My Groups Keep Making This Clean Language Mistake. Why?

It happens every time. The same mistake. Every time. And, it’s starting to dawn on me that there’s actually something interesting going on when it happens. Here’s the scenario. I take a group through their first experience of asking, and being asked, the Clean Language questions. I start the debrief, “What happened when you were…

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Is Clean Language Like The “5 Whys” Technique?

“Is Clean Language like the “5 Whys” technique?” I was asked at a recent event. “Not much,” was my immediate response. But the question deserves a longer answer. And that answer probably begins with a Clean Language question: “What kind of whys are those 5 Whys?” As NLPers know, “why?” is a very imprecise question.…

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How To Deal With Information Overload

How can you deal with information overload? Say you’re having a catch-up with a member of your team and they give you a huge brain-dump of everything that’s been happening, everything they’re worried about, everything that’s in the way, everything they want to happen… That’s information overload on multiple levels! They’ve got too much to…

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How Top Communicators Benefit From Clean Language

In a couple of my current projects, I’m teaching Clean Language to some of the best communicators out there. Examples include: Agile coaches, who support self-managing teams of highly-intelligent professionals and tend to have a very sophisticated understanding of how to get people working better together Hypnotists, who’ve spent years learning how to use language to…

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Why Should A Judge Be Curious About Clean Language?

Why should a judge be curious about Clean Language? I was asked this question recently and I thought I’d share my response. What else should I have included? Please comment below. Clean Language is a specialist inquiry technique which has some fairly unusual features. It provides a system for minimising presuppositions and content impositions from…

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The Danger Of Asking Questions

Do you enjoy asking questions? Many people don’t. They might want to get answers – but when it comes to the crunch, asking any question can be tough. The danger of asking questions is that they almost always have the potential to threaten the “face” of the person being questioned. What if they don’t know the…

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Why Don’t You Ask More Questions?

Why don’t you ask more questions? It’s a question that’s been nagging me for a while, as I’ve been busy both exhorting people to do more asking – for example, in this video – and training people to ask specific kinds of questions. And (doh!) one possible answer has just struck me. Presumably, something’s stopping…

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Why Don’t You Ask More Questions?

Why don’t you ask more questions? It’s a question that’s been nagging me for a while, as I’ve been busy both exhorting people to do more asking – for example, in this video – and training people to ask specific kinds of questions. And (doh!) one possible answer has just struck me. Presumably, something’s stopping…

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