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- Author of 30+ published books
- Featured on Oprah with his book Do One Thing Different
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6-10-Topics to be arranged; Erickson Congress; Burlingame, CA
Milton Erickson Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find the answers to common questions people ask Bill, about his work and his life. We put these up in hopes you will find the answer you are looking for, since it is often difficult for Bill to respond in a timely manner to the many emails, letters and phone calls he gets. You might even find yourself amused by reading some of them even if you don't have a question you want a frequent answer to.
Questions about Bill and his work
I wrote Bill an email and haven't heard from him. Wassup with that?
Your email might have gotten lost in cyberspace, so you may want to write again. But more likely, because Bill gets hundreds of emails per week, he sometimes finds it hard to keep up and it may have slipped through the cracks or still be waiting on the flight deck to be answered. Again, please write again.
I called Bill or wrote him a letter or sent him a package and haven't heard back from him. Why not?
Bill's personal time is precious, since he used to be crazy busy. He is also a little phone-avoidant. Email is way better. It can be responded to at any time and is more time-manageable than phone calls, which can take from a few seconds to much longer. Writing letters is a lost art and Bill hopes it stays lost. It takes much less time to write an email than write a letter, find the address, print out the letter, find an envelope, put a stamp on it, put it in the mailbox. Geez, it's exhausting just writing all that. Email is way better.
I would like Bill to:
a. read my dissertation
b. co-write a book with me
c. let me be his gardener
d. hang out with me when I am in Santa Fe
e. write a blurb for my forthcoming book
f. tell me all about solution-oriented therapy for a class paper I am writing
g. mentor me
h. etc., etc.
a.-d. Sorry to disappoint, but Bill is very busy and guards his personal time fiercely. If he didn't he wouldn't have much of a personal life. Bill has been blessed with a fertile imagination and has outlines for many books on his computer and is not looking for collaborations. He doesn't have much time to read even very worthy dissertations.
e. Bill writes very few blurbs out of the hundreds of books he is sent each year, but he does a few. Contact him by sending an email to this address (Coaching@possibill.com) to receive instructions for how to make it more likely he will give you a blurb.
f. That is why Bill has written 30+ books and 60+ articles/book chapters. Please do your research and look at those before you write to ask questions. You will probably find what you are looking for in one or more of those books or articles or on the Internet. It is even easier with the Internet and inter-library loans. After you have done your legwork, then you can write and ask some follow-up questions.
g. Mentoring is a mysterious process and does not usually result from deliberate applications for the position of protegé or mentee. If it happens, it happens, as it has only several times in the past, but Bill does not take applicants for this position.
h. Use your imagination for other requests/interests after reading these FAQs.
Wow, Bill has done a lot of things, travels a lot and has written a lot of books. He must never sleep.
Bill usually sleeps quite well, thank you. He likes to sleep a good eight hours a night. He is just very energetic and stimulated by taking on new projects. He works fast when he works and is profoundly languid and lazy when he doesn't, often reading four or five books a week when he's on a tear.
He also plays guitar and piano, watches lots of movies, exercises regularly (except when he doesn't) and likes to nap daily. Bill participated in raising three step-children and one biological child, who are all grown and on their own and he didn't sleep as much during that era, but he is getting plenty of sleep now.
Can I see or call Bill O'Hanlon for therapy? Does he do Skype sessions?
Sorry, Bill is not available to do therapy or Skype sessions. He's trying very hard to have a life.
I was at a presentation Bill gave and I have a sense we could be great friends.
It may be so, but Bill's is barely able to keep up with the friends he has. Also, Bill wears his magic charisma power pack at workshops and seminars; he is much more dull and boring in everyday life, really. Truly, it's difficult to be charming and charismatic 24 hours a day. Bill has the same sense of enthusiasm and connection when he hears a good presenter, but he knows enough from the other side that it is probably an artifact of the magic of the moment. Give it some time and this sense will very likely fade. No offense intended.
How can I get in touch with Bill?
You can contact Bill through Possibilities/O'Hanlon and O'Hanlon, Inc., 223 N. Guadalupe #278, Santa Fe, NM 87501 or email him at WriteBill@BillOHanlon.com
Bill prefers you not call him. He's doing what he can to have a life outside his work.
I want to hire Bill and pay him outrageous amounts of money to do a workshop, keynote address, training, consultation or talk for my group, my company, my association, my church group, my posse, my Ya-Ya Sisters and me, my book club, my [fill in the blank].
Bill has cut back radically on his traveling teaching schedule and prefers to do mostly online teaching and coaching these days. He almost never does one-on-one coaching, and if he does, he charges outrageous fees since he prefers to focus on his music, his loved ones, having more than enough unscheduled/un-obligated time, and doing good self care.
If you have a compelling invitation, you can give it a try, but since he is becoming more and more virtual Bill and loves the unscheduled lifestyle he has created these days, don't hold your breath or you may get blue.
Slides from presentations
- Resolving Trauma Without Drama slides as a PDF
Here are the slides for the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference presentation December, 2017.