National Guild of Hypnotists 2015 Newsletter 5
The 5th edition of the 2015 NGH Convention newsletter brings insights into media releases and how they can better help you market your practice.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National Guild of Hypnotists 2015 Newsletter 5
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
N at iona l Gui ld of H y pn otis ts
NATIONAL GUILD OF
Excellence speaks for itself.
...Nevertheless, as professional consulting hypnotists, our practices benefit when we utilize
the tools available to us to expand our outreach, communicate our tradition of excellence, and
enhance understanding of our services and offerings.
Regularly sharing news and updates about your practice or services can make significant
ripples, and even substantial waves within your marketplace. Last week, the National Guild of
Hypnotists distributed a media release about the 2015 NGH Convention and the
commemoration of 65 years of excellence as a professional organization. Within minutes of its
release, our news was being shared online by major news outlets across the U.S. and around
the world. (NGH NEWS RELEASE)
Releasing updates to traditional and online news platforms is an effective way to tell your story,
send your message, and create the kind of beneficial buzz that attracts new clients
and educates the community about the types of services you offer.
Media releases (also called press releases or news releases) have, for decades, been a traditional way to
communicate your story to the press and subsequently to the world. Historically, editors and news directors
served as gatekeepers determining which releases their staffs and reporters would cover and which ones
would be carried out of the newsroom with the trash.
Slipping away are the days when media outlets read your release and then wrote their own unique version of
your news. In today’s “all access world,” news outlets tend to take well-written, informative releases and
share them verbatim from the content you supply. While this puts more pressure on you to write your media
release well, it also adds to the likelihood that your story will be written in the way you want it to be told.
Which News is Worthy of a Release?
Many small businesses feel that they are not involved in activities that could be considered newsworthy. But
the long list of suggested media release topics shown here indicates you may be missing excellent publicity
Event-driven news: including seminars you offer; attendance at trade shows; follow-up news about the
success of an event; online events such as webinars and teleseminars; events you sponsor; and events
related to local or national holidays and celebrations.
A Tradition of Excellence
Making Ripples … Making Waves
Which News is Worthy of a Release
(cont. from page 2)
Milestones and growth: The launch of a new website or
major changes to your current website; opening of a new
office; anniversary years in practice (such as 5, 10, 15 years
and beyond); company name change, business perfor-
mance results; hiring of new personnel; or the receipt of an
award, title, or other major accomplishment.
Trends: New studies and research related to your practice
and services; the results of polls; new technology in your
field; consumer updates; the release of third party predic-
tions and how they impact your services; and your
announcements on how new legislation may affect people
within your market or impact the services you offer.
Services and products: New products, services, or publica-
tions you are offering or changes to your current services
and products. Updates or announcements regarding the
sale or distribution of books, newsletters, podcasts, white
papers, ebooks, and other digital content. Specialty offer-
ings such as “3 for the price of 2” promotions. Also, new results for services you have been previously
Media appearances and experts: Appearances you will or have recently made on television, radio, or in
online events. Announcements on the publication of interviews you have given. Experts you are hosting
or news about projects on which you are collaborating.
Stories and endorsements: Inspirational stories related to your practice or the types of services you
provide; third-party endorsements from experts, celebrities, or clients. Significant accomplishments by
Community outreach: Your participation or support of charities or community services; team or event
sponsorships; internships you offer; and pro bono services you provide.
For all of the above ideas, as with any news you share publically, be sure your facts are accurate and that you
have the rights and written permission to use anyone else’s reports, content, or quotes. Do not make the
mistake of believing that content published in a newspaper or on the web is freely available for you to reuse.
Quoting a source or citing a source is necessary, but does not in itself, give you authorization to use some-
one else’s content.
Where Do I Share My Media Release?
Your goal is to write good news and then get it into the hands of as many resources as possible. To do this
you can pay for electronic distribution from a media company (there are many, but Marketwired and PR Web
are two of the biggest) or you can use a free service, including PRUrgent, PRlog.org, and Newsvine for distri-
bution on a smaller scale. You can buy a media list and email directly to the appropriate person at a news
agency, or blog, or you can invest some time in compiling your own list. Of course, you should also direct
email your news release to your marketing list and share it liberally on your social media platforms, asking
others to spread the word and help you distribute your message.
Tell the World about Your
Tradition of Excellence
How To Write Your Media Release
Although strategies for media release distribution have
changed over the years, the fundamentals of how you craft
your release have not. Use these guidelines to help you write
1. Have a clearly defined message to communicate and stay
“on topic” in writing about this message.
2. Give your release an informative title that will capture the
interest of readers. Try to keep your title at or under 65
characters in length (including spaces) as this is generally
the number of characters that Google shows in descrip-
tions that appear as search results.
3. Add a date and location to the first line of your release and
note whether your release is “For Immediate Release” or
should be held until a future date that you specify by writ-
ing, “Please hold for publication on July 4, 2015”. Treat all
media resources fairly by making your news available to
everyone on the same day and at the same time. Avoid
giving any agency an “inside scoop.”
4. Address the 5 W’s: who, what, when, where, and why (or
how) as they relate to your news.
5. Lead with the strongest points of your message. Recognize that when editors must trim an article or
release, they typically cut from the bottom up.
6. Be informative. Ensure that your message and language do not make your release sound like an adver-
7. Keep your sentences short, simple, and to the point. If you truly have a longer news item to share, it is
acceptable to write a longer release, but most of the time, you should plan to tell your story in approxi-
mately 400 words.
