and Ryan has that skill.

Questions on Hypnosis

Will I be asleep During the Hypnosis?

No, you will not be asleep. Because you are so relaxed, it can appear to the outside world as though you are asleep, but in fact you are actually mentally extremely alert. It surprises many people when they first experience hypnosis that they are able to hear what is being said, and, indeed, noises from the outside world. Once you experience it, you will be the first to tell others that hypnosis definitely does not equal sleep!

Is it safe?

It is perfectly safe and a naturally occurring human, physical and mental experience. While there have been a number of sensationalist media newspaper reports over the years, there is no documented case of any harm arising from the ethical and therapeutical use of hypnosis.

What Happens if I don’t “wake up”?

Because you are not asleep, this is simply impossible.

Can I be made do something I don’t want to?

No. Though your subconscious is more susceptible to positive suggestion while in a hypnotic trance, it will simply reject any suggestions that are not in keeping with your own morals and beliefs. The popular hollywood characterisation of hypnosis as being some kind of brain washing technique which can be used to make somebody do something against their will is purely fictional and for entertainment purposes. You can not be made or forced to do anything you don’t want to, in any circumstances.

What if I can’t be hypnotised?

Everybody can be hypnotised, regardless of their age, intellect or beliefs. In fact, the phrase ‘be hypnotised’ is slightly misleading, the therapist is simply there to help you induce the hypontic trace on yourself. There is a phrase in hypnotherapy training that ‘All hypnosis, is self hypnosis’. My job is to help you find the best way for you to achieve a state of hypnotic trance as quickly and easily as possible. The depth of trance, however varies considerable from session to session and client to client, depending on your wants, needs and state of mind at any given time.