How Top Communicators Benefit From Clean Language

In a couple of my current projects, I’m teaching Clean Language to some of the best communicators out there. Examples include: Agile coaches, who support self-managing teams of highly-intelligent professionals and tend to have a very sophisticated understanding of how to get people working better together Hypnotists, who’ve spent years learning how to use language to…

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Words To Listen Out For

In his book Trust Me, I’m The Patient, Philip Harland has an interesting list of words to listen out for when facilitating somebody using Clean Language questions. Philip’s work, and the frame for his book, is psychotherapy – and while that’s where Clean Language originally comes from, that’s definitely not my world. But most of his…

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How does Clean Feedback compare with Non-Violent Communication?

One of the most useful models to emerge from the world of Clean Language is Caitlin Walker’s Clean Feedback. When people use it, it changes relationships for the better, in a big way. For example, my colleague Jackie Lawlor has been teaching the model to staff in doctors’ surgeries in the West Midlands. She tells me…

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What Is Clean Language… Not?

I’m often asked, “What’s Clean Language?” When I use that phrase, it has a specific, technical meaning. “Clean Language” may not be a great name, but it’s the generally-agreed name for David Grove’s precision enquiry toolkit for exploring people’s inner worlds, especially using metaphor. Defining what I don’t mean by the phrase “Clean Language” might make…

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How To Combine Clean Language And NLP

What’ the best way to combine Clean Language and NLP? “It depends!” is the natural answer. In this blog post I suggested five specific occasions when Clean Language questions might be especially useful: In an intake interview, to clarify goals and explore symptoms When a potentially-useful metaphor emerges When a bind emerges Giving feedback to the…

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