Last week saw a double celebration for the Clean Community – the third Clean Business Exchange and the official launch of our book: “Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds”.

The group of consultants and others using Clean in business contexts raised the quality of the Exchange to yet another level, while meeting in Richmond, West London. Blending Clean with other approaches – including Appreciative Inquiry, the GROW coaching model and the European Excellence Model – was a key area of focus: look out for more details on this in next month’s newsletter. And it was capped off with a party to mark the book’s launch: thanks to everyone who’s bought a copy so far, publishers Crown House are already planning the first reprint. The book makes a great Christmas present!

A First ‘Down Under’: Metaphors in Mind in Sydney, Australia
31 Jan – 2 Feb 2009

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, authors of Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling will be giving their first 3-day workshop in Sydney. Please visit for full details. Then if you have further questions feel free to contact Zannie Barrett in the UK, or Judy Baker in Sydney (+ 61 2 9518 5325).

Article: Modelling, metaphor and a Clean approach to business and organisations

Wendy Nieuwland and Annemiek van Helsdingen interviewed James Lawley to find out how he has successfully used modelling, metaphor and a clean approach in business and organisations. James is one of the most experienced facilitators and sponsors of this approach which, combined with his 30 years experience as a manager and consultant, made him an ideal ‘model’. See what they discovered here.

Planning a change for 2009?

Are you planning a change for 2009? Well done! Research shows that people who plan ahead tend to make changes which last, so you’ve already increased your chance of success compared to people who decide on New Year’s Resolutions on 31 December. (See “Changing for Good” by James Prochaska et al.)

Clean Language is another way to stack the odds in your favour. It works with the metaphors which underpin your thinking: solutions come from your own system, which means that they fit you perfectly and tend to stay changed. A personal coaching session with a Certified Clean Facilitator works well over the phone or face to face, and trial sessions can be arranged at low cost. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out about this.

Clean at the NLP Conference

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley and Wendy Sullivan were among the presenters at a packed NLP Conference in London this month. Photos and details

Cleaning Tip: Blending Clean with your own content

Clean facilitators working in business settings often structure their conversations by alternating the delivery of their own content with the asking of Clean Language questions. This allows them to provide information and guidance (which is often what is expected of them in business roles) while providing space and time for others to do their own thinking.

For example, a manager might arrange a meeting with a member of staff for a particular purpose. At the beginning, the manager states the purpose of the meeting and sets the parameters of the meeting – the frame. Then she might ask the staff member some Clean Language questions to find out what’s really going on for that person in relation to that frame, before taking a few moments to provide potentially relevant information, give advice and/or to re-state the frame. Content and Clean Language might alternate several times during the same meeting before actions are agreed and summarised.

(Based on a Clean Conversation Structure by Annemiek van Helsdingen, Wendy Nieuwland and Stefan Ouboter.)

Make the most of VAT cut and exchange rate shifts

If you’re based outside the UK and thinking of coming to the UK to learn Clean Language, it’s time to act. Current Dollar and Euro exchange rates have shifted dramatically over recent weeks, which means that Clean Change company’s trainings are particularly good value for you.

The best prices will be available from 1 to 21 December: on Monday our advertised prices will be reduced to reflect the recently-announced cut in VAT (UK sales tax), and these will be held until our 2009 prices begin on 22 December.

We’ve also grouped our 2009 trainings to make them more convenient for overseas participants. See the Diary Dates section above or click here for details.

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