If you’ve been wondering about how to use Clean Language in coaching, then a new book, Essential Life Coaching Skills by Angela Dunbar, may help you. Due to be published by Routledge at the end of August, the book promises a comprehensive guide to the complete range and depth of skills required to succeed as a life coach.

And coming from Angela, we can be sure that a hefty dose of Clean Language will be included. She has been an enthusiast for the Clean Language approach for many years, and has introduced it to groups at Oxford Brookes University and on her telephone-based courses. She said: “While the book won’t be Clean through and through, you won’t be able to miss it!”

Fellow Clean enthusiast Carol Wilson, head of accreditation and honorary vice president at the Association for Coaching and author of Best Practice in Performance Coaching, wrote the book’s foreword. She said: “This is a refreshing new take on areas which have been explored in other books! This book provides an entertaining and easy to follow guide to what coaching is, what it does, how it works and where to go for the next stage of the journey.”

The publisher says that Essential Life Coaching Skills will be “ideal reading for new and existing life coaches who wish to find ways to enhance their competence and ability. It will also be of use to therapists and counsellors looking to expand into coaching. Angela Dunbar uses theoretical background alongside practical examples to provide a clear understanding of what makes a successful life coach. This book focuses on seven essential skill sets that are necessary for effective life coaching, with each chapter giving specific examples of how these skills are used in life coaching, and how they can be developed and improved. The book also includes a comprehensive, current overview of life coaching processes, practices and issues, from both the coach and client perspectives.” So we can look forward to even more people encountering Clean Language for the first time!

Carol Wilson and Angela Dunbar will be presenting together at the Clean Conference, on 12 and 13 September in Central London. Their session will cover the “Clean Hieroglyphics” process, which was developed by David Grove with Carol Wilson as part of the Clean Coaching with EK coaching programme. The Clean Hieroglyphics  technique takes the words, letters and other symbols drawn by the client as potential sources of knowledge, each with its own story and history to explore.

The last twelve months have seen a bumper crop of books featuring Clean Language. Earlier in 2009 came Business NLP for Dummies by Lynne Cooper, and in late 2008 Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds by Wendy Sullivan and Judy Rees was published.

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