What is it about metaphor?

In The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist explores the relationship between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. And it’s no accident that he’s used a powerful metaphor as the title of his book. I’m still less than halfway through his book (after hearing McGilchrist speak at the NLP Conference last month) but…

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The 2 Lazy Jedi questions and the NLP Meta Model

If you’re familiar with NLP before you encounter the 2 Lazy Jedi questions (which are based on David Grove’s Clean Language) you might wonder about the relationship between these questions and an NLP questioning system, the Meta Model. The two systems are similar in a couple of ways: that they are questioning systems, for example,…

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Why use the 2 Lazy Jedi questions?

Want to easily, ethically and intelligently influence any human being – in any area of your life? Then get the 2 Lazy Jedi questions on the tip of your tongue. These questions help you to find out what someone really thinks and feels – while inherently developing and deepening the relationship between you. And one of the…

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The storytelling elephant

Working with a marketing consultant on my new product launch, I’m being encouraged to call myself “The Elephant Whisperer”. It’s a label I’m pretty happy to wear. It’s based on a  metaphor of the person as being like an elephant and its rider – the elephant represents the subconscious mind, the rider, the conscious mind.…

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Into hypnosis… and beyond

Just what is the relationship between hypnosis and Clean Language?   I’ve been going deeply into this question in recent days (…deeper and deeper… and noticing a certain sensation while drifting… floating… down…) and today’s video blog post by my good friend James Tripp has helped to crystalise my thinking.   He focusses on the…

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X-Ray Listening is like…what?

I’m working on a brand-new product at the moment, part of which highlights the link between two legendary hypnotherapists – Milton Erickson and David Grove (creator of Clean Language). One of the key things they had in common was a passion for metaphor. They took slightly different viewpoints, of course (more on which when the…

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Why it pays to use their words

The new coalition government in the UK uses a different language to its predecessor. Of course, it’s still English – and it’s still packed with jargon! But according to a leaked memo, there have been subtle changes. “Targets” have been replaced by “results”; “stakeholders” by “people”; “narrowing the gap” by “closing the gap”; “state” by…

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How to come up with a metaphor

If you’ve done much reading about the way our minds work, you’re probably aware of the power of metaphor to influence and persuade. You’ll know that great teachers, statesmen, artists and religious leaders use metaphors to capture our hearts, while great salesmen, marketers and gizmo-makers use them as a fast-track to our wallets. That’s because…

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