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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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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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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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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What Is Clean Language?

I talk a lot about Clean Language on this blog. But you may be wondering what Clean Language is, and why it’s interesting. So (thanks to a nudge from a friend on Facebook) I’ve decided it’s time for a few short introductory YouTube videos. Here’s the first one: If you prefer to read your introduction,…

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

The world is awash with ideas. And that’s not surprising, according to cognitive linguist Prof Steven Pinker. Our universal human abilities to think in metaphor, and to combine thoughts in new and innovative ways, result in a ceaseless geyser of novel ideas and new ways of expressing them, he says in The Stuff of Thought.…

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Who’s making you fat – and how?

Your colleague’s husband’s sister can apparently make you fat, even if you’ve never met. But how does that happen? In Connected, Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain that there are two main ways that people may influence each other. By changing what you do… and By changing what you think. My focus has mainly been on how…

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Who's making you fat – and how?

Your colleague’s husband’s sister can apparently make you fat, even if you’ve never met. But how does that happen? In Connected, Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain that there are two main ways that people may influence each other. By changing what you do… and By changing what you think. My focus has mainly been on how…

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