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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Clean Language: Powering Up By Slimming Down

Clean Language can make expert communicators even better at what they do: it offers an upgrade to however you’re currently communicating. My friend and colleague James Tripp recently likened Clean Language to the Chinese martial art Bagua Zhang. Apparently the founder of that art taught its central piece, called “circle walking”, only to people who…

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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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