It all began in 1955 when we were both born at a very early age… But let’s jump the first half century! JonC
Jane and I have been together now since 2000, and the internet was responsible for our meeting.
Jane Bregazzi, mother of 2 girls, Leather Clothing Designer, Award Winning International Crafts Event Organiser, Writer and potential Publisher, lived in Falmouth in Cornwall.
Jonathan Chase, father of 2 boys, Award Winning Comedy Stage Hypnotist, Mentalist, Lyricist and Musical Playwright, was in his home town of Cannock in Staffordshire.
At the age of 10, sitting in the third row of the London Palladium with his musical mad Mother, Jon caught showbiz, but didn’t get there till his 30’s. Jane won a holiday camp talent contest singing when she was 12, and her dream of being a ballet dancing singing actress – she’s not a feminist – got waylaid.
Obviously there was an early synchronicity.
We were members of one of the early internet introduction sites, much more civilised and less swipy than Tinder. You had to write actual letters, and post pictures fully clothed, and not of that great looking person you found on Google images…
To cut a long story short – consisting of weeks of emails and phone calls, our first face to face meeting was at neutral territory, in a pub in Starcross in Devon, over a fish pie.
Deeper and Deeper
A few months later on a trip from Stone Henge, Jane persuaded me to stop bemoaning what I saw as the rubbish being written about my ‘Beautiful Art’ to an ‘Audience of One’, and to write a book.
Having been involved with writing, editing and publishing, Jane edited and published our first best selling book ‘Deeper and Deeper – the secrets of stage hypnosis’.
“In front of every great Woman there’s a Man who she let’s think it was his idea!” JonC
It was a couple of years before we published in the flesh in paper print, but it was literally days from it hitting a magic dealer online e-book store, before the phone started to ring with people asking if we did training.
So we did, mostly training people in Stage and Direct Suggestion Hypnosis, for Entertainment and Personal Performance.
Let’s face it life is a series of opportunities you miss or you take and teaching felt a great thing to do.
Our initial, “Let’s do something real and exciting together,” tryst, didn’t include a business, but nevertheless we incorporated in 2004.
With a purpose to simplify and refine the Art of Hypnosis, we decided to not do therapy, the Academy of Hypnotic Arts, now Subskills Training ltd was born; and we did, and still do, dream and ambition achievement.
And over the following years we’ve published a few other Books, Videos and Audio, on everything from how-to-hypnotise, through to influencing people using Subconscious Skills.
We’ve exhibited, and I’ve spoken, on stage in most of the UK’s major event venues, and we’re grateful to have been lucky enough to have trained and coached people from every inhabited continent on the planet, and 1.4 million at the current count via YouTube.
Over nearly two decades we grew ever more successful and were well into a 6 figure income frame and were enjoying World Renown in the field of Hypnosis.
With such a large number of students, (not huge, but big enough) came the stresses and strains of keeping up the quality, ethics and value for money the training profession demands, and the stress had begun to build, Uncontrolled and really unnoticed.
Eventually it became overwhelming because we weren’t prepared for the way Professional Stress can sneak up on even the experts…
What Jonathan Chase the Hypnotist – stressed?
You have to be joking right?
Cooking the Frog fable. Place the frog into a tepid pan of water. Slowly turn the heat up and the frog will boil to death before it notices it’s even hot! JonC
Fact is, without bragging, we are exemplary freelancers in our comfort zone, working project to project, and as the training became more of a big business, we started experiencing what our marketing mentor at the time, Alex Mandossian, called “Dangerous Success”…
That’s when the heat’s turning up but you don’t even notice it…
Our totally unprepared subconscious was like a nine year old with a pile of cash!
Kicking the Bucket!
2013 was a horribly great year.
I was honoured with an invitation to the first ever Hypnothoughts Live Convention in the USA where I would sit on the International Panel of Experts, give several talks and classes, and get to meet some of my peers.
Seeing an opportunity to kick, sorry, tick an item from my bucket list I suggested there should be stage ‘demonstrations’, and, after lots of phone calls with the organisers, I was honoured with performing the inaugural show at the Orleans Hotel & Casino Showroom…
It was an amazing event with loads of people following me and telling me they were there to see and listen to me speak and watch me performing Street Hypnosis… with success and fame however comes responsibility to persistently perform.
That brings the professional stress we call ‘Top of the Tree Tension’, and although Jane tells me she thinks I’m one of the most knowledgeable mind experts and hypnotic teachers you’ll ever meet outside of a Psychology PhD Professorship, even a brain surgeon can get a migraine.
We came back from Vegas and apart from a few segue projects like writing the only Hypnotic Play ever to be funded by the Arts Council, and taking that to the Edinburgh Fringe; working with Professional Footballers from West Bromwich Albion the season they reached their highest position 10th in the Premiership…
Which I found very stressful as a lifelong Wolves supporter!
And moving onto the internet more; leading and teaching online Mentalism and Subconscious Skills Influence courses, everything had become a battle.
We were functioning but not getting any real reward.
So we applied the strategy a lot of Burnout sufferers do …
Re-Start and Re-Focus
Professional Stress pretty much stops when you do, but it took ages to realise the real reason for not wanting to do more was Professional Burnout.
At the time it was easy to blame my slowly progressing CMT Muscular Dystrophy and heart condition.
But it was the big bad Burnout stopping our Momentum, stifling our Intention, shunning our Nature and shuttering our Directive influence.
And being creative I blamed all sorts of things, and people, for feeling as if I’d run over a cliff. Everything from market saturation to flat tyres making my wheelchair have a limp.
Jane’s publishing sideline for some of our students and clients, was still doing okay, and it was through that we met, worked with, and published David Ralph’s ‘Podcasters Mastery’, who’s business motivational podcast Join Up Dots, is one of the most downloaded on the planet.
“Harnessed stress becomes excitement and that drives energy and the Dopamine factor.” JonC
And it was as David was authentically sharing his story of stress fuelled gout, that I realised what was the real reason for our own ‘doing-stuff-but-not-enjoying-life’ predicament.
Fortunately we both have a reluctance to retire and so applied everything we’d been developing to teach others, to ourselves!
It isn’t the easiest thing to re-start but, because we’ve got enough drive and desire to help as many people as possible avoid what happened to us, especially in the high pressure world of the Professional, regardless of the industry, we’ve got here!
Now we’re applying our much applauded MindSTYLE psychometric testing and rapid relief and recuperation approaches to help you Harness the stress you can affect, and to Control rather than manage, the stress you can’t.
Then join us on the next free Stress Strategy Session webinar and we’ll see you soon.