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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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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