My friend and mentor, Melissa Tiers, came back from the first UK Hypnosis Convention in 2016 with nothing but enthusiasm and encouragement. She's popular for her wisdom and wit wherever she goes, and I try to follow as much of her advice as possible. She was insistent I go to London the next year and apply to be a speaker there, so I did. And for too many reasons to list here, I'm eternally grateful.
On a personal note, I was there with my fiancè and discovering London for the first time. The city combined what I love about Europe with what I love about New York (crumbling antiquity threaded into enveloping modernity, moody weather) and felt instantly familiar. Sarah had been there numerous times. We did a ghost tour, had the dim sum, and rode in glass elevators.
Nick Ebdon is the mastermind behind the convention. He and his team created a very special atmosphere that allowed for all the presenters and attendees to feel comfortable, conversational, and relaxed. I was honored to speak on Sunday about my early experiences with hypnotherapy in my family and a brief list of the problems and solutions in regression therapy. Hearing Adam Eason speak was also a pleasure. He is that rare teacher and therapist that operates in evidence-based practice, scientific research, and data-driven results. Adam was kind enough to invite me to speak with him on his podcast next week and I look forward to it.