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 to train alongside Wendy Sullivan we used “Moley”, based on a “molecule” metaphor. Here he is in German.
The Clean Language Compass was used by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley for many years. When people think of making a visual representation of Clean Language, that’s usually where they start.
Describing What Clean Language Is
Everyone involved in Clean Language has a different sense of what it actually is.
I’m settling on “an inquiry process optimised for exploring the metaphors that underpin people’s thinking” but that seems to miss a lot of the magic.
Marian Way gathered a bunch of different people’s metaphors in an infographic-style illustration for her book, Clean Approaches For Coaches.
Specifying A Clean Language Process
Again some illustrations from Marian’s book, and also from Caitlin Walker’s From Contempt To Curiosity, have an infographic-type quality as they describe the steps in various Clean-inspired processes.
Caitlin also has at least one process diagram describing different ways to measure the success of Clean Language-based projects.
Describing What Clean Language Does
I’m in the midst of working on a new course called Clean Language Essentials For Coaches. It’s based around six practical things coaches can do with Clean Language tools.
Specifically, my “essentials” are:
- Interviewing people about things they know about, for example in an intake interview
- Exploring “unknown knowns” – the things they don’t know that they know
- Changing a client’s emotional state by directing attention with questions
- Motivating clients to make real-world changes
- Enhancing relationships – between coach and client, or between the client and the people around him
- Giving and receiving effective, actionable feedback, without emotional overwhelm.
That could easily become an infographic, I think. Shall I create it right now?
Describing Who Uses Clean Language
And beyond that, I’m feeling inspired to create an infographic of who uses Clean Language, and for what. Members of my Metaphor Mastery course have plotted themselves on a world map, which I suppose is a kind of infographic. We could do something with languages, too.
But it would be even more fun to create some kind of visual representation of the different occupational groups where Clean is used, to show just how far it’s spread from its therapy roots.
Who’d be up for making that happen?
- What else could be in a Clean Language infographic? Please comment below.