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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NLP and Clean Language: The Historical Links

Clean Language may not be “NLP in disguise”, but the two approaches to personal development have shared roots. And as more and more NLPers and hypnotists around the world discover Clean Language, the more I’m being asked to fill in the detail. Here’s what I’ve assembled. There’s sure to be someone who disputes everything I write…

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How To Use Metaphor To Speed Up Communication

How can you use metaphor to speed up communication? It can be as simple as asking the Clean language question, “… and that’s like… what?” I’m so immersed in working with metaphor that I sometimes forget how powerful it can be. Iain McGilchrist calls it “the money of thought,” Stephen Pinker “the stuff of thought,” i…

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Why A Medical Consultant And A Physiotherapist Use Clean Language

Why are medics increasingly using Clean Language? Consultant paediatrician Hesham Abdallah finds he can do more effective work as a clinician by being an expert Clean facilitator to his patients. And for physiotherapist Sioelan Tjoa, it’s about gaining time as the patients keep on coming. She actually found herself with spare time!

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Why Facilitation Fails Online

I love facilitating groups online. It’s inspiring to support a bunch of scattered individuals to form a real team, working out how to communicate with each other and make stuff happen quickly and efficiently. And on Friday, I’ll be hosting the second Metaphorum – an online unconference for fans of Clean Language, metaphor, self-organisation and…

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Is This The Best Clean Language Book Yet?

“Wow! Nick’s succeeded in capturing the essence of Clean Language’s relationship to bodywork in a readable and engaging form. Brilliantly done.” That was the best I could come up with for Amazon (along with five stars) as I came to the end of Nick Pole’s new book, Words That Touch. It really was excellent. I…

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