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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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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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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How To Combine Clean Language With Motivational Interviewing

What’s the relationship between Clean Language and Motivational Interviewing? How could they be combined? That’s what I explored with my friend Andrew Cain in the video below. Motivational Interviewing is very widely used, especially in the health service. And our conversation suggested a couple of places where Clean Language could significantly improve it. Where Motivational…

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Why Should A Judge Be Curious About Clean Language?

Why should a judge be curious about Clean Language? I was asked this question recently and I thought I’d share my response. What else should I have included? Please comment below. Clean Language is a specialist inquiry technique which has some fairly unusual features. It provides a system for minimising presuppositions and content impositions from…

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Can You Learn “People Skills” Like You Learn To Swim?

Can you learn “people skills” in the same way you learn to swim, or to play an instrument? As a trainer, I dream of creating something like the Swimsmooth Guru. Just keep turning up to the pool twice a week, follow the session plans provided, and you’ll become a better, faster swimmer. I achieved an unbelievable…

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