If you've been following this blog for a while, you've probably had a go at using the Clean Language questions to help someone to change. After all, the questions are simple. How complicated can it be to apply them, particularly if you're an experienced hypnotist of other change worker? And you may well have been left wondering why you bothered. The attempt might have ended in your client's tears - or just fizzled out. Because of course there's more to using this powerful change methodology than just asking the simple questions at random to ask about people's self-generated metaphors. What Clean Language question should you ask, about what, and when? And what should you do with the response? Over the weekend, I was teaching two close friends the heuristics I use to choose my questions, based on Penny Tompkins and James Lawley's Framework for Change. Both of my students are very bright and both have been exposed to my work for years. "They'll soon pick it up," I told myself. And of course, it was much more complicated than that. As soon as they began to practice with "real" content, they began to struggle. They were overwhelmed with the sheer volume of stuff that their clients said, drowning in the detail. But wait! Here's an important thing to notice. Even though, as facilitators, they felt overwhelmed, their Clean Language questions helped their clients achieve new insights. But they didn't know that until I insisted they check in with the client before starting to beat themselves up. How might that be relevant to your practice, I wonder? Feel free to comment below.