My Groups Keep Making This Clean Language Mistake. Why?

It happens every time. The same mistake. Every time. And, it’s starting to dawn on me that there’s actually something interesting going on when it happens. Here’s the scenario. I take a group through their first experience of asking, and being asked, the Clean Language questions. I start the debrief, “What happened when you were…

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What Is Clean Language?

What is Clean Language? If you’re interested in understanding people, how they think and how they change, you’ll want to know about Clean Language. It’s an impressively versatile tool. Here are six of the ways it can be used: To harvest information from another person: what they know, what they think, how they feel To…

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Why Is Metaphor So Important In Coaching?

What’s important about metaphor? We hear metaphors all the time, don’t we? People talking about one kind of thing in terms of another kind of thing. For example, when someone says, “I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place,” they’re comparing their current situation, that they can’t decide between two things, to being stuck…

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Six Ways To Use Clean Language In Your Work – A Clean Language Infographic

Building on my recent blog post about creating a Clean language infographic, how’s this for a place to start? Lists of “six things” are very big these days, apparently. And I happened to have a list of six that I’ve used in my new recorded course, Clean Language Essentials For Coaches. So, here are six…

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Clean Language At A Glance

Could there be a Clean Language at-a-glance infographic? Visualmapper Wallace Tait asked this week if there was a Clean Language infographic, and that set me thinking. If there was one, what could it contain? The Clean Language Questions There are a few visual representations of the Core Clean Language questions out there. For example, when I used…

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Clean Language: Powering Up By Slimming Down

Clean Language can make expert communicators even better at what they do: it offers an upgrade to however you’re currently communicating. My friend and colleague James Tripp recently likened Clean Language to the Chinese martial art Bagua Zhang. Apparently the founder of that art taught its central piece, called “circle walking”, only to people who…

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How To Deal With Information Overload

How can you deal with information overload? Say you’re having a catch-up with a member of your team and they give you a huge brain-dump of everything that’s been happening, everything they’re worried about, everything that’s in the way, everything they want to happen… That’s information overload on multiple levels! They’ve got too much to…

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Building Teams In One Of The World’s Most Remote Locations – With Clean Language

Greg Hince’s teams work in one of the most remote locations on earth – Antarctica. In this video, he explains how Clean language has helped them to work better together. “One of the things that we do with our field teams I’d say continuously but particularly before a field team… just before they leave to…

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