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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How To Use Metaphor To Speed Up Communication

How can you use metaphor to speed up communication? It can be as simple as asking the Clean language question, “… and that’s like… what?” I’m so immersed in working with metaphor that I sometimes forget how powerful it can be. Iain McGilchrist calls it “the money of thought,” Stephen Pinker “the stuff of thought,” i…

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Breakthrough Sessions

If you were to have a “breakthrough session”, what kind of “breakthrough” would yours be? My friend James Tripp and I were talking yesterday about how various coaches and therapists offer “breakthrough sessions” – and I must have subconsciously asked myself: “What kind of breakthrough?” because a personal story sprang to mind. (James pointed out…

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“This will have a very profound effect”

Peter Wright’s very kind review of my brand-new video, The Mind Readers’ Guide To Metaphor Part 1: Hearing Hidden Metaphors, is below. Look out! The video will be published any day now. Sneak peek here Metaphor is all around us. And it’s our most widely used form of language born, as it is, out of…

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