Which Types Of People Learn Clean Language?

Which types of people learn Clean Language?


I’m currently developing my swimming using the SwimSmooth system – which divides learners into various “types” in order to prescribe appropriate learning activities. the idea is that all you have to do is follow the plan appropriate to your type, and your swimming will improve. After analysing the learning process of thousands, the SwimSmooth guys have understood that learning to swim is complicated, but not complex.

sheepAnd I’m wondering afresh about how people learn to use Clean Language, and whether it might be possible to create a foolproof step-by-step system.

My Metaphor Mastery programme absolutely isn’t like that, much as some people (maybe including me!) would like it to be.

It works – for almost 300 happy students so far – but it’s not that systematic. People have to find their own path to combine knowledge, practice and application.

Would such a system would have to start by dividing learners into “types”, as SwimSmooth does? Not “personality types”, but behavioural types. “People who tend to exhibit behaviour A.”

My guess is that it would.

The most obvious way of dividing learners is by their desired outcome. “People who want to use Clean Language to understand their colleagues better” seem quite different from “people who want to use Clean Language to help individuals develop clearer career goals”.

But thinking about the many learners I’ve known, I’m groping towards a different distinction. I want to contrast “people who behave as if they have a lot of control over themselves and others” and “people who behave as if they have little or no control over themselves and others”. These groups seem to learn Clean Language in different ways, and need different inputs.

  • What other behaviours could distinguish “types” of Clean Language learners? All comments most welcome!

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