8. Use quotes if possible to add a “third party perspective” to your release.
9. Check and double check for misspellings, omitted words, or grammar errors. Your resource for correct
punctuation and grammar is NOT a high school or college English book. Instead buy or borrow a current
copy of the Associated Press Stylebook (www.apstylebook.com). A new edition was just released in May.
10. Avoid jargon or technical terms that are known within the profession of consulting hypnotism, but may
not be commonly understood by others.
11. Include your contact information, offering at least two ways for interested parties to reach you.
12. Include your website address, both as a hyperlink and in written format.
►Example of a hyperlink: National Guild of Hypnotists (this type of hyperlink is known as anchor
text with an embedded link to the website www.NGH.net)
►Example of written format: www.ngh.net (this tells readers where to find your website even if the
resource that publishes your news fails to make your web address into a clickable hyperlink.)
Lastly, and this is one of your most important steps, add your media release to your website as a blog post,
downloadable PDF or content items. Then proactively and aggressively share the hyperlink to your news on
all your social media sites. You will be publicizing your release while driving traffic to your website.
Go to page 5 to see the most recent media release from the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Tell the World about Your
Tradition of Excellence
National Guild of Hypnotists Celebrates 65 Year Milestone
MERRIMACK, NH (Jun 11, 2015) When more than a thousand professional consulting hypnotists
convene this summer for learning, fellowship and networking at the 28th Annual National Guild of
Hypnotists Convention and Educational Conference, they will be celebrating the organization's 65-year
anniversary. For six-and-a-half decades, NGH (www.ngh.net) has worked to establish recognition of
hypnosis as a separate and distinct profession in the United States and around the world. Using safe,
proven and respected techniques, professional consulting hypnotists help people deal with life's
everyday challenges, including weight loss, smoking cessation, pain management and a host of other
Founding member and President Dr. Dwight Damon, who has been honored as "The Father of
Consulting Hypnotism as a Separate and Distinct Profession," often quotes the statement that
professional consulting hypnotism is a "brand new profession that is thousands of years old."
Dr. Damon said, "We believe each year's National Guild of Hypnotists Convention surpasses those of
previous years. But this year -- on our organization's sixty-fifth anniversary -- we are striving to deliver a
powerful idea exchange, inspiring all who are part of this event with information, motivation, vibrancy
and joy that will carry them to new heights of accomplishment professionally and personally in the year
The National Guild of Hypnotists Convention provides a platform for teaching and sharing
groundbreaking professional developments, advanced hypnotic techniques and legislative and legal
updates. This year's three-day convention event will be hosted in Marlborough, MA, and will offer over
300 one-, two-, and three-hour seminars and workshops, as well as eight days of pre- and post-
convention coursework. Each year, the convention attracts attendees from NGH's global membership of
hypnotism professionals, along with many interested non-members. Attendees include trained, certified
hypnotists, doctors, dentists and other health professionals, educators, coaches and a diversified group
of individuals interested in building or expanding their career opportunities.
Founded in Boston in 1950, and now based in Merrimack, NH, the National Guild of Hypnotists is widely
accepted as the oldest, largest and most respected professional association of hypnotists in the world.
Scheduled for August 7-9, the theme of this year's convention is, "A Tradition of Excellence." The NGH
Convention is open to interested adults, 18 years of age and older, who have pre-registered for the
event. To find out more about the group, local NGH chapters near you, or to sign up for the 2015 NGH
Convention, go to www.ngh.net or call 603.429.9438.
Media Release: Distributed on
June 11, 2015, by NGH to media outlets
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6 Keys To
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Need To Know
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Click hyperlinks for login/
listening information for each
All teleseminars shown here are
scheduled for 9 PM Eastern time.
9 Online Sites for
Keeping Up with
NGH, Your Peers
and Your Profession
w w w . n g h . n e t
Home to website for the National Guild of Hypnotists.
t h e h y p n o t i s t s c o n v e n t i o n . n i n g . c o m
A place for sharing plans, ideas, and excitement about each upcom-
ing NGH Convention.
w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / n g h h q
The NGH Facebook Fan page.
w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / g r o u p s /
n a t i o n a l g u i l d o f h y p n o t i s t s
The National Guild of Hypnotists group on Facebook.
w w w . h y p n o t i s t s c o n v e n t i o n . c o m
A public-facing blog for sharing NGH news (your news!) with current
members, prospective members, clients, and prospective clients.
h t t p : / / w w w . l i n k e d i n . c o m / g r o u p s /
N a t i o n a l - G u i l d - H y p n o t i s t s - I n c - N G H -
4 8 2 6 9 / a b o u t
The NGH Group on LinkedIn.
h t t p : / / n g h n e t w o r k . c o m
A social network for all NGH members, created to help members in-
teract with the Guild and its global membership base.
h t t p s : / / t w i t t e r . c o m / N G H H e a d q u a r t e r s
NGH Twitter @NHGHeadquarters. Use HASHTAG #ngh15 when
mentioning the 2015 NGH Convention.
h t t p s : / / p l u s . g o o g l e . c o m / u / 0 /
c o m m u n i t i e s / 1 0 8 7 5 0 0 5 3 8 4 5 7 5 9 3 7 2 0 2 1
NGH Google+ Group
Where should you participate and share?
All 9 sites. Each web platform serves a different function and makes
it easy for you to interact, engage, and share in different ways and
with different groups.
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