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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Your Problem With Solutions

Have you ever been explaining to someone how they can solve their problem… when you realise their eyes have glazed over? They’re not listening. Your plan is probably brilliant. After all, you have all the knowledge, the experience, the qualifications to provide the perfect solution. But no matter how excellent it is, it’s just not…

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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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Is passive income damaging your health?

Could the myth of “passive income” be damaging your health – or at least your psychological well-being – as Daniel Priestley, author of Become a Key Person of Influence,  proposed in a talk recently? He argued that the notion of “passive income” was founded on the idea of making money by doing something one didn’t…

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Compare and contrast

“People think in metaphor.” That’s a routine idea in cognitive science nowadays, and it’s pretty central to what I do. It’s so important that I’m constantly playing with new ways of making the same point. One that’s been working well recently is to say, “People think by comparing and contrasting things. “Whenever we encounter something new,…

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