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Embedded Commands, analog marking.

Newsgroups: alt.psychology.nlp
Subject: How to Use Embedded Commands
From: Steve Gold <>
Date: 9 Jun 1996 13:53:32 GMT

                        EMBEDDED COMMANDS

Some of the questions that gets asked all the time is, do embedded
commands really work?  What is the value of being able to use commands
in  persuasion?  Does a person have to believe in the use of commands in
order to do them well or is there some evidence that I can learn to detect
that will let me know that they are working?

Let's answer these questions and learn how to use this skill to enhance the
persuasion process.

What are embedded commands?  Embedded commands are a section of
words that are hidden in a normal sentence, and if said independently of the
sentence, they would make sense on their own.  They would actually give
some form of instruction or a suggestion to the listener.

Before we cover the concept of "hiding" commands in sentences let's go
over the basic concept in creating embedded commands.


When you first begin to use embedded commands in your language there
are some simple rules you can follow that will speed up your ability to
integrate this pattern into your behavior.

RULE 1.  Well Formedness conditions
A. Your commands should actually be commands.  Think like you are a
military drill instructor.  When you give a command, it should be short,
concise and to the point.

Do this now. Buy this program.  Be convinced.  Realize the benefits.  Use
embedded commands.  Discover the many applications.  Get excited.  Feel
This is an example of well formed commands.  They are short and to the
point and can easily be hidden into your language.

Read the list of commands out loud and say them like a command.  This is
how you will actually say them when you put them into sentences.

A. Here's how they can be put into a sentence. As you realize the benefits
of learning to use embedded commands you'll become convinced of the
benefit of having this skill now.

B. It's also important that the command contain only the words that are
actually part of the command.  For example, this is not a well formed
command. "To get excited."  Get excited, is a good command however. 
(You'll notice that the word to is de-emphasized to indicate it being
incorrect in the command)

Let me illustrate the point thusly.  Read the following two sentences aloud,
emphasizing the words in bold.

1. If you were to get excited now about what you're reading you'll be in the
right emotional state to learn this material powerfully.

2. If you were to get excited now about what you're reading you'll be in the
right emotional state to learn this material powerfully.

Can you hear how #1 above sounds much more powerful and #2 is
weakened by an incorrectly worded command?  It may seem like a trite
point, yet it will substantially increase the power of the commands you use.

Rule# 2. Analogical marking.
Your commands need to be "Marked off" so that you call attention to them
at the unconscious level.  You can do this in several ways.  You can:

     1. Pause before and/or after the commands.
     2. Increase the volume in your voice as you say the command.
     3. After the tone of your voice making it either deeper or higher. I prefer
     4. Utilize the natural drop in tone when speaking a command.

Remember that when you ask a question, the tone in your voice goes up. 
Try this, say out loud. "What did you say". When you make a statement
your voice tone stays flat.  Say out loud, "I agree with what your writing".
When you say a command, your voice tone drops off sharply.  Say out loud
(and very commandingly) Learn this material, NOW!!!

So when you use commands they need to be marked off so that the
command is set apart from the rest of the sentence.  You can also mark off
commands by marking a particular gesture when you say the command. 
You might for example tap your pen in your hand with each command or
nod with each one.

Rule# 3 Frequency.

It often amuses me when I hear people that have had some exposure to
embedded commands tell me they use an embedded command real
successfully.  The reason that commands can have such a powerful impact
on a person is that the unconscious begins to recognize a pattern of
speaking that is different than what it is used to hearing.  One example does
not establish a pattern!  For optimum results you should use a high
frequency count of commands in your language.

Rule #4 Present tense.
Commands need to be spoken in the present tense.  Avoid at all costs
speaking a command in the past tense.  It negates the power of your

Another idea that will help you to learn embedded commands is what I call
the modal operator method of commands.  The easiest ways of using this
format is to put your embedded commands after a model operator.  Here is
a small list of modal operators that will help you:

Can, could, should, would, must, have to, can't, couldn't, want , necessary

You can take any of these words and put a command right after it and it
will work perfectly in most cases.  Here's an example.  If you will use
commands you will be amazed at how you'll be able to persuade more
rapidly and if you want to accomplish this, you will become driven to learn
these now.

As you practice embedded commands you will find that your persuasion
skills have jumped another notch.

If you'd like a free tape on embedded commands just E-mail me at,. with your name address and phone number and
I'll get a tape out to you write away.  

Steve Gold

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