Making People Fit

I heard a fascinating interview this morning with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of the best-selling books The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness. His new book is called The Bed of Procrustes. And in that metaphor, as you might have guessed, lies a tale. Procrustes is a character from Greek mythology who owned an inn…

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The storytelling elephant

Working with a marketing consultant on my new product launch, I’m being encouraged to call myself “The Elephant Whisperer”. It’s a label I’m pretty happy to wear. It’s based on a  metaphor of the person as being like an elephant and its rider – the elephant represents the subconscious mind, the rider, the conscious mind.…

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Into hypnosis… and beyond

Just what is the relationship between hypnosis and Clean Language?   I’ve been going deeply into this question in recent days (…deeper and deeper… and noticing a certain sensation while drifting… floating… down…) and today’s video blog post by my good friend James Tripp has helped to crystalise my thinking.   He focusses on the…

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How does Instant X-Ray Listening actually work?

I recently tested a new approach to coaching: offering instant, short (30 minutes max) phone or skype sessions to anyone whose thinking was “stuck”. Many thanks to everyone who helped me trial the idea. It seems people certainly valued being able to get inexpensive help, from their own home. Most clients got the breakthrough they…

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What happened to the parrot?

A former mentor of mine, my old journalism lecturer Gerry Kreibich, has been writing his memoirs online. One of his posts includes an excellent reminder of the need to stay “Clean” when interviewing – that is, to avoid guesses, presuppositions and speculations, to ask simple, open questions in a logical sequence – and how difficult…

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Will X-Ray Listening make you a better lover?

Short answer: Probably. Read on for more details 🙂 Last week I was speculating: “What if everyone knew how to listen?” and describing that special build-your-own-goldmine state, created by X-Ray Listening techniques, in which you can really connect easily with family, friends, colleagues and customers, and really understand what people are thinking and feeling. “And then…

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Listening Tip: Use their language

People’s words are important to them. Even when we speak the same language, there are differences in the way we use words – professional groups have their own jargon, young people have their fashionable phrases and so on. In fact, once you explore the detail, each person uses language in a unique way, and the…

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